Monday, September 15, 2008
Versus' first attempt at a late night Sports talk show was an unsuccessful "Sports Unfiltered With Dennis Miller", but this time the network thinks they have it figured out. The Comcast owns both Versus and E! and the cable company plans on using E!'s extremely successful Talk Soup as a template for creating a similar show involving Sports. Via John Ourand at Sports Business Journal....
Comedian Matt Iseman will host the 30-minute show, to debut at 10 p.m. ET Oct. 14. The network plans new episodes Tuesday and Thursdays.The show will be called "After Further Review" (as seen above), and as it said in the blockquote, will debut on October 14th. And while the format is not THAT bad of an idea, Sports shows along these lines rarely work out in the long run. I think in the end, people just don't want comedy mixed in with their Sports and forced comedy like this is definitely not welcome.
"We learned some lessons out of our experience with Dennis' show," said Marc Fein, senior vice president of programming and production. "This is an area we definitely want to be in. Obviously, you¹re going to have your hits and misses in it."
"Sports Soup" will be 30 minutes, rather than the hour that was devoted to Miller's show. The show will use clips from games and studio shows from other networks to lampoon sports personalities.
Also, I consider myself pretty knowledgable about stand-up comedians, and I can't say that I've ever heard of Matt Iseman before. But if this promo video is any insight into his humor then the show is going to be....ummm....how do I say this? God awful???