Versus Creating A Sports Version Of E!'s Talk Soup

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.

"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.
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.

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???

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:44 PM

12 Comments:

A Dennis Miller sports program failing was as inevitable as the sun rising. Miller is as smarmy as Joe Buck and hasn't been funny since Weekend Update in 1991.

Kyle said...
Sep 15, 2008, 12:47:00 PM  

It would have to show the flubs and dumb things that people can get at ... Awful Announcing, already.

Hank said...
Sep 15, 2008, 12:51:00 PM  

I was going to say the same thing Hank said above... doesn't it sound like it's going to be basically what we get here?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 12:57:00 PM  

Thanks to the love of my life making me watch shows I hate.

Matt Iserman is from the Style Network's Clean House. He makes the show tolerable. He is a funny bastard and can handle what is being asked of him. The question of this show's success will be based upon writing and quality of material they are making fun of.

I think people do want sports and comedy, it's just that no one has done it right on TV yet. Look at how many humor/sports blogs there are out there? There is a demand, it just has to be quality.

Pip said...
Sep 15, 2008, 1:08:00 PM  

I can't see ESPN allowing their clips to be used. Or do they not have any say in the matter?

odessasteps said...
Sep 15, 2008, 1:28:00 PM  

LOL it's going to be home video of skateboarders cracking their nuts, dumb bull riders, etc.
it will be NOTHING like we talk about here or spoofing shows like the real talk soup! they know that nobody cares except us that pam ward is terrible.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 1:52:00 PM  

A dude who hosts on the Style Network? Really?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 1:54:00 PM  

I have a feeling it's going to be like Blog Show but Anon 1:52 could be right.

Sep 15, 2008, 2:18:00 PM  

I met Dan and Jamie once and they said that the original vision for Blog Show was something along the lines of The Soup.

You always hear about "The Daily Show with Sports" projects being made but they always fail. The problem is that it's always ESPN or other sports networks who are trying to create them. A big, possibly the biggest, part of the Daily Show is pointing out the idiocy that occurs on the "real" news shows and networks. Because The Daily Show is on the relatively independent Comedy Central, they show no favoritism in their snark. But since a sports-focused comedy show is almost always on ESPN, FSN, or Versus, they cannot achieve the same level of impartiality and will always suck up to the parent network. Remember all the serious promoting Dennis Miller had to do for Versus' bull riding coverage?

That said, I think this show will fair better than any other recent attempt. Since The Soup is one of those few shows not afraid to make fun of its own network, it's possible that this one may have the same ideology. However, I do think twice a week is too much (once is enough), and I think they could have gotten a bigger comedian. (Although who knows how well-known Joel McHale was prior to The Soup.) If the people behind this show are smart, they should get some bloggers who are well-versed in sports snarkiness to help write for it. I think they could pull it off.

Max W said...
Sep 15, 2008, 3:38:00 PM  

He has to be funnier than Joel McHale who still holds the world record for the least funniest person in the world 2003-present.

GMoney said...
Sep 15, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

Gmoney: Guess you've never heard of Dane Cook?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 6:34:00 PM  

I thought CBS owned E!. and NFL FILms Fottball Follies is good.

jg said...
Sep 15, 2008, 7:43:00 PM  

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