TV news shows that try too hard

For people in the media, it’s always interesting to watch news organizations try to do something new. There just aren’t a lot of “new” ways to do “old” media, not that CBS hasn’t tried dozens of times over the decades with its perennial third-place-finishing morning news program.

A few weeks ago, it wiped away its last host team, adding Charlie Rose and Oprah-pal Gayle King.

When the announcement of the Oscar nominees was made this morning, the show tried something new: a Mystery Science Theater 3000-like commentary-fest.

“The 2012 nominees for actress in a supporting role are…..” the Oscar ceremony host started…

“I assume this is being seen around the word,” Charlie Rose interjected.

“It depends on the time zone,” another guest intoned as the nominees were named.

“Jessica Chastain in ‘The Help’,” the Oscar official said…

“Jessica,” Rose added.

“Ahhhh,” another host said.

It didn’t get much better. It was like the people behind you in a movie theater.

  • Bob Moffitt

    Fifty-one year’s after Newton N. Minow’s “Vast Wasteland” speach, and yet you still seem surprised…

  • Jim Shapiro

    Forty-eight years after Marshall McLuhan’s “Understanding Media”, and yet you still seem surprised…:-)

  • JBL

    Since they are looking for feedback before they launch the show, the next time you all go skating please tell Miller and Weber not to do this on the Daily Circuit.

  • http://www.skyseastone.net/jvstin/ Paul (@princejvstin)

    For people in the media, it’s always interesting to watch news organizations try to do something new.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, Bob, but the same might be said of the post-Gary Eichten Midday era at Minnesota Public Radio.

  • V

    Somebody could get a lot of money if they could get Charlie Rose to shut up and stop interrupting. Even on his PBS show, he goes on longer than Ed Hochuli.

  • Jamie

    So he interrupts on the morning show too? It’s the thing I can’t stand the most on his own show! But I can’t quite get my mind around Charlie Rose on one of those morning “news” shows (haven’t seen it yet). As much as he bugs me (mostly the interrupting thing and his reliance on right-wingers as guests), I think he’s too good for that info-tainment stuff.