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Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
How Netflix could fix its talk show problem
After the failures of Joel McHale, Michelle Wolf's and Chelsea Handler's talk shows, Netflix maybe should combine the binge model with the weekly release model.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Joel McHale on his talk show cancelation: “Obviously Netflix has trained their audience to binge watch"
The former Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale show host said on the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Show that Netflix viewers expect their shows to be binge-watched, which is why his show went from airing weekly for its first 13 episodes to dropping the final six on the same day in July. McHale joked that he's grateful that he doesn't have to watch Real Housewives anymore. Still, McHale was grateful to have had the gig. “They are the king of the world right now, so believe me, I was very happy about the opportunity,” he said.
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Is snark dead in late-night?
"The era of the Late Night Meanie is over," says Bethy Squires, in reaction to the cancelations of Netflix's The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale and The Break with Michelle Wolf. "Gone are the days when we’d line up for our nightly hate f*ck from David Letterman. Maybe the world is too cruel to sustain nightly acerbic wit, but the acid-tongued comic is no longer the prototypical late-night host. The format is dominated by happy, smiling Jameses. And next fall will see several actors known for their cheery dispositions take over the late-night scene. Hasan Minhaj, Busy Philipps, Jerry O’Connell, and Niecy Nash (with a pilot in the works) are in; Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale, and Robin Thede are out. And Conan O’Brien is stuck in the middle." Squires adds: "Back in the day, late-night TV was dominated by somewhat detached father figures who knew magic tricks, then, thanks to Letterman laying the groundwork, Jon Stewart and Conan opened the door for the snarky and smart. But now snark feels mean and smart feels pyrrhic. News commentary shows abound, but I hear more people talk about the impassioned pleas of Rachel Maddow than the somewhat removed perspective of Trevor Noah."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Netflix didn't give Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale the constant promotion that talk shows require
The streaming service may have promoted The Break with Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on its YouTube channel, but both shows were noticeably absent from Netflix's famous recommendation engines, according to Kayla Cobb. She points out that Wolf and McHale's shows appeared fully developed from the get-go, which made their cancelation even more dumbfounding. "More than any other type of programming, talk shows require constant promotion," she says. "Their value comes from their ability to quickly react to the news, something that allows them to transition into a trusted household name over time. And that can never happen if a company buries its talk shows and cuts them down before they ever gain traction."
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
Joel McHale pretends to be shocked more than 72 hours after Netflix's cancelation
"Wait whaaaaaaaaa!?!?!?" McHale wrote Monday night in his first tweet since Netflix canceled The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Friday. He was responding to a Twitter user saying she was "so mad" that his show was canceled.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Netflix accused of acting "classlessly" in canceling The Break with Michelle Wolf
Source: The Daily Beast
Netflix saved the news that it had canceled Michelle Wolf's The Break and The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale for the time of the week when bad news is usually dumped: at the end of the workday on a Friday. According to the Daily Beast, the news came as a shock to Wolf's writing staff and showrunners, who learned of the cancelation on Twitter. “None of us can believe how classlessly Netflix has handled this,” a source tells The Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein. It's unknown how many people watched The Break, but her clips did generate headlines. "Wolf, whose HBO special Nice Lady was recently nominated for an Emmy Award, will almost certainly land on her feet somewhere," says Wilstein. "But the fact that Netflix didn’t give her more of a chance, especially given its massive content budget and general willingness to renew mediocre shows, is a shame." Meanwhile, neither Wolf nor McHale reacted to the cancelation news on their social media accounts. ALSO: Late-night's bull market might be nearing its cyclical end.
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 7:29PM EDT
Netflix cancels Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale's talk shows
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix has decided to cancel both comedian-fronted talk shows after they each completed their first season. The Break With Michelle Wolf premiered May 27, one month after Wolf generated headlines with her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, running for 10 weekly episodes. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale premiered on Feb. 18 with a 13-episode weekly order that was expanded to 19 episodes, with the final six released on the same day in July. "Despite plentiful buzz following her controversial turn as this year’s White House Correspondents' Dinner emcee, Wolf's late-night entry failed to garner the kind of viewership that warrants a second season at the streaming giant," reports The Hollywood Reporter. "The same can be said for McHale's Soup-esque talker, which offered a mix of green-screen commentary and pre-taped sketches." McHale's talk show was Netflix's first talk show follow-up to Chelsea Handler's Chelsea, which was canceled last year after two seasons.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Netflix orders six more episodes of The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale for this summer
The six new episodes are scheduled to premiere on July 15, following the initial 13-episode spring season.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
Joel McHale recently learned he was dyslexic after his son's diagnosis
The Netflix host said on Dax Shepard's podcast that he made the discovery after one of his sons was diagnosed with dyslexia. As the doctor described all the symptoms, McHale recalls saying, "That's what I have." As a child, McHale recalls, "they literally diagnosed me (as a) slow-starter."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Joel McHale meets his Today show "nemesis" Donnadorable
McHale brought his Netflix show "feud" to the 10 a.m. Today hour, meeting the morning show's personality who is also known as Donna Farizan. Donnadorable has become the source of numerous jokes on The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. ALSO: Kathie Lee Gifford gets up for Today at 2 a.m. everyday without an alarm clock.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Joel McHale explains why E! ended The Soup and how Paul Feig championed a new version for Netflix
The departure of Chelsea Handler and Joan Rivers' death made E! a lonely place for comedy, especially since it didn't want to pay comedy writers for reruns. McHale says E! "stopped repeating the show because it was costing money. We went from like 18 reruns to zero." It was Paul Feig who championed the idea of reviving The Soup at Netflix under a slightly different format and a new name. ALSO: Behind the scenes of a Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale taping.
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Joel McHale says E! told him: "Don’t make fun of the Kardashians" on The Soup
The first E! boss McHale worked for was fine with Kardashian-bashing. However, McHale says, "the next administration, the president said to my face, 'Don’t make fun of the Kardashians. We don’t want you to make fun of the Kardashians anymore.' So I was like, oh this show is doomed because that’s why the show worked, because we would make fun of ourselves. It’s like when Letterman made fun of GE in the ‘80s. You have to bite the hand that feeds you. The network really did not like when the Kardashians first came out and then we just said Kim Kardashian was only famous for having a big a– and a sex tape." E! declined to comment, but McHale says he's free to mock Netflix shows now that he on Netflix. ALSO: Netflix's The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is basically a profanity-friendly version of The Soup.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Joel McHale's new Netflix talk show will avoid Trump and politics
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale will focus on what McHale knows best: pop-culture. "On The Soup, we were never a political show," he says. "We were always about covering the coverage. So, if there was something going on in the news, and everyone was talking about it, we would always say, 'This was how this was presented' and we make a joke about it. But me, I'm not smart enough to give a searing political indictment." ALSO: Watch McHale reunite with Community's Jim Rash and Alison Brie.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale kicks off with Kevin Hart and two of his Community castmates
Watch the official trailer for McHale’s new Netflix talk show. McHale's guests on the Feb. 18 premiere include Hart, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Mike Colter, Paul Reiser and Jodie Sweetin.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 1:29PM EST
Joel McHale is returning to his Soup roots with Netflix’s The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Two years after saying goodbye to E!’s The Soup, McHale will be back with another weekly absurdist look at pop-culture and the news that Netflix is describing as a “fast and funny distillation of everything people are talking about that week.” McHale will be joined by his long-time Soup head writer, KP Anderson. Director Paul Feig will also serve as an executive producer. Each episode will tape Thursdays and go up on Netflix on Sundays. Netflix has given The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale a 13-episode order, with the premiere set for Feb. 18.