It's the June 2014 edition of KCRW's monthly TV podcast, The Spin-Off! This month, Joe and I welcome Variety.com's Laura Prudom to help us banter about some of the big headlines in TV. Here's what we talk about:
The summer used to be a time where the networks hung out the proverbial “Gone Fishin” signs and programmed repeats until fall. Cable changed all that, and forced everyone to step up their game. Now, this summer brings new shows from big names like filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. Will viewers find a lot to love or feel overwhelmed among the clutter?
And in the world of new shows a little further out, Chelsea Handler is leaving E! to do a talk show on Netflix. There’s a lot of speculation about what her new show will look like, but we’ll have to wait until 2016 to find out for sure. Also in 2016, we’ll get a second season of the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. AMC gave the greenlight for another batch of episodes while season one is still in production.
Finally, what’s in a name? Will a cable network called by any other name draw more viewers? Bio, HLN, We TV, Military Channel, Style and others have all undergone recent name changes (or are about to). What’s the thinking behind this kind of naming shake-up?
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