Archive for 14 September 2010

The Soup vs. The Dish

One thing’s for sure.  I am really entertained when I watch both shows. The Soup is hosted by Joel McHale and The Dish is hosted by Danielle Fishel. Both shows’ objective is to recall and laugh on certain scenes from different TV shows. It’s ridiculously hilarious, I tell you. Both hosts are really great at what they do, leaving you feeling light and smiling. How am I to compare both shows? It’s tough because both shows are really great and entertaining.

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The Soup is an E! Entertainment production and it has a huge resources to criticize because of the shows line-up at E! Entertainment so they never ran out of materials. Joel’s punchlines are perfect and he is someone you do not get tired watching because you have no idea what will come out of his mouth. With props or back-up actors or even guest actors without, he can stand on his own. Despite that all episodes are scripted, you do not feel that it is – that’s how good he is.  Joel is also staring in another sitcom, Community.  It’s a good transition from The Soup and back. One thing I did notice about Joel is the way he tries to impersonate a female character.  No matter how he exaggerates a scene, it comes out a little weak but with help of props and back-up actors (who looked like the production staff), it turns out ok.

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The Dish is a My Style network production. It also does have a lot of resources. Danielle is also a great host with her antics and subtle remarks which makes it more funny. She too is also supported with props and back-up actors and guest actors which actually gives variety. Danielle is a good actor/comedian.  Hope I wish she could also attempt to tap on a sitcom.  I’m sure she’ll be funny just the same.  Personally speaking, if I were to choose between the two hosts, I would prefer Danielle only because she more quirky with her stints.

The Nate Berkus Show

The first time I found out about this upcoming show, my reaction is “WTF?”  Seriously???

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Nate Berkus was originally a guest home designer for the Oprah Show. Every now and then, when Oprah would have a home makeover, Nate was the guy. Admittedly, he’s good at what he does. I have watched other home design shows in HGTV or Lifestyle Network and there are a lot of great designers. The thing that bugs me is that designing homes is a skill but it doesn’t follow that they can handle a full show being the host. Something is lacking with Nate’s personality to really execute a good home design show. In the Oprah Show, Nate would only host a segment of the show which is like 15-20 minutes and that’s it.

To upgrade him to a full show is really questionable. His voice tone is very mono-tone so it’s not lively or even if he is, it might not come out as authentic unlike other hosts of the same concept, all the more a talk show? I do find him lacking in certain audience engagement. If you will notice is previous Oprah Show episodes, Nate is very timid and soft spoken. I can’t imagine watching him the whole time in a full talk show. It will bore me to death. Despite that it’s financially supported by Harpo Productions (owned by Oprah) I feel this will be done in vain. I really don’t think Nate can handle or even manage the expectations of handling and leading a talk show.

In giving the guy the benefit of the doubt, I surely hopes this will be a good show. Otherwise, it’s such a waste of time and resources.  But still it’s worth giving him the opportunity to prove me wrong – highly unlikely…

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