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A Little Skeptical

A Little Skeptical

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A show about media, culture, and the modern condition
8 Episodes
James Brown in discussion with Saby Reyes Kulkarni on Netflix, Tarentino, Storytelling, movie violence, Spotify, soundcloud, youtube, Wes Anderson and lists
James lauds a teaser that's more than a teaser by Pusha T
Gone are the days older skewing dramas and comedies on Saturday nights. Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Walker Texas Ranger, Sisters, MASH, Empty Nest, and proto reality shows like cops and America’s most Wanted Once thrived on the timeslot but something happened about 20 years ago. The networks slowly started to give up. With Fox caving last by canceling Cops. Today viewing rates have dropped so low that Saturday nights are now a network TV black hole. And the networks have responded creatively. Fox is doubling down on the strategy it began years ago by adding as much live sports as possible, using Major League Baseball and College football as it’s centerpieces while sprinkling in boxing and when it owned the rights UFC. The network has also turned Friday’s over to pro wrestling and Thursdays over to the NFL and more baseball. ABC is taking a similar tact with NBA games and College football of their own. The alphabet network runs high profile games on Saturdays from about midseason on until May. The rest of the year filled with reruns. CBS goes with reruns of its signature crime dramas typically the ever durable NCIS and episodes of 48 hours.  Now, NBC has decided to differentiate itself by turning to Saturday night live.  For the first time its history SNL will air live from sea to shining sea every week. The network experimented with this move last year. SNL and most network shows premiere at the same time during eastern and central time and on a delay for mountain and pacific time meaning the show will air at 930 in Denver and 830 in LA. This move follows two of my favorite rules use the buffalo or max what you have before investing in what you don’t. And from the 22 immutable laws of marketing be first in a category and if you’re not first make up category to be first in. Those two axioms are why i believe this move will likely work as well as anything works on network television.  When you’re the only original programming that night the viewers who aren’t streaming or watching sports will likely drift toward the middle aged comedy show enough to fill a gaping network hole and win or at least routinely compete to own the night.
James and guest Saby Reyes Kulkarni (Spin, Billboard, Nashville Scene, Rochester City Newspaper) talk about the past and predict the future of Antonio Brown, Bill Bellichek, Tom Brady and New England Patriots.   Find James on social at:  
James and guest Saby Reyes Kulkarni (Spin, Billboard, Nashville Scene, Rochester City Newspaper) discuss NPR's Ann Powers' Lana Del Ray article, how writers reacted to the article, how artists are analyzed, Greta Von Fleet, how big is big, The Root, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Twitter debates, Candace Owens at the revott summit and the future of news.
A house divided must stand at FOX sports as its cable sports network and network sports coverage hit yet another bump in the road.    The latest flash point was all about Andrew Luck. That's the quarterback who was on his way to an all time great career ... instead he quit after a spate of injuries Gottlieb went on to blast Luck…   Gottieb immediately got pushback. From all over the internet most forcefully and prominently  from hall of fame quarterback, football analyst and gottlieb’s co-worker Troy Aikman   This exposed a nerve that is rarely spoke about. FS1 and Fox Sports share the Fox name but not much else.    In the early days of Fox Sports they were the rebels. Back in the 90s they introduced as constant on screen box score and clock, a glowing puck, and cartoon robot graphics. They also introduced jovial --- jocular --- popular in studio analysts. They also hired highly competent and respected play by play color analysts John Madden, Pat Summerall, Joe Buck or of course Troy Aikman. Today, they’re no longer the rebel, they’re what most networks strive to be.    When fox chose to add a long rumored national sports network to its now sold self contained regional sports networks they chose to take on ESPN by attempting to out .ESPN ESPN focusing on sports highlights and what the network literally called “fun.”    A few years later that strategy was replaced by one created by Jamie Horowitz, who the New York Times once called the mastermind of sports tv shouting. The network overpaid for two ESPN stars Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless and started its path toward its hot take present.    Horowitz pushed the network further. During his short reign Fox Sports trashed its website… pushing the network to Pivot to Video. No more thoughtful articles or journalism. just videos of people arguing on Fox Sports 1 all the time.  He fired most of the network’s journalists and -- in a now infamous strategy session claimed FOX owned Shannon Sharpe. Or in other words his strategy for the network was to out ESPN daytime … ESPN daytime. After Horowitz left, due to a metoo scandal, the hot take strategy remained and has been ingrained in the network.    Aikman has been the most vocal opponent of FS1’s hot take all day style taking shots at FS1 cornerstone Skip Bayless three years ago and of course this incident. Most of the other Fox stars rarely if ever make appearances on the network. This could of course be branding but I tend to doubt that the fledgling would turn down the star power.   Instead Aikman, Joe Buck, Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw and others’ have quietly avoided much of the network’s programming with rare exceptions. These choices which highlights the divide between the two arms of the fox sports empire. Aikman and company aren’t driven by hot takes instead hard won respected experience and their humor.   These divergent philosophies set a naturally strained relationship and demands a question: must this divided house intertwine to co exist. Only time will tell.
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