Mar 10, 2017
Meet the Press: Now with more edge!
If you equate “edge” with a “coffeehouse conversation,” you are apparently NBC News president Deborah Turness. Those are the two things she says Meet the Press needs when Chuck Todd takes over next month.
“The show needs more edge,” she said. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”
What coffeehouses is she hanging out in? Dude, I put lavender and nutmeg in my chai tea latte, I am so fucking edgy.
The only connection between “edgy” and coffeehouse is that’s how the douchebags that hang out there describe their screenplays.
So what are we talking about here… a McLaughlin Group with F-bombs? An all-politics version of The View? A dude with tattoos telling us what the Twitter says? I suppose we’ll find out when we see the set. How many monitors, how many coffee tables. These things will give away what NBC thinks “edge” means.
Of course, the biggest problem with Meet the Press got $4 million to go away quietly. David Gregory is gone. The problem was never the “one-on-one conversation;” it was the canned monologues. A Sunday morning host has to do more than just ask how one side responds to the other’s talking points.
Making a guest look simple-minded and foolish if they can’t do anything but regurgitate the party line is the first step to getting someone to go off-script. But the real trick is to do it without looking like an asshole. Can Chuck Todd pull it off? I have no idea, but I hope they give him a chance without drowning the whole show in faux-edgy gimmickry first.
Coming up next, we’ll ask John McCain what he thinks.