Green's day? Tom Green's Internet show hits TV

Tg_l
Tom Green is making a TV comeback — from the comfort of his living room. The live daily Internet talk show (at TomGreen.com) that the ex-MTV madman launched from his home in 2006 has also begun airing in six U.S. markets (hello, Houston!) and on a Canadian network (hello, Halifax!) in an eight-week test. While Tom Green’s House Tonight isn’t the first web show to move to the tube (see: upcoming NBC drama Quarterlife), it’s noteworthy in that an Internet show is being simultaneously broadcast on TV.“The thing I’ve tried to accomplish with my shows is to shoot something
ridiculous and just put it on the air, [but] there’s always been a lot
of hurdles, whether it’s a network executive or various things,” says
Green, whose upcoming guests include Dave Foley and Norm MacDonald.
“This is the ultimate idea of instant gratification.”

Green’s operation began modestly two summers ago — with a staff of
one and a set built in the living room of his Hollywood Hills home (his
kitchen serves as the de facto green room). “It’s definitely the lowest
budget of any talk show in the history of television,” he claims. “And
that’s not an exaggeration.” The fledgling show wasn’t without its
problems — thanks to some pesky technological glitches, several
guests had to be sent home — but Green gradually worked out the kinks,
and picked up a few sponsors along the way (Bud Lite, Samsung) to help
cover production costs. Today, his homegrown operation has grown: He’s
added a handful of staffers and mini-bleachers for a small audience.
(As always, at-home viewers can call in and interact with guests via
Skype.) Still, Green insists he’s not plotting a run at Conan & Co.
“It’s not so much about being a competitive show,” he says. “The goal
is to expand it to the point that I can have the resources to make the
most ridiculous nightly show possible within my abilities.”

Not that serious wackiness won’t be achieved before then. Green
plans to explore the eccentric side of L.A. — and maybe even beyond: “I’d always wanted to
do this bit on MTV and they wouldn’t let me do it,” he confides. ” And now that I’m
allowed to do it, I may be too afraid to do it, but I’ve always wanted
to try to fly to Catalina Island on a lawn chair with helium balloons
attached to it. Of course, the downside is death. But I’m considering
it.”

Green’s operation began modestly two summers ago — with a staff ofone and a set built in the living room of his Hollywood Hills home (hiskitchen serves as the de facto green room). “It’s definitely the lowestbudget of any talk show in the history of television,” he claims. “Andthat’s not an exaggeration.” The fledgling show wasn’t without itsproblems — thanks to some pesky technological glitches, severalguests had to be sent home — but Green gradually worked out the kinks,and picked up a few sponsors along the way (Bud Lite, Samsung) to helpcover production costs. Today, his homegrown operation has grown: He’sadded a handful of staffers and mini-bleachers for a small audience.(As always, at-home viewers can call in and interact with guests viaSkype.) Still, Green insists he’s not plotting a run at Conan & Co.“It’s not so much about being a competitive show,” he says. “The goalis to expand it to the point that I can have the resources to make themost ridiculous nightly show possible within my abilities.”

Not that serious wackiness won’t be achieved before then. Greenplans to explore the eccentric side of L.A. — and maybe even beyond: “I’d always wanted todo this bit on MTV and they wouldn’t let me do it," he confides. " And now that I’mallowed to do it, I may be too afraid to do it, but I’ve always wantedto try to fly to Catalina Island on a lawn chair with helium balloonsattached to it. Of course, the downside is death. But I’m consideringit.”


Tags:

Comments (48 total) Add your comment
Page: 1 2 3 4
Page: 1 2 3 4
Add your comment
The rules: Keep it clean, and stay on the subject - or we may delete your comment. If you see inappropriate language, e-mail us. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

When you click on the "Post Comment" button above to submit your comments, you are indicating your acceptance of and are agreeing to the Terms of Service. You can also read our Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest Videos in TV

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP