This American Life: Act 1 -- TV show imminent
Then I arrived at This American Life. The first time I ever heard this show I was driving somewhere at night, and I found myself circling my destination just so I could finish hearing the story they had on. It'll suck you in quicker than a subplot involving AJ on The Sopranos, and is far more diverse. In a way, it's like a combination of all of the above-mentioned shows; they mash-up music, news, esoterica, slices of Americana and more into a retro-radio format. And it's all (finally) coming to a TV set near you.
We reported that TAL would be coming to Showtime well over a year ago, and it looks like they've cracked the nut and figured out how to bring the show from the radio to television. All Things Considered talked to Ira Glass and members of the production staff earlier this week, and he discussed the difficulties in translating the show. A particularly amusing note from the story is that Glass will host things from his desk -- which will appear at various locations across America, like on Utah's Salt Flats. It'll be the "And now for something completely different" announcer from Monty Python's Flying Circus for a new generation.
Also, Glass lost 30 pounds to appear on TV (which translates to 20, since the camera adds ten), so he's really taking this seriously. He's America's über-radio nerd, and soon you can put a face to that voice in your head. We'll be watching it on Showtime and our iPods. In fact, with podcasting being so prevalent now, does anyone take the time to listen to the radio anymore?