The View is shaking things up
by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 1st 2009 10:27AM
You might think that after finally breaking through at the Daytime Emmys and winning the golden statuette in the category Outstanding Host(s), the folks at ABC's The View would be resting on their laurels. Not so. The View is shaking up their production effective immediately.
According to Bill Geddie, executive producer, they're going to try and make The View more interactive, which is code for using email and web cams and other newfangled Internet sort of things to reach out to the viewers.
Look, there's nothing wrong with change and slapping on a new coat of paint is probably a good idea. In fact, there will be a new opening and the set will have a spiffy new color scheme. Geddie plans to also stick a camera (or two) in the green room where you can see guests before they come onto the set. Of course if you believe that anybody in the green room waiting to appear won't know that they might be caught on camera, you probably think reality shows are unplanned, too.
The changes are mostly cosmetic, but I do wonder about the idea of getting viewers to submit questions. Seriously, there are five hosts on the show already asking questions. Even if Barbara Walters is not there, that's still four loquacious ladies peppering a guest with queries. When will they fit in a question from Sarah in Suburbia? They will try, I'm sure, especially in the first month or so when the Skype hook up in new, but I predict it's going to get old really quick.
By the way, since they're revamping the set, I suggest they go for the Kathy Griffin look and put the Emmys right on the desk for everyone to see everyday. After 12 years, they've earned the chance to gloat.