EXCLUSIVE: Doug Herzog, who ran networks together with MTV and Comedy Central, is to discover the glory days and loopy world of cable TV in a brand new podcast collection.
Herzog, who spent the higher a part of 4 a long time at Viacom, has teamed up with TV critic Jen Chaney and SiriusXM in Fundamental!.
The collection, which is produced along side Pantheon Media, will inform the story of how networks similar to MTV and Comedy Central, in addition to FX and ESPN, modified the tv panorama.
The present will revisit cable’s low-budget, quirky beginnings all the way in which as much as the Emmy Award- successful premium dramas of the fashionable period. Fundamental! will function interviews with the celebrities and key gamers that helped make cable TV crucial utility in any American residence.
It should additionally have a look at milestone moments in primary cable historical past, from Dwell-Help to the Monday Evening Wrestling Wars, from CNN’s 24-hour information protection to the delivery of actuality TV.
Visitors on the podcast embrace Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, Fab 5 Freddy, Cindy Crawford, Neal Brennan and Tim Gunn.
The collection will launch on Could 18.
Herzog was the previous President of the Viacom Music and Leisure group between 2004 and 2017 and later turned a advisor at Quibi. Chaney is a TV critic who has written for the likes of New York journal.
“As a profession cable weasel, I’m thrilled to deliver the key historical past of primary cable to ears in every single place,” stated Herzog. “It by no means had the identical respect of community tv, HBO and even the streamers who threatened to make it out of date. However with a chip on its shoulder, it managed to alter the TV panorama eternally.”
“With streaming choices proliferating by the minute — significantly, two new platforms had been launched within the time it took me to say the start of this sentence — it looks as if an ideal time to revisit the early years of primary cable and observe its evolution and influence on the TV we watch in the present day,” added Chaney. “This podcast will probably be enjoyable, conversational and, hopefully, academic. With Fundamental! on the earth, hopefully no youngster will ever should surprise once more who Beavis or Butthead was.”