Blog Post

Whose Web Shows Should Be on TV?

Stay on Top of Enterprise Technology Trends

Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Join the Community!

TV shows filled with web clips don’t work (R.I.P. Online Nation, Web Junk, et al), as Liz recently pointed out. So why not transport an entire web show? Many web series are powered by strong personalities — who from the small screen should make the leap to the big flat screen? (And don’t get all uppity and say traditional TV is dead, because the average U.S. household still watches more than eight hours of television a day — so put that in your cathode ray tube and smoke it.)

Some of these people and their shows may already have TV deals. (So many have been handed out, it’s hard to keep track.) Whether they do or not, these shows should be rushed into production and put on the air now.

Makezine’s Bre Pettis. Anyone who can teach you how to create a ring out of a quarter, assemble a Rubik’s cube out of dice or turn a theremin into a weekend project and keep it entertaining deserves way more air time than Ty Pennington.

Though the cute-girl-hosting-a-web-show business model is tiresome, Cali Lewis on still pulls it off with aplomb. She has such an easy on-camera presence, and the show itself is a great rundown of what’s going on with gadgets and tech.


They’d strangle me with an ironic t-shirt for saying it, but Vice Magazine’s would be awesome on the boob tube. As Jason Tanz over at Wired points out, the Vice crew is doing some extremely dangerous, and extremely entertaining news coverage. Case in point: This story about a designer of bullet-proof clothing, and the reporter gets shot to test the product. Give these guys a travel budget!But what do you think? Which web shows would you like to see make the move to TV? Tell us in the comments section.

14 Responses to “Whose Web Shows Should Be on TV?”

  1. I’m not going to get on here and badmouth TV (mostly because I would like to be on it), but I am going to plug the show I’ve been working on (with as little irony as I can muster).

    It’s a full-length sitcom made for the internet, because getting those meetings with network execs is more difficult than some would like you to believe.

    And, I have to say, you were pretty remiss in skipping over “Break a Leg.”

  2. are you trying to say that this is better use of time for people than to watch then Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where people are helping each other out and being good citizens and getting the message across of love and charity to people in this country who really need it? yeah you might learn to make a ring out of a quarter. really cool, for about 3 days, but who is that helping? no one. everyone can have an opinion, but you should check your opinions by the national number of people who are watching ty pennington every week. i understand you may just be using him as an example, but honestly, if you’re going to use an example as a crap show, turn on mtv for 10 minutes and see how beneficial it is.

  3. I’m quite surprised that the Current TV concept has yet to be ripped off. The format could work as a weekly or daily 30-60 minute series.

    The problem with shows like Online Nation or Web Junk was that they were showing clips made for the net. If people used Current’s mentality, where the net is the “minor leagues” to TV’s “majors”, the Web-Broadcast model could find success.

  4. The following plug is not shameless. Rest assured, it fills me with great shame to do this, especially since Karina already gave us a very nice writeup here at NTV. But nevertheless:

    It’s an ongoing saga about the lives of struggling animal actors in Hollywood. At this point, we’re starting to wonder why Animal Planet hasn’t called.

  5. Chris-

    In my opinion anyone can have access to pitch a show if they are persistent enough. Also, this whole topic is a bit moot, because truth be told, none of these shows would pass the stringent standards imposed by networks—if TV execs were interested in one of these series they would most likely have to start from scratch.


  6. Long as we’re shameless plugging here, you might want to check out some of the shows on (which is going thru a revamp at the moment). An episode of our series HolyLandTV has been airing on CurrentTV this week, although I don’t think thats what you’re talking about in this article.

    Also, I’m of the opinion that videos for the web should be either too controversial for TV or too interactive to pull off on TV, otherwise the medium is not really taken advantage of. Personally, if I had a show that I thought belongs on TV and has no distinct advantage being online then I’d pitch it to TV.