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January 13th, 2004

The John Henson Project

As a fan of John Henson’s work on Talk Soup (c’mon, you know he was by far the best host… only Hal Sparks came close), I was excited to see he was finally returning to the television fold with The John Henson Project on SpikeTV (formerly TNN). While I’m happy to say he’s kept much of what worked for him at Talk Soup (including much of his staff and his general style and demeanor), there are a few things about the first episode I think need to be ironed out.

  1. Don’t go for the Man Show vibe. The whole “Spike TV” thing was pretty passe before it even started, but John Henson works best when he’s not trying to “appeal to the guys.”
  2. Stop saying “ass” so much. I understand they’re trying to be more edgy than Talk Soup, but they said “ass” so many times, it just felt forced.
  3. Slow down. The pace is breakneck with about an hour’s worth of sketches, interviews, and segments crammed into 22 minutes.
  4. Lose the audience (there is an audience, right?). Talk Soup worked so well because the audible staff was small. Only a few people here and there, not more than four.
  5. Finally, the urinal sketch would have been ten times funnier if it was in black and white.

And there you go. That’s all they need to do to fix the show.

Welcome back, Skunk Boy.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Dave
DATE: Tuesday January 13, 2004 -- 3:28:56 am
Took him a long time to get his show on the air.. I remember way back when he said he was leaving talk soup for some other project but who knew it would take this long..

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday January 13, 2004 -- 9:13:23 am
Dear Lord, it's Skunk Boy!

I've been waiting for him to return as well. A while back it was rumored that ABC was going to give him a late night spot to compete with Leno and Letterman... I'm glad he remains on basic cable.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 13, 2004 -- 9:20:03 am
I think he may have even gotten that spot on ABC, but if the show aired, it was only for a very short time (ah, yes, I guess that would be The Television Show with John Henson.

FROM: Kate
DATE: Tuesday January 13, 2004 -- 4:06:39 pm
Does anybody know if he's related to Jim Henson?

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 13, 2004 -- 5:55:12 pm
I read that his job at ABC was as a producer.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday January 13, 2004 -- 6:31:44 pm
Hal Sparks was horrible as a host of Talk Soup. Greg Kinnear was untouchable until John Henson came along. But that Hal Sparks was a little too Queer as Folk for my tastes.

uhg February 17, 2008, 1:58 am

no hes not related to jim henson

Adelle April 20, 2008, 2:32 pm

My friend ryan is John Hensons Nephew.

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