The Boss Button

I read a discussion board entry about a show called “The Class,” which airs on CBS. I went to the CBS site where episodes are available online. After a few minutes of watching I knew the show wasn’t for me, but I did find something very interesting.

That’s a screen capture of the bottom of the video player. Along with the the ‘normal’ buttons is one that says “BOSS Button.”

I clicked it.

This capture has been resized to fit in my blog, but the video player is replaced with what looks like an email program! I say looks like, because you’re really still in a web browser. If you click anywhere in the faux mail form, you’re back to the video player.

Very clever on CBS’ part. I give it a lifespan under one hour after the first real corporate complaint is lodged.

It does bring up some interesting implications I hadn’t thought of, especially since I work at a business where everyone has a TV at their desk, or nearby. Websites like CBS’ now bring TV to the workplace without asking permission… through the back door, if you will.

For corporate managers, scared already about EBay and IM cutting into productivity, this technology will produce sleepless nights.

Blogger’s note: I have been told the BOSS button also was on the video player for last year’s online coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Saturday Night Live – You’ve Got To Be Kidding

Over the last 32 years I have moved back and forth as a fan of Saturday Night Live. Over time the show has been both brilliant and horrendous.

We’ve re-entered the horrendous stage.

Last night’s SNL was virtually laugh free. That’s bad, because along with canning some of the on-air staff, there have been changes to the writers as well, including Tina Fey, the head writer, gone to “30 Rock.”

Funny situations were confused with funny dialog. That’s a beginner’s mistake. If the setup is inherently funny by you go nowhere, you’ve failed.

For me, it started with Dane Cook’s monologue. Stef said it was material she hadn’t seen before – laudable. But it wasn’t funny. Mostly it was forced, as if he were saying, “This is where you’re supposed to laugh,” nervously.

I will give the show some more time. I hope it finds its footing, but this is not encouraging in any sense. I didn’t see any spark.

In this day of cost conscious networks, there’s no tolerance for the type of slide that took place during the Jean Doumainon era – not by the public, not by the network.

Here are some of the most recent topics from NBC’s Saturday Night Live discussion board. Talk about being hoisted by one’s own petard:

When is Saturday Night Live going to be funny again?

I love SNL BUT …

People actually get paid to write this stuff???

Why can’t SNL be funny?

Negative…Negative people

Dane Cook was right.