Tom Merrit's New Shows - Do you care about the copy factor?
by zonerover - 6/23/10 12:43 AM
Note: Sorry if this just in the wrong place because there doesn't seem to be a specific forum or another obvious place to put this.
I posted a while ago about Tom Merritt's BOL clone Tech News Today. The general flow of comments seemed to be that both shows are enjoyable, but that BOL is skewed towards more rambles/opinions while TNT is tighter and more news focused. Still though, the fact that both shows have news headlines, opinions on those headlines, then voicemails and emails at the end of the show do make them extremely similar.
Tom was alluding to having a new show on Revision 3 last week on his Twitter feed, but now we find its... exactly the same show that he hosted on CNET but with a new name. Tom's Top 5 except for the name changes is exactly the same in content. With Brian taking on Tom's mannerisms to keep CNET's Top 5 the same for old viewers, I can't help but feel that TNT and BOL are more like identical twins - these Top 5 shows are really the clones.
I guess from the viewpoint of choice there's no real disappointment having two prominent tech-based Top 5 shows and two prominent daily news shows every week. But somehow I just have a odd feeling in my stomach about how Tom is able to just leave CNET and take all his old shows with him.
You could argue that as one of the co-creators of BOL that he's entitled to doing this. There's nothing stopping him from doing this since you can't really trademark a show's format (morning shows and late night shows are all effectively clones). However, even while I'm enjoying TNT and really liked the first Tom's Top 5, I can't help but feel that copying yet another show is crossing some invisible morale line inside of me. What show is coming next - Tom's Super Deal?
Note: Because of the crossover, I'm also going to be posting the bulk of this post on the Revision 3 forums.