Washington Life‘s Executive Editor Michael Clements, one of the two hosts of this weekend’s debut WL TV show, calls the new program “the last piece of real estate” in this town. Clements, who co-hosts with Managing Editor Karen Tanabe, insists Washington Life has access others don’t.
“What’s important is the access we have…like the private events at people’s homes that Politico Click and other bloggers are not going to get into – or maybe it’s just too high end for them,” he said.
That said, Clements says the show is a “pilot” the publication hopes to make weekly come spring. “We’re having fun with it. Nothing too serious. Well, I mean, for example, we run some pictures of the Salahis, so we did a quick 30 seconds. We just ran the photos. We didn’t ask if it’s a security breach, did they crash or didn’t they crash. Just here are the photos, enjoy type of thing.”
Hosts will air segments with socialite Pamela Sorenson on best dressed and Paul Wharton on fashion events. There won’t, however, be in-studio sit-down interviews.
Clements thinks that can be a big bore. “I’m not really a fan of the sit-down interview,” he said. “I think it slows it down. Our model is really E!, the Ryan Seacrest kind of show.”