Charlie Ebersol, one of the co-executive producers of the new NBC News show “The Wanted,” says the show is aimed squarely at a younger audience. The 26-year-old son of NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol tells the LA Times‘ Matea Gold, “I will face criticism for what my show looks like, but my belief is kids my age want to see production value.
You tell me if they’re going to watch Charlie Gibson at 10 o’clock on Monday or my show?,” asked Ebersol (left, in photo, with Adam Ciralsky another co-EP). By the way, “The Wanted’s” premiere at 10pm tonight is up against a new ABC reality show “Dating in the Dark,” not featuring Charlie Gibson, and pretty much that same “kids my age” audience.
Dateline EP David Corvo says “The Wanted’s” style “is “certainly out of the comfort zone of a traditional news program.” (Think: the Jason Bourne series of movies) “But to me it was an interesting way to grab people’s attention.”
“I wouldn’t do ‘Dateline’ that way. It’s just not our training and not our style. But I think it has value,” Corvo tells Gold.