The 50th episode of Scott Feinberg’s Awards Chatter podcast for our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter is a good one. Comedian Louis C.K. walks through his youth as an “A/V kid,” a contemplation of NYU film school, his road-warrior stand-up comedian days and the importance of HBO’s Chris Albrecht having once worked as a doorman at The Comedy Store.
Towards the end of the conversation, C.K. addresses the state of digital journalism. He argues that it’s not even what it used to be just a few years ago:
“The last time I did a lot of press was for Season 5 of Louie. And it’s changed since then. Because every time I spoke on the radio, or anything, a kind of staggeringly false thing would get printed about it, on some website. And then picked up by every single news source, without checking. Nobody, nobody, it seems, goes and does their own reporting on these stories. They just pick. Whoever gets it first, that’s the word on it…”
“The reason people misunderstood [about Horace and Pete] is that a specific website, time.com – by the way, my mom grew up reading Time magazine – they wrote “cancels” the show. That is a big leap to take. And they they say, in big letters, now it’s finished.”
“They not only took it out of context. They created a context for it. And no one called me and asked, ‘Did you cancel Horace and Pete?’… Time prints that and everybody else prints it as a fact… It’s just more interesting. It’s a better click.
C.K. is not presently sure if there will be another season of Horace and Pete. He told Feinberg he might also wind up doing a similar type of show, but with a new premise and different cast members.
Screen grab via: time.com