How peculiar. In order to fit the 60-minute episodes of Sex God Rock n Roll with Stuart Davis (an upcoming late-night interview/entertainment show) into the 30-minute slot being provided by HDNet, they’re deleting the interviews from the show.
Granted, the best parts of the show may indeed be Davis’ monologue, the skits, the fake commercials, and the music (which Davis initially did not do too much of, but which HDNet asked for more of). But the show was originally modeled on late night talk shows — albeit, with unconventional thinkers for guests rather than celebrities.
The 60-minute versions of the episodes will be available online, and it sounds as if there’s a chance that the 60-minute versions might be what ends up on DVD later this year. So fans will get the expanded versions if they seek them out… but the nationwide audience of viewers who only tune in live will not.
I hope that the DVD season set really does get the full-length versions. I expect that when the expense of replicating 2-DVDs versus 1-DVD is taken into consideration, the short versions will end up being used.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m not sure if I am supposed to have a feeling about this. It seems kind of ironic. A bit disappointing, but not necessarily outright bad. If the DVDs get the full-length versions then I think I’ll feel good about this, based on the theory that fans who buy the DVDs or rent them from Netflix will be a receptive audience.
But if the DVDs end up being the short versions, then it appears that a really good hour long show got sacrificed in order to make a great half hour show.