Monday, August 22, 2016

PHOTOS: Houston Life debuts on #KPRC2 with a zombie

Houston Life debuts on KPRC 2 with a quick paced format

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Just like a bunch of other Houstonians' first day today, the hosts and crew of Houston Life are starting out fresh, not in a classroom, but a brand new locally produced KPRC 2 lifestyle show.

Hosts Jennifer Broome (former WOAI San Antonio meteorologist, FOX 31 KDVR Denver's Good Day Colorado) and Derrick Shore (formerly of KCET Los Angeles) started the show by jumping out of a plane in a recorded segment (now doing that live would have been a technical masterpiece). I would imagine the skydiving stunt is a great metaphor for the first day launch of a new talk show.

After a catchy theme song (complete with lyrics), through the magic of TV, the next us viewers saw were the hosts live from their new studio digs at the swanky Houston Galleria expansion next to Nordstrom. The duo even got some cheers as they ran through the set door from the shopping mall crowd.

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If you've ever worked in television, then you know soap opera fans are passionate. The ones who are still watching, even more so, as their viewing options are dwindling. Shore calmed tensions by quickly mentioning that Days of Our Lives was moving from 1pm to right after Houston Life at 2pm.

Like Sands through an hourglass, these are the days of our zombies? Yes, after a quick clip of the hosts skydiving again, a zombie was featured chained on set. I am not joking. Did not expect this. Turns out it was a quick segment about the Houston Escape Room game with what I'm guessing was a fake professor. I wonder if the show will ever let me come on the air dressed as a werewolf?

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Houston Life doesn't seem to stay on anyone subject too long. Next, it was a whirlwind tour of places around the Bayou City. We saw a quick clip of the hosts at iFLY. Then a quick edited package segment of the hosts at Topgolf.

After the first commercial break, Chef Ronnie Killen was live in the studio doing one of the things he does best...barbecue and the sauces to go with it. From personal experience, if you want to eat at Killen's Barbecue in Pearland, get there early. The menu items go fast and once all the food is gone, the place shuts down for the day. This was the longest segment of the show so far.

After the second commercial break, the hosts appeared in a recorded segment participating in a beer bicycle tour to the Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Once at the beer HQ, they got a behind the scenes tour of the operation. And just to show that Shore has no fear, he went to the main beer hall full of customers and danced around interviewing people while wearing a lederhosen. I believe this was a Houston TV first for me.

Obviously the show is live, so after break three, the hosts checked back with KPRC 2 meteorologist Justin Stapleton for a quick weather update. Next up, an edited package segment of Shore and Broome getting batty at the Waugh Drive Bat Colony. A favorite of Houston TV feature segments. This was followed by an in studio interview with bat expert Suzanne Jurek.

Not related to the show, but during the next TV ads, I learned The Texas Hammer, attorney Jim Adler, is being joined by his son Bill, who is also a Texas Hammer. I never thought we would have two hammers.

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Reporter Stephanie Gerry was up next in an edited package report from Houston Texans tailgating. The package went to black all of a sudden, then Gerry was in the studio with the hosts for more tailgating talk with Houston Pitmaker. Afterwards Houston Texans cheerleaders showed up talking about their new calendar! The cheerleaders displayed a proclamation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring today Houston Life Day.

After the break, was an in studio interview with the principal and students from the British International School of Houston with a few performances. This seemed to be one of the longer segments of the show.

The show ended with cake, confetti and champagne. The zombie stayed around for this too. Maybe he should have come back to help kill a little time (insert rim shot).

Broome and Shore appear to have good chemistry and are clearly comfortable doing this type of format.

Houston Life Executive Producer Don Graham who helped start and was in charge of KHOU 11's Great Day Houston for many years, clearly has lots of experience in the talk show arena. In fact, he even did time as the Executive in Charge of Production for the The Gayle King Show back in the 90s.

One thing Graham and the staff seem to want is to keep the attention of the Facebook generation. For the most part, the show moves at such a quick pace that viewers never really get too much of one thing. One could argue there might not be a lot of in depth information, but on the flip side, if anything gets too boring, viewers won't have time to flip the channel (or start browsing social media on the so-called second screen).

Outside of the one blank screen and time to kill at the end, the show seemed pretty error free. That's quite a feat since the show takes place live from a location other than an actual TV studio. The only other problem was with the channel 2 website. Online users were promised a livestream of the show but it wasn't there. Where the video player was supped to be was a graphic. I saw a complaint on the show's Facebook page too.

What are your thoughts on the new show?

UPDATE
Mike McGuff shares his thoughts on KPRC 2's Houston Life with Health Fitness Revolution

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52 comments:

  1. I give it till the end of the year.

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  2. This will NOT last long! KPRC-TV will move "Days Of Our Lives" back to the 1:00pm spot once this gimmick local show gets cancelled!

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  3. wait so you got some guy from LA and a meteorologist who just moved from San Antonio to tell me about Houston Life, right that makes plenty of sense.

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    1. Channel 2 obviosly couldnt find anyone in Houston good enough to host this show. So they brought in some fresh outsiders. Since they are learing about the city they will bring a new perspective to the reporting. You'll learn so much more about the city now watching it.

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    2. New perspective? Right, they went straight to IFly and did the same exact thing every station's done probably at least twice since it opened more than a year ago.

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    3. someone sounds mad, if you don't like it DON'T WATCH

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    4. Good idea! If we don't watch it, then they won't bring in good ratings and it will be gone. You are a genius!

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    5. If I don't like it don't watch? Yea i gave it 5 minutes online and stopped. IF you don't like my comment, don't read and respond. Last I checked YOU responded to my post, not the other way around. Take your own advice and leave it alone.

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    6. You sound like a bitter old person who's show was moved lol, something tells me you live a very boring and sad life, go put ya dentures in and shut up

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    7. ANON AT 5:35

      You sound like an uneducated person. I mean, you don't know the difference between " who's" and " whose." hahahahaha. Kind of seems like you are projecting how you feel about yourself onto others.

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    8. Bitter? Old? No I just have pride in my city and don't want to see it represented by "Houston Transplant Life."

      Isn't Houston the most diverse city in America? When am I going to see a Hispanic or Asian featured? So far it's just, hey let's just do what we usually do, and hang out with people we'd usually hang out with anyway. Get out of your comfort zone, especially if you're a transplant.

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    9. I agree with you, but most of the anchors and reporters in this city are " minorities" and people like you DON'T complain about that, but yet here is one show with white people, who are still the majority here, and that is a problem? There are times when I watch the news, where there are no white anchors on any of the stations, but oddly people don't complain about that.

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  4. I caught this show by accident....I was not impressed at all.
    I cannot see this show surviving....it belongs on Sunday mornings, slow down and stop trying to pack so much into one show. I can't believe they actually pay people to come up with this crap.

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  5. Seems like it would be better as a 30 minute show.

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  6. I absolutely loved it! Something fresh, upbeat and local to the screen. They seem like awesome people and I think they will put on a super fun show. PS. Shocked by how many people are complaining about Days moving up one hour..... does this truly affect your life? If so, I feel bad for you.

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    1. So you feel sorry for the Channel 2 viewers who support and watch Days of our Lives?

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    2. No, I feel sorry for the people who complain that the show (which still exists may I remind you) moved up one hour. It didn't go anywhere. Moved one hour.

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    3. You feel bad for people, because they don't like a show and watch another show and are mad about it moving? That's sad. You obviously work on the show, so if the show shouldn't affect people's lives, then you don't care if they watch it, right? If they don't watch it, then it does not get ratings and you and the others lose their jobs. Should we then feel bad for you?

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  7. Houston Life, hosted by two people from somewhere else who have no idea about Houston life. Perfect.

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    1. Those outside agitators, who don't know squat about TX!

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  8. Brilliant show! Great ideas and a lot of fun! This is definitely a great addition to Houston! And everyone can Keep any negative comments to themselves

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    1. Brilliant???
      Oh yes...such a great addition to Houston.
      Brilliant...will be when it gets cancelled.

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  9. Agree with the comment above...the show should be 30 minutes instead of an hour. And having the hosts actually be from Houston, too. Give the show a couple of months to evolve. However, if the Sales staff can't sell it, it'll be gone.

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    1. This show is all about sales. Many of its segments are paid for. Meaning an advertiser pays thousands of dollars for the hosts to interview them or come to their business to film it. It doesn't matter if people are watching. It matters if advertisers are buying time on it.

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    2. They should air it in place of their 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 newscasts.

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  10. This show (almost...) sucks as much as KPRC's slew of incompetent anchors & reporters.

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  11. I don't like Channel 2. I am one who watches Days yes. It does feel weird with it on against GH. Been so used to it at 1 pm right there good time to eat lunch and watch.

    I saw this HL and don't like it at all. But nice place to do it Galleria of course.

    But myself not impressed at all and myself even an hour is too long for it. But they needed the local show after their hour and a half news since KPRC thinks they need to be on top and have overboard with their news and go with KHOU who has theirs away from when the other two did anyways for the 11 am slot.

    I am not impressed with a lot of the people at KPRC: Dominique, Owen is iffy. Donchey with her times trying to do Breaking News stories she would put me to sleep.

    But be a miracle if show lasts. But don't know how long it was committed too as they are running out of programming to put on in afternoons guess these days.

    Too bad the show can't be on in wee hours of morning before the news or something.

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    1. "General Hospital" will destroy "Days of Our Lives" in the 2:00pm slot!

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  12. I'm surprised that Ruben Galvan wasn't hired as a host.

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    1. OMG.....I just threw up!

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    2. Ruben could have brought the diversity teh show needs to survive.

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    3. Ruben was horrible. He made Hasti Thagi look as professional as Connie Chung.

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  13. Caught some this afternoon. I thought it was pretty bad. You could hear a lot of the background noise from the mall. Cameras poorly placed. The male host seemed clueless.
    I see this cancelled in 3-6 months, Days moved back to 1, and Rachel Ray repeats filling in.

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  14. It is the debut of a new show! Let it breathe before you smother it with petty, negative comments. At least its a local, live show, and it is a refreshing change from the boring,past it's prime Great Day Houston! It is time for new YOUNGER FACES!

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    1. Just because you don't like the comments does not mean they are petty, or negative. You sound like one of the people who works there. Hate to tell you this, but one day you are going to be old and people will say the same thing about you. Intelligent people don't base things on age, or looks, but on talent. Maybe, you will learn that when you get older. BTW, it's the same exact thing as GD, so basically, you are copying them. Why couldn't you guys come up with something original?

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  15. I wish the Olympics were still on so we didn't have to puke in our mouths watching this, or watching incompetence like Reyna, Dom, Marlboro Man, Rack and Donchey on the news.

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    1. Anyone who saw KPRC's weak high school/college/pro football show tonight has the same takeaways:
      - McIlvoy sucks
      - Rach McNeil is nowhere as talented as she thinks
      - Sarah Donkey should never do any spot that focuses on sports
      - If you want sports, find a different channel. these dolts blow chunks and eat it afterwards.

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  16. Apparently you have not read all of the comments above! Many are negative and yes, petty. But that is my opinion, and I have a right to express it just as much as those who have comments I don't agree with. There is no reason to attack people and their intelligence who express views you don't like. Now that is ignorance! I was just expressing that the show is not even a week old. Give it it a chance before you write it off. And if you don't like it..don't watch! period.

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    1. You sound like someone whom plays victim a lot. You are attacking peoples, so I pointed out you don't know the difference between those two words and somehow you think I'm the one attacking and it's, because I don't like you. Um,okay. You are trying to manipulate what you have said and what others have said in response to you, but it's not working. Just because YOU think they are negative and petty, does not mean they are. Why do you get to have an opinion, but the opinions of others, are " negative" and " petty?" Now, go back to playing a victim and acting like you are the innocent one. Once again, if people don't watch it, it will go off the air.hahahaha. Maybe, you should listen to critics, because they may be right and it may make you and your show better.

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  17. I seriously doubt the debut of 'Great Day Houston' was nothing to write home about, either. KPRC's sister station in San Antonio airs a similar show at the exact same time and it's a dominant No. 1 in its time slot. It's also No. 1 among all the lifestyle shows in SA ... there are 4. So I think they've got a decent shot with this. It could use a better lead-in, though. The hosts are fine ... Jennifer is a sweetheart and Derrick had me laughing during a couple of the pre-taped pieces. Stop being jealous.

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    1. You got us! We are all just " jealous." That is the answer to everything when people don't agree, or give their opinion. Kind of weird you know them by their first names and act like you know them. It's obvious you are one of them; work there, or maybe do PR for them. If not, you kind of come across as stalker like.

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    2. Seriously? You think I must know them bc I referred to them as Jennifer and Derrick instead of Ms. Broome and Mr. Shore? I guess you refer to Bill and Dominique as Mr. Balleza and Ms. Sachse? Didn't think so.

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    3. Boo, I don't refer to them as anything. I don't care about them. I care about the news, which they are there to report. It's not about them and this is why the media has gotten so bad, because they and people like you think it is about them. You are acting like you know them, or are in love with them. People like you usually don't see how you are coming across. If you don't work with them or are them, then you are coming across as someone with unnatural affections towards them.

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  18. Wow. U r so bitter. I feel sorry for you. Obviously u r the jealous one. Jealous of Houston life, because sadly, you don't have one of your own. So sad.

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    1. You got me! I'm bitter, jealous, don't have a life. You are just so original with your comments. I'm cool if you want to call me jealous, but tell me exactly what I'm jealous of. They are all average-looking with a lot of makeup, so am I jealous of their looks? Am I jealous that they work in Houston and don't have the talent of Walter Cronkite? Am I jealous they will probably cancel the show? Now, you are just too uneducated for me to deal with any longer, so bye!! Good luck when you lose your job!

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  19. This argument is like critiquing the Kardashians. The show is light and fluffy with little substance. It's not great, it's not bad, it just is what it is...pay for play infotainment. Cut them some slack, or just change the dial if you don't like it.

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  20. What is going on at KPRC?? Reporters are leaving like crazy and now this dopey show.

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    1. Did you see their two weak anchors on today's Saturday AM news? For a top 10 media market, my friends and I remain puzzled how EVERY newscast, EVERY day, has unqualified millennials, incompetent plastic women, or worthless senior citizens pretending to be professional journalists. (Except Syan and Andy.)

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  21. I'll tune in to Ch 2 in about 15 minutes. If this show is still on the air after it's astonishing failure last week, I'll know with all certainty that the station has no clue.

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  22. I tuned in today just long enough to see:

    1. it is unfortunately still on air, and
    2. part of a segment where the dude host was flapping his gums while peddling on an exercise bike, and the blonde dudette was heavily perspiring on her exercise bike and appeared about 1/4 mile away from cardiac arrest.

    I changed channels soon after that. I don't know just how many shades of red her face got, or if she indeed had a heart attack.

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  23. Well, Anon 2:53PM, she is like 50 years old and obviously tipping the scales at 160+. She probably got winded just tying her tennis shoes for that segment.

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  24. I watched it for the first time today and turned it off after they had the radio people on. They were all talking over one another and the girl DJ was giggling too much for me. It didn't seem like the hosts had much chemistry and I didn't really think they needed 3 people from radio to discuss what was happening. They could have just had the one guy who was in the middle of the girl and the other guy. I felt he was the best one. This is going to come across as negative, but I don't see this show lasting more than 2 years, if that. Who knows though, because the one on 11 and Isiah's show on 26 are just as bad and are still one. I guess it's cheaper than anything else they would have on at that time. Money talks!

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