Popular Radio Show Headed to TV

Nov 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A popular radio show is making its way to television, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog

The show is public radio’s "Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!," which will become a one-hour television special on BBC America. The special is envisioned as a test for what could be a longer run, the story reports.

BBC America will tape the show’s 2011 year-in-review edition and televise it on Dec. 23, with the idea that the cable network and NPR are "testing and learning," according to an NPR representative, the story notes. TV networks often commission one-hour specials as tests for whether a show might work as series, the story points out.

It’s not the first time a TV version of the show has been talked about. CBS worked on a pilot for a "Wait Wait" series in 2008, but the pilot didn’t move forward, the story says.

The radio program’s creator, Doug Berman, said in a statement that the TV special will be “pretty much what we do every week, except NPR has to add a budget line for pants."


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