A program that’s billed as “the most interactive show on television” is pushing the interactivity factor even higher. Fusion announced today that “The Chris Gethard Show” — which the network also calls the most unpredictable show on TV — will produce a full-length virtual reality episode.
Fusion is partnering with immersive entertainment company Surreal on the project, with the VR episode being produced as a complement to the TV broadcast of the Aug. 6 installment of the series. Kumail Nanjiani of “Silicon Valley” will be a guest on the episode.
VR viewers will have a virtual front-row seat in the audience along with access to behind-the-scenes content. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Fusion.
Said Gethard: “At ‘The Chris Gethard Show,’ we try to make the audience a part of the experience and really put them in control. With virtual reality technology, we’re proud to make the experience of attending a taping available to anyone anywhere in a real way. It doesn’t matter if you’re in New York City with us anymore. You get to be a part of this.”
Fusion Chief Programming Officer Wade Beckett added: “Audience interaction and participation has been a hallmark of ‘The Chris Gethard Show’ since its inception. We’re excited to partner with Surreal and enter uncharted territory of interactivity, allowing viewers to have an even deeper personal experience with Chris and the TCGS crew. It certainly won’t be boring — of this, we are certain.”