Five years ago this March, I joined some of the biggest names from The Washington Post, plus Mike Wise, on the set of Comcast SportsNet’s new 90-minute daily talk show, “Washington Post Live.” The show promised locally based interviews, analysis, commentary and news, featuring both the CSN stable of talent and a bunch of print journalism types without much television experience.
Since then, the show changed hosts (from Russ Thaler to Ivan Carter), sets (from a coffee table roundtable to those weird bar chairs back to a coffee table roundtable), theme songs (don’t ask), length (from 90 minutes to 60 minutes to 30 minutes) and time slots (from the early evening to the late night).
But Washington Post Live, whatever it was, kept going, outlasting every pro coach in this town from 2007. And now, finally, the end has come, at least as far as the business relationship between The Post and CSN is concerned.
“Comcast SportsNet’s business relationship with The Washington Post as it relates to the name and other aspects of its daily entertainment show will expire at the end of the year,” a CSN spokesman said in a statement Monday evening. “The network will continue to have a live, half-hour entertainment program each weekday.”
Further details about what that program will be are not available at this time, but whatever it is, it won’t be WPL. Expect a retrospective video, filled with Mike Wise screaming at the camera, in the near future.