Does this mean "urban" radio stations will begin airing prestige dramas? Nah, right?
It was announced the other day that Desus and Mero are bolting the foundering Viceland for Showtime, and then a day or two later it was announced that Charlamagne Tha God has signed a deal with HBO to appear in a series of four interview specials.
It sounds like maybe HBO announced the Charlamagne deal to compete with Showtime, because that's where HBO is at this point: borrowing ideas from Showtime. What's next, an HBO version of "Californication?" I'd watch, provided there was enough nudity.
I know HBO has done other deals with podcasters. There was a Bill Simmons show that was mercifully done away with in its infancy, like they do in China, and there was a series of four specials by a couple of black chicks with that same buhweet hairdo that a lot of black feminists wear.
There may have also been a show with the guys who host Pod Save America, but obviously I would never watch anything that has to do with politics. I'm like Kendrick Lamar in that my insights are worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, but I don't know how any of this shit actually works.
According to an article in the New York Times the other day written by someone from the Shade Room, Desus and Mero's show on Viceland had fewer viewers than any other late night show, including a show I never heard of on a network I never heard of (it might be a Roku channel), but they're big on Black People Twitter.
It'll be interesting to see how that translates to Showtime, which, for what it's worth, did recently air a Mass Appeal-produced hip-hop documentary that may or may not have been stitched together using leftover footage from the extremely exciting Netflix series "Rapture."