Roughly eighteen months after his "retirement" from the venerable chat show Larry King Live (and a mere six months after his complete departure from CNN), 78-year-old TV legend Larry King has returned to the world of nightly talk. What channel will he be on, you might ask? The answer. None of them. The still sharp as a tack septuagenarian is taking his talents to the internet, the Hulu video streaming service to be exact.
Larry King Now premiered last night, and retains much of the same formatting of King's CNN program, although minus the call-in portion for obvious reasons. The show will debut new 30-minute episodes every Monday-Thursday night, and features celebrity interviews along with discussion of the news of that day. The first episode featured King interviewing Family Guy and "Ted" creator Seth McFarlane. Other guests this week will include Meghan McCain (author and daughter of Sen. John McCain), and "Magic Mike" star Matthew McConaughey.
King himself issued the following statement - "I have always been driven to innovate, from my time on radio, to the first call-in show on national television, to being an early adopter of online columns and Twitter. I am thrilled about our partnership with Hulu - I love being able to interact directly with audiences, and digital TV allows me to do this in new and powerful ways."
The premiere episode can be watched in its entirety here. If you enjoyed King's CNN show, you'll probably like it. If you didn't like his style before, you probably won't dig it now either.
Will you watch Larry King's new talk show? Should more shows of this type be broadcast online?