Sunday, February 7, 2016
Prairie Home Companion After Two Weeks of Chris Thile
Chris Thile is very talented, very energetic, very versatile and charismatic, not to mention extremely good looking, but if Prairie Home Companion is going to turn into The Chris Thile Concert-Show it's a big mistake. Maybe it's the difference between a writer turned performer and a performer turned writer but he could put himself in the background a bit more of the time. He's just starting and maybe he'll get the hang of it but if it's going to be all about him it doesn't need two hours every week. He needs to remove himself from some of the segments, many of the skits. He's established his talent he doesn't need to prove it. Some of his friends are also very talented but in the context of this weeks show it kind of grated at times.
I can understand Garrison Keillor deciding to retire, it must have been an enormous amount of work to produce that many shows a year not to mention the touring. I don't have any problem with the show changing with a new host, every job ends, every career ends and even popular art needs to constantly hear from new minds and voices to be worth anything. It's wrong to want it to stay the same thing that it was, it should reflect the new host. I wish Chris Thile and the rest of the staff years of success and think they'll probably make the adjustment.
Posted by The Thought Criminal at 1:26 PM