Daryl Hall, the blond half of Hall & Oates, responsible for such hits as "She's Gone" and "Rich Girl" is blazing a new path on the Internet. His is one of the many web happenings that's getting the attention of TV execs at their convention in Miami Beach.
Hall, who at 64, is sporting a much better look than he did in the '80s, made an appearance during a day-two panel discussion. Yes, his face is weathered, but he's sporting a cool goatee and a serious rocker's haircut. Not unlike Jimmy Carter, he's been able to reshape his image somewhat: less pop rocker and more well-respected musician.
He earned my respect as he patiently waited after the panel as a gaggle of journalists threw questions his direction. My favorite question was how he'd feel about a Hall & Oates "Glee" episode. (Hey, I'm a TV guy.) Find out the answer to this question and more when I file my weekly column on Friday to naplesnews.com. It will also appear in print on Saturday.
So why is Hall at a TV executives conference? He started this little web show called "Live From Daryl's House." The concept is simple and cuts a wide swath through age demographics.
Hall invites musicians -- from legends like Smokey Robinson and Todd Rundgren to hot young whippersnappers like Rob Thomas and Neon Trees -- to a barn/recording studio in upstate New York. He asks that they dress in their normal clothes; act as they would when they're just hanging out. They talk and they jam and the cameras roll.
The concept has caught the attention of producer Scott Sternberg ("Hey Paula") and Sean Comptom, president of programming for Tribune.
Tribune gave the show a trial run on New Year's Eve, airing a special on the company-owned WGN in Chicago. Compton says his company was impressed with the numbers for the broadcast, especially given how little promotion it received. That means we may be seeing a lot more of Hall.
My second day at the conference included dropping in on panel discussions on reality TV. I met the woman responsible for the "Jersey Shore." With her f-bombs and in-your-face attitude, she seemed more like a cast member than a producer. I also attended a panel with the guys and gals who make -- and still believe in -- scripted dramas. It's good information, especially if you harbor a secret desire to be a screen writer. More on both will come in future columns.
Regis Philbin and Mary Hart are receiving their Legacy Awards as I type this. There's a planned meeting up with them tomorrow for my day-three online filing.
Gregory Stetson, program director for WINK-TV, and Joe Schwartzel, president of 6 TV, gave me some scoop on new acquisitions headed to their channels. For now, all I will say is I have a pretty good idea of what's replacing "Oprah" on WINK.
Want to know more? Stay Tuned!
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.