If you’re a person who watches web series, you are familiar with the concept. A series of short installments that make up a mini TV type show, shown online.
However, “This vs That” is a completely new type of online entertainment, in many ways.
First, of course, is the time. “This vs That” is almost three times longer than a web series.
Second, the show is educational and humorous. There are three hosts, Brad Sherwood, (whose line is it anyway), Mark DeCarlo, (Windy City Live) and Chris Tallman, (Crossballs: The Debate Show). These guys make the show fun. The science makes the show educational, a win win situation.
There is another thing about this show … no advertising. None on the website and none on the show itself.
“This vs That” creator, producer, director Jon Hotchkiss explains it all.
Terra-Hi Jon, how are you?
Terra-I did some comparing of your show with a web series, but it really isn’t one.
Jon-I didn’t start out to make a TV show. I set out to make a TV show I could sell to network TV. But, if you sell your show to a network, you lose control. The studio wants one thing, the director wants another and the advertisers want something else.
I own this show. The cost making an online series is affordable if you create it in your garage, write it in your garage and produce it in your garage. The only thing that is done outside are the “This Vs That” experiments.
Terra-This country needs kids to be interested in science. We need future chemists, bio-engineers and doctors. However, the hosts of your series use some rather rough language. The F-bomb here and there, etc. How can kids watch the show? Won’t parents steer their kids away from “This vs That?”
Jon-I would hope that parents would watch the show first and get past the language.
Terra-Your show has been compared to shows on TV.
Jon-Yes, people say this show is like “Mythbusters.” That show is about the mythological and fantastical. We explain the common things. How to get stains out of carpets, best stain remover. We interviewed a crime scene investigator. How do you get a massive amount of blood out of a carpet?
We also have a show about cats vs dogs. Every likes cats and doges, we explore the pros and cons.
The hosts take all of these subjects and make it entertaining and fun.
The show won’t make viewers feel stupid. Cats are good, dogs are good, they just evolved differently.
I’m an eleven time Emmy loser. This show could easily have been on TV, but I wanted to have complete control. (Terra’s thoughts, complete control might have garnered Jon some Emmys.)
With the ability to watch shows across several mediums, such as cell phones and tablets, people don’t care where a show was made for. People just want to be entertained.
Terra-Where can the audience watch this show?
Jon-At thisvsthatshow.com There are six episodes that cost $3.99 each, they run for over 40-minutes. There is a special right now, pay $5.49 for all six episodes. See the site for information on how to get the discount at check out.
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