I recently had a chance to watch The Late Late Show featuring a guy named Craig Ferguson. At risk of sounding a tad out-of-touch I must admit that not only am I not familiar with the show, I have never heard of this Craig Ferguson fellow.
I don't watch any TV and it's been awhile since I've seen this kind of of programming. Perhaps I was in a sensitive mood - sensitive to inanity and meaningless entertainment - but I found myself horribly annoyed. Is this a popular show?
I think it was the laugh track that was the primary thorn. (The secondary thorn being Ferguson's atrociously annoying, wacky and over-the-top delivery style). This show has the deepest, most finely tuned laugh track/audience noise machine I have ever heard.
The laughter is a bit too crisp, the cheering a tad too perfectly metered. The CBS folks must have gigs and gigs covering the entire scope of audience noises on hard drives ready to build the perfect audience response to any situation. The audience feedback, hoots and hollers and overall hum is too orderly and well-timed to be even remotely natural. I'm not naive enough to think that there isn't some manipulation going on in these instances in general, but I'd venture that the The Late Late Show has bumped the supplemental noise production values up considerably. (I'm going to poke around and see if I can't find out the true story - Lesley? A little help?)
Or perhaps audiences have seen this kind of entertainment for long enough to be trained to react perfectly. Either way, the show is horrible.