One of the first ever tech-related show that was on TV was The Screen Savers. I can remember watching it almost everyday, the show first ran on ZDTV (later TechTV) and went on from 1998-2005. At an event celebrating 10 years of This Week in Tech, Leo Laporte (the original host of The Screen Savers) announced that the TWiT network would relaunch the show.
Unlike the original show that was daily, The New Screen Savers will air live on Saturdays at 3PM Pacific time. It will stream live via the TWiT network and be available afterwards on demand as a podcast download. There is already a TWiT page for the show.
“This is not something I would have tried even a couple years ago,” said Leo, to ZDNet. “But we’ve built this infrastructure over time to be able to do what is essentially a broadcast show over the internet.”
Many people from the original show will be back as guest hosts. These include Kevin Rose, Kate Botello, Patrick Norton, John C. Dvorak, Martin Sargent and Morgan Webb.
The New Screen Savers will also be more produced than many of the other shows on the TWiT network. It will be filmed at the TWiT Brickhouse studios in Petaluma, California and will use a set that is very similar to the original Screen Savers set.
The New Screen Savers will feature seven different segments:
News – Discuss the top 1-2 tech news stories of the week
Call For Help – Answer questions from the audience over Skype
Long variety segment – Rotating
Short variety segment – Rotating
Call For Help – Answer more quesitons
Hot Button – Discuss a trending topic in the tech world
Mailbag – Calls and emails from the audience
It will be interesting to see if Leo and the TWiT staff can bring back the magic of the original show. I will definitely be checking out the first episode!