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According to reports, ESPN’s expensive new morning show, Get Up!, may already be on the verge of changes, due to low ratings and bad reviews.
By at least one report, Get Up! is “on a short leash” and may face re-tooling if it has not gelled by the September 6 kickoff of the 2018 NFL football season.
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According to Sporting News, the show has performed dismally in its debut month:
Since premiering April 3, the expensive new show has suffered from underwhelming ratings, poor critical reviews and work-in-progress chemistry between co-stars Beadle, Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose. On the fly, it’s also trying to figure out what kind of show it wants to be. Does it focus on news, highlights and the feel-good, inspirational sports moments Greenberg likes? Or go big on controversial takes from Beadle and Rose?
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Sporting News goes on to note that insiders have told them to “look for changes in front of and behind the camera” unless things improve by September.
Why is September so important? Because, SN says, the NFL season is when sports shows make the most money, and if Get Up! is still struggling, that money will not materialize. Which would be disastrous for the young show.
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Some speculate that a fourth host may be added to bring more football expertise to the set. Candidates may include Ryan Clark, Booger McFarland or Damien Woody.
Still, ESPN’s executive vice president of content Connor Schell insists that the network intends to give Get Up! the time it needs to come into its own:
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“This is a work in progress. That’s what any new show is. It’s not the same as Day 1. In fact, in many cases on a daily show, your first show is the worst one. Then you go, ‘OK, this felt comfortable, we’re going to do this, we’re going to...
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