As TV networks scale back on expensive dramas, opting instead for cheaper late-night talk, I wonder whether show hosts will run out of stuff to talk about…or if viewers will get talked to death and turn instead to the web, where scripted series still reign supreme.

So what the hell is Crackle doing with yet another late-night-esque talk show? Just wait, I think this Bob Kushell guy is on to something…

Who the hell is Bob Kushell, you ask?

I’m not sure, but his writing and producing credits explain the talent he’s able to pull to Anytime. Upcoming guests include Jennifer Esposito, Neil Patrick Harris, Howie Mandel, Zach Levi, Christina Applegate, and Jeff Garlin, among many others.

It kind of looks and feels like a cheap late-night talk show, but it’s not really, and not just because it’s actually an anytime talk show. This is what happens when you take the polish and pomp off of TV but leave the talent: playful, irreverent, goofy…and natural.

The series is only one episode deep, but I’m feeling a hit. The semi-hostile conversation with a pantsless John Stamos beats the hell out of any stilted quasi-banter on Leno.

Watch Anytime with Bob Kushell on Crackle.com.

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