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If someone asked you what late night talk shows of the future would look like, what would you say? Hosts wearing jetpacks? Monologues from outer space? What about interviews with hologram guests? The latter actually happened last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and you can watch how silly the innovative gimmick can be in the video below.
Last night, Kimmel was taping his show during the Country Music Association Awards, and he “brought out” Song of the Year winner Kacey Musgraves for a guest segment. But instead of a satellite link on a big screen, Musgraves appeared as a lifesize hologram against a black backdrop. As you can imagine, the interview was just as much about the hologram approach as it was about Musgraves’ night at the awards. To be fair, these two are admirable for keeping it to less than three minutes, as that’s the least amount of time it would have taken me to get used to it. (Sure, Kimmel had probably prepped for it, but still.)
After a bunch of strangely flirtatious back-and-forth bits where they faux-touch each other’s digital representations, Musgraves shares the hottest story a hologram has ever told. You might have noticed she’s wearing a dress that leaves little to the imagination, and right as she was getting ready to sing a duet with Loretta Lynn earlier in the telecast, her stick-on panties fell off. Instead of making a big deal about it, she just threw them and got on with the performance. It was an entertaining story, but far more amusing is the hound dog look on Kimmel’s face as she’s telling it. If you look up “agog” in the dictionary…
Though this particular example of a hologram interview was laidback and obviously took some getting used to, this could be a huge advance for the late night talk show circuit. Sure, nothing beats having a physical human being on the same stage as the host, but this could open up some interesting avenues on where interviews could go in the future. Celebrities would no longer need to fly to L.A. or New York to appear on the shows, and could promote things wherever they happen to be at the time. Even if a celeb went to jail, it wouldn’t be out of the question for an interview to happen, assuming it’s legally allowed. (Somebody get a giant Charles Manson hologram form, stat!) And that’s not even getting into how musical performances could be handled.
The sky and technology are the limit in the future. But for now, we’ll just have to make do with tiny Kacey Musgraves and her big hair.