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Green's day? Tom Green's Internet show hits TV

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Tom Green is making a TV comeback — from the comfort of his living room. The live daily Internet talk show (at TomGreen.com) that the ex-MTV madman launched from his home in 2006 has also begun airing in six U.S. markets (hello, Houston!) and on a Canadian network (hello, Halifax!) in an eight-week test. While Tom Green’s House Tonight isn’t the first web show to move to the tube (see: upcoming NBC drama Quarterlife), it’s noteworthy in that an Internet show is being simultaneously broadcast on TV.“The thing I’ve tried to accomplish with my shows is to shoot something

ridiculous and just put it on the air, [but] there’s always been a lot

of hurdles, whether it’s a network executive or various things,” says

Green, whose upcoming guests include Dave Foley and Norm MacDonald.

“This is the ultimate idea of instant gratification.”

Green’s operation began modestly two summers ago — with a staff of

one and a set built in the living room of his Hollywood Hills home (his

kitchen serves as the de facto green room). “It’s definitely the lowest

budget of any talk show in the history of television,” he claims. “And

that’s not an exaggeration.” The fledgling show wasn’t without its

problems — thanks to some pesky technological glitches, several

guests had to be sent home — but Green gradually worked out the kinks,

and picked up a few sponsors along the way (Bud Lite, Samsung) to help

cover production costs. Today, his homegrown operation has grown: He’s

added a handful of staffers and mini-bleachers for a small audience.

(As always, at-home viewers can call in and interact with guests via

Skype.) Still, Green insists he’s not plotting a run at Conan & Co.

“It’s not so much about being a competitive show,” he says. “The goal

is to expand it to the point that I can have the resources to make the

most ridiculous nightly show possible within my abilities.”

Not that serious wackiness won’t be achieved before then. Green

plans to explore the eccentric side of L.A. — and maybe even beyond: “I’d always wanted to

do this bit on MTV and they wouldn’t let me do it,” he confides. ” And now that I’m

allowed to do it, I may be too afraid to do it, but I’ve always wanted

to try to fly to Catalina Island on a lawn chair with helium balloons

attached to it. Of course, the downside is death. But I’m considering

it.”

Green’s operation began modestly two summers ago — with a staff ofone and a set built in the living room of his Hollywood Hills home (hiskitchen serves as the de facto green room). “It’s definitely the lowestbudget of any talk show in the history of television,” he claims. “Andthat’s not an exaggeration.” The fledgling show wasn’t without itsproblems — thanks to some pesky technological glitches, severalguests had to be sent home — but Green gradually worked out the kinks,and picked up a few sponsors along the way (Bud Lite, Samsung) to helpcover production costs. Today, his homegrown operation has grown: He’sadded a handful of staffers and mini-bleachers for a small audience.(As always, at-home viewers can call in and interact with guests viaSkype.) Still, Green insists he’s not plotting a run at Conan & Co.“It’s not so much about being a competitive show,” he says. “The goalis to expand it to the point that I can have the resources to make themost ridiculous nightly show possible within my abilities.”

Not that serious wackiness won’t be achieved before then. Greenplans to explore the eccentric side of L.A. — and maybe even beyond: “I’d always wanted todo this bit on MTV and they wouldn’t let me do it,” he confides. ” And now that I’mallowed to do it, I may be too afraid to do it, but I’ve always wantedto try to fly to Catalina Island on a lawn chair with helium balloonsattached to it. Of course, the downside is death. But I’m consideringit.”