An Interview with Tas Melas of NBA TV’s The Starters

Tas Melas, Trey Kerby, J.E. Skeets, Leigh Ellis, Matt Osten, and Jason Doyle. You can catch the Starters on NBA TV at 6:00 PM EST.

I was searching for NBA podcasts in late 2006 when I came across The Basketball Jones. It featured three Canadian friends (Tas Melas, J.E. Skeets, and Jason Doyle) who met in college, (or university as they call it) talking about professional basketball in an irreverent, humorous tone—a refreshing contrast to the talking heads of the major cable stations.

In 2010, they were hired by The Score—a Canadian sports network which consequently led to NBA TV moving them down from Toronto to Atlanta where they host the show, renamed The Starters.

I sat down with Melas (via Google Hangouts) in mid-October.

Godfrey Chan: How long long have you been friends with JE Skeets?

Tas Melas: A decade. Somewhere around that margin.

Was he somebody you knew from college?

Us Canadians we call it “university” sometimes. It was in college where I met Skeets along with Jason Doyle, and Matt Osten, our two producers. We started to like each other.

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Maxwell’s Owner Todd Abramson on Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smashing Pumpkins

The National opened up for Yo La Tengo in December 2010

Maxwell’s will be closing at the end of July. Ever since moving to Hoboken in 2000, I’ve seen some great shows there including The National, Yo La Tengo, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I caught up with co-owner/booker Todd Abramson on some experiences with bands such as Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smashing Pumpkins.

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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and the Upright Citizens Brigade

Fey and Poehler along with Janeane Garofalo

30 Rocks’ Tina Fey and Parks and Recreations’ Amy Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globes this Sunday. I was fortunate enough to witness both of them perform multiple times in a 75 seat black box theater in Chelsea ten years ago.

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Yo La Tengo, Maxwell’s & Hoboken

I’ve lived in Hoboken since 2000. A few years later, I wanted to move to Manhattan or Brooklyn. Interpol, The Walkmen, The Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and other exciting new bands were forming there.

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The Empire Strikes Back Live-tweet

Luke is undecided whether he should cop a feel on his sister. Wait until he checks out her metal bikini.

In response to the Disney takeover of Lucasfilm, I decided to live-tweet the absolute best movie of the entire Star Wars universe, The Empire Strikes Back. It was also the day of that nor’easter, which increased my desire to disembowel a Tauntaun with a lightsaber and fall asleep snugly in its innards.

Thanks to Becky Monroe, Drew Dernavich & Christine Berardi for participating.

Here’s how it went down.

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I Like Female-Centric TV Shows

My friend Todd made a comment to me that I’ve been watching a lot of girly TV shows. And you know what? He’s right.

The two new shows of the fall season and one from earlier this year all have a female showrunner (that’s an industry term for executive producer.)

The Mindy Project (two episodes viewed)

She'll have what he's having.

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