The news segments are what made the live show appointment viewing for me. I tuned in not only to find out the events of the previous week, but also to talk about the latest exciting space news in the live chat. The interview only show format makes it feel like the live chat is restricted to the topic of the interview, and if the interview isn’t about a topical event it feels like it’s something I can watch any time.
I like the new pre-recorded news episodes, and how you’re using the set in new ways to produce them. I don’t think you need to abandon that way of producing the segments, but premiering them during the live show might bring back that sense of appointment viewing.
Also, reporting the launches from the previous week at the end of the week feels more comprehensive than reporting the launches since the previous mid-week show. The latter format feels like the show will forget about the launches in the remaining days of the week after, and reporting launches from the previous week can feel like it’s reporting old news.
I dunno, maybe I’m being too resistant to change. What do other people think?