'The Soup' goes live for episode 500, but was it worth it?

joel-mchale-the-soup-500-episode-live-e.jpgWhat's a basic cable clip show full of snark to do when celebrating their ungodly milestone of 500 episodes? Why, go live, of course -- which is exactly what E!'s "The Soup" did on Wednesday (Aug. 21).

Part of the appeal of watching TV shows go live for the first time is the possibility that something might go horribly, horribly awry. Whether it's someone forgetting their lines or an accidental f-bomb, we want to see the flubs. So, did "The Soup" deliver?

Well, yes and no. Host Joel McHale and his crew pulled off a perfectly professionally live broadcast that, oddly, felt like a bit of a disappointment. Beyond the fact that there wasn't a single flub to laugh at, the show didn't even remotely deviate from its weekly formula, making us wonder what, exactly, the point was.

Sure, the running gag with guest star B.J. Novak as the episode's social media correspondent who can't even connect to the internet was funny, but it didn't need to be done live, seeing as how he never read any real tweets.

So why go live at all? Other than to say that you went live, that is. For a milestone as momentous as 500 episodes, perhaps the episode would have been better off as a retrospective rundown of clips from the previous 499 shows. Something, anything, other than just an average show airing live.

Did you think this live episode of "The Soup" was a wasted opportunity?

Spare Parts:

- No offense to Novak and Lou Diamond Phillips, but there was no one a little bigger that the show could get to come on and do a bit? They've pulled in bigger and more guest stars for their year-end shows, so it's not impossible.

- The show did offer three old clips, two of which were from 2006, oddly.

- Did anyone catch the preview for that movie "Instructions Not Included" during the show? That crazy mess should've been on the show.
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