A few months ago, Engadget editor Josh Topolsky jumped off the AOL ship for destinations unknown. He ended up taking at least five other employees with him, leaving the AOL-owned Engadget an empty corporate-ruled corpse.
One of the casualties was the much-beloved Engadget Show, created and soundtracked by Mr. Topolsky and filmed in New York. But after a month-long hiatus, AOL is bringing the Engadget Show back next week, valiantly hosted by Tim Stevens and Brian Heater. The general feeling in the comments section on Engadget was not positive.
“You should probably slumber a bit longer, I was thinking when you get a host that does not put me to sleep faster then my sleeping pills,” one person wrote. “I hope this edition is a fantastic re-edit of our favorite Josh Topolsky moments!” said another.
“Gone are the good ol’ days of showing up at the NY Times Center and waiting outside in the long lines and talking to random folks about the site and tech,” another wrote. “Now the Engadget show has come to this. Some dark room no bigger than my closet and bedroom combined with a lackluster host and co-host, a sick dog has more personality than both of them combined. Before I looked forward to the announcements, now I’m like ehh who cares.”
The ex-Engadgeteers have been working out of Union Square and updating at ThisIsMyNext.com, a placeholder outlet while they prepare to launch a new blog, “The Verge” under digital publisher Jim Bankoff in the fall. The Verge already has 10,000 “likes” on Facebook.