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Intentional Talk
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GenreTalk
Comedy
StarringChris Rose (2011–2020)
Kevin Millar
Stephen Nelson
Opening theme"How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy (April 4, 2011-April 1, 2016)
"Ladies and Gentlemen" by Saliva (April 4, 2016-March 26, 2019)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes575+
Production
Production locationsSecaucus, New Jersey
Austin, Texas (select shows)
Running time60 minutes (regular season)
30 minutes (off season)
Production companyMLB Network
Release
Original networkMLB Network (2011–present)
ESPN2 (2017–2018)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 4, 2011 (2011-04-04) –
present

Intentional Talk is an hour long (during the regular season) and a 30-minute-long (during the offseason) talk show shown live Monday-Friday at 4:00 ET (during the regular season) or at 3:30 ET (during the offseason) on MLB Network. Hosts Stephen Nelson and Kevin Millar talk about the major events in baseball.[1] Viewers are also allowed to tweet to the hosts during the show to voice their opinions and some of the tweets are shown on a marquee at the bottom of the screen, seen in "Ask Kevin" and/or read by Stephen. Nelson was named the new co-host of IT in 2021 after former co-host Chris Rose left the show at the end of 2020 because MLB Network was unable to renew his contract.

The show is filmed from Studio 42 of the MLB Network facility in Secaucus, New Jersey. Most times, when they are not in the studio, they will film the show from the hosts' homes. When this happens, the show is shown as a split-screen, using Cisco TelePresence, in which Kevin hosts from his house in Austin, Texas (also known as "Studio 1-5").

During the 2011 season, MLB Network started showing a special one-hour, recorded Best of Intentional Talk each weekend, showcasing the best segments of the show from the past week to be topped off with the weekly, "This Week in MLB Network" segment.

On the Friday, January 25, 2013 show, the hosts allowed viewers to call the shots. Everything on the show that day was fan-based, including "Ask Kevin", "Five for Friday", the Got HEEEEM and HELLOOOOO introduction. On Twitter, they asked for YouTube videos for segments, such as "What just Happened?" and "That was Awkward". The IT Fan Show returned for the July 24, 2013 show.

On March 13, 2013, the show announced it was getting a new introduction for the 2013 season, as seen here. This was the show's first introduction change, as the older version was with the show since the start. The new introduction seems to take place in a pinball machine with slots, bumpers and a pinball going around signs, such as "Got HEEEEM" and "Outta Here", ending off with the ball hitting the word "grand slam". The intro debuted on Opening Day 2013 (April 1, 2013). The intro and theme song changed starting with the April 4, 2016 episode to a circus-themed intro with Rose and Millar as ringmasters and the theme song changed to "Ladies and Gentlemen" by Saliva. For the ESPN2 airings, some MLB Network logos are replaced by the ESPN logo.

Each episode is uploaded to podcast applications the morning after each airing.

The show was added to the ESPN2 weekday afternoon lineup from 4-5 PM eastern starting May 1, 2017, and the show continues to air on MLB Network in its current timeslot.[2][3]

Personalities

Hosts

Guest Hosts

Reporters

Segments

Seen Daily

Seen Often

Seen Weekly

Seen Sometimes

Sponsorships

Seen Rarely

Seen Specifically

One-Timers

Former

Audio podcast

MLB Network launched the "Intentional Talk: Caught Listening" audio podcast, hosted by Rose and Millar, in late-March 2018.

MLB Now Crossover

On June 19, 2013 Intentional Talk crossed over with the MLB Network Original Series MLB Now. It counted as an MLB Now episode and not an Intentional Talk episode. Kevin Millar guest starred on the episode while Chris Rose did not appear. The crossover was titled MLB Intentional Now.

The Rundown Crossover

In January 2014 Intentional Talk crossed over with The Rundown. It counted as an Intentional Talk episode and not an Rundown episode. Matt Yallof appeared while Lauren Shehadi did not. The crossover was titled Intentional Rundown Talk.

Hot Stove Crossover

In February 2014 Hot Stove crossed over with Intentional Talk. It counted as an Intentional Talk episode and not a Hot Stove episode. Harold Reynolds appeared while Matt Vasgersian did not. The crossover was titled Hot Talk.

High Heat Crossover

On April 14, 2014 Intentional Talk crossed over with High Heat. It counted as a High Heat episode and not an Intentional Talk episode. Kevin Millar appeared while Chris Rose did not. The crossover was titled Intentional Heat Talk.

MLB Central Crossovers

Since MLB Central premiered in Spring 2015, Intentional Talk has had a crossover segment on MLB Central called Breakfast with the Millars. The segment features Kevin Millar while Chris Rose does not appear.

Second Hot Stove crossover

On February 17, 2016 Intentional Talk crossed over with Hot Stove. Chris Rose, Kevin Millar, Matt Vasgersian, and Harold Reynold's all appeared in the special crossover event. This is the first crossover in which all the main cast members from both Intentional Talk and the other show appeared in.

References

  1. ^ "Intentional Talk". MLB. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  2. ^ "ESPN Adds MLB Network's Intentional Talk To Afternoon Lineup In New Content Collaboration". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  3. ^ Shaikin, Bill (2017-04-27). "ESPN's dropping of 'Baseball Tonight' most nights is a loss for independent sports journalism". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-28.