Back this month, by popular demand, is Hudson Cable TV's "1/2 Hour Show."
"People love this show," said Christopher Dolciato, producer and half of the two-host show. "It really amazed me."
The other host is director Gary Maher.
The concept is simple: two lawn chairs are set up with a view of some happening in Hudson. A camera, set up behind the heads of the two hosts, records for 30 minutes.
There is no dialogue, no microphones -- just two guys in lawn chairs observing life in Hudson.
"It's amazing to us just how popular the show became," said Maher.
The duo came up with the idea for the show in 1997 and from then until February, 2006 they aired 100 episodes.
"We just watch life happen," Maher said. "We don't instigate conversation with others, but we will talk when we are approached. We don't want to be impolite."
The pair of Hudson High graduates were in the same class, 1985, but didn't really get together until they met up with each other several years later at the Hudson Jaycees Haunted House.
"Chris came up with the idea for the show," Maher said.
Since they stopped filming the show in 2006, HCTV has aired re-runs.
"A lot of people have been asking when we were coming back," Dolciato said.
And now they're back with new material and new sites.
This month the two guys dragged their lawn chairs to Seton Catholic School for a youth football game. Check the HCTV schedule for dates and time. For more information, visit their website at www.halfhourshow.com.
Both 1/2 Half Show hosts are volunteer firemen for the city of Hudson. Dolciato works for WOIO, channel 19 and Maher is a software salesman. Both are active with the Hudson Players. Maher as an actor and Dolciato as a set director.
Originally, Dolciato was just going to produce the show but when the second chair person, Johnny Rocco of Stow, moved to Detroit, Dolciato had to take his place in front of the camera in the right chair.
Dolciato said one of the most talked about episodes was a Christmas show in 1999. He got the idea for the show from those tapes people put on the VCR for atmosphere showing a yule log burning.
"I got one of those old console TVs, took out the tubes, then put logs inside it and set them on fire," Dolciato said. Eventually, before the 1/2 Half Hour show was over, the TV cabinet also caught fire.
"A lot of people remember that episode," he said.
Maher said they've produced a number of interesting shows including filming the opening of the new post office on Ravenna Street. He also cited a show where they watched two guys on lawnmowers cutting grass.
"It was a lawn mower ballet," he said.
One of his favorites was an October setting when youths do the downtown window painting for Halloween.
"Two of the kids were painting the 1/2 Hour Show. They were painting us while we watched," Maher said.
He said they've gotten ideas for the show from family, friends and strangers.
"We're always looking for ideas," Maher said.
Have chairs, will travel.