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11-20-2006, 02:22 PM
And no, I'm not talking about O'Reilley.

Fox News eyes right-leaning satirical show

By Paul J. Gough Mon Nov 20, 12:02 AM ET

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox News Channel might air two episodes of a "Daily Show"-like program with a decidedly nonliberal bent on Saturday nights in late January, with the possibility that it could become a weekly show.

The half-hour show would take aim at what executive producer Joel Surnow, the co-creator of "24," calls "the sacred cows of the left" that don't get made as much fun of by other comedy shows.

"It's a satirical news format that would play more to the Fox News audience than the
Michael Moore channel," Surnow said. "It would tip more right as 'The Daily Show' tips left."

Also executive producing are "24" producer Manny Coto, a veteran of "Star Trek: Enterprise," and creator Ned Rice, who previously wrote for "Politically Incorrect" and "Late Late Show With
Craig Ferguson."

The show was pitched as "This Just In" when it first got life as a 20-minute pilot presentation for Fox Broadcasting Co.'s late-night division. But when that network passed, Surnow said it attracted the attention of Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes.

"I showed it to Roger, and he really liked it and thought it could work on Fox News if we could make it conform to some of the restraints" of a cable news channel. Fox News Channel confirmed that talks were going on.

Taped before a studio audience in Los Angeles, the show will feature two co-anchors, actors Kurt Long ("Cuts," "Games Across America") and Susan Yeagley ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Reno 911!"). It also will feature person-on-the-street interviews and correspondent reports like other shows. But Surnow said it's not going to be strictly conservative but more in the spirit of the old and rebellious "Saturday Night Live."

"It's not going to hit you over the head with partisan politics," Surnow said. "It'll hit anything that deserves to be hit."

The title "This Just In" was scrapped after producers found out the name was being used by an HBO-AOL production. A new title has not been settled on.

Surnow said the two shows will be completed within the next couple of months and that none of the pilot presentation will be used on air. He said he thinks that it will appeal to millions of people who aren't seeing this type of show on television and that it would skew younger than the normal cable news demographic.

"The most exciting thing for us will be that it's going to be fresh," Surnow said.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


11-20-2006, 02:29 PM
well that makes me almost want to stop watching 24

11-20-2006, 02:31 PM
I'm sure their man on the street thing will be like Leno's, where they make people (in Fox's case liberals) look stupid.

11-20-2006, 03:16 PM
And no, I'm not talking about O'Reilley. yeah do they not realize that o'reily is already doing the extreme right wing fake news stuff?

11-20-2006, 03:21 PM
there is something incredibly wrong with a "news channel" doing a comedy show to begin with. the daily show is on comedy central and not cnn for a reason, but nothing fox news does surprise me.

im just angered to hear the 24 creator is behind this.

11-20-2006, 03:26 PM
well at least they are already well trained at delivering fake news.

11-20-2006, 03:36 PM
there is something incredibly wrong with a "news channel" doing a comedy show to begin with. the daily show is on comedy central and not cnn for a reason.

pretty much.