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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Well, that's 30 minutes I'll never get back.

After building up some curiosity after seeing a clip online (either curiosity or schadenfreude, I couldn't decide which), I decided to check out the premiere of Fox News Channel's "The 1/2 Hour News Hour" tonight. My decision was made a bit easier when I saw it was halftime of the All-Star Game.

First off, before I delve into my review, a quick spotlight on my politics. While describing myself as "left-of-center," my presidential voting record may show otherwise. (Dole, Nader, W; one of those was a protest vote.) I'm not a huge follower of politics or political humor, don't watch "The Daily Show" or "The Colbert Report" too often. So I say the following as about with as little bias as one can have in reviewing such things.

Worst. Satire. Ever.

I didn't think that the "BO Magazine" bit that I saw would be one of the gems of the show, but it ended up being exactly that. Don't get me wrong, I did find myself having a slight chuckle at times (blaming Britney Spears going commando on global warming was okay), but I found myself cringing more times than not. The running Ed Begley Jr. gag got old real quick. Some people are already in love with this show because they finally believe their getting equal time. All I can say is if the right is putting their hope in this to be their chance to throw stones at the "elites," good luck.

I must give props to Fox for the idea. With everyone else satirizing the news, why not have a news network do it as well? It'd be nice if it were actually funny, but the idea is good.

One last thing: apparently the intro with "President" Rush Limbaugh and "Vice President" Ann Coulter is going to be a running gag throughout the show. I don't know if the producer of this show (who also produces "24") is just in love with these two people or what, but that idea needs to end quickly.

P.S. Memo to Leyla (aka #13 from "Deal or No Deal"): if you REALLY wanted to be on an unfunny show, couldn't you have just gone next door and been on "Studio 60"?



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