The 1/2 Hour News Hour, part of Fox News' attempt to lure in that coveted 18-34 demographic, premiered tonight, and writers from the CC Insider were among the dozens of people watching. Let's take a look at some of the show's subject matter…
- Marion Barry
- An ACLU case from 1977
- Ed Begley, Jr.
- The Bygone Era of the Obvious Laugh Track
- "Angry Lesbians"
- Che Guevara
- Chairman Mao
In what decade did they write this show? Did they really devote the show's running gag to Ed Begley, Jr.? Really? Ed Begley, Jr.??? (For those of you under the age of 30, Ed Begley, Jr. is a character actor who used to get some press last millennium for his advocation of hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, which is, like, doing well or something.) Did cast member Susan Yeagley steal these jokes from her husband Kevin Nealon's old Commodore 64?
In all fairness, the show did have a few decent bits, including a rather clever segment in which an expert could link any problem in the world to Global Warming in six steps or less. And they referenced a book for mentally underdeveloped children called "The Little Engine That Couldn't Quite." (Really, who doesn't have a soft spot for a retard joke?)
But so much of the rest of the show was just so helplessly out of touch and soft that it seems questionable what good it will do for anyone. Even a brief showing by brilliant alternative comedian Ann Coulter–who, for years, has managed to trick most of the country into believing that he's a vitriolic female conservative–couldn't pull the show above the level of a high school AV club produced parody.
With its resurrected jokes and lifeless delivery, the show seems unlikely to appeal to anyone except your conservative great-uncle and the completely untapped zombie demographic.
Please, if you've seen the show, give us your opinions.