Food Network, Perhaps?

Monday’s Romenesko carried this blurb on a Hollywood Reporter piece (sub. req.):

Fox News to air “Daily Show”-like program that leans right

…There’s a possibility that it could become a weekly Fox News show. “It’s a satirical news format that would play more to the Fox News audience than the Michael Moore channel,” says Joel Surnow, an executive producer of the unnamed show. “It would tip more right as ‘The Daily Show’ tips left.”

I think a Fox* News Channel version has the potential for tons of unintentional comedy, but conservatism doesn’t otherwise strike me as a barrel of laughs. The other head-scratcher for me is the reference to “the Michael Moore channel.” Does Mr. Surnow refer to Comedy Central? Would anyone, anywhere get that reference out of context? Sure wouldn’t be my first guess that was my only hint.

* Surnow might refer to them as the “We Gave O.J. $3 Million” network.

3 Responses to “Food Network, Perhaps?”

  1. Joel Says:

    Well, Bravo used to show The Awful Truth. And NBC used to show TV Nation. And PBS once aired “Roger and Me” and “Pets or Meat”, I think. So “the Michael Moore channel” must be all of those networks. This is an example of what an unnamed Bush Administration senior advisor referred to as conservative humor: very dry mock-observations that refuse to be tied to “reality-based thinking.”

    Dennis Miller to host, Michael Richards as the wacky sidekick.

    -Joel
    (not currently an executive producer of anything)
    (and honestly more likely to watch Fox Comedy than Headline News’ Nancy Grace/Glenn Beck Hours of Suck.)

  2. jsp Says:

    Ha. Nice summary. I loathe cable news in general, and Headline News in particular, so I don’t experience too much of it firsthand. Thank goodness, because I think I would throw things at the TV.

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