It began with Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and was supposed to be Faux Nooz’s answer to “The Daily Show.”
But it didn’t quite work out, which seems odd, since the Rightie talking point on progressive talk radio has always been that “It can’t work, because LIBERALS don’t have a sense of humor.” Well, guess who’s not laughing now?
Well, progressive talk radio is still with us, and, evidently, the Half Hour News Hour has proven that the Righties (including Limbaugh) may have overexaggerated their sense of “humor” — which wouldn’t be the first such exaggeration foisted in Rightie Looking Glass Land.
Not by a long shot. From Media Bistro:
Tuesday, Aug 14
Half Hour News Hour Shelved
First on TVNewser: In a memo to senior producers this afternoon, F[ox] N[ews] C[hannel]’s SVP of programming, Bill Shine announced the network “will not continue the Half Hour News Hour beyond its current 15 episode run.” Shine did leave the door open, however: “we are considering ways to retool the show for future scheduling needs.”
The TV news satire show which airs Sunday nights, stars faux anchors Kurt McNally, played by Kurt Long, and Jennifer Lange, played by Jennifer Robertson.
The first airing, February 18 was a hit, with more than 1.4 million viewers. The show averaged 258,000 viewers (25-54 demo) in its last 10 airings, winning its timeslot all but once. FNC will air the final show September 16.
Read the memo, after the jump…
Well, I sure as hell wouldn’t want to crow the way that the Righties crowed after AirAmerica Radio filed for bankruptcy protection (since resolved with a sale).
OK. Maybe I would.
Gee. What with that famed humorist Limbaugh, and laff riot Ann Coulter occasionally blessing them with their presence, what could have gone wrong?
Everything, evidently. (Or: It wasn’t FUNNY.)
They may “retool,” but I can’t think of any bigger Rightie tools than Limbaugh and Coulter. Maybe Hannity could tell jokes. (Intentional ones, I mean.)
Welcome to the Zero Hour News Hour. On Faux. An openly fake news show on a covertly fake news channel may well have been “A Grudge Too Far.”
UPDATE: If you feel my comments are somewhat uncomplimentary, see what the TARGET AUDIENCE has to say about it HERE.