Friday, February 16, 2007

This Sunday ( 02/18): The 1/2 Hour News Hour

This Sunday evening premiers the first of two pilots on Fox News: "The 1/2 Hour News Hour" by executive producer Joel Surnow ("24" fame), and writer Ned Rice.

Surnow wanted the show's introductory skit to "throw down the gauntlet" by showing "a liberal's worst nightmare" of the next occupants of the White House. The nightmare: President Rush Limbaugh and Vice President Ann Coulter, who played themselves as a favor to their pal Surnow.

Urging viewers to tune into to the rest of the show, Coulter said, "If you don't, we'll invade your countries, kill your leaders and convert you to Christianity."

Much like "24," Surnow's latest project is not for the politically retiring. He and his co-creators are tired of hearing the same Bush-bashing jokes coming from notoriously liberal Hollywood. While no Republicans or conservatives are on the butt end of jokes in the first episode, writer Rice promised that the show will goof on the GOP "when it's appropriate, sure."

Here's San Francisco columnist Joe Garofoli's take in rhe SF Chronicle.

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