November 20th, 2006 | researchmaterial
Fraction just sent me this. I have to run it in its entirety:
Satire hands a right
Fox, Surnow prep conservative skein
By MICHAEL LEARMONTH
Now Fox News Channel, a primary source of material for Jon Stewart
and Stephen Colbert, is teaming with the exec producer of “24″ to try
its hand at a news satire show for conservatives to love.
Joel Surnow, co-creator of “24,” is shooting two half-hour pilots of
a skein he described as ” ‘The Daily Show’ for conservatives,” due to
air in primetime on Saturdays in January.
If successful, the show could take its place on the regular schedule,
adding satire to FNC’s formula of news and opinion.
“The way I look at it, almost every comedy show or satire show I see
uses the same talking points against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney,”
Surnow said. “The other side hasn’t been skewered in a fair and
The working title of the show has been “This Just In,” but that will
change because AOL just launched a broadband comedy channel by that
The pilot segs will be co-anchored by comedians Kurt Long and Susan
Yeagley and feature a family of correspondents. “There will be some
elements of ‘The Daily Show’ and some of ‘Weekend Update,’ ” Surnow
Surnow originally pitched the show to Fox Entertainment prexy Peter
Liguori, who is searching for latenight programming for the Fox
network. Liguori passed but connected Surnow with Roger Ailes, who in
addition to Fox News Channel also runs Twentieth Century Television
and the Fox stations group.
Ailes, a big fan of “24,” got to know Surnow during a visit to the
set. As former producer of “The Mike Douglas Show,” Ailes knows the
variety show format.
“I want him to be as creatively involved as he wants to be,” Surnow
said. “He’s the perfect blend of politics and entertainment.”
Surnow said the show will feature man-on-the-street interviews and
“respond to the news of the day.” It will be scripted and may not
have in-studio guests, a point of departure from Stewart and Colbert.
The pilots will be co-exec produced by Manny Coto, also of “24,” and
run by Ned Rice, an eight-year veteran of HBO’s “Politically Incorrect.”
Comedy Central’s shows became hits during a time of Republican
dominance of politics. But now the tide has shifted.
“Everybody who is in power should get shots equally,” Surnow said.
“By January, we will have a whole bunch of new people to do material
The standard rule of thumb is that conservative satire doesn’t work.