Fox Cancels 1/2 Hour News Hour

The 1/2 Hour News Hour, Fox News Channel’s attempt at a mock TV news show, came to an end after six months and 16 episodes when it was canceled by the network late last week, because it was “too expensive to produce.” Originally conceived by executive producer Joel Surnow, creator of 24, the show was a conservative alternative to the satirical news practiced by The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segments. The 1/2 Hour News Hour was doomed from the outset when, as an intro to the first episode, the producers ran a “what-if-it-really happened” skit starring the next president, Rush Limbaugh, along with Vice President Ann Coulter. I guess they thought that witless, repressed white demagogues who set our country back 100 years were funny. Apparently they are, to some extent. According to the NY Times, the show was Fox’s highest-rated half hour among adults ages 25 to 54. I’d hate to see the numbers on The Beltway Boys.