14 items from 2015
Hopefully the force is with Katherine Timpf — because a lot of people appear to have it out for her. Fox News contributor Timpf claims that she has received death threats after making fun of “Star Wars” fans on Fox’s late-night offering “Red Eye.” In an essay for the National Review, Timpf says she cracked wise about “Star Wars” fans, joking, “I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks, and I’m not going to start now,” as well as,”Yesterday I tweeted something, and all I said was that I wasn’t familiar. »
- Tim Kenneally
Sci-fi fandom's tradition of being chill and welcoming to women continued this week when Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf began receiving death threats for making fun of Star Wars fans. Timpf was appearing on the network's satirical early-morning chat show Red Eye last month when she started talking about previous harassment she'd received at the hands of Star Wars diehards. "I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space-nerd sticks, and I’m not going to start now," she joked. "You people are crazy ... Yesterday I tweeted something, and all I said was that I wasn’t familiar with Star Wars because I’ve been too busy liking cool things and being attractive — people threatened my life." In response to this mild trolling, a few Star Wars fans reacted by escalating their abuse, sending Timpf detailed death threats and making YouTube manifestos against her. »
- Nate Jones
Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf is getting death threats for a jab at Star Wars she made during a segment on Red Eye w/ Tom Shillue last month. As a guest on the satirical political news comedy show that airs at 3 a.m. on Fox News Channel, Timpf said: "I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks, and I’m not going to start now. You people are crazy. You Star Wars people are crazy. Yesterday I tweeted something, and all I said was that I wasn’t familiar with Star Wars
- Ryan Parker
Twenty-four million people tuned in earlier this month and saw one of the political punchlines of the year.
Trump’s response: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
It may have been misogynistic, but it drew audience laughs, as do so many of Trump’s lines.
As candidates spear Democrats, it’ll at least make up for the lack of rightward laughs in latenight, a landscape that has been dominated, for the past decade, by humor that tilts to the left. That is reflected in this year’s Emmy nominees for variety series. The recently ended “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” — the host’s skewering of Fox News led to plenty of headlines — won the award for 10 years straight, a record. That was broken only by its companion show, »
- Ted Johnson
Fox News Channel’s ability to capture cable-news viewers is legend, and its success has given rise not only to primetime sensation Megyn Kelly’s “The Kelly File,” but also to everything from Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to wee-hours program “Red Eye.”
To truly understand the network, one must consult Roger Ailes, its chairman and chief executive. He is widely credited as the architect of every show on the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet. His imprimatur is stamped upon every programming change, talent hire and scheduling maneuver at Fox News.
Ailes took a few minutes recently to speak with Variety about a new course for Megyn Kelly: a series of specials, slated for 2016, in which she intends to land big “gets,” or sit-downs with politicians, celebrities and other figures in popular-culture who are making news. Below, Ailes talks about what he sees in Kelly, and offers »
- Brian Steinberg
Tom Shillue will be the new host of Fox News Channel’s wee-hours program “Red Eye,” the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet revealed Thursday. He is expected to assume his new duties on the 3 a.m. program later this month.
Shillue most recently hosted “Red Eye.” on Tuesday evening. A rotating roster of hosts has led the show since Gutfeld stepped down a few weeks ago.
- Brian Steinberg
Tom Shillue will be the new host of Fnc’s late night program Red Eye. Shillue, who previously was a regular panelist on the show, has been one of the rotating guest hosts who have filled in since Greg Gutfeld's departure as host of the 3 Am Et weeknight show. Shillue most recently hosted Red Eye on Tuesday night. Last Sunday, Fnc debuted Gutfeld’s new late night show. In February, the network announced it was piloting a talk show for The Five cast member, focusing on… »
Cable news provides ample comedic fodder for “The Daily Show,” and CNN has become increasingly intent on handing over sizable junks of its lineup to reality-oriented series. Comedy, however, has thus far been largely limited to the unintentional variety – at least, in the eight years since Fox News Channel took a flyer on “The 1/2 Hour News Hour,” a satirical program from “24” co-creator Joel Surnow. Undaunted, Fox has waded back in with “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” whose one-hour premiere seemed more determined to be odd and vaguely surreal than funny or satirical.
Known for his quick and acerbic wit on Fox series like “Red Eye” and “The Five,” Gutfeld represented a logical choice for Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to take another stab at trying something a bit different in primetime. After the opening monologue, however – delivered from behind a desk, without an audience – the principal concern was what the host »
- Brian Lowry
Gutfeld, who has one of the more eclectic resumes in the business, could blaze new paths at the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet, but he’s not getting ahead of himself. His “Greg Gutfeld Show,” billed as a “comedic news hour,” is something that is not the norm at Fox News or any other cable-news outlet.
“I have a very low bar,” he says during a recent interview. “I don’t want to throw up.” Viewers will get to see if he accomplishes that feat this Sunday at 10 p.m.
- Brian Steinberg
Fox News announced “The Greg Gutfeld Show” as an addition to its weekend lineup Thursday. Gutfeld, who is one of the co-hosts of the weekday show “The Five” and was the longtime host of “Red Eye,” will host a “comedic hour, with parodies on current events, conversation on key issues and signature monologues,” according to Fox News. Red Eye regular Joanne Nosuchinsky will provide offbeat reports and commentary for the program. “Every host of a new show likes to say they’re breaking new ground,” Gutfelt said. “So why should I be any different. This show will forever change the way you watch. »
- Jordan Chariton
The 21st Century Fox-owned outlet said it would launch a “comedic news hour” on Sunday nights hosted by Greg Gutfeld. “The Greg Gutfeld Show” will debut on May 31st at 10 p.m., and will feature “parodies on current events, conversation on key issues and signature monologues showcasing Gutfeld’s eclectic humor,” the network said Thursday. Gutfeld is also expected to interview newsmakers, culture critics and media personalities on major headlines of the week. Joanne Nosuchinsky, a Fox News contributor, will provide offbeat reports and commentary on the program.
- Brian Steinberg
Fox News Channel is developing a new one-hour weekend primetime program to be hosted by Greg Gutfeld, who’s being moved off late-night show Red Eye. Gutfeld will continue to serve as co-host of The Five, airing weekdays at 5 Pm Et, and will keep make his weekly appearance on The O'Reilly Factor. During this transition, a variety of rotating guest hosts will substitute host Red Eye. Gutfeld will address his sign-off from the show on tomorrow’s edition of Red Eye, which… »
A pilot in development will highlight Gutfeld’s “whimsical nature and political satire,” the 21st Century Fox-owned network said in statement Thursday. The show will also “focus on his strong libertarian values and social commentary.”
Gutfeld will continue to serve as co-host of “The Five” and make a weekly appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Rotating hosts will anchor “Red Eye” after Gutfeld signs off from that program Friday. “Red Eye” airs at 3 a.m.
“We are confident that Gutfeld’s distinct perspective and knack for humor will start a valuable dialogue and be a refreshing addition to the weekend lineup,” said Bill Shine, senior exec VP of programming for Fox News Channel, in a prepared statement.
Prior to joining Fnc, Gutfeld was »
- Brian Steinberg
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area – without a filming permit – and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. Police have »
- Zac Gille
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