Fox News Channel is getting out of the comedy game, canceling its news parody “The Half Hour News Hour” after a 15-episode run.
Co-created by “24” producers Joel Surnow and Manny Coto, the show was an attempt to create a right-wing sendup of the news, a “Daily Show” for conservatives.
The first episode, which featured guest appearances by Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham, beat its cable news competition and drew 1.4 million viewers, which qualifies for hit status on Sunday nights on Fox News Channel.
But considerable buzz in the blogosphere and plugs on Limbaugh’s show weren’t enough to keep it around.
In a memo to staff, FNC programming chief Bill Shine said the skein could return in a different form. “We are considering ways to retool the show for future scheduling needs,” he said. “There is still a chance you will see the program at some point in the future.”