Fox Producing Comedy Pilot About NPR, Continuing Fun and Friendly Relationship

138137836 Fox Producing Comedy Pilot About NPR, Continuing Fun and Friendly Relationship
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Per Deadline, Donald Sutherland has signed on to a comedy pilot at Fox set in the rollicking world of NPR. While it’s purportedly a pilot focused on a father-son relationship, we’re sure the setting will have some impact upon the plotlines, especially since Fox’s corporate cousins at Fox News have had a few things to say about NPR recently!

  • They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view. They don’t even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive,” Fox News chief Roger Ailes on NPR, 11/17/2011
  • I am not yet convinced that the NPR national operation in Washington has been able to rid itself of the elite liberal orthodoxy that made me into their whipping boy.” –Juan Williams, Fox News commentator, 10/25/2011
  • “Why should conservatives’ taxes pay for this?,” from article “NPR Admits It’s Packed With Liberals,” 03/16/2011
  • This shake-up at the taxpayer-funded broadcaster should not be soon forgotten. It shows the degree to which off-base and twisted Tea Party opposition can be, and how high the fanaticism reaches,” 03/11/2011
  • “NPR Executive Goes on Bigoted Rant,” post syndicated from the Daily Caller, 03/08/2011
  • “[NPR] throw[s] out propaganda in violation of the First Amendment… Terrorists want to create terror. Well, what does NPR want to create? They’re intimidating, too,” Bill O’Reilly’s on-air comments, 10/2010

We eagerly await the show, as we love to laugh!


  1. Gary Lambert says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about that comedy show serving as an anti-NPR Trojan horse for Fox “News.” Just about the only positive thing you can say about Murdoch’s TV empire is that they’ve maintained something of a firewall between the ideological insanity of the cable “news” outlet and what they put on the entertainment schedule – stuff like “24” excepted – of the main network. “The Simpsons” still makes fun of Fox News regularly, for example. Additionally, Donald Sutherland’s politics have always skewed left, and there’s been no indication that he’s suddenly lost his mind and become a wingnut like a few of his contemporaries (read “Jon Voight”). The “Always Sunny” guys (the creative team behind the new show) don’t exactly fit the profile of likely stooges for Roger Ailes, either. There would be more cause for concern if they’d given such a show to David Zucker, or to Joel Surnow, the “24” guy who tried to create a right-wing counterpart to “The Daily Show” (the result, “The 1/2 Hour News Hour,” was a colossal, embarrassing bomb).

    I think there are plenty of ways to poke fun at NPR without turning it into a Fox News jihad – as was demonstrated by SNL’s immortal “Delicious Dish” sketches.