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Spike Feresten gets 30 more minutes of eyeball time - VIDEO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 16th 2009 1:07PM
One of television's least appreciated talk shows is one step closer to getting some real estate in Fox's front store window.

Starting this Saturday, Talkshow with Spike Feresten will have one-hour episodes instead of the measly little piecemeal 30 minutes Fox has been giving it.

Still not convinced that Fox is giving this show the treatment it deserves? It's not only giving it more time, but it's also bumping it ahead of Mad TV for six whole weeks. Wow, maybe this means Fox will give Mike Judge a new animated show and will replace it ... with Family Guy.

I really do hope this isn't the last news we hear of Fox expanding Spike's talk show. The man may not have the star power yet of the hosts on the big three, but he's got the talent, the writing and the style to become a bigger threat than a blip on a NORAD radar that would cause the Attorney General's office to order everyone to stock up on plastic and duct tape.

His show doesn't have the best timeslot in the history of the universe, so getting eyeballs that aren't soaked in gin or laced with THC must be hard to do.

But they've managed to get some attention with viral marketing and creative word of mouth. The best example is their wildly popular segment, Lil Bill O'Reilly. A couple of weeks before the segment was schedule to premiere, the video was "leaked" to the Internet and became one of those crazy Internet videos that people in cubicles email to each other because having a genuine conversation in an office brings down "productivity."

If you can look past the bald wig and the fact that the makeup makes him look like Bill O'Reilly suffering from hydrocephaly (more so than normal), it's damn funny.

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Makes sense. Since they're putting MADtv out to pasture, what else would fill that slot? Sounds like Fox may be looking to develop a late-night weekday show, and this will serve as a tryout of sorts.

I don't make a habit of watching Spike, but I've checked out the show a few times, and when I have it's been pretty consistently funny, so I'll probably check out these hour-long eps (though I worry that 60 minutes is too long, while 30 seems just right).

January 16 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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