Shows You Should Be Watching: Red Eye
by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 23rd 2009 5:00PM
There used to be a lot of TV shows on overnight that were worth watching. I don't mean repeats of sitcoms or dramas that usually air earlier, but original programming geared towards the night owl. There aren't many shows like that anymore, but there's one on Fox News (yes, Fox News) at 3 AM and it's well worth catching (if you're worried about staying up that late, well, that's why God put DVRs on this Earth).
If I had to describe Red Eye it would be like this: it's a mix of Politically Incorrect and The McLaughlin Group, only for people who are up late at night drinking or eating too much junk food, with a host who comes at things from a conservative viewpoint but it's not really a political show. They go more for the jokes than they stress any ideology, and it's actually really funny. Like The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, it can't be easy to write a show that's on every single night, but host Greg Gutfeld pulls it off.
But he's not alone. The show has a wide variety of guests every night, usually three at the desk with Gutfeld and one in another studio, and they manage to get a great mix. You'll often see Fox News anchors like Trace Gallagher, Brian Kilmeade and Juliet Huddy, but you also get guests like comedian Jim Norton, Mad Men's Rich Sommer, Ann Coulter, musician Andrew WK, and writer Diablo Cody. Comic Bill Schulz is the regular panelist, and Andy Levy provides pre-show, halftime, and end of show comments. He's sort of the viewer ombudsman, asking the panelists what they meant regarding something they said earlier and looking up facts and correcting the guests.
It also has a talking New York Times puppet thing that sits on the desk and makes comments, but you really have to watch the show to get it. I can't really describe it here except to say, well, it's a New York Times puppet thing.
I think a lot of people are going to see that it's on Fox News and say, "oh, that channel? No thanks!" Oh well. Your loss. I find it fair and most of all I find it funny.
(If you haven't seen the show, Hulu has several past episodes.)