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'Onion SportsDome' Scores By Spoofing Not Just Sports But Sports News

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2011 10:00AM
Mark Shepard and Alex Reiser, hosts of Comedy Central's sweet-sassy-molassey-Bringing the awesome majesty of the Thurber award-winning humor empire The Onion to television seems like a bit of a no-brainer. The Onion and its various properties aren't just ripping the people in the headlines a new one. The people who read and write the headlines are also fair game.

That last target alone screams for an "Onion Show." The landscape of screaming heads and fast talkers across the cable news landscape has become a parody of itself that only The Onion could put in its corner and nail its feet to the floor.

Last night, Comedy Central gave the funny-ass folks at The Onion their first shot of television greatness with 'Onion SportsDome,' a show that takes a much needed shot at the high-octane, flashy grapics, superego-inflated world of sports reporting and punditry (It's a good year for The Onion, as IFC debuts 'The Onion News Network' on January 21).

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Onion Sports Network on Comedy Central

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:00PM
Comedy CentralComedy Central and The Onion are teaming up to produce a new comedy series about sports. Well, not so much series ... more like a parody of ESPN. The show will be called the 'Onion Sports Network' and Comedy Central has ordered ten episodes. This should not be confused with the Onion News Network.

I can't recall anybody doing a half-hour comedy news program focusing on sports. 'The Daily Show' pretty much has cornered the parody news and politics market (although the same could be argued about the 'Weekend Update' segment on 'Saturday Night Live'). The concept has potential. There are many sports fans that love comedy and vice-versa. There is also already a built-in audience from using The Onion's brand.

Other attempts have been made at genre news parody with the only stand-out being 'The Colbert Report' parodying opinion-style news. 'Chocolate News' didn't last long and don't get me started on 'The Half Hour News Hour.' Hopefully this show will have a longer run.

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'Onion Sports Network' Picked Up by Comedy Central

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 14th 2010 2:30PM
The OnionTired of the same old sports coverage? (Personally, we're looking forward to the end of the Tiger Woods 24/7 news cycle.) Longing for someone to satirize sports in a clever, tongue-in-cheek way?

Well, you're in luck: Comedy Central has given a series order to its 'Onion Sports Network' pilot, officially bringing the popular satiric newspaper and Web site to the network, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Ten episodes have been ordered of the scripted series, which will debut early next year; and anything in sports is fair game, from teams, to players, to fans, to products to, of course, other media coverage.

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Coming to IFC: Arnett! Cross! The Onion! Kids in the Hall!

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:30PM
IFCThere are certain cable channels that you might not watch because the theme of the channel isn't something you're interested in. Or maybe there's a channel where you only watch one or two shows and then nothing else. I don't know where The Independent Film Channel falls in your viewing schedule, but I think you might start watching it a lot more very soon.

IFC has picked up three very interesting shows from some very interesting people. The first show is the new David Cross/Will Arnett show 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,' the UK comedy about an American temp worker (Cross) who somehow gets a big gig in the British office.

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Tim Kring Explains What Goes on Behind the Scenes of 'Heroes'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:29PM
HeroesBashing 'Heroes' has become a sport, much like bashing 'Saturday Night Live' became a sport several years ago. "It's not as good as it was" and "it sucks" are the phrases you hear most often when former fans (or fans that are still watching the show but always on the edge of leaving) talk about it.

Tim Kring tells The Onion that he knows what fans are saying about the show, but he also wants fans to know that there are things going on behind the scenes that they might not be aware of. For example, the writers strike hurt the show. Two, it's actually a more consistent show when more writers write an episode than having just one writer on an episode. Three, the writers don't even think of the show as being in "seasons," it's really all one continuous plot.

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Lost fans will be more annoying than ever this season

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2010 8:01AM
The final season of Lost launches on February 2, and that means that fans of the show are going to be a little bit more, um, "enthusiastic" than they have been the past several months. The Onion News Network has a special report on just what these fans are going to be like for the next several months.

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Comedy Central wants a bite of The Onion

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 6th 2009 8:04PM
Part of me is surprised that this deal took this long to happen. But when you watch the recent crop of new shows on the Chortle Network (with the exception of Tosh.0), it really shouldn't surprise anyone.

Comedy Central has ordered a half-hour scripted pilot based on the Onion's Sports Network. The OSN is part of the popular satirical magazine's online TV news network that launched a little under a year ago.

This isn't the first time the network has tried to do a satirical sports show. Comedy Central also shot a pilot for a Daily Show-esque sports show called Sports Central that died in the pilot stage. This incarnation sounds much more promising since it will spoof not only sports figures and stories, but also the tone and style of sports media. Sweet sassy molassey, this is gonna rock!

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Comedy Central Teams Up with The Onion for Sports Spoof

by Allyssa Lee, posted Nov 5th 2009 4:56PM
Onion Sports NetworkNow here's something to stand up and cheer about: Comedy Central has ordered a pilot based on the satirical news outlet's online Onion Sports Network video series.

The as-yet-unnamed show is set to be a half-hour scripted comedy that'll poke fun at all sides of the intense, often wacky world of sports, including "teams, players, leagues, sycophantic fans, ridiculous products and over-hyped sports coverage," according to the press statement, and is aimed towards die-hard sports fans and the casual viewers alike.

Anyone who's familiar with the exceedingly clever and hilarious video clips on the Onion's Sports Network site knows that this show has the goods to score a comedy touchdown: Their fast-paced delivery, flashy graphics, soaring guitar soundtrack and on-the-scene interviews with earnest, passionate fans are spot-on send-ups of ESPN's 'SportsCenter' and its ilk.

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Former CNN anchor now works...for The Onion?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 22nd 2009 10:03AM
Former CNN Bobbie Battista reporting for The Onion

It's becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between shows like The Daily Show and The Situation Room or The Colbert Report and The O'Reilly Factor. Oh sure, i can tell the shows apart. I just can't decide which is funnier. Sometimes I wonder why Sean Hannity hasn't won the Thurber Prize.

No one has exploited the news' foibles and follies better than The Onion. Their newspaper parody crippled news junkies with laughter and probably the newspaper industry, as well, which is a bigger shame for newspaper people since The Onion is free. Their mockery of the 24-hour cable news network was just as brilliant and parallel.

But the line between news and news humor has now gone from aluminum gray to a dark and smokey charcoal. They have actually hired former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista.

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The Onion Office

by Adam Finley, posted May 7th 2007 3:01PM

david spadeYou know, one of the great/sad things about satire is that sometimes it's almost too close to real life. Take this Onion headline:

CBS To Release Own Version Of NBC's The Office

Funny, yes, but given a television landscape riddled with unoriginal concepts, the idea of one network doing it's own version of another network's show (which, in turn, is based on another show) doesn't seem that unrealistic.

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The Onion starts a 24-hour fake news network - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 27th 2007 4:42PM
Onion News NetworkAnyone who's heard The Onion Radio News knows that The Onion's ingenious brand of fake print news doesn't always translate well to a verbal spoken medium. The format is pitch-perfect on the page but, when you listen to it, the stories' scripted nature make them come across more like a comedy sketch and less like a news story.

With the folks at The Onion starting a 24-hour online fake news network called The Onion News Network, or ONN, the same problem occurs. The Onion's president, Sean Mills, told Variety, with tongue apparently planted firmly in cheek, that ONN is not trying to be like The Daily Show or "Weekend Update" on SNL. "Those are parody shows, and this is serious news," said Mills. "There's no studio audience, and no one's in on the joke. What we are trying to create is a broadcast-quality newscast on the Internet."

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The Onion picks the openings that fit their shows perfectly - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2007 1:40PM

Get Smart openingOne of the saddest changes in the television landscape has been the disappearance of the theme song. They're really not that important to the people who create TV shows now (or the networks who want to get more commercials in). Lost has just a single note as their theme song, ER has changed and shortened their theme song, Jericho has static, and Heroes doesn't have a theme song or credits either.

Luckily, the shows that still have theme songs also have opening credits. Shows like The Office and Dexter all have theme songs and opening credits. They're classic TV openings. Of course, it's nothing like years gone by, where almost all shows had theme song and opening credits. The Onion has picked 22 that they feel fit their shows perfectly. I don't know if that is the same as "best opening sequences," but the choices are interesting, quirky, a little maddening, and they left out a few, as I'm sure you'll agree.

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The Onion sticks it to Dane Cook

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2007 12:02PM

dane cookI don't like Dane Cook's brand of comedy, but hey, I don't have to like everything. There are plenty of other comedians more suited to my palate on the comedy salad bar, so while I personally feel his "material" is all delivery and no punchline, it doesn't mean other people can't enjoy him with croutons.

CC Insider points to a funny satirical piece from The Onion about Cook's new HBO special, Burgasm, in which the young comedian riffs on Burger King's Texas Double Whopper for a full hour. In the article, Cook explains his plans for the special:

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Sarah Silverman gives you sex advice

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 23rd 2007 1:07PM
Sarah Silverman and kidThe Onion's A.V. Club is inviting readers to ask Sarah Silverman for sex advice. Post your question to the site, and the best questions will be forwarded to Ms. Silverman. Her answers will be included in an upcoming feature on the The Sarah Silverman Program, set for its Comedy Central debut on February 1st. Several clips from the show were recently posted online. It looks something like the non-stand-up portions of Jesus is Magic with lots of Mr. Show alums and Sarah's sister Laura in supporting roles.

I personally recommend that you seek Sarah's sex advice. She and boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel were recently featured in Esquire's "What I've Learned" issue, and they had plenty of useful relationship tips to share. For instance, pretend your parents are someone else's. This makes you more tolerant of their eccentricities. That's great advice, and when you're done gleaning all the knowledge you can from Sarah, you can send a letter to Amy Sedaris care of The Believer for further enlightenment.

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Onion "columnist" laments the early days of Studio 60

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 20th 2006 6:58PM
The Onion logoGod bless The Onion. I haven't read it in a while, but whenever I go back to it, the fine folks there never fail to give me a good belly laugh. In the current issue, "columnist" Artie Mayer laments the forgotten early days of his favorite show in an essay entitled "Studio 60 Was Better When It First Came Out".

If you read through the essay, you can tell what argument they're mocking here: the age-old argument that Saturday Night Live was better when it first came on the air. But I like how it was mocked here; Mayer (a made-up name, by the way) decries how the show has slid downhill from its premiere episode from four weeks ago.

"In Studio 60's heyday, they would do this thing where Judd (Hirsch) would come out before the opening credits and deliver this long, angry monologue about the current state of network television. I used to sit in front of the TV, just waiting for him to unleash his famous catchphrase, 'It's not going to be a very good show tonight.' But they haven't done that for a while," he writes. He also laments how they keep using the same ten characters in every show and how the episodes all have the same structure. Funny stuff.

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