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5 Questions for ‘The Five’

Fox News’s “The Five” has gone from zero to 2.1 million (viewers) in just the last year and is now FNC’s third most-watched show. So we wanted to hear from the hosts about what makes the show successful. Here are 5 questions for “The Five” hosts, plus 2 bonus questions for the alternates.

TVNewser to Eric Bolling: What is the one ingredient of the show that is making it click with viewers?

Eric Bolling: I think the secret ingredient is that we all get along extremely well. That’s real, not forced and I suspect the audience can sense that. Mr. Ailes came up with a unique show idea and that was impressive. Then he found a group of people who get along and enjoy each other’s perspective and input. For that Ailes is a genius!

TVNewser to Kimberly Guilfoyle: After your role as prosecutor in a San Francisco dog mauling case, you started getting TV offers from CourtTV, CNN, MSNBC before joining Fox in 2006. What do you miss most about your life as a prosecutor and how often do you find yourself using those skills on The Five?

Kimberly Guilfoyle: I think what I like the most about my change in profession from a prosecutor is that I am able to be an advocate for families, victims of major crimes, or individuals who do not normally have a voice or someone to speak for them and get the story out to the public. As a prosecutor, you are always arriving at an issue or case after the injustice has occurred. As a host and journalist on The Five and a legal and political analyst at Fox News I am able to tackle issues and stories and bring them to the public’s attention especially when the mainstream isn’t covering a story.

TVNewser to Greg Gutfeld: Since the show is live at 5pm (not taped and airing at 3am) how often to you have to check yourself before saying something that might not go over well with the audience or your co-hosts?

Greg Gutfeld: I never do. The whole point of doing something live is the risk. And I figure if you run something by someone, you ruin the spontaneity of the moment.  But If I think that what I might say might hurt their feelings, then I won’t do it.  Like yesterday,  I was going to bring up something that happened before the show. There was a group of school kids in studio for a tour. One of the children had asked Dana if he could take her picture. Dana said, “Do I go to your school and ask to take a picture of you?” Dana had a point, but that didn’t stop the child from crying. I was going to bring that up on the show, but I didn’t want to embarrass Dana, despite her obvious insensitivity towards America’s youth.

TVNewser to Dana Perino: Which do you like better: being a member of the media or keeping the press in check, which was part of your job as White House press secretary?

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July 4 On Cable News: Dunk Tanks on Fox, Prisons on MSNBC, And Science on CNN

The Independence Day holiday is something of a wash for cable news. With many viewers traveling or attending barbecues (even on a Wednesday), ratings are typically far lower than your average day.

This will often lead to some… interesting… programming decisions. On Fox News Channel’s ‘The Five,” the panelists decided to forgo a segment talking about politics and news, and instead throw Bob Beckel in a dunk tank, and get him wet. Which panelist succeeded in “dunking the liberal”? Watch for yourself:

MSNBC meanwhile did what it usually does on holidays, televising a “Lockup” marathon.

Of course, there was also some real news. Scientists at CERN announced the discovery of the elusive Higgs-Boson, colloquially known as “The God Particle.” For more than 40 years scientists have been looking for evidence of the particle, which endows mass to other particles, like the particles that make up the earth, and humans, and pretty much everything else in the universe.

The best coverage on cable news was on CNN, which had a feature package ready to go, and also interviewed scientists to help explain the rather significant implications of the discovery.

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Who Would Play Bob Beckel if ‘The Five’ is Ever Parodied on SNL?

“The Five” took on “Saturday Night Live” over the NBC show cutting a sketch involving Pres. Obama but including this send-up of “Fox & Friends.” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels explained the show was 27 minutes long, so something had to go, telling the New York Post, “the show’s many things but it is not partisan.”

Greg Gutfeld disagreed saying SNL “is about as edgy as a handball.” He then suggested if SNL were to ever skewer “The Five” Bob Beckel could be played by Joy Behar. Now that’s edgy.

Bob Beckel Drops An F-Bomb Live on Fox News

Poor Bob Beckel. The Fox News contributor has so much fire and passion, that he appeared to not realize that “Hannity” was no longer in a commercial break. The result:

“We are on the air now, this is live television!” Sean Hannity said

“You should run your show a little better instead of letting me get caught like that,” Beckel quipped.

(Video via Johnny $)

Washington Caucus Coverage

We know you can’t wait for Super Tuesday, but hold your horses. First, Washingtonians vote tomorrow. Here’s the cable coverage:

  • MSNBC will be producing extended cut-ins during Saturday night documentaries.

Sarah Palin on ‘The Five,’ John Roberts anchoring ‘Special Report’

Sarah Palin made it The Six on Fox News’s “The Five” tonight.

“Just in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d stop by,” said Palin who talked about her son Trig getting new glasses, referred to Greg Gutfeld as “Gut” and demurred when Andrea Tantaros asked if she’d run again: “I don’t know…”

The drop-in also revealed that Palin seemed to be buttering up resident liberal Bob Beckel as she gave him a box of chocolates yesterday. “This young lady called me a doofus,” said Beckel to Palin. “But she was nice enough to own up to it. And I will say, once in a while I’ve used a few words about you. But we’ll put that all under the table won’t we?”

When “The Five” signed off, “Special Report” went on the air with Atlanta-based FNC correspondent John Roberts in for Bret Baier. This Is Roberts’ first time filling in on the 6pmET show.

‘The Five’ Takes up Politico/MSNBC

“The Five” which continues to put up strong numbers for Fox News — it was the most watched cable news show Friday in A25-54 viewers — chatted up the Daily Caller’s story on the supposed coziness of MSNBC and Politico pushing the point that Politico has, in the words of Eric Bolling “become a left-wing” site.

The panel’s resident liberal Bob Beckel (sort-of) stood up for Politico, “You can argue the Huffington Post is way to the left. But Politico, in terms of their straight reporting, is pretty good. Their editorial is more liberal. No question about that.”

Beckel wrapped up the segment taking a shot at CNN’s upcoming new morning show. “By the way, I understand one of the other cable news networks is going to try to follow ‘The Five’ and have a morning talk show like this. Good luck!”

Video, via J$P, after the jump…

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FNC’s The Five: ‘A delightfully nutty show with an undercurrent of ragin’ crazy’

EW’s Ken Tucker uses his appearance — in name only — on Fox News’ “The Five” to deliver a review of the show.

Imagine my surprise last Friday when I turned on my favorite guilty pleasure — Fox News’ The Five, its five-person, 5 p.m. five-days-a-week replacement for the full-fathom-five insanity of Glenn Beck — and saw little ol’ me getting slammed by the panel.

Tucker goes on to explain the slam by Greg Gutfeld, the host who “had been consigned to the wee hours of the morning where he gibbers through his dank-basement frat-party called “Red Eye” as well as the other panelists: “burly Eric Bolling,” “devilishly prim Dana Perino; that huggable grizzly bear in suspenders Bob Beckel,” and Kimberly Guilfoyle and her “ostentatiously framed legs.” Tucker surmises:

(W)hat comes across is the feeling that, unlike so much of what we see on squawky news talk shows, The Five five enjoy each other’s company — they squabble because they’re one big happy family, you know? The result is a delightfully nutty show with an undercurrent of ragin’ crazy.

(h/t J$P)

Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling and the Lunch That Changed Everything

At the beginning of yesterday’s “The Five” — intended to be a segment on jobs — Bob Beckel, prompted by the other hosts, recounted the story of how he choked at a kickoff lunch for the show yesterday afternoon.

“You just can’t make these things up,” the Fox News Channel host said. “I have a couple people to thank.” Beckel revealed that it was co-host Eric Bolling who jumped to the rescue, aided by “the boss of bosses” at FNC, Roger Ailes, who “stood up and gave me the Heimlich, but he couldn’t get his arms all the way around me.” Watch the video, via Johnny Dollar’s Place, below:

Fox News Channel’s ‘The Five’ Notches Permanent Spot at 5 PM

Fox News Channel’s Summer replacement series “The Five” is no longer a Summer replacement. FNC has announced that the program will become the permanent 5 PM show going forward.

“The Five” launched in July as a temporary replacement in the timeslot formerly held by Glenn Beck. Since that time, it has performed well enough toe warrant a continued presence, although it is still down from the ratings peaks of Beck’s time at the channel. Of course, ratings mean nothing if advertisers are afraid of a show, and many were of Beck’s program. As has been well-documented, many advertisers asked to be shifted to other shows to avoid having ads appear on Beck’s program, resulting in FNC having less inventory.

The channel hinted at that problem in the press release announcing “The Five”‘s pickup:

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