Perino comes by her fearlessness honestly. In a world where people are said to dread public speaking more than death itself, Perino’s ability to appear unflappable stems from her tenure as President George W. Bush’s press secretary from 2007 to 2009, when he left office. She lived and worked in a cauldron. She had the charge of conducting the daily White House press briefings.
When she spoke for Bush, you’d get the feeling that she could melt stainless steel with a glance. Perino stressed that her work now was certainly “different — but good!”
She and I talked Tuesday afternoon on the set of “The Five,” sitting around the same table shown on the show. What struck me about our interview was how self-critical Perino could be. “I don’t think I risk enough,” she said.
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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?
- The Wall Street Journal is expanding its online video service in the coming weeks, adding a political talk show based in Washington, according to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko. “WSJ Live” has had production quality comparable to many cable news programs. “There’s much more to come,” writes Alan Murray in the memo.
- Fox News contributor Dana Perino is profiled by Woman Around Town. Her favorite New York City moment? “Memorial Day weekend as we walked by Times Square, the United States Marine Band was there jammin’ with songs from the Rolling Stones and Soft Cell. They performed right in front of the Armed Services recruiting station, and I will never forget the tears of joy and pride that spilled over as we cheered them on.”
Last night was night two of the “Jeopardy!” “Power Players” week, featuring TV news personalities and other prominent Washington DC types. The players were NBA legend and U.S. State Department cultural ambassador Kareem Abdul Jabar, former White House Press Secretary and current Fox News “The Five” co-host Dana Perino and CNBC anchor David Faber.
Faber owned this game, but both Perino and Abdul Jabar were strong players.
Categories in the first round played off of the three players’ careers, including “Lakers” (which was about lakes, not the NBA team that Abdul Jabar played for), “The Five” (about groups of five things, not the FNC show Perino co-hosts) and “Squawk on the Street” (which was naturally about birds, not the CNBC program).
There was no Chris Matthews level of wackiness, though Abdul Jabar got some laughs for asking, “What is X?” rather than the more family-friendly “What is G?” during a clue about movie ratings.
Fox News Channel “The Five” co-host Dana Perino is prepping for her turn on Jeopardy! “Power Players” week by getting some help from “Red Eye’s” Bill Schulz. The former GW Bush administration Press Secretary has a tough act to follow: her Obama administration counterpart Robert Gibbs who eeked out a win last night. Watch Perino tonight take on CNBC’s David Faber and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Anchors, correspondents and contributors for TV news organizations make up most of the contestants for “Jeopardy!” “Power Players Week.” CNN, NBC News, Fox News and the BBC are all represented, with the contestants all playing for their favorite charities.
The players are:
From the BBC: Katty Kay.
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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.
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:
Fox News Channel will debut a new program called “The Five” airing in Glenn Beck‘s soon-to-be vacated timeslot beginning Monday, July 11 and running through the summer.
The show, a “The View”-like ensemble program, will feature a roundtable of five Fox News personalities from among the network’s deep bench of hosts and analysts, including Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, Bob Beckel and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
In a news release, FNC says the program will also feature added guests, including politicians, celebrities, sports figures and key newsmakers. The show is expected to run through the summer months.
As we reported yesterday, Fox News will air encore presentations of Beck’s program next week.
Release after the jump…
Perino announced the news via her Twitter feed around 3:30 ET.
In March she served as a guest-host on FNC’s morning program “Fox & Friends.”
Update 2: Whoops, it turns out Perino has filled in for Greta before, with her first time actually being July 5.