Yesterday morning, “Saturday Night Live” uploaded this biting sketch on the media’s reaction to the situation in Ferguson. It was unfortunately cut for time during the live broadcast, but it’s well worth a watch.
In the skit, Cecily Strong and Keenan Thompson play the reluctant hosts of St. Louis’ happiest morning talk show, “Rise and Smile.” The two are trying desperately to avoid their normally chipper (and silly) antics in light of the protests. It doesn’t go well.
James Franco also makes an appearance as a chef named ‘Darrel Wilson’, who at one point asks, “Who am I to argue with the grand jury?”
Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO knows how much viewers hate all the political ads taking up precious air time around the country. So the station decided to have a little fun and created its own spoof ad against anchor Dan Winters.
The ad is pretty funny, with lines like “He wants you to think he’s a credible newsman… but his behavior is incredible” and “He turns the news into a one-man comedy routine” and worst of all, “He questions the forecast!” It seems like viewers get the joke, as most of the comments on the Facebook post are positive. Hopefully Winters himself can have a good laugh about it, too…
In celebration of Halloween, TVSpy would like to present the “KXVO Pumpkin Dance.”
It’s already reached viral velocity and is a few years old, but Studio 360 just did a piece on the origin of the piece.
So, sit back, open up that tiny Snickers bar you’ve been hiding in your desk and watch what happened when Omaha CW station KXVO took a pumpkin, a unitard, 90 seconds to fill, a manager who probably didn’t care all that much and created the “greatest Halloween video ever.” Read more
The American people are about to get an inside peek at the inner workings of two local stations in Mississippi. ABC affiliate WABG and CBS affiliate WXVT will be appearing in a new reality series called ‘Breaking Greenville’ airing on TruTV. The trailer promises plenty of light-hearted comedy and the synopsis reads like a made-for-TV movie:
When a spunky young reporter from Connecticut lands her first big job in a small-town news market, an unexpected shake-up occurs. BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a group of local anchors as they compete for the top spot in the game. The character-driven docu-soap will spotlight the playful — and at times cut-throat — rivalry between two local news stations and the dynamic newscasters who are determined to take their jobs seriously, even when some of the news they cover is less than serious.
Breaking Greenville may do for local news what The Office did for 9-5 life in the cubicle. But unlike the classic NBC comedy, TruTV’s Breaking Greenville is a real documentary about actual local news reporters doing things that would probably make Edward R. Morrow scream into the nearest throw pillow.
‘Breaking Greenville’ premieres in December on TruTV.
Sunday night, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO attempted to congratulate Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes in the NFL.
FTVLive reports that instead of including a picture of Manning with the story, the station’s graphic department apparently got confused and put up a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton instead.
Check out Payton having a good laugh about it on his Instagram below. Read more
You may remember Welch as the gruff, somewhat senile reporter who smacks his interviewees in the face with his mic.
Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a reporter at Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, was doing a live shot from a new shopping center called Downtown Summerlin Thursday night when someone else totally stole her thunder. Among the group of cheering tweens in the background was one fierce diva who stole the show. Check out his sassy moves above.
Bhoolsuwan acknowledged the kid’s sweet moves when she tweeted the following:
— Patranya Bhoolsuwan (@patranya) October 12, 2014
The diva has yet to be identified.
A Slate podcaster has a surefire way to know if local news anchors have done their research. He put together a supercut proving the documents have been read.
Happy Friday from Jimmy Fallon and a team of anchors at NBC affiliates recruited to deliver the all-too-rare good news:
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