Comedy Central Sends Up Local News

Continuing a theme of sending up the news—Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert—Comedy Central has picked up 10 episodes of DreamWorks Television's American Lives for a summer 2006 debut.

The pseudo documentary series, initially commissioneed by NBC Universal, takes aim at local news through fake local news reporters and anchors from KSGY Spokane who interact with real people as they pretend to produce stories for faux local show, American Lives.

The show is created by Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show). the improv-trained case includes Zach Galifianakis (Comedians of Comedy), Andrea Savage (Significant Others), and Matt Walsh (Upright Citizens Brigade, The Daily Show).

Attention Radio-Television News Directors Association: The fake local newspeople are billed as dysfunctional, or as the network puts it: "The real scoop about local news and the misfits who make it."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.