Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Newsreaders?

By Tim Surette

Jan 16, 2013

The 12-minute shows on Adult Swim are multiplying, and with the ADHD epidemic plaguing today's youth and television bloggers, it's exactly what we need to take the next step toward the inevitable one-minute show. Or, as I call it, "television perfection." Until then, we'll just have to focus Adult Swim's latest shortform comedy, Newsreaders. I've spent all of 22 minutes of my valuable workday watching the first two episodes, and I'm here to give you some advice on whether or not to tune in.

What is Newsreaders about?

It's a spin-off of Childrens Hospital! If you've seen Rob Corddry's goof on medical dramas, then perhaps you've already seen Newsreaders as the basis for a few special episodes. Mather Zickel stars as Louis La Fonda, an investigative journalist who digs for scoops and claims victory when interview subjects leave the room in disgust. It's a very silly show.

When does Newsreaders premiere?

Like all of Adult Swim's best shows, this one is for night owls or DVR show hoarders; it debuts at midnight on Thursday, January 17. Which is technically Friday, January 18.

Who created the show?

It's from the same brains behind Childrens Hospital: Rob Corddry, David Wain, and Jonathan Stern, which gives it a lot of the same sense of humor.

Who’s the target audience?

I guess the easy thing to say is that Newreaders is for people who are baked out of their skulls, but really, it's for anyone looking for silly, smart, edgy comedy from the best of the comedy scene. Men, women, mermaids, mermen, and transgendered fish people should all like it.

What’s good about the show?

Newsreaders is essentially a sketch show in a fake-news-magazine format, but it's what the show does with its sketches that sets it apart from others. It's always willing to go in an unpredictable direction, never staying in the same place to beat the same joke for too long. For example, the premiere episode starts off with a pair of college kids making porn in vans and ends up being an expose on the auto industry's control of Hepatitis and other nasty things. Plus Ray Wise (Leland Palmer) is hilarious as the old man bitching about kids today in a regularly featured editorial segment. Plus great guest-stars! Briah Posehn, Kate Walsh, Dan Rather, and more appear in the first two episodes, and they're all game for the bizarre humor.

What isn't so great about it?

Ummm... it's not long enough?

Okay okay, do I watch or not?

Yes. DVR it. Watch it live. Whatever you have to do. Let the episodes pile up and marathon 'em a month from now. Just watch it.

Can I see a trailer?

Or you can see the whole first episode NOW!

What should I drink while watching this?

Lots of water. Gotta stay hydrated, bro.

Newsreaders debuts Thursday, January 17 at midnight (technically Friday morning) on Adult Swim.

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  • klotensen Jan 17, 2013

    Sounds like a great, funny show! So it will be axed this or next season...

  • torque_smacky Jan 17, 2013

    Rax is mentioned at 3:45. Where is a Rax still open? I haven't seen one of those since the 80's.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 17, 2013

    My big concern about Newsreaders was that they were going to get loose with the format, if they can stick as tightly to the fake news show format as they have in their first 2 outings on Childrens Hospital, it could work.

    Oh my god, Ray Wise is regularly playing an Andy Rooney type? Shit, Tim, hasn't Jen taught you about not burying the lead?!? I was cautiously in on this already, but now it's a staple on my DVR thanks to that news.

  • pcsjunior002 Jan 17, 2013

    I must say, I was skeptical about the super short format to begin with, but I saw one episode of NTSF:SD:SUV:: and then before I knew it, I had finished the entire first season. (It happened all in one day. The season had 12 episodes, and each one is less than 15 minutes. It really is SUPER short. But that doesn't mean it isn't hilarious. Also, the quality of guest stars that they can get is really quite impressive.)

  • sandorxian Jan 17, 2013

    This was actually funny, not least the Andy Rooney bit at the end.

  • stanking Jan 17, 2013

    I might have given this a chance (I generally trust Tim's instincts) but you put a picture of Ed Begley Jr up there, and his face and speech pattern (not to mention his politics) make me gag. No thanks!

  • BrookeDsBaby Jan 17, 2013

    That's a really dumb reason. You've probably missed out on a lot in life.

  • stanking Jan 17, 2013

    There's quite a few thing I want to miss in life, and this is one of them. :)

  • Dudekotka Jan 16, 2013

    I like how you managed to talk about a Childrens Hospital spin-off without mentioning NTSF:SD:SUV:: (Or: National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sports Utility Vehicle::)

    Really looking forwards to watching it, the Newsreaders episodes of Childrens Hospital are great.

    Now all we need is a spin-off about Officer Chance Briggs... And a real version of Childrens Hospital (U.K)

  • ben45tpy Jan 17, 2013

    And a real version of Childrens Lawspital...

  • Dudekotka Jan 17, 2013

    And 70s Childrens Hospital soap opera.. So much spin off potential.

  • ben45tpy Jan 16, 2013

    Does this show even need a recommendation to watch? Total no-brainer, I can't wait.