Oxygen (ended 2002)


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First they skewered the news and now it's daytime's turn! From the minds and talent that brought you Comedy Central's hit The Daily Show came this hilarious satire that parodied television geared towards women. The View, Oprah and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee weren't the only shows that served as the inspiration for this comedy, the Lifetime network's line-up also got spoofed with segments such as "Inanimate Portrait" which took a close (maybe too close) look at different female celebrities each week. Rather than being a behind-the-scenes look at TV like most entertainment satires, the show was more reminiscent of Fernwood 2Night in that the entire half hour was made to look like an actual talk show. The show, originally titled O2Be...Anyone But Me, first aired Sundays at 7pm then moved to 11pm on the Oxygen cable network. Oxygen only produced six episodes. Currently there are no plans to rerun the show. Brian and Lizz started off every episode by telling us how they got 2Be the hosts of O2Be: Lizz: Hi, I'm Lizz Winstead. During my second divorce I said to my lawyer, "Give me something big this time. Like a TV show!" Brian: I'm Brian Unger. I was Tom Brokaw's heir apparent. Of course, Brian Williams got the job. But I'm not bitter. Lizz: So, I got my TV show, it's called O2Be. It's a show about women. Brian: Excuse me, it's a show about women?! Lizz: O2Be glamorous. O2Be wealthier. O2Be... Brian Sure, why not? It's work. I'm not bitter. O2Be Lizz Winstead In the past few years, Lizz Winstead has emerged as perhaps, the top female political comic working today. As a co-creator and former head writer of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Winstead has now emerged as a writer and producer who has brought fresh new ideas to television. The writing on "The Daily Show" has been sited by critics as some of the best on television today. Winstead's on-air work has also been acclaimed as refreshing and innovative. Getting laughs from topical events has always made Winstead a sought after writer. Along with co-creating "The Daily Show," she also created, executive produced, and starred in the critically acclaimed and highly rated segment producing "The Jon Stewart Show," and is a frequent guest commentator on CNN and The Fox News Channel. But it was her one-person shows, "Don't Get Me Started" and "Stream of Consciousness," that put her on the political humor map. Playing to packed theaters in New York City, Boston and Minneapolis, Winstead proved herself as someone who could tackle emotionally charged issues like religion and abortion and lace them with raucous humor and sharp insight. She was nominated Best Female Club Performer by The American Comedy Awards and has appeared numerous times on television including HBO's "Women of the Night," and "Politically Incorrect" and CNN's "Greenfield At Large." Brian Unger I'm sorry, Brian who? O2Be Brian Unger Brian Unger grew up in a small Ohio town called Granville. It's a conservative town. The kind of town where George W. Bush would feel right at home. That's why he left. As a child, Brian recognized signs of intelligent life beyond Ohio. Each night, after spitting the chewed remains of his mother's hamloaf into a napkin, he would race from the dinner table to watch Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. Eventually, images of the omniscient, trustworthy Cronkite beckoned Brian to a strange, faraway land called New York City. So Unger got himself some shoes and began interning at Late Night with David Letterman while studying journalism at Ohio University. Late Night taught him valuable lessons about the rigors of television production: how to retrieve lunch for David Letterman, how to Christmas shop for David Letterman, how to assemble a bed for David Letterman, and, finally, how to sit for weeks in a cold, empty loft waiting for David Letterman's cable guy to show up. After receiving his degree, opportunity finally came knocking - he was offered a position as an associate producer on a parenting series at Lifetime Television, The Women's Network. As a bachelor in his 20s, Unger was almost overqualified. This naturally led to a full-time gig as producer of Lifetime's Obstetrics & Gynecology Update. His 26 episodes on matters ranging from myomas and premature labor to vaginal inflation during hysteroscopy remain some of the most groundbreaking in the network's history. Unger eventually decided to lease his soul to the Maury Povich show, where he met the host's wife, news anchor Connie Chung. Without sacrificing his dignity, Unger groveled, whined and pleaded for a shot at his boyhood dream: CBS News. And Murrow wept. Unger started at Chung's news magazine, Eye to Eye, where he produced and wrote stories for Chung, Charles Kuralt, Bill Geist and other correspondents, and contributed to special events coverage like elections and the O.J. Simpson trial. After months of sifting through Kato Kaelin's garbage and stalking excused Simpson jurors in South Central L.A., Unger convinced his misguided bosses to let him step in front of the camera. He worked at the CBS syndicated news program Day & Date as an on-air correspondent and producer for nearly a year before abandoning his future and medical benefits to join Comedy Central's The Daily Show as a producer and correspondent in 1996. Unger pioneered the show's satirical news reports of confused people and confusing events from around the country. After three years at The Daily Show, Unger departed for E!'s Talk Soup, NBC's Later, VH-1, CNN, the Food Network, Comedy Central's The Man Show, and anyone else who would pay him. He also wrote humor pieces for the New York Times, the Washington Post and, naturally, Jane magazine. Despite earning a basic-cable salary, Unger was listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People In Entertainment in 1998 by Entertainment Weekly magazine. All this helped Unger land coveted jobs as the national spokesman for Yoo-hoo chocolate drink and Eggo Waffles, and the unforgettable role of "Panda Claus" for Sprint long distance. But Unger hasn't rested on his promotional laurels. In 2000, he produced and starred in a comedy pilot for Fox Television called This Week Has 7 Days, acted in another Fox comedy pilot, #1 Show in America, and hosted a fictional series for E!, Hollywood Offramp. Since developing projects with his business partner, Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, under their Payload Industries shingle, Unger has appeared in Three Sisters and Just Shoot Me for NBC. Working for Oxygen seemed like a natural next step. Unger and Winstead are now starring and executive producing the network's most ambitious series, a half-hour weekly satire of women's TV called O2Be…Anyone But Me. Remember, if you want to be somebody, be somebody else!moreless