Onion News Network
|Onion News Network|
|Written by||Alexander Blechman
|Directed by||J.J. Adler
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original run||January 21, 2011– December 9, 2011|
In March 2007, The Onion launched The Onion News Network, a daily web video broadcast that had been in production since sometime in mid-2006. The Onion invested about $1 million in production and hired 15 staffers to focus on the venture. Carol Kolb, former Editor-in-Chief of The Onion is the ONN's head writer; and Will Graham is the showrunner and Executive Producer. It is implied on-air that the ONN show "FactZone with Brooke Alvarez" is "simulcasted" on IFC Friday nights at 10pm ET.
It was announced on November 14, 2011 that "Onion News Network" was moved back to Friday Nights at 10pm ET as part of its "IFC Always On Fridays" block of shows. Season 1 aired on Friday nights at 10pm before moving to Tuesdays for the first 3 episodes of Season 2 and has moved back to Friday nights beginning with the November 18, 2011 episode
On March 21, 2012, it was announced that the show would not be returning for a third season.
- Suzanne Sena - Brooke Alvarez
- Todd Alan Crain - Tucker Hope #8 (Season 1)
- Ryan Blackwell - Tucker Hope #9 (Season 2)
- Matt Oberg - Tucker Hope #10 (Season 2)*
- Brian Huskey - Duncan Birch
- Klea Blackhurst - Shelby Cross
- Dorothi Fox - Nancy Fichandler
- John Cariani - Michael Falk
- Malachy Cleary - David Barrodale (whose opinions are sponsored by Acura)
- Esther David - Jane Carmichael
- Peak Kwinarian - Brandon Armstrong (Former ONN Newsroom anchor, Died on 10/25/2011 episode of season 2)
- Chaunteé Schuler - Angelique Clark
- Michele Ammon - Jean Anne Whorton
- Kyla Grogan - Andrea Bennett
- Jill Dobson - Madison Daly
- George Riddle - Joad Cressbeckler
- Aaron Lazar - O'Brady Shaw (season 2)
- Michael Torpey - Dan Carlysle, Political Expert
Matt Oberg is currently the only actor to appear on two different television shows produced by The Onion. Oberg portrayed Mark Shepard in Onion SportsDome which aired on Comedy Central until its cancellation in June 2011 and currently portraying the "tenth" Tucker Hope on IFC's "Onion News Network"
Rachel Maddow and Mike Huckabee appeared as themselves in the fourth episode. Ben Stiller appeared as himself on episode 9, in a fake PSA for "Shaken Man-Child Syndrome" Glenn Beck appeared as himself on the November 1, 2011 episode involving a fictional PBS Frontline documentary about Brooke Alvarez's checkered past which in part may explain her on-air icy demeanor. Glenn stated that while auditioning for the part of anchor of "FactZone", He implied that Alvarez cut off his brakes and his car ended up in a ditch. Ted Allen appeared on the "Today Now!" special, showing how to cook a dish from his new book "Pretentious Foodie Bullshit." 
Critical reception 
Onion News Network has received generally positive reviews from television critics. Michael Deacon of The Daily Telegraph described it as one "glorious blizzard of absurdity and bathos", while Jack Seale from Radio Times called it a "densely packed, highly intelligent comedy you’ll want to watch for a second or third time". Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times wrote that Onion News Networks makes other satirical news programmes "sluggish by comparison", before going on to say: "If the longstanding SNL segment is a sort of introductory course in wringing humor from headlines, and Mr. Stewart's 'Daily Show' is the advance-level class, 'Onion News Network' is graduate school, requiring much quicker thinking and a greater tolerance for comfort-zone invasion.
Zoe Williams of The Guardian gave a mixed review of the first episode, stating that, "even by the opening credits I was smiling so much I had a sore face". However, she was critical of the programme content. "Persistently, where the programme could rip into one thing, it instead chooses something more peripheral, more candyflossy," Williams wrote. Williams criticised a sketch relating to racism in the US judicial system, saying: "This is the kind of thing Jon Stewart could say with one eyebrow or the judicious rolling back of his wheelie presenter's chair. It's true, racism in the American judicial system is certainly worth lambasting, but there just isn't the complexity in the issue to warrant a satirical news story that goes on for four minutes." 
International airdates 
- Australia: Program premiered The Comedy Channel in October 2011. It also airs on ABC2.
- Canada: Airs on Super Channel. Confusingly, the front page of the Canadian edition of The Onion carries the same promotional banner as the U.S. editions, incorrectly implying that ONN is carried by IFC Canada.
- United Kingdom: Program premiered on Sky Arts 1 on November 26, 2011
- Itzkoff, Dave (March 22, 2010). "Fake Area Newspaper Gets Real Television Show". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- Luippold, Ross (December 4, 2010). "IFC Picks Up 'Onion News Network,' 90s Cult Comedy Series". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- Whipp, Glenn (January 15, 2011). "The Onion makes big TV push". Variety. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Press ‘Play’ for Satire: March 23, 2007 The Wall Street Journal Article". March 23, 2007.
- Seidman, Robert (March 22, 2011). "IFC Renews "Onion News Network," Greenlights Four New Original Series". TVbythenumbers.com. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Luippold, Ross (March 21, 2012). "'Onion News Network' Canceled: IFC Spokesperson". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
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- Glenn Beck on Brooke Alvarez
- http://www.theonion.com/video/celebrity-chef-ted-allen-cooks-his-favorite-preten,26571/ Celebrity Chef Ted Allen Cooks His Favorite Pretentious Foodie Bullshit Meal
- 'The Onion' comes to TV, The Daily Telegraph article. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- Video preview: Onion News Network, Radio Times article. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- TV review: Onion News Network; The Killing, The Guardian review. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- Onion News Network at the Internet Movie Database
- The Onion News Network on IFC
- The Onion News Network at Sky Arts