Onion SportsDome

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Onion SportsDome
Onion SportsDome logo.png
Starring Matt Walton
Matt Oberg
Danyelle Sargent
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Running time 22 minutes
Original network Comedy Central
Original release January 11 (2011-01-11) –
March 15, 2011 (2011-03-15)
Related shows Onion News Network
External links
Website www.onionsportsnetwork.com

Onion SportsDome was a parody sports television show from the makers of The Onion.[1] The show premiered on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 10:30 p.m. EST on Comedy Central in the United States.[2][3][4] It was seen in Canada on The Comedy Network.[5]

The show was designed as a parody of SportsCenter and ESPN.[6] Jack Kukoda was the head writer.[7] Matt Walton and Matt Oberg play the co-anchors Alex Reiser and Mark Shepard, respectively.[4][8] Melissa "Wellsy" Wells was portrayed by real-life sportscaster Danyelle Sargent. Gary Payton, Dennis Kenney and Ahmad Bradshaw appeared on the show.[9]

On April 4, 2011, USA Today reported the show, having completed its original 10-episode runs, was on hiatus and replaced in the time-slot by Sports Show with Norm Macdonald.[10] On June 20, 2011, Deadline Hollywood confirmed that Comedy Central cancelled both SportsDome and Sports Show with Norm MacDonald.[11]


  1. ^ Albrecht, Chris (November 5, 2009). "Comedy Central Orders Sports Pilot from The Onion". gigaom.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "First Images and Premiere Date for Comedy Central's Onion SportsDome!". Comedy Central Insider. Comedy Central. December 1, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Chandler, Rick (January 5, 2011). "New Onion sports show parody may have potential". Off the Bench. NBC Sports. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Pierce, Scott D. (January 6, 2011). "'The Onion SportsDome’ skewers ‘SportsCenter'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Television - TV Shows - Onion SportsDome: ‘Onion’ bosses take swing at sports". Jam.canoe.ca. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  6. ^ Hinckley, David (January 11, 2011). "'The Onion SportsDome' will lampoon sports shows like ESPN's 'SportsCenter' in Comedy Central slot". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ Hale, Mike (January 10, 2011). "Where Sports News Is Irreverent, and Scores Irrelevant" The New York Times. New York: New York Times.
  8. ^ O'Brien, Walter (December 25, 2010). "Matt Walton, a New Jersey native, to co-host Comedy Central Onion sports show". Courier News. Bridgewater Township, NJ. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived February 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "MacDonald's show may be departure from norm". USA Today. April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Comedy Central Cancels 'Sports Show with Norm Macdonald' and 'Onion SportsDome'". Deadline Hollywood. June 20, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 

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