The Five (TV program)
The Five logo
|Created by||Roger Ailes|
Eric Bolling (2011–present)
Kimberly Guilfoyle (2011–present)
Greg Gutfeld (2011–present)
Dana Perino (2011–present)
Juan Williams (2011–present) Former
Andrea Tantaros (2011–15)
Bob Beckel (2011–15)
|Composer(s)||Matthew de Luca and Neil de Luca (theme and cues)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||500 (As of June 25, 2013)|
|Running time||60 minutes (approximately 40 minutes 45 seconds without commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Fox News Studio D|
|Original network||Fox News Channel|
|Picture format||480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV)
720p (16:9 HDTV)
|Original release||July 11, 2011– present|
The Five is an American news and talk show on Fox News Channel featuring a rotating panel who discuss current stories, political issues, and pop culture. The show premiered in July 2011, replacing the Glenn Beck program, and airs on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET with replays at 4:00 a.m. ET.
On October 3, 2011, after successful ratings and high popularity, Fox News announced that The Five would become the permanent 5 p.m. series, as the program had previously been announced to last only during the summer.
The Five is currently the second-most-watched program in all of cable news in the United States, placing only behind The O'Reilly Factor, also on the Fox News Channel. The program has occasionally been the number one rated cable news series in the key 25 to 54 viewing demographic.
According to the initial Fox News press release announcing The Five, the show features a "roundtable ensemble of five rotating Fox personalities who [...] discuss, debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day." Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said the format for the show was inspired by chat-oriented programs such as The View; it has also been compared to the "Great American Panel" segment on Fox News' Hannity.
The show is made up of six blocks. Each of the first five blocks is introduced, closed and loosely moderated by a different co-host. The co-host's block may be on a single topic or multiple topics. The final block is One More Thing: The co-hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends. The show's co-hosts are:
- Eric Bolling - financial analyst and host of Cashin' In
- Kimberly Guilfoyle - former prosecutor and legal analyst
- Greg Gutfeld - writer and host of Fox News' talk show The Greg Gutfeld Show
- Dana Perino - former White House Press Secretary during the George W. Bush administration
- Juan Williams, political analyst and former NPR contributor (who represents the liberal point of view to counter the other more generally conservative panelists)
Former co-hosts have included conservative commentator Andrea Tantaros (now co-host of Fox's Outnumbered), and former Democratic strategist Bob Beckel, whose frequent absences in early 2015 and ultimate departure that summer was the subject of much speculation among fans.
Monica Crowley, Andrew Napolitano, and Geraldo Rivera were originally announced as additional co-hosts for the show, though upon its debut, the cast was narrowed down to a rotation of the current hosts.
The show occasionally features additional guests, including politicians, Fox News personalities, celebrities, and sports figures.
Occasionally, Fox News has aired special primetime editions of the show during special coverage.
- Dana's Dos and Don'ts: Perino offers political or PR advice to someone in the news.
- Greg's Tortured Metaphor: Gutfeld explains a news story by using an eccentric metaphor or simile.
- Greg's Monologue: Similar to his "Gregalogue" on Red Eye, Gutfeld opens his daily block with a comedic rant skewering newsmakers (frequently Hollywood or academia elites).
- Greg's Sports Corner: Viral videos of animals typically are shown with sports metaphors accompanied.
- Political Lightning Round: Each co-host briefly shares a political story that may have been under-reported that day.
- Music Cues: Formerly a gag by only Gutfeld, co-hosts of the show will frequently misidentify the artist performing the music leading into their segments.
- One More Thing: The hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends. Gutfeld's chosen topic is typically zany, whether it's one of his "Banned Phrases," dreams, heroes, life tips, "Fools of the Week," fantasies about Dana Perino, or even "Resurrected Phrases" (which he had previously "banned").
Reaction to the show among critics has been mostly positive, though the week it premiered, Alex Pareene, columnist for the left-leaning website Salon.com, slammed it as "boring and lame" and "not even worth getting outraged about." Entertainment Weekly TV critic Ken Tucker dubbed the show his "favorite guilty pleasure" and praised its freewheeling style and zany humor, calling it "a delightfully nutty show with an undercurrent of ragin’ crazy." Mediaite's Frances Martel, examining cable news' shift toward more personality-driven commentary, praised The Five for adding an element of entertainment to the news: "Beyond having opinions, the new generation of cable news talk shows spearheaded by The Five have personalities, characters and character arcs that are worth tuning in for. ... Unlike the previous, host-driven generation of opinion shows, The Five adds a refreshing new element to cable news– a plot." The Daily Show with Jon Stewart would later take that line of thought to strange new places when "correspondent" Samantha Bee debuted her "one-woman show" about the supposed romantic subplot on The Five.
The show's "anything goes" attitude has led it into some minor controversies, particularly involving former co-host Bob Beckel's on-air profanity and insensitive remarks. In August 2011, Beckel was forced to apologize on-air when, while trying to clarify an earlier remark wherein he called Michael Vick a "redneck," said the term was not racial, because "blacks are rednecks, whites are rednecks, I was a redneck, Chinamen are rednecks."
Also, a discussion about Millikin University's decision to support faculty member James St. James (not to be confused with Club Kids James St. James), who as a child was convicted in the murder of his family, prompted a petition on change.org, in response to the "mocking" tone of the discussion, which was described as a verbal "attack [on] the Millikin community".
Departure of Bob Beckel
After not being seen on air since early 2015, it was reported that Bob Beckel was recovering from back surgery. In April, Fox later released a statement informing viewers that Beckel entered a rehab facility for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain medication. Finally, on June 25, 2015, it was confirmed that Beckel had been fired from the network. While a Fox News spokesman initially stated that it was an amicable split, a Fox executive later stated that Fox "couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues." On June 26, 2015, co-host Dana Perino briefly informed viewers of Beckel's departure with a terse statement at the end of the show. He has not been mentioned on the show otherwise.
The Five debuted in July 2011 to lower ratings than the Glenn Beck program had been getting, but it still handily won its time slot. The show gained broader success within months of airing, some afternoons even rivaling Beck's former audience.
After only several months airing, The Five consistently beat its competitors on MSNBC and CNN combined, and ranked among the top ten cable-news shows. In addition, the show is paying off more with advertisers, who were reluctant to be associated with the controversial content of Glenn Beck's show.
The Five was the sixth-most-watched cable-news program during the latter half of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012; it had jumped to fourth place by the third quarter of 2012, pulling in especially high numbers during the 2012 Republican Convention. The Five drew 4.4 million viewers on Election Day 2012.
By 2013, The Five was the second-most-watched program in all of cable news, placing behind The O'Reilly Factor, though the show is now eclipsed many nights by The Kelly File, which debuted that year.
The Five is filmed live at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building), New York City. The studio is located on West 47th Street.
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