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Fox News Skewers Rivals In Holiday Card

By | Wednesday December 21, 2011 @ 1:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Once again, Fox New Channel is spreading holiday cheer at the expense of its rivals. The top-rated cable news channel’s holiday card again features an ode to its ratings success to the tune of a popular Christmas carol inside. But while last year’s card itself was more subtle, even philosophical, featuring 3 foxes playing chess in front of a Christmas tree and a menorah, this year’s represents a not-so-subtle jab at FNC’s rivals, especially cable nets MSNBC and CNN. Fox News positions itself as being in a race with the broadcast networks, while MSNBC and CNN are relegated to lurking in the background. The card raises 2 questions. Why is Fox News ahead of the broadcast networks when it’s not quite there yet ratings-wise (though it has topped the broadcast competition with some special coverage) and why are the sleighs pulled by sheep? Since it’s viewers that drive the networks’ ratings, are viewers the sheep?! As for the poem inside, this year it is to the tune of Joy To The World and features lyrics like:

“We are the ones to beat
Defeat we shall not meet
So into the background the rest do retreat.”

Of the Fox News personalities and shows, mainstays Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Shepard Smith, Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly and Fox & Friends, featured in last year’s poem to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, are back. New this year are The Five and veteran financial anchor Neil Cavuto, while last year’s Jenna Lee and Bill Hemmer are out.

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Walden-Newman 20th TV Holiday Card Spoofs ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

By | Wednesday December 14, 2011 @ 3:38pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Once again, 20th Century Fox TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman turned to one of the studio’s biggest hits for inspiration in creating their annual holiday video card. This time, the duo are channeling their inner bikers in a Sons Of Anarchy-themed video written by series’ creator Kurt Sutter and featuring the cast of the hit FX drama, co-produced with FX Prods. Like the Modern Family spoof 2 years ago, written by series’ co-creator Steve Levitan, and the Glee video last year, written by co-creator Ian Brennan and directed by co-creator Ryan Murphy, the new card too revolves around actors and writers’ favorite topic around the holidays — getting more money.

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Chuck Lorre Reflects On Charlie Sheen Flap In Holiday Card, Gets Mauled By Gorilla

By | Saturday December 10, 2011 @ 10:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Chuck Lorre’s latest elaborate tongue-in-cheek holiday card makes light of a pretty tough year for the prolific writer-producer. He was the target of public insults as well as a multimillion dollar lawsuit by Charlie Sheen over Two And A Half Men. Then Lorre had to transition the show from Sheen to new leading man Ashton Kutcher. The card depicts the comedy heavyweight pinned down by a gorilla who is pounding him. “Oddly enough, not my worst day this year,” Lorre writes inside:

RELATED: Chuck Lorre’s 2009 holiday card

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