HBO bets on a Daily Show alum to make bad news funny
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Not so long ago, really–within the lifetime of many an American adult–no national broadcast mattered more than the evening news. The audiences were wide, thanks to free over-the-air TV, rapt and loyal to the serious American man (and it was always a man) recounting the happenings and issues of the day before dinnertime.
But that was the TV-news landscape 50 years back, and this is now, when the informed get their news from their phones and turn to TV for Teen Mom. So HBO has flipped the script, adding to its lineup a live half-hour newscast, set to premiere April 27, hosted by a goofy Brit who, by the way, deplores the state of news and American politics.