At first glance, "The Onion News Network" — which debuts on IFC on January 21st — looks a lot like Fox News or CNN: all elaborate sets, smug anchors and overheated pundits. But then you notice the stories: A judge orders a white teenager to be tried "as a black adult"; Kim Jong-il gives up his nukes in exchange for a role in the next Batman movie. "It mixes the pretentiousness of CNN and aggressive horribleness and extreme-fire graphics of Fox News," says executive producer Will Graham. Along with The Onion Sportsdome (a SportsCenter parody debuting on Comedy Central on January 11th), the shows are The Onion's first foray into TV — and both stay true to the newspaper's ruthless aesthetic.
Says Graham, "We're trying to get people to laugh and cringe."