‘Huckabee’: Wow, That Really Was Weird
I just finished watching the debut of “Huckabee,” Mike Huckabee’s new show on FOX News, and frankly I have no idea what the hell that was supposed to be.
The show opened with a short Huckabee monologue comprised of a couple of flat jokes followed by a strangely earnest commentary on the situation on Wall Street. (Summary: The problem is “greed.” Damn you, Gordon Gekko!).
The monologue segued into a bizarre Q&A session with the audience, in which audience members asked Huck questions about religion, politics and parenting (“Do you have any advice for a new couple just starting out and about to raise a family?”). This segment was, uh, strange. (Hey, look, there’s Mrs. Huckabee sitting in the audience!)
Things looked up a bit when the lovely Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” strolled out as the first guest. But I’ll be honest, I kinda zoned out during this part, as I got lost in Elisabeth’s big brown eyes and started writing “Mrs. Elisabeth Kinkade” all over the cover of my notebook, and sketching out pictures of us holding hands under a rainbow. When I started paying attention again that stupid “Free Credit Report” commercial was playing. God, I hate that commercial.
Then we moved to a panel discussion on the economy and federal bail-outs with personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro and some FOX Business chick with great cheekbones whose name I forget. They took two questions from the audience and then kind of gave up on that and went back to talking to each other. This segment was also weird, along with being long and rather lifeless.
When we hit the 45 minute mark, it occurred to me that I wasn’t sure how long this show was supposed to be. One hour? Two? I was praying that the show it was only 60 minutes, because I wasn’t sure I could sit through another hour of this. (Hey, look, there’s Sarah Huckabee sitting in the audience!)
After the final commercial break, we got a special surprise—the “Huckabee” house band! The band was called “The Little Rockers,” and it was comprised of folks from the FOX News crew who all like to play music, with the man himself on bass guitar. I presume this was a cost-cutting measure so they didn’t have to pay for professional musicians.
I have no idea what to say about this show; I’m just stringing together sentences. It wasn’t so much that it was bad as that it was just kind of uncomfortable, from beginning to end, and I felt sorry for everyone involved. Jason Tolbert of The Tolbert Report says he thought it was “fun,” which only reminds me that I never need to party with Jason Tolbert.
And really, I’m only writing this so that you’ll appreciate what I go through on your behalf to come up with content for this ridiculous blog. If you’re the masochistic sort, it will be on again at 10 p.m. on FOX News, and again Sunday evening at 7 p.m. I don’t recommend it.
But I think I’m starting to understand more fully why FOX News was so hesitant to do any promotional support for this show.
6 thoughts on “‘Huckabee’: Wow, That Really Was Weird”
Hey, us Baptist boys know how to party, although it mainly involves large amounts of good food and corny (eh, I mean)really funny jokes.
Although I guess Republicans are allowed to have diverse opinions on the quality of Huckabee’s new show, they are absolutely not allowed to use “party” as a verb.
Standards, Kinkade, standards.
I caught bits and pieces of the show. I tried to remain positive throughout; however my “glass half full” attitude dwindled. I will now agree with you – it was wierd. But, then again, lots of pilots can be classified as wierd. Maybe if it were only 30 minutes….
Elizabeth: You make a great point. There are plenty of shows that take time to find their footing — compare early episodes of “Seinfeld” or “The Simpsons” to what came later and they seem very flat. And Huckabee does have a gift for broadcast, so if FOX News gives the show time to grow, it could develop. Will FOX be patient enough? The early signs are not encouraging.
Dan: Don’t you have some books you’re supposed to be reading or a debate somewhere you need to prepare for, Poindexter?
I tried, I really tried to watch this. But, it did nothing for me (besides, perhaps make me want to watch MSNBC). I agree with Elizabeth, “it was weird”. Mrs. Hasselbeck was good on the eyes. It was actually rather depressing seeing Governor Huckabee do this. Governor Huckabee should relegate himself to some other type of media. Perhaps, he should try to reinvent the wheel in the next episode…
It’s important to keep in mind that the show has producers that planned and scheduled the guests (they must be new at this, too). Also, when the audience isn’t filled with family, friends and former staffers (I counted over a dozen), it should provide for some lively questions.
Huck needs to shuck the jacket and get a new singer for the band, though.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the pilot.