You know that song "I Was Country, When Country Wasn't Cool"? Well, when I read this story at Mediaite, I felt like singing "I liked Red Eye, when Red Eye kind of sucked." Because I did. I watched back when a blogger friend who shall not be named virtually groaned and IM'd "that show is soooo bad" when I mentioned that I was watching it. I then repeated a few of the lines Greg Gutfeld had said on the show and he had to admit they were funny. I think one was about Lindsay "Blowhan."
In the early days the show was pretty raunchy. Actually it still is raunchy, but it is much more consistent and has a faster pace than it did before. I feared it would not stick around long, but thankfully Fox spared the show the same fate as some of their other experiments. The new format and set, including the pre, mid and post show reports from Andy Levy, are a big improvement over the earlier version.
One reason I love Red Eye is that it shows conservatives in a light not often enough seen on television. It reminds me of a book by Brian Anderson that I blurbed a few years ago -- South Park Conservatives. I can't speak for Brian, but if he were writing the book today I would not be surprised if he called it "Red Eye Conservatives." Liberals appear on Red Eye too, but we are used to seeing them as young and hip (or cool or whatever the adjective is these days). We are not so used to seeing conservatives that way.
I am an insomniac night owl, so I often watch Red Eye in real time, but I suspect they have a lot of viewers who watch on DVR. I have a couple of my favorite episodes saved on my DVR -- one being the episode where David Shuster is mocked mercilessly for his "teabagger" gag. Sorry, it wasn't technically a "gag" (I just couldn't resist the pun). It was supposed to be a news story, but it turned into the best gift Greg Gutfeld could have ever asked for. If you have not seen the show, check it out on Fox News. It isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I absolutely love it and especially love Gutfeld and his adorable mother who does occasional segments as a "senior correspondent." (The woman deserves a spin off, seriously.) Red Eye airs in the middle of the night so if you are not usually up all night be sure to set your DVR. I promise it doesn't suck any more. Not any more so than anything else on television anyway.