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Onion News Network Launches Channel for the Poor

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“Onion Destitute Channel” Will Cater To Growing Demographic Of Americans Living In Poverty

NEW YORK, NY (September 15, 2011) – Following this week’s report from the U.S. Census Bureau that more Americans than ever are living below the poverty line, the Onion News Network is pleased to announce the launch of the “Onion Destitute Channel,” the first television network catering specifically to the poor.

“With the number of Americans in poverty rising for the fourth year in a row, there has never been a better time to tap into this rapidly growing demographic,” says Onion Programming Director Harris Zweibel. “For the 46.2 million of you barely making enough money to feed your children: Finally there’s a TV channel for you.”

ODC will offer an exciting mix of news and entertainment programming focusing on the poor lifestyle. Fashion show “Off The Rack,” hosted by laid-off Detroit bus driver Marcus Plath, highlights the hottest trends from TJ Maxx and the Salvation Army. Cooking show “Patti’s Kitchen” features disabled former autoworker Patti Clark teaching viewers how to whip up tasty dishes like ramen with ketchup, beans, and beans with ketchup. And home-improvement program “Ace Your Space” shows former interior designer turned scrap-metal-salvager Alan Robinson sprucing up real families’ cars each week to make them more livable.

ODC will also feature informative programs like “House Call” a medical show which instructs viewers without health insurance how to treat chronic injuries themselves using items easily foraged from dumpsters, as well as primetime sitcoms like “The New Crew” about a group of sexy single friends living in a housing project who are constantly stressed out and crying because they don’t have enough money to pay the rent and are frequently being robbed. Several suffer from rickets.

“The great thing about this network is that its viewership is guaranteed to increase steadily for the foreseeable future,” says Zweibel. “The only thing we are worried about is the economy improving. Hahahahahahahahaha. I am joking.”

For more from the Onion News Network, follow us on Twitter @ONN and use the hashmark #onionnewsnetwork. We are listening. Always.

The second season of Onion News Network premieres October 4th on IFC at 10pm / 9 Central.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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