Monday, June 17, 2024

Fox TV Adds Disgraced Trump Press Sec Sean Spicer to “Extra,” Turning Syndicated Celebrity Show Into Right Wing Propaganda Outlet


Stick a fork in “Extra.” If I were Mario Lopez, I’d be updating my resume fast.

Last December the Warner Bros. distributed syndicated celebrity show was forced to move from NBC O&O stations to ones owned by Fox TV– still a part of the Murdoch empire. NBC, according to reports, was not going to renew “Extra” after 24 years.

The full transfer of “Extra”  from NBC to Fox won’t take place until September 2019. But the effects of the move are already happening.

The show just announced that they’ve added disgraced former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer– mocked so well on “SNL” by Melissa McCarthy that she won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of the sniveling liar.

Spicer’s mandate– to “humanize” the various members of the Trump administration like Kellyanne Conyway and Mike Pompeo. (Yes, this is really happening.)

“Extra” will start showing these pieces this week. Last night the focus was on Pompeo. Tonight it’s on Conway. Tomorrow it’s on Sarah “Huckster” Sanders. By next week we may see Stephen Miller with puppies, and Paul Manafort live from prison teaching murderers to read.

The whole thing reeks of propaganda. Recently, Billy Bush– who lost his job on “Access Hollywood” thanks to Trump, was recently rumored to be joining “Extra.” Now that the show is with Fox TV, this makes sense. Could Trump have instigated the Fox deal with “Extra,” and pushing it to help him through the 2020 campaign? Why not?

In one report I read this week in the NY Post about the Spicer interviews, there was a slap at Mario Lopez for being “lazy.” A good natured guy, Lopez deserves better. My guess is he’ll be ousted or walk soon before the September takeover. “Extra,” which has always been benign viewing, now must be looked at as part of the Murdoch-Fox-Trump media conspiracy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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