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Anchoring the Onion: A Brooke-worthy performance


Somewhere at the pinnacle of comedy -- up there in the Monty Python and "Daily Show" stratosphere -- isĀ  the Onion. Anything it does -- weekly newspaper, books, cable show -- is terrific.

Now "Onion News Network" returns Tuesday. Here's the story I sent to papers, profiling Suzanne Sena, who is perfect as Brooke Alvarez, the full-of-herself anchor:

 

By MIKE HUGHES

At first, Suzanne Sena's career seemed
rather random .

Lights out for "Lights Out"


OK, apparently some cable shows do get canceled after all.

The good news this week was that both "Southland" and "Onion News Network" were renewed for a second season. The bad news came this afternoon: "Lights Out" won't be back.

That's too bad, but it's easy to see the up side: This is a show with a logical one-season arc, as "Lights" Leary struggled for a comeback bout to avoid bankruptcy. It's ending with:

Good news: "Onion News Network" and "Southland" will return


For cable viewers, two pieces of good news arrived today: "Onion News Network" and "Southland" have both been renewed.

These shows have nothing in common except that they are different from most and are well-made. Details include:

Skipping the speech? Try "Onion News Network" and "Portlandia"


OK, you really know you should be watching the State of the Union speech tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 25). If you don't, however, this is the perfect time to find "Onion News Network" and "Portlandia."

Their openers aired at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and rerun at 9 and 9:30 p.m. tonight. That's on IFC (Independent Film Channel), which is hard to find -- you'll need satellite or digital cable -- but worth it.

Friday fun: Onion and "Portlandia" lead the way


One of the best trends lately has come from an unexpected source -- the Independent Film Channel.

IFC used to be content with showing indie movies (which its name kind of implies). Lately, however, it has also been the late-night place for clever, short-form comedies.

Some of these are reruns -- "Mr. Show," "The Ben Stiller Show" and more -- but there are also originals. Tonight (Jan. 21) brings the debuts of two of the best, "Onion News Network" at 10 p.m. and "Portlandia" at 10:30.