Five Easy Pieces
When I first viewed ‘The Five’, I got the impression that FOX programmers had cobbled the show together as an experiment born of an empty idea bin. But, after watching for a few weeks, I credited them with being onto something, either through genius or dumb luck. It doesn’t matter. The various personalities and talents began to jell. And, ‘filling-in’ for a missing member of the five with a guest from a cadre of familiar-face back-ups, provides variety without losing a step in quality. Sound programming.
The concept of a round table ‘occupied’ by four bright, young, intelligent and articulate conservatives - each of whom possesses wit, an active sense of humor plus, the ability to think on his or her feet (while seated) - to serve as foils to counter the resident politico-hack and bigoted Democrat buffoon in Larry King’s suspenders, works like a charm.
The talk-over and cross-chatter is always annoying. However, the rotation of segment lead-ins by the five participants, seems to mitigate the annoyance –somewhat. The show moves as such a brisk pace that the chit-chat and ‘asides’ actually add spice to the mix. I believe this formula works quite well.
I particularly enjoy the comments I hear myself making to the TV as I join in the conversations.
Conservative commentary by MORT KUFF