Adult Swim's TV newsmagazine parody Newsreaders is back for Season 2 with more absurdity and a new host, Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory). Guest stars this season include Malin Akerman, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jenna Fischer, Danny Pudi, Rob Riggle and David Hasselhoff. Executive producers Jim Margolis (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) filled out the TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why Newsreaders is worth the headline.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Why should it be yours?
Jim Margolis and David Wain: Because it's the only show filled with motorboating dads, David Hasselhoff, people peeing on each other, forgotten American presidents and headless football players. Also, your life is probably more empty than you think and you have room for many more shows.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
Margolis and Wain: Heads of state, captains of industry, the ladies from The View and everybody else who loves absurd comedy.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Margolis and Wain: Everything that was supposed to happen with the Y2K bug. No computers of any kind will work the next day. And, we've gotten some reports, unconfirmed, that non-watchers of our show have a higher incidence of respiratory disease and diabetes.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Margolis and Wain: One critic compared it to the great British news parody show Brass Eye.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing?
Margolis and Wain: "My mother loves your show."
TV Guide Magazine: Who was right?
Margolis and Wain: Both, if their mother loved Brass Eye.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Margolis and Wain: NewsSharkNado or To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for your show.
Margolis and Wain: 60 Minutes plus Cinemax minus fake boobs plus Laurel divided by Hardy times Diane Sawyer's legs when she was President Richard Nixon's press secretary. (Google it.)
TV Guide Magazine: Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
Margolis and Wain: When the news staff goes home, the camera equipment comes to life and has to save the microphones, who have been kidnapped by an evil tripod. In freeing Boomy the Mic, Buzz Lightstand falls in love with Telly, a wisecracking teleprompter who is not his type.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you like to forget?
Margolis and Wain: Returning that argyle sweater at Nordstroms, we got a $60 credit.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell me one thing about your cast.
Margolis and Wain: Alan Tudyk can fit his entire left foot in his mouth.
TV Guide Magazine: Let's scare the network. Tell us an idea that didn't make it on to the screen.
Margolis and Wain: The spinoff idea about anthropomorphic camera equipment.
TV Guide Magazine: Pick another show and start a fake feud.
Margolis and Wain: Book Notes on C-Span 2.
TV Guide Magazine: With what show would you like to do a crossover episode?
Margolis and Wain: We'd love to see the Newsreaders reporters doing interviews with the characters from Two and a Half Men. It would be just like that episode of Cheers where the doctors from St. Elsewhere wander into the bar.
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
Margolis and Wain: It will make the face of television have more laugh lines, requiring television to get even more botox.
Newsreaders airs Thursdays at midnight/11c on Adult Swim.