Oprah has a network. Ted Turner launched several networks. Martha Stewart has a network (or at least hours of face time on the Hallmark Channel). And now it looks like Glenn Beck might be getting a piece of the dial, too. According to a story in yesterday’s New York Times, if Beck leaves Fox News when his contract runs out at the end of this year, one of the options he’s considering is fronting his own TV channel. Already, the Times notes, Beck has been staffing up his independent media company, Mercury Radio Arts, and churning out pay content for the web — which has brought in $4 million. How big a step would it be for him take it to the next level, launching The Beck Channel on cable?
Preposterous? Possibly. But just think of the groundbreaking programming The Beck Channel could offer viewers. How about a game show based on The Book of Revelations? How will the world end today? Earthquakes? Plagues? The Twelfth Imam? Spin the Apocalypse Wheel and see where it lands. Maybe Christine O’Donnell could host. Or how about a Saturday morning cartoon, drawn entirely on a chalkboard, that takes kids on an ACORN hunt through the entire U.S. Federal bureaucracy. That could make conspiracy theories fun for the whole family! Michele Bachmann and Sharron Angle could do the voices. There’s got to be a thousand ideas out there for shows to put on Beck’s cable channel. How about suggesting a few, PopWatchers?