Fox News launches oddly named ‘The Fox News Specialists’

Fox News Channel debuted “The Fox News Specialists” (along with “The Story”) as part of its revamped lineup in the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s exit from the network.

The show, which seems to have a slight obsession with the word “specialist,” uses a red and gold color scheme and originates from the main floor of the network’s Studio F, which it debuted in November.

The show, which is co-hosted by “The Five” panel member Eric Bolling and Katherine Timpf and Eboni K. Williams, draws its name from the fact that the three main hosts are joined each day by two “specialists” to debate the day’s news (for what it’s worth, you may notice that three co-hosts plus two guests equals five).

Monday’s guests — err, “specialists” — were Mark Cuban and Mark McKinnon.

The show uses the multiperson anchor desk in front of the studio’s four panel video array mounted in front of metallic toned walls.

Throughout the show, the video array is used to display a gold and red tone video collage with colorful banding, hash marks and square shaped accents.

The color changing slats in the upper portion of the wall, meanwhile, are turned gold, while the integrated video panel in front of the anchor desk displays the show’s logo.

Red and gold are also found in the in-show graphics, including the sidebars used to introduce each panelist-slash-specialist.

From a branding perspective, the name “The Fox News Specialists” is an interesting choice — given the inevitable comparisons to medical specialists. It’s also a bit of a clunky word, which is made all the more evident by the repeated use of the word throughout the show.

The “Specialists” branding is also used by Salt Lake City affiliate KSL.

The show’s logo emphasizes the word “specialists,” with it appearing in an all caps serif typeface. The words “the” (in all lowercase) and “Fox News” appear centered above in a wide and bold sans serif font.

Corrections: An earlier version of this post shortened the name of the “The Fox News Specialists” in the headline, which may have created confusion as to the name of the show, although the full name was reported accurately in the first paragraph of the story. The headline has been updated. An earlier version also misidentified the roles of the co-hosts. 

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  • Suzanne Jones

    OK….I’m done…..Kat…you have single handedly turned me away from the show…tired of all the interrupting by you and Eboni…sorry Eric….goodbye

  • Chaz Marshall

    OMG – I NEVER thought that at 5:00 PM I would be watching anything but Fox News. Now, with this fiasco called Fox News Specialists, I am forced to switch to CNN, perish the thought, for the hour.

  • Terry Goforth Short

    I WILL STOP WATCHING THIS SHOW IF SOMETHING ISN;T DONE WITH THOSE 2 LOUDMOUTH,TAKE OVER WOMEN…LIKE ERIC,BUT NOT THOSE TWO…BAD,BAD FOR THE SHOW. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE…ERIC DOESN’T; HAVE A CHANCE

  • Oldnintheway

    This program is “Unwatchable” As if Erick Bolling’s stammering isn’t bad enough, Katherine Timpf’s thinly veiled, liberal comments, are more at home on the other cable news spaces ..
    The only host here worth a damn, is the very sharp Eboni K Williams, who, I predict will become a FOX star, if she’s able to quickly disassociate herself, from this disaster.

    Katherine Timpf
    Katherine Timpf

  • Bonnie Ferguson

    My husband and I have been loyal Fox watchers..that is until The Specialists show. This show is an hour of interrupting each other and shouting over each other. There isn’t any point in having any guests on the show as they aren’t allowed to finish a thought without somebody interrupting them. Nobody has control of the show. This show is a perfect example of how NOT to carry on a conversation!!! Kat is the biggest offender of interrupting the guests…..not a good show…sorry

  • FRIEND OF THE FIVE

    TOO INSTEAD OF TWO. SORRY ABOUT THAT.

  • FRIEND OF THE FIVE

    DO YOU THINK ANYONE IS ACTUALLY READING WHAT WE WRITE? IF THEY ARE, WHY AREN’T THEY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT GETTING RID OF THE TWO OVERBEARING, RUDE, TALKING OVER THE GUEST, DING BATS THAT POOR ERIC HAS TO PUT UP. HE IS TWO MUCH OF A GENTLEMAN TO BE IN THE SAME COMPANY OF THESE TWO. IF ANYONE IS LISTENING PUT ERIC BACK ON THE FIVE!!!!!

  • Janice Stein

    This show stinks. They should have left The Five on at five.

  • Joni

    Loved the five watched every day for years. I can’t get through one night of the Specialists. Cat is so loud and overbearing,Eboni is so, so, and Eric is too much of a gentleman to tell them to shut up. Cat and Eboni should be with Jessie or Greg they are more tune in with them. I want the old Five back together or I’m moving on. SORRY ERIC.

  • Michael & Pat Ambrogio

    Please consider replacing the two girls ….terrible is all we can say!

  • Suzanne Jones

    The cohosts seemed to get it right for a couple of days but today they are right back to square one…..Kat takes forever to state an opinion that is well known and her voice gets louder as she goes… and again she interrupts anyone else…Ebony thinks she’s the instructor and is a nuisance with her high handedness…and yes I am a woman who feels they are not well cast…Eric must stop arguing the president’s cause…please don’t have Emanuel back…he is very rude and cannot get over himself.

  • Tom Cotton

    If you are not smarter than the person you are trying to interrupt,please be quiet.If you are planning a 30 min segment on the newly signed health care bill,read the damn bill before commenting…tom

  • Autom Specht Underwood

    This show is beneath Eric Bolling. He is a better on air personality than this format. Katherine Timpf needs to stick with the Greg Gutfeld show, she just comes across as cheep.

  • MJG

    Please remove Ebony from this show and the stupid blonde. She is better with Greg. This show is not Fox News news night caliber. I can’t believe that Eric is going to last with this mess of a show. Poor Kelly anne tonight, she was so gracious. Especially do not have that idiot wrestler!! Why did Eric not get his own show???

  • Richard Jacobson

    Katherine Timpf is ruining the show and Eric seems to
    have no control over her. She talks over everyone and doesn’t seem to have any idea
    what she is talking about. Eboni & Eric seem to have good knowledge and
    opinions but are constantly interrupted by Timpf. This show is doomed unless
    some major changes are made. Please consider switching this show with THE FIVE’S
    timeslot. I really miss the FIVE. I am about to give up watching FOX news.

    RD Jacobson

  • j. davis

    Better get those ladies out from behind that desk. They all over-talk each other and there’s not enough talent to sustain the format. Women viewers like to see how they’re dressed and men like to see women.

  • Linda Jessop

    Eric get back on the Five wrong move for YOU!

  • Dan

    tuned in and I didn’t make it to the commercial. Thought I was watching MSNBC. liberals backing Cobert. Won’t watch again. Fair and balanced , not so much .

  • Saoi

    Un-Sitthroughable! Fix it quick. Eboni and the blonde are talking over and through everyone. Eric Bolling is a class act. Find panelists who are compatable with him – looks now like airhead girls and their long-suffering dad. You would think FNC would have finally learned from recent mistakes and dumped the sorority party theme.

  • Chip East

    Fox has reached an

    all time low this is the worst show I have ever seen on TV ever

  • FRIEND OF THE FIVE

    I AM GOING CRAZY TRYING TO WATCH THIS SHOW. ERIC, THIS IS SO NOT YOU. THE GIRL IN WHITE HAS NO MANNERS. WHERE DID SHE COME FROM???? NOT WATCHING AGAIN. SO SORRY ERIC.

  • Sarah Sherin

    Ladies are terrible poor and loud Eric you need better

  • LC

    This show is such a disappointment. I looked forward to an intelligent replacement for the five and all I hear is loud, rude, shrill screeching from a has been/couldn’t make it comic and equally uninteresting liberals. What a waste of Eric Bolling’s talents.

    • Peggy Zellmer

      Agree…the five and oreilly made fox
      Can’t watch any more

  • Sarah MacDonald

    Horrible show…just a bunch of yelling. Why replace the 5 with this!? Why didn’t Eric get his own show?

  • Roy Casper

    I think I can check off another Fox news show to not watch. Fox News Specialists (Bad Title). Today you have Chrystal Ball on your show, who is obnoxious and talks over everyone who doesn’t agree with her. Even Kat was over the top. Eric and Ebony were the only ones I enjoyed. Fox News Channel is going to pot! I hate to see this, but your are doing it to yourself.

    • Chip East

      I mean Fox gotta do something its really really bad, its pitiful what they puttin on the air

      • Roy Casper

        I do believe Fox News Channel is doomed! They keep moving left allowing the Snowflake liberals to dominate the shows they are a guest on. Sad, really sad.

  • Brendan Higgins

    Terrible show, Terrible format, Boring hour. watched 3 episodes never again.

  • FRIEND OF THE FIVE

    i can’t believe Eric Bolling gave up THE FIVE for this. The women are overbearing and rude. Where in the world did you come up with the guest(i think you called her Crystal) is sooo rude . Eric please try to get your spot back on THE FIVE

  • joan lamartine

    This Krystal chic is a big mouth, butts right in , talks over everyone, get rid of her.
    and the Blond also another liberal big mouth, she did better on @ 3am.
    Fox turning into CNN.

  • Kathy

    PLEASE have the guest next to Kat T stop interrupting everyone!!!!!

  • cathy

    Love Eric he had a great show but not now! He needs a show by him self….I have just about quit watching Fox news With every new program it gets worse!!!

  • William B. Page

    The show is a loser… just noise… Bowling gets way too excited when anyone says anything negative about Trump…

  • William B. Page

    Yes

  • Suzanne Jones

    Oh my!!!….is this the View?? So much talking over each other…wanting to cement their places?? Please stop the insanity!! Eric Bolling is great,,, he deserves much better cohosts

  • Joe

    Eric, I hoped that this new show would be great, but I just can’t get with it. It’s like “The 5 lite” I like Ebony but I didn’t like that ditzy blonde when she worked for the State Dept and I don’t like her now. The woman in white on today’s show would make me nuts if I had to listen to her for more than 5 minutes. I hope you can do better or I will have to go and watch old NCIS episodes.

  • jd

    I was looking forward to an hour with Eric Bolling and guests. Adding these two overbearing usually uninformed women was a huge mistake. Or was it just another way for the Murdoch brothers to slap down conservatives? I bet on that. Fox is slipping into the dark liberal world. Sorry Eric I won’t be watching, but its not your fault.

    • Pat

      Seems like Eric Bolling has most everyone’s vote. I’m not there. The new show is ridiculous with two women that don’t have the expertise or experience to fit into this “specialist” program. The specialists that are brought on are talked over by the 2 young ladies & all too often they don’t know their facts, so becomes even more irritating. Find some other format or lose us.

  • MCL

    Wish Eric Bolling had his own show as promised. He is a figure of stature and gravitas who appeals to conservatives . Disappointed with the panel format. Kat T is a polarizing figure many conservatives find classless and irritating. She seems to be playing a persona of an airheaded libertine posing as a libertarian—its an insult to conservatives with values like selflessness and service to others. Seems like FOX made an odd calculation here. Bolling’s considerable fan base are not her fans (to put it mildly) and her followers are not Bolling fans. If you put two people on the same show who both annoy considerable but different portions of the viewers, what do you get?

  • LAH

    Really…defending Colbert…firing O’Reilly who advocated morals and then allowing these women to sympathize with Colbert because of #firecolbert.
    Two faithful Five viewers will not be watching the Specialist.

    • joan lamartine

      Will not be watching this trash with these liberal big mouth woman

      • Chip East

        i agree

      • May May

        Nor I. Eric what the heck? Can’t watch till it’s just you

  • Jane Berse

    Two women are way too overbearing. The blonde actually was taking on Karl Rove. Grating. None of the men can get a word in. You,ve got to change something or channels will be turned off. Blonde belongs with Greg Gutfield. There she is ok on a late show. Not prime time.

    • MIchelle Peterson

      Couldn’t agree more. Eric needs more refined personalities to balance with his own respectful demenour. The women are simply to overbearing.

      • charlene carrier

        so true

      • joan lamartine

        Amen!

    • Chip East

      I agree the blonde is worst than aweful

    • Sandra Burkett

      I totally agree! I couldn’t believe how annoying Eboni and the blonde are like they are on speed and won’t shut up with their liberal bent!!!! Can’t stand the show but I like Eric. 😕

  • Linda Jessop

    The program would of been alright if you had not put Kat Timpf will not watch anymore and a lot of people I have talked to say the same thing!

    • Linda Jessop

      Also she just cut in on Mark Cubin not even letting him finish what he was saying!!

    • Chip East

      please take her off I cant watch Timpf puke

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