Online Nation



7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23
The CW

This season, the CW will fill the first hour of primetime on Sundays with two new inexpensive series: "CW Now" and "Online Nation."

"Nation" is a younger and hipper but not necessarily funnier version of "America's Funniest Home Videos." In the CW version, videos were mainly plucked from YouTube and other Web sites. If you saw the summer series "i-Caught" on ABC, you have a good idea how this show works.

The four hosts are Stevie Ryan, Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal and Joy Leslie Hadnott. Ryan's videos and characters have been seen by millions on YouTube. Rhett and Link are a popular Internet comedy duo. As for Leslie, well, this is CW and there better be someone who looks hot in a mini.

Rhett tells viewers that the show will have "the funniest, most brilliant, shocking and sometimes bizarre" videos. In the premiere, that translates into people making art out of bread and ketchup, human skateboards, talking eggs, dancing trash bins, a woman can-opener, a contortionist and a guy dancing on bubble wrap. Some videos have more elaborate themes, but even these never run more than a minute.

You can call it vaudeville for a new generation or humor for those with attention deficits. "Nation" is fast, colorful and funny in a head-scratching way. With its small budget and even smaller rating expectations, success practically is assured.