Earlier this month, comedian/impressionist Frank Caliendo announced he was leaving his role at Fox NFL Sunday. Caliendo had an eight year run on the Fox pregame show after taking over from Jimmy Kimmel full time in 2003. Caliendo's Fox act was funny, don't get me wrong, but there were only so many times you could see him impersonate John Madden or Jim Rome and still be entertained. It was like watching what's left of The Office - it has its moments and reliable gags, but the prime years had well and truly passed by.
With the 2012 NFL season approaching, Fox has decided to stick with the comedy segments and name a replacement for Caliendo. The newest member of Fox's NFL pregame show is the host of this year's ESPYs, Rob Riggle. You may know Riggle from the ESPYs, but you're also just as likely to know him as that guy that has a cameo in seemingly every amusing movie or sitcom. (I'd like to tell you just how well Riggle did at the ESPYs... but... that would involve me watching the ESPYs and that just ain't happening.)
The Fox gig is another step up for Riggle, who has slowly been breaking out from ensemble cast member into more leading roles. However, I question Fox going to the comedy well once again...no comments