Network: Fox News Channel
Episodes: 5,321 (hour)
TV show dates: October 7, 1998 — April 21, 2017
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Bill O’Reilly, Dick Morris, Megyn Kelly, Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera, Mary Katharine Ham, Newt Gingrich, Bernard Goldberg, Jane Hall, Lis Wiehl, Greta Van Susteren, Tonya Reiman, Andrew P. Napolitano, Karl Rove, Margaret Hoover, John Kasich, and Tony Snow.
TV show description:
Commentator Bill O’Reilly hosts this one-hour news talk-show.
This pre-recorded show that airs on weeknights is broken down into named segments: The “Talking Points Memo” segment discusses a current event while “Top Story” focuses on the most significant story of the day. “Impact” features a story about a crime or legal proceeding or the war and “Unresolved Problem” is usually a story in the media that O’Reilly feels isn’t getting enough attention.
“Personal Story” features a guest discussing a major event they were either part of or researched for a news program. “Factor Follow-Up” looks back at a previous story featured on the show and updates the audience on what has happened since it aired. “Back of the Book” is one of the final segments in which O’Reilly discusses any number of topics that weren’t featured earlier in the show.
“Pinheads and Patriots” highlights one person working toward the good of the United States and another who O’Reilly feels is working against the nation. And in “Factor Mail,” O’Reilly reads his e-mails from viewers.
O’Reilly’s guests tend to be from opposite viewpoints, politically and socially, and the host often gets into heated discussions to give his opinion on issues or events affecting the American public.
As host Bill O’Reilly was on vacation when 21st Century Fox decided to part ways with the host, it was announced Dana Perino would continue to fill in on Wednesday April 19th and Thursday, April 20th, and Greg Gutfield would host the final episode of The Factor on Friday, April 21st. Beginning Monday, April 24, 2017, the show would be replaced by Tucker Carlson Tonight. Details here.