When I first heard that The Onion was taking its excellent fake news videos to a half-hour format, I thought someone must have snuck into my brain and stolen my idea.

When I first heard that The Onion was taking its excellent fake news videos to a half-hour format, I thought someone must have snuck into my brain and stolen my idea.

As much as I wanted the "The Onion News Network" to be the perfect combination of hilarious fake news segments and clever parody of cable news' self-congratulation, it isn't quite there.

The show kicks off with a bang - a magnificent segment about a 16-year-old white girl who committed a crime so heinous that she'll be tried as a 300-pound black man - but things go downhill from there.

While the "anchors," "correspondents" and "reporters" are pitch-perfect in mocking cable news personalities, the segments are uneven. Some fall flat while others are utterly hilarious.

I still recommend "ONN," but it wasn't on par with my expectations. Here's hoping it improves to fulfill its potential.