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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Maddow to Replace Dan Abrams

Rachel Maddow will take over Dan Abram's 9 PM slot effective this Friday, according to MSNBC. Maddow was rumored to be next on the list of new hosts at the network. The Air America personality has fit in quite well at MSNBC as well as maintaining her core audience on the satellite medium. I'm excited to see her join the ranks of Keith Olbermann!

Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host -- and one-time general manager of the network -- Dan Abrams from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable channel.

The moves, which were confirmed by MSNBC executives Tuesday, are expected to be finalized by Wednesday, with Mr. Abrams's last program on Thursday. After MSNBC's extensive coverage of the two political conventions during the next two weeks, Ms. Maddow will begin her program on Sept. 8.

MSNBC is highlighting the date, 9/8/08, connecting it to the start of the Olympics on 8/8/08, as a way to signal what the network's president, Phil Griffin, said "will be the final leg of the political race this year." He added, "We making that Rachel's debut."

Mr. Abrams, who is well liked at MSNBC, is expected to remain at both that network and at NBC News, where he is the chief legal correspondent. He will also serve as an anchor during some of MSNBC's daytime coverage, as well as a substitute host on NBC's "Today" show, Mr. Griffin said.

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OpenID Robert Rouse said...

As much as I like Rachel Maddow, I miss Alison Stewart as the guest host when Keith is away. I always thought Alison had the right sense of humor and tone for the show. Plus, she was always the best looking babe MSNBC ever had.

Too bad she left MSNBC for NPR. She could have stayed since her husband, Bill Wolff is the vice-president of prime-time programming at MSNBC.

Now that my rant is over. I'm looking forward to Rachel replacing Abrams - the guy is a little too smarmy for me.

title="comment permalink">August 20, 2008 10:49 PM  

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