Archive for cable shows

Oh great, now we all have to go to prison. Thanks, Alec.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

lockup viewer discretion advised

alec baldwin apologyVia MSNBC :

I would like to address the comments I made this past week.

I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.

I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.

To be honest, I didn't think Alec Baldwin's show on MSNBC would last, and to be honest squared, this is about how long I figured it would stay on the air. I'm surprised he's only going to be off the schedule for two weeks.

ABC:

Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter. [...]

... Baldwin reportedly lost his cool again Friday when a reporter for a New York TV channel asked about the [stalker] trial and, according to Variety.com, Baldwin called him "dumb."

Baldwin has had well-publicized issues like this before, so nobody is surprised. It's really a shame, because he's talented, hilarious, and bright. None of that excuses his behavior in the least, nor was it an attempt to. Just lamenting out loud.

Anyway, thanks a bunch, Alec. Because of you, we're right back to this:

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Ronan Farrow, son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, to host MSNBC show

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

ronan farrowPhoto: Heidi Gutman/MSNBC

Ronan Farrow, Mia Farrow's and Woody Allen's son, will be hosting a new hour-long weekday show on MSNBC starting in January. Looks like they're going after a younger crowd, since he's only 25. But twentysomething or not, he's got an impressive resume: He's a Rhodes Scholar, a Yale Law School graduate, and worked for the Obama administration, including two years as a diplomat in Afghanistan.

Via the New York Times:

The specific time slot and start date have not yet been decided, Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, said in a telephone interview. But it will be a daytime show, starting “either mid- or early January,” he said. [...]

Mr. Farrow, who is 25, frequently goes for wit, which he displays on Twitter. He said in an interview that the current state of affairs created “a ripeness for satire” that will be part of his MSNBC program. “I have a flair for a little bit of gallows humor,” he said. “My natural voice is already somewhat counterculture for cable news.”

The intention of the program, he said, is to “pull back the curtain and get the stories people don’t usually get” as well as “how they can get involved.”

Per The Hollywood Reporter, MSNBC president Phil Griffin said that Farrow's "desire to join a television network was born of conversations he has had with young people who are frustrated with the vituperative immobility in Washington as well as the current state of TV news."

MSNBC will familiarize us with their new host by having him pop into their shows, pretty much what they do regularly with all their hosts (Well, except for Alex Baldwin... so far. I've only seen him once with Lawrence O'Donnell), even though we already know them well.

Anyone else notice that? I thought so.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

VIDEO: Make it stop! The most cringe-worthy interview in recent memory

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

lawrence o'donnell anthony weinerare you kidding me

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

make it stop smaller

Lawrence O'Donnell:

Anthony, I think there is something wrong with you.

And that concludes another in-depth interview with Anthony Weiner.

Did you see The Last Word last night? If not, please... Watch. The. Video.

That had to be the most worthless excuse for a conversation I've ever seen on a cable Tee Vee "news" show, with the exception of any given Sarah Palin Moment, of course. It had no value whatsoever, unless you consider humiliation a plus.

When I heard Lawrence repeatedly tease his Anthony Weiner segment, all I could ask was, "Why? Why was he invited on? He has no chance to win the mayoral race, he's a laughingstock, and nobody cares."

No, seriously, nobody cares.

I watch The Last Word nearly every night, and there are peaks and valleys, as there are on every show, but this particular segment... Seriously?

Pseudo, unintentionally comedic psychobabble trying to mimic analysis, followed by endless, self-indulgent rants intended to get ratings but accomplishing literally nothing else...

Seriously?

Not so much as allowing Weiner to answer a question? No, check that. Not so much as posing a question...

Seriously??

Interminable accusations, smackdown after smackdown, out and out bullying...

Seriously??

Lawrence sounded insane and Weiner sounded like an asshole. Or vice versa. Or both. Yet I somehow found myself rooting for Weiner. Now that's an accomplishment.

And after enduring seven minutes of meaningless, unproductive badgering, I never did find out who Weiner was lobbying for. That is, if he ever was a lobbyist.

Here's the superfluous, nearly as cringe-worthy online sequel that for some unknown reason, Weiner agreed to partake in. If you ignore it, I applaud you:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Weiner:

Bigger guys than you have tried to knock me down.

O'Donnell:

The ever-delusional Anthony Weiner.

Cringeworthy Logo

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Memo to trolls who mocked weekend show: The Ed (Schultz) Show is coming back to weekdays!

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

ed show back

When The Ed Show moved to weekends, my Twitter stream was filled with gleeful trolls who were delighted with the idea of Ed Schultz's apparent inability to hold an audience on weekdays, so they assumed he got forced into accepting his Saturday and Sunday slots.

(FYI: Every time I use the hashtag #EdShow, the trolls swarm like subterranean termites, and they are some of the worst on the Twitter Machine.)

My response to these cretins was that his wife was recovering from a scary bout with cancer, so handling a daily radio show in addition to a daily TV show was a little much. Ed said he was happy with the move because it gave him a little breather.

But that didn't stop those nasty little tweets filled with pointing and laughing and assuming this was the beginning of the end for Big Eddie.

Wrong again, wingnuts. He's ba-a-ack. MSNBC:

The Ed Show hosted by Ed Schultz is moving back to MSNBC’s weekday lineup starting Monday, August 26.point and laugh ha ha

The Ed Show will air Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Hardball with Chris Matthews will continue at 7 p.m. ET. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. [...]

MSNBC Longform will fill the 5 p.m. weekends slot starting Saturday, August 31. Hardball with Chris Matthews will continue its weekday re-air at 2 a.m. ET on MSNBC.

The powers that be in MSNBC Land are concerned about one thing: Ratings. They clearly believe that Ed will boost theirs, and bringing his show back to weekdays will likely do just that. First-run Hardball shows will be seen in prime time only now.

Ed Schultz is a great spokesperson for labor unions and middle class workers, plus he's devoted to covering stories on public education and income inequality, among other injustices (voting rights come to mind). His voice is needed, like him or not.

I happen to like him.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Steve Kornacki to host MSNBC’s ‘Up’

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare
(Steve Kornacki (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/MSNBC))

(Steve Kornacki (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/MSNBC))

"Up" is on too early for me regardless of who hosts it. I think it should have been co-hosted by Joy Reid and Ari Melber, myself. Kornacki is already co-hosting a show, which obviously prepared him for "Up". Maybe now Ari or Joy will end up as a regular on The Cycle now.

But what do I know?

From the "Up" site:

MSNBC has named Steve Kornacki the new host of its weekend morning show Up.

Kornacki, previously a co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, replaces Chris Hayes who had hosted the show since 2011. Hayes will move into MSNBC’s weekday 8 pm slot beginning April 1, while Ed Schultz begins a new weekend evening program, the company announced last week in a series of programming changes.

Up airs Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10 am Et.

All the best, Steve, knock 'em dead!

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Random Thoughts: Ari Melber and Joy Ann Reid should co-host their own show

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

random thoughts smaller

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Random thought of the day:

If you could cast any host(s) for a new political talk show, who would you choose? After observing some of the regulars on the Tee Vee Machine who range from too wonky and boring, to not charismatic enough, to not progressive enough, to why in the world is this person even on TV, I've concluded that I should never watch television again.

No. Wait. That's not what I was going to say at all.

What I was going to say is that if I were a big corporate executive with a ton of money and power and a beckoning slot at 4 pm PT during which Hardball reruns were airing, I'd cast two of my faves: Ari Melber (@AriMelber) and Joy Ann Reid (@TheReidReport).

I've had communication at one time or another with both of them, and they are just as bright and shiny and likable as they are on air. They consistently exude professionalism along with good humor and have perspectives and insights that keep me coming back for more. Nor do they bore me. Nor do I wish they'd lighten up or serious down. Nor do I want to do an Extreme Makeover on either of them. Nor cringe when their names are mentioned.

And when they're on shows together, it works.

Both have subbed for regular hosts on MSNBC, so they're practiced, ready, and good to go. Hence-- and yes, I just wanted to say "hence"-- they should co-host their own show. And please, not at some ungodly hour Pacific time *coughCHRISHAYEScough*

So who would be your choice?

ari melber joy reid

Here's a tandem random thought: Add Lizz Winstead to the mix. I know her personally and adore her, and her humor, humanity, and wicked sharp analyses have more than earned her a regular spot. And don't get me started on her resume.

Lizz Winstead

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Quickie: Fox has "no plans to hire" Christine O'Donnell

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Today's Quickie:

I wonder if this is like Bush having no plans to invade Iraq:

The network told Mediaite it has "no plans to hire her."

O'Donnell made Fox News her national media home during her campaign (as much as she did national media), following the advice of Palin, who advised her to "speak through Fox News." O'Donnell also reportedly boasted to Republicans that she had "Sean Hannity in [her] back pocket."

Of course, I believe ClusterFox. Just as I believed Bush.

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare