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"Dating Game" host Jim Lange dies at 81


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Who doesn't know and love The Dating Game, whether from countless spoofs of host Jim Lange, the campy matchmaking TV program itself, or from personal pop art-infused memories of the groundbreaking "reality show's" impact on pop culture in the Swinging Sixties and Seventies? Those were the days.

Here are but two of many, many examples of what TV was like back then, starring Lange, a young Michael Jackson, and pre-Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett.

R.I.P. Jim Lange.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Jim Lange was the original and best-known host of a television show that has come to be identified with the swinging late 1960s and 1970s: "The Dating Game."

"We were really the first reality show," he said in a 2002 Times interview, "paving the way for Howard Stern, Jerry Springer, 'Big Brother.'"

Not that Lange, who graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota, was so proud of those offspring. He spent more than 50 years in radio and television and hoped to one day have a TV talk show. But Lange felt his association with "The Dating Game" stymied loftier ambitions, and he knew it would be his legacy.

"It'll be on my tombstone," he said in a 1991 San Francisco Chronicle interview.

More on Jim Lange's life and career at the link.

 jim lange dating game with Farrah Fawcett


Alec Baldwin to host MSNBC Friday night talk show "Up Late with Alec"


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Uh-oh! Trouble's coming! And a whole lot of laughs, if Alec Baldwin stays true to form. Via MSNBC:

Alec Baldwin will join MSNBC as the host of a current events and culture talk show beginning Fridays in October. [...]

Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin will air Fridays from 10-11 p.m. ET.

“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” said Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC. “He’s got such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world–he’s going to be a great addition to our line-up.”

You know what this means, don't you? Following The Rachel Maddow Show on Fridays.... no more prison!

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


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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.


Karen Finney to host new MSNBC weekend show


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When the news of Chris Hayes taking over Ed Schultz’s MSNBC weekday slot and Ed moving to weekends broke, I wrote this:

But the best part is that MSNBC is adding more progressives and less prison (“Lockup” overkill much?) to their weekend lineup, which means there’s a growing market for left-leaning programming. America apparently likes liberals, can you believe it? Go figger. Conservative heads start exploding in 5…4…3…2…

I had no idea at that time that they'd be adding to the list of weekend shows this quickly.  Congratulations to Karen Finney on her new show! I happen to love her personality and the way she delivers commentary. She's sharp, fun to watch, has good sense of humor, and informative.

Ed Schultz's show will air on Saturday and Sunday from 5-7 pm ET, so she'll be his lead-in:


Finney to Host Weekends 4p-5p ET

NEW YORK –April 2, 2013 – Karen Finney has been named host of a new MSNBC program to air on weekends from 4-5 p.m. ET. More details about the program, including the launch date, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

Finney has been an MSNBC political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009.

Finney has more than 20 years of experience in national politics working on four presidential campaigns, the Clinton White House, and Hillary Clinton’s first New York Senate race. She was the first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee. Finney has also worked to improve public education in the public and private sectors.

It was her interest in improving public education that first got her involved in politics, having worked as a teaching assistant in a minimum-security facility for pregnant teenagers in Los Angeles after graduating from UCLA. In the private sector, she worked for Scholastic Inc., one of America’s leading children’s media and education companies, on projects including strategic development for literacy programs, afterschool education, and reading intervention. Finney also served as the chief spokesperson and Communications Director for New York City Schools, managing crisis communications for the system of more than 1.1 million children in the aftermath of 9/11.

As spokeswoman and Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee, Finney helped guide the DNC’s communications and media strategy for the successful 2006 Congressional elections and the 2008 presidential campaign. During the Clinton Administration, Karen served as Deputy Press Secretary to then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and as Deputy Director of Presidential Scheduling for President Bill Clinton. She served as Communications Director to Elizabeth Edwards during the 2004 general election.

Finney currently serves on the board of NARAL pro-choice America. She has also served on the advisory board for ONE Vote 2012, the Center for Music National Service and Teach for America, NY. Finney is an alumnus of the French American Foundation’s prestigious “Young Leaders” program aimed at strengthening the transatlantic relationship among up-and-coming leaders. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Follow her on twitter @finneyk.