This is interesting: Connie Chung and Maury Povich have signed on with MSNBC to do a Saturday-morning news and commentary show that will capitalize on their 20-years of marriage and their “often-salty repartee.” Twenty years of marriage and it’s still hot, people. Wakka, wakka.
Make no mistake of it: this is meant to be a funny show, seeing as it’s being exec-produced by Lizz Winstead, co-founder of “The Daily Show” and former (embattled) host at Air America. Which is interesting, because it’s the first network show that is actively looking to the Daily Show for inspiration (it’s described as a “review of the week’s news that will fuse elements of ‘Meet the Press,’ the defunct ‘Crossfire’ and ‘The Daily Show'”). Recall that CNN news prexy Jim Walton called the Daily Show as his wish-list show (intel from that secret CNN meeting); recall that Chung was unceremoniously “dumped” by CNN (which never does that); recall Don Imus’ comment about Aaron Brown going to MSNBC, taker of all homely bridesmaids. It would be sweet poetic justice on so many levels if this show does well, which I hope it does. We need salty on our airwaves, dammit. Viewer cannot live by Dan Abrams’ hair alone.
Anyhoo, good luck to Maury and Connie! Tip: using words like “anyhoo” will keep ’em rolling in the aisles.
NB: Photo shamelessly appropriated from the NYT.