Povich & Chung Has Potential

By Brian 

Maury Povich and Connie Chung will be “the first husband-and-wife team to anchor a network show,” MSNBC president Rick Kaplan tells Gail Shister.

Kaplan, Povich and Chung have been discussing a show for several years, and the right time has apparently come.

“We’re going to grow this little puppy up and see where it goes,” Kaplan says. “There is no end to its potential.”

Kaplan tells Variety that MSNBC had “considered giving the pair a primetime slot, but that would put too much pressure on Povich, whose syndicated show is in its eighth season. ‘They’re doing this because they want to, not because they have to,’ Kaplan said.”

> Kaplan to THR: “It’s what two people would do over breakfast in the morning.”