Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

By Chris Ariens 

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

“We had a mission statement here,” Matthews continued. “My Executive Producer, Nancy Nathan, wanted to do something truly different – different in tone and charm from other Sunday morning programming. Different in pace and cordiality from a lot of cable, a lot zippier than most public affairs shows, and always friendly. And, oftener than we ever planned, surprisingly downright fun – to be part of at home for you or here in the studio.”

The show was a production of NBC News and distributed in national syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.