This Weekend With Connie & Maury

By Brian 

The P.R. push for “Weekends with Connie & Maury” is beginning.

“It’s Connie Chung in a way you’ve never seen her and it’s Maury Povich in a way you don’t know him,” executive producer Lizz Winstead tells TV Week. “These people are irreverent. They have a sense of humor.”

More: “You’ll see a Maury who is not searching for the paternity of children around the country. He’s smart. He’s very good at getting to the heart of the matter.” And you’ll see Chung “being really funny and breaking out of her nonpartisan shell and being able to have an opinion and talk about things she really cares about.”

The program premieres Saturday at 10 a.m. on MSNBC. This week’s New York has a fun Q&A with the pair. Here’s a sample:

 Let’s play the word-association game. We’ll start with…Oprah.

C: The best! Maury’s not going to appreciate that. Sorry, dear!

M: The queen of talk.

Geraldo.

C: The worst!

M: He never should have quit my game.

Bill O’Reilly.

C: Is there a category for even worse?

M: A previous competitor.

Anderson Cooper.

C: Hot! But I’m not his type. I can’t fit the bill.

M: So gray, so young.

How about…tabloid TV.

C: Tacky.

M: My savior.

Rathergate.

C: Sad.

M: Sad.

If you couldn’t be a TV journalist, what would you be?

C: A ballet dancer.

M: I would like to teach modern U.S. political history at the University of Montana, where the kids haven’t been corrupted yet by Eastern cynicism.

If your show were a sitcom, what would it be called?

C: Maury wanted to call it Mr. and Mrs. Chung, but the heads wouldn’t let us. They didn’t like Not Necessarily the Truth, either.

M: Beating Up Maury.
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