MSNBC’s ‘Tucker Carlson’ Show Set to Debut June 13

May 31, 2005  •  Post A Comment

After nearly five months in gestation at MSNBC, Tucker Carlson’s weeknight show has a title and a launch date. “The Situation With Tucker Carlson” will debut at 9 p.m. Monday, June 13. Bill Wolff, an Emmy winner best known for sports-programming credits such as FSN’s “I, Max” and ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” is executive producer of the weeknight show.

The goal, according to the announcement, is “fast-paced no-holds barred conversation about the day’s developments in news, politics, world issues and pop culture,%B4; sometimes one on one and sometimes in a group. Possible foils and conversational partners for Mr. Carlson, the print and TV pundit who left CNN to join MSNBC earlier this year, are still under consideration.

“This is going to be a really fun way for people to get a lot of information. This is going to be a very careful look at the news done in an hour,” said Rick Kaplan, MSNBC president Tuesday. “It’s not about getting somebody from the right and somebody from the left to beat each other up. You’re going to get to know the panelists on the show as rounded human beings.”

Likewise, even though the bow-tied Mr. Carlson raised his profile as a conservative regular on CNN’s “Crossfire” Mr. Kaplan said, “You’ve always seen Tucker as a contributor. You are about to see him as a host.”