MSNBC Puts Rachel Maddow in Abrams’ Spot

Aug 20, 2008  •  Post A Comment

MSNBC has decided that Rachel Maddow, who became an exclusive political analyst this year, is ready for a prime time hour of her own.
“The Rachel Maddow Show” will debut at 9 p.m. Sept. 8, after the presidential nominating conventions. Ms. Maddow” will continue to host her similarly titled show weeknights on liberal Air America at 6 p.m. EDT, a time just ripe for plugging her MSNBC vehicle.
The current occupant, “Verdict With Dan Abrams” will have its last telecast Thursday night. Mr. Abrams will continue his role as chief legal correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He will expand his role as a contributor to “Dateline NBC” and “Today” and do some dayside anchoring on MSNBC.
In June 2006, Mr. Abrams was tapped to be general manager of the cable channel, a role he relinquished 15 months later to return to hosting a weeknights show.
Ms. Maddow has proved, in her stints as a substitute for Keith Olbermann on “Countdown,” that she has Mr. Olbermann’s way with words but a less polarizing delivery.
“Rachel is unbelievably talented and brilliant; her breadth and depth of knowledge of politics and news is astonishing and I’m so excited to give her a place to really showcase what she can do,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in Wednesday’s announcement. “We’ve established MSNBC as the place for politics and the destination for viewers who want the smartest take on the day’s developments. Adding Rachel into our prime-time lineup makes perfect sense.”
“The Rachel Maddow Show” will take a broad approach to the news of the day, from the biggest stories to the more overlooked news.
As if Ms. Maddow’s world view didn’t put a definitive enough cap on MSNBC’s transition to the political and cultural left, the official announcement did in the last sentence, a declaration rarely included in press announcements: “She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.”
(Editor: Baumann)


  1. A great idea to have Rachel on her own show, I know she will be a success. 100%

  2. FIRST SHOW. Wonderful. She has the fire and personality. Her humor helps keep people from the gnashing of teeth.

  3. Hi Rachel Where did they dig up that Brain dead Buchanan He seems out of touch as well as not the sharpest tool in the shed at the get go. Make him scarce as he’s not in touch anything but, the past. Thanks Harry P.S. My wife & I enjoy your show Keep it up!

  4. Keep up the good work,It is so nice to turn on your show, I look forward to watching your show every night. It’s like a breath of fresh air to get real facts and not what someone tells you to say. Like Fox news. Do they think we are all stupid? Thankyou for your honesty and your courage to spreak the truth.I watch Kieth too,love you both,hope you are on the air a long lomg time.
    S. Euclid,Ohio

  5. I have a Question for Sarah Palin& the media. When the were airing anna nicole smith’s dirty laundry all over prime time.Russia&China were performing military war games off the coast of Alaska.Two news agencys reported it.Did Sarah report this or bring it to anyones attention,and now that we are haveing this tiff with Russia,who gets the spacestation.we are in a dog madic position. We have no military,we have no money,and our credit bad.Maybe the reason we haven’t been attacked is because everyone are wacthing to see how far GW was going to drag us down.in other words, while our government was playing checkers,the rest of the wourld were playing chess.

  6. you got to be kidding she is the crappiest show on TV who was the idiot that gave her a show probably one of those really smart people that drove this country into the mess we are in fire the dumbass

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