MSNBC cancels Tucker Carlson's show
Insiders tell TVNewser Tucker Carlson's 6 PM ET show Tucker is getting the axe, but Carlson stays on as a political contributor to all MSNBC shows at least through the 2008 election. The official announcement, expected tomorrow, will include details about who will replace Tucker at 6 PM ET as well as other political programming additions. Sources say the network is going to beef up its schedule with more NBC News talent.Let's hope the new project isn't a Don Imus Returns simulcast.
In recent days, Jossip, as well as other blogs, ratcheted up the talk that Tucker would be replaced "for a new project." In its 33-month run, Carlson's show has had two names, four time slots and multiple formats. At 6 PM ET, it builds on its Hardball lead-in on some days, but loses audience on others.
Another big change MSNBC could make to improve its lineup is to get rid of all the prison footage it shows after hours and on weekends.
More intelligent programming would be appreciated by those of us who already tune in to MSNBC to watch Keith Olbermann (host of Countdown) and Rachel Maddow (who is a regular contributor and analyst).