According to the New York Times, Chris Hayes will be replacing Ed Schultz as the 8PM lead-in to Rachel Maddow’s program on MSNBC.
This means he’ll be up against the Papa Bear of cable news talk shows: Bill O’Reilly. The question is what this will mean for the quality of Hayes’ cable news work. Up with Chris Hayes is a legitimate reason to get up early on the weekend. I like nothing better than frying up my eggs and preparing my coffee while watching two hours of actual thoughtful discussion with actual writers and thinkers that are worthwhile.
I have always suspected that part of what made the program so great was that so few people watched it. With such a small audience in such an uncompetetive time slot, Hayes was able to, you know, do actual cable news. He was basically the Conan O’Brian of weekend political talk shows. And remember what happened to Conan when he got promoted?
I really, really, REALLY hope that this new spotlight gives Hayes the resources to do even better work, elevating the discussion for more people, and introducing a less partisan voice to MSNBC’s nightly line-up. I also really, really, REALLY don’t think that’s what’s going to happen, and am sincerely saddened because of it.
[UPDATE 1] – A friend passed this along. Up with Chris Hayes is one of the more diverse Sunday morning shows by a long shot.