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What the Hell Is Going On with Nighttime Cable Television?

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | January 5, 2017 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | January 5, 2017 |


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On Tuesday, we learned that white feminist slash black-Santa/Jesus denier Megyn Kelly was leaving Fox News to go to NBC, where she will reportedly anchor the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show once occupied by disgraced Billy Bush, who was fired from NBC for partaking in the same conversation about p*ssy grabbing that didn’t disqualify Donald Trump from becoming our current President-Elect.

Megyn Kelly’s departure left a gap to fill at Fox News, which has now named Tucker Carlson the successor of Megyn Kelly’s timeslot, because apparently when Jon Stewart chased Carlson off of CNN a decade ago, he didn’t chase him far enough away because suddenly that bow-tie wearing human poop emoji has a prime slot on cable news’ top network. Carlson’s arrival also suggests that Fox News is going to go even harder to the right in the wake of Kelly’s departure. Hyper-partisanship is a ratings tool and a destroyer of democracy!

Meanwhile, Greta Van Susteren — who left Fox News after sass-mouthing those who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment only to eat her hat once she found out it was true — is returning to a news network most known for its liberal personalities (plus Joe Scarborough). She’ll be taking over the 6 p.m. slot on MSNBC, because I guess MSNBC wants to get in on some of the ratings Trump supporters provide (note, however, that before her 14-year stint on Fox News, Van Susteren was actually a respectable CNN legal analyst).

Joy Ann Reid fans, meanwhile, are pissed.

Perhaps most astonishing, however, are reports that Conan O’Brien — who has sadly fallen into last place in the ratings among late night talk show hosts, behind even Carson Daly — will be moving from a weeknight show to a weekly show. That has not been confirmed, and it was originally reported by The Wrap (which is often wrong), but it also makes sense. Samantha Bee and John Oliver have proven the durability of the weekly late-night format, and Conan does better — creatively and ratings-wise — when he takes the show on the road. A weekly format would not only allow him to do more than that, but he’d be able to create a more potent late-night offering also more capable of gaining viral traction. I think it would ultimately make Conan more relevant, so I am all for the move.


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