MSNBC Considering Rosie O'Donnell for Prime Time

The New York Times reports that MSNBC is so happy with Keith Olbermann, it is thinking of adding liberal shows to its nighttime lineup. The article devotes a lot of space to anonymous network execs who say Rosie O'Donnell is under serious consideration as a prime-time show host.

Two NBC executives acknowledged yesterday that they were talking to Rosie O’Donnell about a prime-time show on MSNBC.

I hope NBC is just floating her name just to gauge the reaction. It would be a huge mistake in my opinion.

MSNBC needs to stop playing catch-up and start being innovative. Surely there's someone with a modicum of journalistic credentials and a less antagonizing personality than Rosie. If they are committed to going the comedienne-day time talk route, I'd rather see them move Ellen DeGeneres into prime time. At least she's funny.

Seriously, though, who would you tell MSNBC to hire?

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    If they want a comedian.... (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 07:51:47 AM EST
    gimme George Carlin or Lewis Black...I'd love to hear those guys shredding our leaders daily.

    I'd rather watch Hannity and Colmes than Rosie...at least they make me laugh, unintentionally.

    George Carlin, Margaret Cho (5.00 / 0) (#7)
    by Bob In Pacifica on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 08:35:36 AM EST
    They get my votes. I guess we wouldn't get any "Ass Master!" though.

    Professor Irwin Corey... (5.00 / 0) (#19)
    by desertswine on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 02:46:15 PM EST
    the "world's foremost authority" is actually still alive.

    Ellen's better, but not much... (5.00 / 0) (#23)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 11:51:50 PM EST
    After that creepy pet adoption issue, and esp. that she took more than one episode to have a diatribe about it, when there's stuff going on in the world (hell in our country) that's a bit more significant... (Sudan, N.O. for starters) I don't see myself being too interested in her being a primetime host.

    What about?

    -Tavis Smiley, on PBS, he's a guy with pretty well-thought comments and a lot of charm, I think. He seems to have a good rep with the public broadcasting folks.

    -Cenk Uygur, from The Young Turks. Funny, temperamental, pop culture junkie and he's tough on capitulating Dems, something I like. Sadly, he's quite rough around the edges, and some of his points sound a little Republican, but he's still a good candidate I think.

    -Al Gore. If he won't run, why not make him a popular TV host to take on FNC in the primetime? Class, humor, education and political experience, he's got it all.

    If they wanted an audience (1.00 / 0) (#10)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:17:50 AM EST
    They could always hire Limbaugh...

    The Big Guy vs O'Reilly...

    Just think of all the DVDr sales..


    Actually Limbaugh had a TV show (5.00 / 0) (#16)
    by Molly Bloom on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 10:52:21 AM EST
    Don't remember it? Not surprised it was a miserable failure.

    Limbaugh tried tv.... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:20:48 AM EST
    Remember when he was on ESPN for 2 weeks?  Didn't work out so well.  He has a tendency to get canned with his foot in his mouth.

    Uh Kdog.... (1.00 / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:39:43 AM EST
    Did you see the "smilely?"

    Political comments and sports don't work. Ask Howard.

    Of course there is NBC's Sunday Night Football..


    Joke or no joke.... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:43:09 AM EST
    I can't pass up a chance to ridicule that piker:)

    Ah, Howard (5.00 / 0) (#15)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:58:37 AM EST
    Political comments and sports don't work. Ask Howard.

    The line that cost Howard Cosell his job was, "Look at that little monkey go!"

    The diatribe that cost Limbaugh his ESPN job after only two weeks was, "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.  There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

    I don't see any politics in either one, and of course Limbaugh kept his record intact by being 100% wrong.  The "media" do not choose starters, a coach who gets paid to win chooses them.

    Side note.  While McNabb may not be a hall of fame QB, he has been a starter in the NFL for a while and played in a Superbowl.  You don't get that out of a Crackerjack box.  Rush Limbaugh is not qualified to lick McNabb's jock clean, no matter how much he wants to.


    We are actually mostly in agreement... (1.00 / 0) (#17)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 12:25:52 PM EST
    but it was politics...

    Howard stepped over the line, inadvertently perhaps. I really don't know. But whatever else, it was dumb.

    Limbaugh's comment was also stupid. Was he accurate re the "press" and "black quarterback?" I don't think so. As for the NFL's social concern, there was a lot of calling for black coaches, which I agree with. Like it or not, for years and years there was a ton of racism in professional sports. Hiring black coaches was needed, and has been done.

    As for McNabb.. I have no idea, being neither a Philly fan nor dedicated NFL follower... I have enough trouble right now at Invesco Field at Mile High...


    Howard Cosell (5.00 / 0) (#18)
    by Deconstructionist on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 12:30:26 PM EST
     had no record of being a bigot (actually much the opposite, he defended Ali and other black athleteds long before it was common) so it is much easier to accept his explanation that he meant nothig derogatory with his ill chosen off the cuff reference. Limbaugh's comments about McNabb were premeditated and crafted and come from a person whose reputation is one of a cynical exploiter of racial politics.

    Let's not forget.... (5.00 / 0) (#20)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 03:11:54 PM EST
    Jimmy the Greek...since we are discussing the foot in mouth hall of fame.

    oh.... I missed this (1.00 / 0) (#21)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 07:44:41 PM EST
    Rush Limbaugh is not qualified to lick McNabb's jock clean, no matter how much he wants to.

    What a class act you are.


    MSM conspiracy (1.00 / 0) (#22)
    by diogenes on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:24:25 PM EST
    Isn't hiring Rosie part of the MSM/vast right ring conspiracy to discredit liberalism in this country?  :)

    Rosie (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jgarza on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 01:41:23 AM EST
    if they are going for entertainment i would love to see someone like Margret Cho, Her and rosie were both on the True COlors tour and not only was margret way funnier than Rosie, she had a better handle on the facts.
    AS far as news goes i would say Ariana Huffington.  But i really wish they would give David Schuster his own show.   He is an excellent reporter, very fair and heavy on facts.

    MSNBC being interested in Rosie really baffles me. Dan Abrams would crusade against her every night when she was on the view.  Isn't he like the manager or something of MSNB?  Ohh and am i the only one that thinks Dan Abrams is hot?

    MSNBC Can't Afford Rosie (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dave Latchaw on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 02:25:45 AM EST
    David Shuster does a great job sitting in for Tucker. He's surprisingly funny. But I'd really love to see Rachel Maddow get a show.

    I'd second Rachel Maddow's nomination (5.00 / 0) (#4)
    by Molly Bloom on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 06:58:59 AM EST
    Not Rosie Please (none / 0) (#3)
    by Lacy on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 05:57:38 AM EST
    Rosie is loud, annoying, and short on factual content. She would hurt Keith with her manner, and the inevitable "Olbermann and O'Donnell" links and attacks.

    Prime time at MSNBC? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 07:43:40 AM EST

    Mostly Stuff No Body Cares about does not really have any "prime time" if the meaning of that term is large audience.

    she is bloody awful (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jlvngstn on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 08:44:49 AM EST
    to listen to, so is trump b

    Maddow, Miller, or Huffington (none / 0) (#9)
    by mike in dc on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:16:08 AM EST
    ...would all work pretty well, I think.  Yank Tucker for the new show, and find a way to encourage Chris Matthews to spend more time away from his show, to have David Gregory and/or David Schuster on more frequently.

    Also, if Tucker's liberal replacement gets boffo ratings while Glenn Beck continues to tank at CNN, perhaps they'll get the hint, too.  

    Phil Donahue (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jlvngstn on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 09:27:40 AM EST
    he was making gains when he got canned and he has to have broader appeal than Rosie.  I also love Arianna but I am not certain she can carry an hour show.  

    I also love Jeralyn and if Greta can do it (not a slight against greta as she is pretty good in her own right and i emphasize right) there is no reason why Jeralyn couldn't......