What’s Hot/What’s Not: 11/17/10

What’s Hot:

Chilean Mine Rescue – Cable News was fixated by the mine rescue in Chile.

O’Reilly on The View – Much as it pains me to put this one up here, the O’Reilly appearance on The View and the ensuing fireworks did distract cable news for a while.

David Doss out at AC360 – If you believe the official story that Doss’ expertise was needed for more of CNN than just 360, this is a win. If you don’t believe the official story and think Doss got removed from 360 because of either a) conflicts with the show’s host or b) 360s ratings, this is not a good sign for 360.

Dennis Kneale to FBN – It still hasn’t been officially announced yet but Dennis Kneale jumping to FBN was a bit surprising news for some.

What’s Not:

No Plan B – Rachel Maddow’s show was pre-empted on Friday by an episode of Lockup. The official story, and by official I mean Keith Olbermann tweeted on the subject, was that Maddow was under the weather. I have no reason to doubt the story but my question would be why cancel the show? Couldn’t they get a fill in to do the show?

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8 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: 11/17/10”

  1. I TOTALLY concour with your No Plan B observation. I just don’t understand their mindset, are they saying that they are a part-time, whenever, network? They would be much better off if they even re-ran the daytime programing. Just think of it, Jansing &Co at 9 CDT and again at midnight! Oh well, back to my corner.

  2. There may be some nefarious reason why Maddow’s show was canceled on Friday but I can see a any number of perfectly legitimate reasons why it played out the way it did.

    It could have been a last minute illness; say food poisoning; that she got late Friday and her regular guest hosts weren’t available on short notice.

    The show is ready to go and it was just easier to put the show on hold until next week. It being Friday going to a Doc block is an easy thing to do as opposed to getting a new guest host lined up and bringing them up to speed on the segments planned for the that evening.

    Lastly, Monday is the Tiller documentary so a good deal of Friday’s show was probable promotion of that event and that might be difficult for a guest host.

    I’ll go with the it’s just easier to do late on a Friday.

  3. bushleaguer Says:

    Given that a little over 2 weeks before mid-term elections is right in MSNBC’s wheel house (“The Place For Politics”), they should always have a backup host to turn to unless, as fritz noted, it was something like food poisoning. Maddow’s is the second highest (or highest, given how close she runs with Olbermann these days) rated time slot on the network……they need to do better than Lock Up as an alternative.

  4. No Plan B – Rachel Maddow’s show was pre-empted on Friday by an episode of Lockup. The official story, and by official I mean Keith Olbermann tweeted on the subject, was that Maddow was under the weather. I have no reason to doubt the story but my question would be why cancel the show? Couldn’t they get a fill in to do the show?

    Yeah, what fritz said. It was probably just a last minute thing and they couldn’t find a fill-in early enough.

  5. Fritz, that is the point of a Plan B. Whenever the unexpected happens then you go to a new plan. I mean ANY news program before would have have been ok to rerun besides lock up. It makes them look lazy.

  6. They ARE lazy, and lack things like a “budget”. MSNBC is a part-time cable news network.

  7. “that is the point of a Plan B. Whenever the unexpected happens then you go to a new plan. I mean ANY news program before would have have been ok to rerun besides lock up. It makes them look lazy.”

    Come on guys; your making way too much out of this. A doc block gets better ratings than a rerun and if the other news nets had them on hand they would use them too.

    I’m sure we’ll find out on Monday or on twitter what happened. Sheesh

  8. clindhartsen Says:

    To be honest, you’d think they’d be able to get Lawrence to come in and fill in for the hour and plug his own show, or maybe one of their regular fill-ins. Also, Kneale was in no way a surprise, he spent plenty of time on FNC back in the day with Forbes on Fox, so that seems like an easy fit to throw him on FBN.

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