What’s Hot/What’s Not: 07/03/11

What’s Hot:

Jessica Yellin – Yellin was named Chief White House Correspondent by CNN…

John King, USA Speculation – Speculation regarding the future of John King, USA revived itself once again when TVNewser discovered some job ads from CNN for Erin Burnett’s upcoming “nightly” show, though it may not affect King’s show at all. It may affect Eliot Spitzer’s…

What’s Not:

Eric Bolling – Bolling Tweeted a poorly thought out screed on having passed the late Mark Haines on Mediaite’s Power Grid…

Mark Halperin – Halperin got himself suspended indefinitely for saying a naughty word (after being egged on to comment by Joe and Mika) on Morning Joe.

The Place for Suspensions – David Shuster, Keith Olbermann, Joe Scarborough, Ed Schultz, and now Mark Halperin. All in less than a year and a half. MSNBC has a self-control problem.

The Five – FNC announced a stopgap show to fill in the 5pm hour vacated by Glenn Beck. They had months to prepare for this and the best they could do is come up with a show that runs the rest of the summer and sounds on paper like a train wreck waiting to happen?


14 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: 07/03/11”

  1. I think “The Five” will turn out better than expected. I think FNC decided to fill the summer Beck slots with something that would be expected to suck in order to avoid any ratings comparisons.

    Besides, its the summer. This will give FNC plenty of time to prepare the permanent replacement. No need to rush a new show onto the air.

    I still think Special Report will grow an hour. But to do this correctly, they will have to do a lot of planning and figure out how to turn a one hour news program into more of a Situation Room type show, without losing the hard news focus of the current show. Not exactly easy to do, especially during the summer. Come fall, there will plenty of election stuff to fill two hours.

  2. And FNC is the only network with compelling enough contributors to launch a show like this.

    What would MSNBC’s version look like? Morning Joe without Mika and Joe? Boring…

    CNN? It would be Paul Begala and James Carville reminiscing about the Clinton Administration. Who would want to watch that? Does CNN even have any good conservative/republican pundits from D.C. or NYC? They have Eric Erickson, but he seems to always appear via skype from his living room.

    Meanwhile, you can imagine an exciting show (possibly a bit of a trainwreck, but a controlled wreck) on FNC. Andrea Tantaros and Kirsten Powers getting into a heated debate about the debt ceiling, Bob Beckel swearing and flipping out at Eric Bolling, and Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley having a family feud over the President’s latest actions. It could be pretty compelling TV. Not a good permanent show, but a fun way to fill up some airtime.

  3. missy5537 Says:

    Halperin was not at fault; he asked whether the delay was in effect, was assured that it was AND was urged to opine ( by that MORON Scarborough). As Rush said, Halperin just said what the rest of us were thinking.

    As far as the Beck replacement program, it’s not a potential train wreck, but a very safe (albeit boring) placeholder until something else comes along. Each one of the panelists is well known to Fox viewers, and their rhetoric is fairly predictable.

    A real thrill would be to put Red Eye, or even just Gutfeld alone, in that time. THAT would be fun!

  4. joeremi Says:

    Tommy Christopher agrees with you, Missy, with a nice shoutout to ICN.


  5. Grandpa Dave Says:

    What??? Casey Anthony didn’t make the HOT list?


  6. laura l Says:

    ^ Maybe a few years ago.

  7. I wonder why “In Session” isn’t covering the closing arguements, but sister station HLN is. Court TV really is dead. Now cable news is infected with its flesh-eating virus. Please, just convict the lady and give us back our cable news! Heck, even MSNBC is covering the closing arguments. Don’t they usually run prison docs on the weekend instead of breaking news?

  8. missy5537 Says:

    laura, you made me LOL with that one! And speaking of her looks, wouldn’t you think she’d have an “image consultant” or someone to tell her to do something about her hair? She used to be a nice looking girl (albeit probably a killler), but the way she’s got her hair pulled back makes her look guilty or deranged without question!

  9. mlong5000 Says:

    FOX could just run a test pattern on at 5pm and still beat MSNBC and CNN……and Media Matters would still launch a campaign to remove it from the air.

  10. joeremi Says:

    I noticed that, too, Missy. It’s like the defense said “Let’s make her look really evil. Yeah, that’s the ticket..”

  11. laura l Says:

    Librarian Ratched with big tits. That’ll work.

  12. joeremi Says:

    Librarian Ratched with big tits. That’ll work.

    I don’t know what’s more disturbing: that reference, or the fact that I got it..

  13. danoregon Says:

    The Five will be interesting to watch simply to see how the hosts interact figuring someone out of the group will get the spot eventually – kind of like one of those “Ten Little Indians” murder mysteries.

    And I don’t know if MSNBC has a “control” problem or the other networks have an accountability problem.

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