CNN announced a slate of subs to fill in on Piers Morgan Tonight next week. One should leap out at you. It leapt out at me…


NEW YORK, NY – March 9, 2012 – CNN and “Piers Morgan Tonight” welcome Jane Lynch, Wolf Blitzer, Donny Deutsch, Rosie O’Donnell, and Arsenio Hall as guests hosts the week of March 12-16th, 2012.

March 12, 2012 – Emmy and Golden Globe winner and star of the hit FOX TV series “Glee,” Jane Lynch will guest host “Piers Morgan Tonight” welcoming iconic comedian Joan Rivers, Republican strategist Mary Matalin and Democratic strategist James Carville.

March 13, 2012 – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will host a special edition of “Piers Morgan Tonight” at 12am ET covering the Alabama and Mississippi primaries.

March 14, 2012 – “Today” contributor and former host of CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” Donny Deutsch will guest host interviewing special guest Michael J. Fox.

March 15, 2012 – Comedian, actress and host of OWN’s “The Rosie Show,” Rosie O’Donnell guest hosts on Thursday sitting down with Academy Award winning actress Anjelica Huston and host of E!’s “The Soup,” Joel McHale. McHale also has a starring role in NBC’S “Community.”

March 16, 2012 – Actor, producer and late night legend Arsenio Hall will go face to face with his close friend and NBA legend Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie.

There is probably a Deutsch/Wald connection at work here but one wonders how some folks at 30 Rock feel about Deutsch pitching in at a rival news network. David Schuster got exiled for life for just doing a a pilot and not getting on air. Deutsch is getting on air.


7 Responses to “Sub-sub-substitution…”

  1. joeremi Says:

    Eh, it’s pretty different. Shuster was a many-time fill-in, had hosted 1600 Penn. Ave., and I think was still on with Tamron at the time. All Deutsch does these days is guest stints on Morning Joe. I don’t think Griffin considers him an important enough property to care much if he gets the occasional outside gig.

  2. I’m not so sure. Deutsch has strong ties to people at 30 Rock which is why he keeps popping up on NBCU properties

  3. I don’t think he’s under contract so I can’t see why they would have an objection to his appearance on CNN any more than they would for Tina Brown, Peggy Noonan, John Meacham or any of the two dozen or so other semi-regulars that appear on Morning Joe.

  4. But none of those three ever had a show on an NBCU channel either. And none ever guest hosted on an NBCU channel or appeared regularly on Today.

  5. Maybe they have a tacit agreement that if Donny can find a regular gig somewhere else, he’s free to go. His time as a major player at MSNBC/CNBC is obviously past.

  6. “But none of those three ever had a show on an NBCU channel either. And none ever guest hosted on an NBCU channel or appeared regularly on Today”

    ^^ I don’t think that matters all that much. The show on CNBC was years ago and if his appearances on Today are a problem it’s with the Today Show producers not the MSNBC brass.

    Unless MSNBC wants to put him under contract Deutsch has a right to advance his career. I think there’s also a pretty good chance he ran this by the MSNBC bosses and got their blessing.

    As for the Shuster comparison this is a one off appearance on CNN done out in the open while Shuster was working on a possible new show in secret on another network. It’s apples and oranges.

  7. Let me put it in these terms: TMZ’s Harvey Levin was a regular fixture on MSNBC up until 2007. He’d bee talking gossip just about every day on the network. Then Levin decided to launch the TMZ TV show which would compete directly against NBC Universal’s syndicated Access Hollywood. Had nothing at all to do with MSNBC, right? So no problem, right?

    Wrong. MSNBC stopped putting Levin on its air. I heard directly that the reason was NBC didn’t want to give Levin airtime on their network when he was launching a show that would compete against an NBCU property.

    It’s this kind of mentality that gives me reason to question whether there could be any fallout from Deutsch subbing on Piers Morgan.

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