Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Movers and Shakers: Where are Pundits like Hannity, Maddow, Beck and Garofalo headed for 2009

In case you're wondering what to expect from you're favourite pundits for 2009. Below is a listing of the changes, promotions and movements surrounding the roster of APF pundits.

Janeane Garofalo starring in '24'
Janeane Garofalo joins '24', the series thriller known for its 'conservative' portrayal of Washington and it's handling of terrorism. Interestingly Janeane's previous medium-term acting gig was for the 'West Wing', a show that portrayed Washington though a liberal reality.
Time right for Garofalo on '24'
Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo, an outspoken liberal, is set to co-star on the conservative-leaning real-time drama, whose co-creator/executive producer Joel Surnow jokingly describes himself as a "right-wing nut job."
Former CNN pundit, Glenn Beck defects to Fox News
Fox News Hires Glenn Beck Away From CNN
The Fox News Channel brought in a big name from a rival Thursday when it announced that it had signed Glenn Beck, the host of a widely viewed talk show on Headline News, a sister network of CNN.

Mr. Beck, who has frequently raised hackles in liberal circles with his acerbic conservative commentary, will host a new talk hour on Fox News from 5 to 6 p.m. weeknights.
Sam Seder and Marc Maron officially return to a full time schedule on Air America Radio
After playing with an upstart video format for a year. Sam and Marc's intimate video show - 'Maron V Seder' got picked up by AirAmerica in the months leading up to the Presidential Election as an 'internet only' live video program. The program has since been renamed 'Break Room Live' and backed with the full production values of Air America continues as an ongoing program.
About BREAK ROOM LIVE will also be home to exclusive on-demand video content from Marc and Sam. Along with a fully interactive blog, Marc and Sam will provide with interviews, political discussions, and irreverent comedy that can’t be seen anywhere else.
John Gibson no longer on TV but his radio show is retained by Fox News
So, What's The (Big) Story With John Gibson?
Last night, faux newsman Stephen Colbert had a send up of real newsman John Gibson of FNC, saying "the network announced that it is canceling the Big Story."
At the time, John Gibson's show was removed to make way for Election season programming - 'America's Election Headquarters'. The timeslot has since been allocated for Glenn Beck's new program.

Tucker Carlson no longer has a show but remains a contributor to MSNBC
Tucker Canceled; Other Programming Changes Ahead
Insiders tell TVNewser Tucker Carlson's 6pmET show Tucker is getting the axe, but Carlson stays on as a political contributor to all MSNBC shows at least through the 2008 election.
MSNBC's Chief White House correspondent, David Gregory assumed Tucker Carlson's former timeslot.

Stephen Colbert honours John Gibson and Tucker Carlson in a satirical segment devoted to Elliot Spitzer

STEPHEN COLBERT: But as the saying goes John Gibson, Tucker Carlson and prostitution scandals come in threes...
Rachel Maddow's role refocuses her radio presence as her TV star rises
Maddow rechannels energy at Air America
During the election last year, Maddow established herself as one of the big three at MSNBC, which had its best run ever, with her show following Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.

But she was a charter host on Air America in March 2004, so she and the radio network have now figured out a way to give her an ongoing presence there.

She has dropped her daily evening show on Air America, but will "provide content" for an hour-long morning program, largely built on her MSNBC show of the previous evening.

The problem, says Maddow, is that something had to give...
[Sean] Hannity and [Alan] Colmes part ways
Hannity and Colmes no longer. Who will Hannity face next?
After a remarkable twelve year run, Alan Colmes is set to leave FOX News Channel's top-rated Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year, according to key sources...
Sean Hannity has the timeslot to himself and is rating very well thus far. Alan Colmes remains a FoxNews contributor and continues to host 'The Alan Colmes show' syndicated by Fox News Radio.

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