Now TVNewser hears Uygur may be moved out of the 6pm hour, possibly to be replaced by Al Sharpton. When the host changes happened earlier this year, the 6pm hour was simply known as “MSNBC Live,” a telling sign that MSNBC was trying out Uygur.
Sharpton has hosted the 6pm show for the last two weeks. This past week, the hour was second, to Fox News, in A25-54 viewers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
I'm a big fan of Cenk's work at The Young Turks (including What The Flick), but wasn't in the vicinity of a television much at 6pm when his show was on. He's a talented, articulate guy, and one who can represent the progressive view without engaging in cringe-inducing insults or histrionics.
Al Sharpton? Less of a fan. He's a smart guy, and clearly passionate, but he'll never really recover from his late 80s reputation (or hairstyle). If you wanted to create a conservative parody of a liberal TV news channel, he would be its star.
I do think cable news is woefully lacking in minority perspectives (to say nothing of the lack of hosts who are of color), so it's nice that someone like Reverend Sharpton may have his own show, in the evening, on MSNBC. But why does it have to be the actual Al Sharpton?! He's weighted down by so much baggage. I do wonder why Cenk Uygur never caught on in that timesight. He seemed like a star in the making.