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MSNBC Names Alex Wagner to Take Over Rachel Maddow's Primetime Slot

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Alex Wagner will take over MSNBC's 9 p.m. time slot four nights a week starting August 16. (Image credit: MSNBC)

MSNBC political news analyst Alex Wagner will take over the network’s 9 p.m. time slot over four nights beginning August 16, replacing Rachel Maddow, who will anchor the time slot on Mondays, the network said.

The move completes the network’s makeover of the 9 p.m. hour after Maddow in May moved to a weekly schedule with shows on Monday. For the rest of the week, The Rachel Maddow Show has featured rotating guest hosts. Maddow had hosted the ratings-strong The Rachel Maddow Show daily since 2008.

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After a stint on MSNBC in the early 2010s, Wagner returned to the cable news network in February as a senior political analyst and guest anchor. Prior to that, Wagner served as co-host and executive producer of Showtime's political docuseries The Circus. She also served as a co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday and as senior editor at The Atlantic

Along with appearing on Mondays, Maddow — who in 2021 signed a new deal with NBCUniversal and MSNBC ‚ will join MSNBC for special coverage, breaking news events and specials on MSNBC and streaming, the network said. ■

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“Alex Wagner in the 9 p.m. hour was a clear choice,” MSNBC president Rashida Jones said in a statement. “Her unique perspective — built on more than two decades in journalism — and tenacious reporting in the U.S. and abroad will help our audiences contextualize what matters. I am looking forward to watching Alex thrive in MSNBC’s primetime lineup.“ ▪️

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.