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Schultz will work weekends

May 7, 2013 - Jim Anderson
For those of you wondering whatever happened to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz (it wasn’t that we minded the company, but you’d think he could wash a dish now and then) — he’s officially back beginning Saturday.

“The Ed Show,” formerly shown weeknights at 7 p.m. (Central time), returns at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

Or, as Jack Coleman put it at NewsBusters, Schultz has been booted from MSNBC’s primetime lineup to “the penal colony that is the network’s weekend schedule.” A good line, considering the network’s current Saturday-Sunday fixture is “Lockup” prison documentaries.

“The Ed Show” will initially air for an hour on Saturdays and Sundays, then expand to two hours later this summer. “My fight on The Ed Show has been for the workers and the middle class,” Schultz said in an MSNBC promotion.

According to Coleman, that means Schultz will spend a lot of time talking to lots of people on television holding signs. He’ll start this week in Madison, Wis.

Given the current weekend cable news show choices, it may find traction.

Also, Karen Finney, a former press staffer in the Clinton administration, will host a new one-hour MSNBC show on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.

As for “Lockup,” the next episode (Cleveland: Extended Stay — Bullschmidt, A transgender inmate manipulates others) airs at 8 p.m. Saturday, going head-to-head against “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox News and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” on CNN.



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