Mad(dow) About You

So looks like the Maddow Love is now officially sanctioned. TV Decoder’s reporting that Rachel Maddow, MSNBC pundette loved by, apparently, everyone, will soon find the holy grail of televised commentary: her own show. The as-yet-unnamed program will replace Dan Abrams’s Verdict (he’ll be staying on with the network in various other anchoring/reporting capacities) starting September 9.

“This just completes our prime-time lineup,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin told the Times. “Our lineup makes sense now.” By which he ostensibly means: our lineup is now completely populated by blatantly lefty pundits.

Anyway, though, good luck, Rachel. We’re looking forward to the 9th. Just one request: could you keep those random-but-kind-of-great cartoon-ink graphics in your show, as a holdover from Verdict? We never knew why they were there, but we always appreciated that they were.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.