Primetime Television Struggles to Launch a New Fall Season – Reason.com

  • The Big Leap. Fox. Monday, September 20, 9 p.m.
  • NCIS: Hawai’i. CBS. Monday, September 20, 10 p.m.
  • Ordinary Joe. NBC. Monday, September 20, 10 p.m.

Like a vampire in the night, COVID-19 is draining the blood from the broadcast TV industry. (Hey, that could be a new pilot! Count Nielsen, Vampire! Hang on while I call my agent.) Outbreaks and public health decrees are chewing up production schedules, while reruns are on the rise along with TV alternatives like podcasts. The result is that TV  ratings—to stick with the vampire theme—are withering away like David Bowie at the end of The Hunger. Some weeks during the 2020-21 television season, ratings were down 15 percent or more. Can the dreaded return of the printed word be far behind?

Whether the times are really as dire as all that, there’s no doubt that the fall broadcast TV season is in tatters. Excluding reality and competition shows—and a remake of Fantasy Island that I’ll thank you not to mention in my presence ever again—there are only a dozen new show this fall, a bunch of them spinoffs, sequels and reboots. That’s the lowest number since sometime in the primordial television ooze of the 1950s.

Not surprisingly, there’s little in this batch of new shows to reverse trend. There’s one pretty good comedy, one police-procedural clone that will undoubtedly find some fans precisely because it resembles all the other police procedurals, and a thoroughgoing dud in which NBC has ripped off the format, but none of the quality, of one of its own dramas.

The dud is Ordinary Joe, a soapy drama in which James Wolk (Zoo) plays one guy in three alternate time lines. The concept is clearly drawn from NBC’s massive five-season hit This Is Us, in which the story of a single troubled family is traced through constant flashbacks. Unfortunately, NBC’s clueless programming execs failed to notice what any viewer could have told them: The success of This Is Us is due not to gimmicky chronology but an outstanding cast and piquant screenwriting, none of which Ordinary Joe has.

Ordinary Joe starts out with Wolk’s character Joe Kimbreau, an aspiring musician, showing up late to his Syracuse graduation ceremony 10 years ago and literally bumping into a comely political-science-major classmate named Amy (Natalie Martinez, The Stand). Meanwhile, off somewhere in the crowd of caps and gowns lurks Joe’s best-friend-with-occasional-benefits, the law-school-bound Jenny (Elizabeth Lail, Freeform’s Dead of Summer). Now Joe has a choice: ask the seemingly receptive Amy for a date; accept a casual dinner invitation from Jenny; or have a drink with his uncle, who wants Joe to continue the family cop tradition.

What follows are the tales of three lives Joe might have lived—cop, nurse, rock star—depending on his choice, with Amy and Jenny connected in various configurations, which I would be happy to explain to you if I remotely understood them. Ordinary Joe does an appallingly poor job of differentiating its time-lines (Is this the one with the crippled baby or the twins? The marriage or the divorce?) and the problem is only exacerbated by the blandly generic performances of the three principals. (I can’t bring myself to use the word stars.) “Do you ever get that feeling that one choice could change your whole life?” Joe asks at the start of the pilot episode. I do, and I tell you with certainty that choosing to watch Ordinary Joe will leave you tormented with boredom, ennui and the vague but insistent urge to tear out your eyes.

NCIS: Hawai’I isn’t quite as mind-numbing as Ordinary Joe, but as they say in horseshoes and hand grenades, close enough to count. Commissioned, apparently, because CBS was canceling Hawaii Five-O rather give its out-of-contract stars a big raise, the new NCIS (the, God help us, fourth edition) show offers the same mixture of gorgeous scenery, cardboard characters and mindless violence. The only differences between the Five-O and NCIS versions are the woke spelling of Hawai’i in the latter, no doubt CBS’ idea of a blow against American imperialism and ethnic oppression, and the regrettable absence of the Ventures.

The NCIS cops include Vanessa Lachey (BH90210) as the grim-faced commander, Yasmine Al-Bustami (The Chosen) as her grim-faced young flunkie, Tori Anderson (No Tomorrow) as her grim-faced DIA rival, and Alex Tarrant (800 Words) and Noah Mills (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) as various interchangeable grim-faced minions. In a nod to diversity, Antoon (Claws) plays a cyber- intelligence who rolls his eyes because he’s craaaaaazy.

There’s much grunting of things like “I’m not implying anything! I’m only going where the case takes me!” and “Let me do the worrying!”—all of it spoken really fast in hopes that you won’t notice how much of the script is meaningless jargon, procedural boilerplate, or leftover lines from other NCIS shows. By the way, if you insist on watching NCIS: Hawai’i in order to dispose of those excess brain cells clogging your neural pathways, never ever miss the first 10 seconds because that’s when stuff blows up. The show may not have any money for acting or dialogue, but the TNT budget never seems to go low.

I fully expected Fox’s The Big Leap to be at least as mindless as Ordinary Joe and NCIS: Hawai’i. A kind of show-within-a-showit’s about a collection of has-beens, never-weres and oh-god-what-were-they-thinkings? trying out for a TV reality show in which the winning contestants will stage a live production of Swan Lake. And, to my amazement, it’s funny, slightly daft, and wonderfully contemptuous of not only the reality genre but the entirety of television. Where else would you ever see brother-and-sister twins dry-hump one another during a dance tryout while a producer screams to his assistant, “Call research and see how incest plays in the Midwest!”

The Big Leap was created and written by Liz Heldens, whose impressive screenwriting credits cover everything from the Texas high-school football drama Friday Night Lights to the underrated modern vampire tale The Passage. Her new show is based on, or inspired by, or malignly influenced by an actual British reality show, Big Ballet, in which amateur dancers whose size may be deduced from the title really do perform ballets. If you’re puzzling over who might watch such a show and why, keep in mind that a few years ago, Brits flocked to a BBC show called Fat Men Can’t Hunt in which porcine contestants were dumped out in an African desert and left to chase down emus and such.

There are no real people—or emus, either—in The Big Leap, and the contestants are not all overweight. A lot of them are just people who, for one reason or other, got left behind by life and would like to catch up. Gabby (newcomer Simon Recasner) and Justin (TV character actor Raymond Cham Jr.) were hip-hop dance champs in high school before their careers were run off the tracks by her pregnancy. Julia (Teri Polo, The West Wing) is a former ballerina who aged out of the profession and now does a podcast about the joy of, well, not being young. (“We don’t use the o-word in this house,” she warns the kids.  “Aging is a wonderful, wonderful journey,” she insists to her listeners. She might feel differently if she knew her husband was locked in his office all day immersed in the website suburbanjugs.com.

Then there’s Mike (Jon Rudnitsky, Catch-22), a laid-off auto worker whose wife just left him for another guy—and Paula (Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs), an auto manufacturer bean-counter who, unknown to either of them, sent Mike’s job to Mexico. Others include the twincesters, a plus-size S&M pole dancer and a former Detroit Lions tight end whose retirement was accelerated by propensities for alcohol and showing up at practice naked. The contestants are continually whipped into line by Monica Sullivan (Mallory Jansen, Agents of S.H.I.E.D.) one of the show’s judges, who’s clearly modeled after American Idol‘s waspish Simon Fuller—except that Fuller, off-camera, is an amiable guy, and Monica is not. “If I got in a car crash, do you think I could get out of my contract?” she whispers to a producer after a particularly excruciating audition.

Consistently funny and with a keen sense of humor about it—the cast itself muses aloud on the surrealness of elaborate song-and-dance numbers breaking out in bowling alleys and fire escapes—The Big Leap is first and foremost a comedy, and a good one. But it’s also a sympathetic pat on the back for everybody feeling battered by COVID, the recession, and the O-word. “It’s a hard time to be alive,” one of Mike’s pals murmurs to him after an angry confrontation with his wife. In The Big Leap, at least for a few minutes, it’s not.



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Will Cain Dominates The 7:00 Hour On Fox News Primetime

Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Will Cain has earned high ratings so far while hosting the network’s 7:00 PM show, Fox News Primetime.

The network tapped Cain to host Fox News Primetime as they search for a permanent host. A variety of hosts have tried out for the 7:00 spot so far, including Trey Gowdy, Brian Kilmeade, Maria Bartiromo, Mark Steyn, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Lawrence Jones, Katie Pavlich, Ben Domenech, and Tammy Bruce.

Cain beat Fox News competitors CNN and MSNBC during the 7:00 hour with a total of 1,676,000 viewers Tuesday night, according to ratings. MSNBC’s Joy Reid came in second for the hour with 1,237,000 viewers, and CNN’s Erin Burnett was third with 801,000 viewers. Cain also leads in the 25-54 age demographic with 294,000 viewers. Burnett was second with 224,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, and Reid was third for the demographic with 162,000 viewers. (RELATED: ‘That’s Nonsense!’: Fox’s Will Cain Blasts Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Claim On Texas Infrastructure Following Winter Storm)

Fox News Primetime also had more than one million viewers Monday night, when Cain started hosting. Cain earned 1,604,000 total viewers and 282,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, leading the 7:00 hour in both categories. Reid had 1,374,000 total viewers and 177,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 Monday night, and Burnett had 786,000 total viewers and 253,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54.

Cain first announced that he would be hosting Fox News Primetime on the podcast OutKick The Coverage.

“You know, I’m just gonna have to say, let it rip,” he told the show’s host Clay Travis. “I’m just gonna have to do my thing, you know. Like you, I’ve done a three-hour radio show every day, this is my chance to sort of spread my wings, see what it is I like to do, and I think we’ll probably work in Clay Travis at some point during the week.”





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A Major CNN Host Appears to Lose His Primetime Show in Sudden, Perplexing Announcement – RedState

CNN’s Don Lemon, one of the most biased “journalists” in news, is losing his primetime show, or at least that’s what it sounded like when he made this weird, cryptic announcement Friday night.

Lemon pointedly says “this is the last night that we’ll be ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.’” He then goes on to say he “appreciates all the years,” but that “changes are coming.” It’s vague, but it’s not that vague. It certainly seems like he’s losing his show.

That would make sense, given his ratings are absolutely in the dumpster. As I wrote recently, CNN across the board is down, getting trounced by Fox News and MSNBC. But Lemon’s show is one of the worst (see CNN’s Ratings Enter Smoking Crater Territory). He’s been getting more than doubled up by Greg Gutfeld’s new comedy show, and Laura Ingraham continues to best Lemon by a wide margin in his first hour, as well.

Shortly after the announcement, though, Lemon added the confusion by saying he’s not leaving CNN and that it’s “not what you think.”

The “not what you think” comment is likely a reference to all the responses thinking he was leaving the network completely. Perhaps he’s being sidelined to do more documentaries and make guest appearances on Chris Cuomo’s show?

I can’t imagine this is a ‘Glenn under the dumpster’ moment, which, for those of you that didn’t watch “The Walking Dead,” means to show someone seemingly dying and then suddenly claim they survived. I mean, after what he said in the first clip, he has to be losing his show, right? How else would his announcement make any sense?

Further, Lemon also mentioned later during the hand-off to Chris Cuomo that the “changes” involve both of them. Cuomo played dumb, but there’s no way he wasn’t made aware of whatever is happening. Cuomo’s ratings are also awful.

Then there’s this.

There are several possibilities here. Is Anderson Cooper leaving for “Jeopardy”? That’d certainly be a bad move on the part of ABC, as Cooper’s “Jeopardy” appearances were very low-rated, and his CNN show is currently the worst-performing in primetime. Of course, failing up is common in left-wing circles. Wolf Blitzer could also just be retiring. The guy is 73, after all.

What I do know is that CNN will probably get a temporary ratings boost on Monday, as a few, extra people tune in to figure out what exactly is going on. Perhaps that was the point of all this in the first place?

UPDATE:

Holy crap, they really did it. What a joke of a network.





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Will Cain Will Get A Try Out For Fox News’ Primetime 7:00 Slot

Will Cain, the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend and former host of The Will Cain Show on ESPN, will host Fox News’ 7:00 p.m. show “Fox News Primetime” next week.

Cain announced Thursday morning on OutKick that he would host the network’s 7:00 p.m. show from Monday to Friday as Fox looks to secure a permanent host for the time slot. (RELATED: ‘That’s Nonsense!’: Fox’s Will Cain Blasts Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Claim On Texas Infrastructure Following Winter Storm)

Fox has tried out a variety of on-air talent to host the 7:00 hour show, including Trey Gowdy, Brian Kilmeade, Maria Bartiromo, Mark Steyn, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Lawrence Jones, Katie Pavlich, and Ben Domenech.

“Man, I’m excited about it,” Cain told Clay Travis on his podcast OutKick The Coverage. “Yeah, I’m going to be hosting the 7:00 PM Fox News primetime show next week.”

Cain said that the show will be an opportunity to try something new and that he will try to just be himself on the show.

“You know, I’m just gonna have to say, let it rip,” he added. “I’m just gonna have to do my thing, you know. Like you, I’ve done a three-hour radio show every day, this is my chance to sort of spread my wings, see what it is I like to do, and I think we’ll probably work in Clay Travis at some point during the week.”

Travis pointed out that it will be “an awesome next step” for Cain to host the “wildly popular” 7:00 hour with millions of viewers watching. Cain will appear before some of Fox’s biggest names, like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.





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CNN prime-time viewership drops to half of its competitors – HotAir

It’s only one day, but what a day. The Hill’s Joe Concha took at look at the cable-news ratings for Friday and almost required a microscope to get CNN’s viewer data. Fox News led the way, but MSNBC has managed to keep pace, both in overall viewers and in the key advertising demographic of 25-54 year olds.

CNN barely creates blip in comparison (via Twitchy):

Mediaite breaks it down further:

AC360, guest-hosted by CNN anchor John Berman, averaged the fewest viewers at 8 p.m. on Friday, with 753,000 total and 133,000 in the demo – down from Erin Burnett OutFront’s 782,000 total viewers and 185,000 in the demo. MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes saw 1.6 million total viewers and 216,000 in the demo, up from The ReidOut’s 1.31 million total viewers and 172,000 in the demo at 7 p.m. Of course, neither MSNBC nor CNN could top Fox News juggernaut Tucker Carlson Tonight, which won not only the hour but the day, with 2.66 million total viewers and 347,000 in the demo, a significant jump from Fox News Primetime’s 1.43 million total viewers and 219,000 in the demo. …

Fox News averaged the most viewers in total day, with 1.35 million, and also the most in the demo, with 209,000. MSNBC was second, with 1.08 million total viewers, and third in the demo, with 138,000. While CNN notched less than half of Fox’s viewers in total day, with 649,000, it was second in the demo, with 163,000.

Fox News also won in prime time, with 2.05 million total viewers, and 270,000 in the demo. MSNBC was second, with 1.82 million total viewers, and 227,000 in the demo. CNN was a distant third in prime time, with 799,000 total viewers and 164,000 in the demo.

Fox and Friends won in the early morning, averaging 1.14 million total viewers, and 194,000 in the demo. MSNBC’s Morning Joe was second, with 945,000 total viewers, and 115,000 in the demo. CNN’s New Day was third in total viewers, with 503,000, and second in the demo, with 145,000.

This is one day, but it’s in May — a month that used to be one of two “sweeps” months (the other was November). There aren’t any reruns in cable news, and even if the doldrums of summer have become nearly as mythical as “sweeps month” in recent years, those dog days have yet to arrive as well.

CNN is at least a little more competitive in the demo than in overall viewers. Jake Tapper scores highest in the demo and manages to beat his MSNBC competition in both time blocks. Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett did the same, although all three lagged well behind Fox in the demo. Anderson Cooper scores atrociously in that slice of the audience, however, and in prime time only Don Lemon outscores anyone — and that’s because Lawrence O’Donnell loses half of Rachel Maddow’s audience.

This looks like a collapse, and one specific to CNN. There was plenty of speculation that Donald Trump’s exit from office would kill cable news, some of it from Trump himself, but that hasn’t been the case. With a Democrat in the White House, some thought that MSNBC would lose steam, but they’re competitive with Fox, which still dominates. The only outlet losing audiences is CNN.

Perhaps this is a commentary on the lack of interest among viewers for lukewarm political takes. It could reflect talent issues in prime time as well, especially Chris Cuomo and his sleazy propagandizing for his brother Andrew while getting favors from him. Whatever it is, CNN and its AT&T corporate owners had better figure out the problem quickly before the channel fades into irrelevance.





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Joe Biden Proposes Crippling Taxes, Strangling Regulations, and Completely Unsecure Elections in Prime-Time Speech – RedState

As a friend said during a lunch date Wednesday, “Why is anyone surprised that Biden is doing exactly what we all told them he would do if he won the election?” The only thing somewhat surprising is the speed at which he’s enacting his (or Jill’s, or Kamala’s) totalitarian agenda.

Since many of the individual pieces of the Democrat party’s wet dream wish list of brutal legislation can’t pass on their own (specifically, PRO Act). The Hologram’s decided to roll them into a massive “infrastructure” bill. That bill faces a tough road in the House, where Dems can only lose two votes and still pass a bill without GOP support — making both extremists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and centrists in swing districts extremely powerful. Its status in the Senate, should it get there, is also on extremely shaky ground thanks to “moderates” like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and because of a “Jim Crow” remnant, the filibuster.

So, it was clear that the nation needed an energetic prime-time speech to Congress from that picture of vim and vigor, Joe Biden, to rally support for “infrastructure” and a few other key (but struggling) bills.

That speech occurred Wednesday night, and while time doesn’t permit me to fact-check or mock every idiotic thing he said, I’ll hit some highlights here.

Per usual, Biden started out with a series of fallacies.

100 days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible, and inherited a nation in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century.

Well, I suppose those sentences are true.

The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.

Where was he on September 11?

Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.

“On the move again” the day the 9th Circuit issues a ruling that will severely impact the independent trucking industry in the country. Ironic.

He then shamed those who didn’t want to get vaccinated, wagging his finger in our faces and demanding that we get vaccinated now.

Everyone over the age of 16, everyone – is now eligible and can get vaccinated right away. So get vaccinated now.

Why should we get vaccinated? The three people in that video have been vaccinated, yet they’re still wearing masks. The chamber was nearly vacant due to unnecessary social distancing requirements — unnecessary, because all of the members have either had COVID or been vaccinated. So, why are they still acting as if there is any sort of risk?

In addition to offering “a shot of hope” (gag me) to the nation, Biden’s administration is also handing out the Benjamins.

What else have we done these first 100 days? We kept our commitment and we are sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85% of all American households. We’ve already sent more than 160 million checks out the door.

They’ve kept their commitment? Wasn’t that commitment $2,000? Or who knows? As soon as Warnock and Ossoff won their elections, whatever amount was promised was immediately memory-holed.

And then Biden turned his attention to the PRO Act. Regular RedState readers know that this bill is California’s AB5 on steroids, meaning, it doesn’t have the exceptions that AB5 had. Under the PRO Act, everyone’s assumed employment status is employee, not independent contractor, unless the employer can prove that the proposed contractor’s services are exempt by using the ABC Test — a test which is virtually impossible for any arrangement to meet. And, all employers are required to give employee contact information, including address, phone number, and email, to union organizers so organizers can contact them directly. To anyone who’s witnessed the bullying tactics unions employ, that is terrifying.

But here’s how Biden (or whoever wrote his speech) spun it:

The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America. And, it recognizes something I’ve always said. Wall Street didn’t build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions build the middle class. And that’s why I’m calling on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act – the PRO Act — and send it to my desk to support the right to unionize.

I’m sorry, but without Wall Street investment, the middle class couldn’t build the country. And, everyone has the right to join a union or seek a unionized workplace. They’re rejecting it in droves. What people want is the right to work, the right to earn income in the ways that make sense for their family and for their lifestyle. If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, we’ve learned that flexible, remote work is feasible on a large scale, and more and more working parents are seeking these arrangements. The PRO Act vision for the American economy is going back to a mill/factory town paradigm.

The Hologram continued:

By the way – let’s also pass the $15 minimum wage. No one should work 40 hours a week and still live below the poverty line. And we need to ensure greater equity and opportunity for women.

If someone works 40 hours a week and still lives below the poverty line, they need to upgrade their skills. Period. And do you know what ensures greater equity and opportunity for women? The ability to be their own boss, to set their own hours, to negotiate contracts, and be a self-employed independent contractor. Which the PRO Act outlaws.

He also crowed about an entirely stupid expansion of the child tax credit — which will only incentivize people to have more kids that they can’t take care of.

In March we expanded a tax credit for every child in a family, up to a $3,000 Child Tax Credit for children over 6 — and $3,600 for children under 6. With two parents, two kids, that’s up to $7,200 in your pocket to help take care of your family. This will help more than 65 million children and help cut child poverty in half this year.

Of course, this will all be possible by making everyone pay their “fair share” in taxes.

We take the top tax bracket for the wealthiest 1% of Americans – those making $400,000 or more – back up to 39.6%. We’re going to get rid of the loopholes that allow Americans who make more than $1 million a year pay a lower rate on their capital gains than working Americans pay on their work.

Hmm… the dollars they used to invest in the things that eventually gave them capital gains were already taxed. Of course, they should pay a lower rate on that income than income from employment — that is, if you buy into the notion that we should have employment taxes or capital gains taxes at all, which I don’t.

And the most laughable claim of the night?

And the IRS will crack down on millionaires and billionaires who cheat on their taxes.

Hahahaha… let’s start with Hunter, okay?

He then blames the job losses from the pandemic on “CEOs,” because sure, they shut down the economy.

According to one study, CEOs make 320 times what their average workers make. The pandemic has only made things worse. 20 million Americans lost their jobs in the pandemic – working- and middle-class Americans. At the same time, the roughly 650 Billionaires in America saw their net worth increase by more than $1 Trillion.

Biden is absolutely not curious about the reason for that. But all of our readers understand perfectly.

The most terrifying part of his speech, and the Democrats’ agenda, is HR1, the “For the People Act,” which takes the most hideous parts of California’s voting laws (universal absentee ballots, extended early voting, ballot harvesting, same-day registration) national. It’s not hyperbole to say that if this bill is passed and fully enacted, it would guarantee permanent Democrat Party rule.

And if we are to truly restore the soul of America – we need to protect the sacred right to vote. More people voted in the last presidential election than ever before in our history – in the middle of one of the worst pandemics ever. That should be celebrated. Instead, it’s being attacked. Congress should pass H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and send them to my desk right away.

Those who have fight left in them must fight these proposals with every fiber of their being. Take it from one who’s living under most of it in California.





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Top CNN Personality Leaves the Network – RedState

You love to see infighting when it comes to liberal news outlets, and it’s perhaps no more satisfying than when it involves CNN. The left-wing network has become an absolute dumpster fire (to the extent that it hasn’t been since the Clinton years) throughout the Trump and post-Trump era.

Now, Brooke Baldwin is leaving CNN, and she decided to burn the joint down on her way out. Per Fox News, she slammed her former employer over their predominantly male culture.

Here’s some excerpts from Fox News’ write-up. Baldwin doesn’t pull any punches in airing her complaints, though, her commentary seems contrived at times.

“The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man. So I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men,” Baldwin said on the Ms. Magazine podcast.

That’s a shot at Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Wolf Blitzer. She’s not really wrong either. CNN doesn’t have a single woman in primetime. Fox News has Laura Ingraham while MSNBC has Rachel Maddow. Overall, CNN’s competitors have far more on-air female talent throughout the day. Further, it’s not like hosts like Cuomo and Lemon are killing it. They consistently crash in the ratings compared to the other networks, but they get paid the most. Given that, you can understand why Baldwin might be a little salty.

Still, the complaining about her producer being a man? I find that to be a stretch. Men are allowed to have jobs in this country, and there’s no reason a male producer can’t manage a female host. The news cycle sets the topic choices for the most part anyway.

“I was surrounded by a lot of dudes,” she said.

Baldwin, who was taken off the air and replaced by Jake Tapper for the month leading up to the 2020 election, was then asked what male leadership at CNN means when it comes to reporting important stories for women.

“I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories,” Baldwin said, noting she leaves a poster from her CNN series “American Women” hanging in her office as a reminder she was able to complete the project.

I’m sure getting pulled for someone as unimpressive as Jake Tapper stung a bit. Regardless, I find all this pretty funny. You can never be woke enough, and that’s true for CNN as well. They can virtue signal all day about women’s rights, but they’ll still be accused of misogyny at the end of the day because there’s no end point to this stuff. The grievances just keep flowing.

It’s also worth noting that Baldwin completely ripped the mask off in this interview. She outwardly praised liberal hacks like Stacey Abrams and Meagan Rapinoe, which isn’t surprising. I guess she’s no longer a “journalist” for the moment so she might as well let it rip.

As to where Baldwin goes from here, I’m not sure. She hasn’t made an announcement, but you can surmise it’ll probably involve some form of liberal activism. I mean, that’s what she was doing at CNN anyway.





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REPORT: Mark Steyn Returning To Host ‘Fox News Primetime’

Fox News contributor Mark Steyn is set to return as the host of “Fox News Primetime” as the network continues to search for a permanent host.

Steyn will host the 7 p.m. show during the week of April 5 as the company continues its search for a permanent host, according to a report from OutKick. Rachel Campos-Duffy and Lawrence Jones are expected to host the weeks of March 29 and April 12, respectively.

Steyn previously hosted the show on the week of Feb. 8, OutKick reported. He reportedly had the seventh-highest viewership out of ten weeks, netting around 1,759,000 viewers.

Other hosts on the show include former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy and “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo, OutKick reported.

Steyn’s rumored return follows on the heels of host Brian Kilmeade’s second week on the show, OutKick reported. (RELATED: Fox Nation Launching New Podcast And Series With Tucker Carlson)

Fox News confirmed on Saturday to the Daily Caller that Steyn would be returning on April 5. They also confirmed that Campos-Duffy announced on “Fox & Friends” that she would return to host “Primetime” next week.

On March 24, Jones tweeted he would be returning to the show in April.

Fox News first introduced “Primetime” in January after the company announced a series of changes to its lineup, which included shifting Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” to 3 p.m.





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Tucker Carlson GOES OFF on Biden after primetime speech – The First TV


Tucker Carlson wasn’t a fan of a very particular part of President Biden’s Thursday night primetime speech. And he let every know.

During Biden’s remarks, he told Americans that if everything goes well during the next couple months they COULD gather in small crowds without a mask for the Fourth of July. Carlson wasn’t having any of that.

“Who are you talking to? This is a free people, this is a free country,” he said. “How dare you tell us who we can spend Fourth of July with?”

Watch his full reaction below:

Carlson wasn’t the only one who hit back at Biden possibly giving the American people his permission to gather. Blogger Matt Walsh wasn’t having any of it either:





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