A small shake-up is about to happen in the world of cable news. Ed Schultz, whose eponymous show has aired on MSNBC since 2009, announced at the end of last night's broadcast that he will be ending his nightly 8pm program as of Thursday. Schultz won't be going away anytime soon however, as the unabashedly liberal host will anchor a re-tooled MSNBC weekend evening line-up. The new 'Ed Show' will debut in April, and air Saturdays and Sundays from 5-7pm EST.
Cable news viewers may recall that the 8pm slot on MSNBC has been in a mild state of flux since Keith Olbermann's contentious exit back in early 2011. Following Olbermann's ouster, Lawrence O'Donnell briefly brought his 'Last Word' program to 8pm. Later that same year, O'Donnell moved back to his original 10pm timeslot, making way for Ed Schultz to make the jump from 6 to 8pm. Schultz's show has remained in the 8pm slot ever since.
Scultz's departure naturally leads to the question of who will replace him in primetime. The answer was quickly revealed today, as MSNBC announced that current weekend morning host Chris Hayes will be making the jump to 8pm as of Monday, April 1st. MSNBC has yet to announce who will be taking over Hayes' weekend morning slot. Hopefully the announcement isn't an elaborate April Fools prank on Hayes by the network, in which he he will show up, sit behind the desk, then be greeted by a manically laughing Keith Olbermann.