March 11, 2008 / 6:52 AM / 10 years ago

Carlson replaced at MSNBC

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - MSNBC on Monday canceled Tucker Carlson’s daily show, temporarily replacing it with a campaign-focused hour anchored by NBC News chief White House correspondent David Gregory.

Carlson has had a daily program on MSNBC since June 2005 after the bow-tied anchor moved to the channel at the invitation of then-MSNBC president Rick Kaplan. “Tucker” never really found its footing in the ratings, either in late primetime or early evening. Carlson also has hosted CNN’s “Crossfire” and PBS’ “Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered.” He will remain with the network as senior campaign correspondent after the show goes off the air Friday.

In its place will be “Race for the White House,” hosted by Gregory, who will remain chief White House correspondent as well as fill-in host on “Today.” Another hour of political news will be televised at 1 p.m. weekdays, anchored by NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell.

The network also gave some tweaks to its primetime lineup, giving “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” other runs at 10 p.m. EDT and 2 a.m. EDT following its 8 p.m. original airing. The 9 p.m. show will remain hosted by Dan Abrams but be titled “Verdict With Dan Abrams.” The network’s documentary block will now air from 11 p.m.-2 a.m., all EDT.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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