August 3rd, 2011
06:28 PM ET
Day two of the NBC Universal press tour showcased talent from USA, Oxygen, MSNBC and Bravo, including Oxygen’s “The Glee Project.”
The network’s reality show, a singing competition that was created to hold auditions for Fox’s “Glee,” brought the humor of the day. A journalist mentioned that she interviewed activist and humanitarian Gloria Steinem last week, and that Steinem told her she really likes “The Glee Project.”
The journalist then asked the young participants of the Oxygen show if they were aware of Steinem, and when no one said yes, the entire audience broke into laughter! At least they can sing right?
Meanwhile, USA has always been that network that finds success in the summer months by unveiling new series that go on to do well. Think of “Burn Notice” – a show about a spy living in Miami and tackling local crime while trying to get his name off the burned list.
Now “Suits,” which is the most promising new series about an uber successful and highly competitive Manhattan law firm, and “Necessary Roughness,” a new series about a New York psychotherapist who counsels ego-tripping professional athletes, are sure to follow in its footsteps.
MSNBC, though, clearly stole the show, with press asking plenty of questions for a panel that included Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Lawrence O’Donnell and MSNBC President Phil Griffin. The queries came rapidly: “Did Rachel Maddow just sign a multi-year contract?”; "Is Rachel on the outs with former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann?”; “Did you hire Al Sharpton to host the 6 p.m. hour?”; and, “Is MSNBC really beating FOX news on some nights?”
The answers were: “Yes”, unanswered, “not yet” and “yes”!
Griffin started off the hour-long panel discussion by letting everyone know the state of MSNBC news is well and good.
He also talked about Al Sharpton, since he’s been filling in as an anchor of the 6 p.m. show for a while now. The MSNBC president said: “No decision has been made yet. He has done well in the past but we are also looking at a lot of people for the 6 p.m. slot.”
That’s when “Hardball” host Chris Matthews interjected by saying, “I think [Al Sharpton] is doing well filling in. His numbers are good.”
And perhaps the most interesting news was that Griffin confirmed that Maddow just signed a deal that will allow her to stay with MSNBC for years to come.
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