For the life of me I have no idea why this took so darn long:
Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the longtime host Dan Abrams—its onetime general manager—from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable network.
The moves, which were confirmed by MSNBC executives on Tuesday, are expected to be finalized by Wednesday, with Mr. Abrams’s last program on Thursday. After MSNBC’s extensive coverage of the two political conventions during the next two weeks, Ms. Maddow will begin her program on Sept. 8.
Rachel’s show will follow Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. The Olbermann/Maddow 1-2 punch will be potent. Now, we just need to get a decent lead-in for Keith, we’d have a serious three hour block of programming.