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Larry King: ‘CNN’s Got Problems’

Larry KingLarry King said he occasionally misses CNN, but he’s not ignoring his longtime network’s ratings woes.

“I miss it when there’s big stories but on a day-to-day basis I don’t,” King said in an interview with HuffPost Live today. The former network star also addressed their struggles: “CNN’s got problems,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

“Cartoons” he joked as advice for CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. “Put ‘Spongebob’ on CNN— 24 hours— until a big story breaks. Then we break into ‘Spongebob,’ and go to the hurricane, and then back to ‘Spongebob.’” (Speaking of big breaks, King told us about his last year.)

King also didn’t shy away from Fox News and MSNBC.

“Fox News is so successful, but obviously, ‘fair and balanced,’ cmon…who we kidding?” King said. “I like Roger (Ailes)…but they are certainly not an impartial news network.”

Answering host Marc Lamont Hill‘s question on MSNBC, King said it was pretty much as “knee jerk” as Fox, but that it doesn’t “go out and hire guys who’ve run for office on the Democratic ticket.” Read more

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‘The Cycle’ Mixed Salad: ‘You Might Just Be a Radish Who’s Bad At Analogies’

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In the second part of our interview with the hosts of MSBNC’s “The Cycle,” the on-air team engages in an all-important debate: what part of a mixed salad is each.

“Abby, I think you might just be a radish who’s bad at analogies,” co-host Ari Melber said on his co-host Abby Huntsman.

“Krystal’s like the tomato of the salad,” Huntsman said about Krystal Ball. “Very sweet, but also a necessity to make a good salad.”

“Juicy,” Ball chose to describe Melber, but Abby had a different take:

“Ari is maybe more like a pickle…you just never know how it’s going to take,” she said.

And Touré ?

“Am I the fried chicken that you sprinkle on top of the salad?” he asked.

Watch Part 1: “The Cycle” on making a show they’d want to watch.

MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ Hosts on Making a Show They’d Want to Watch

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What do you get when you pair a lawyer, pop-culture aficionado, former challenger for Congress, and lifelong politico who went through the battles of the most recent presidential election?

That would be MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” who recently spoke with MediaBistro.TV about how their different takes on issues, backgrounds, and experiences comes together on-air.

The co-hosts are also anti-cable news shout fest, favoring a show they themselves would enjoy watching as viewers.


Stay tuned for Part II: The different parts of “The Cycle” mixed salad.

S.E. Cupp Says Goodbye To ‘The Cycle’

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp is leaving MSNBC’s 3 PM panel show “The Cycle” to become a co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” revamp.

Cupp is the second of the original co-hosts top depart the program in the year or so since it launched. Steve Kornacki left earlier this year to take over the weekend program “Up.” The program is a bit-short-staffed at the moment, with another panelist, Krystal Ball, on maternity leave. No word ion who will be replacing Cupp full-time on the program just yet.

This afternoon, “The Cycle” wished her farewell with–what else–a clip reel.

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MSNBC’s Krystal Ball Gives Birth To Baby Boy

MSNBC “The Cycle” co-host Krystal Ball gave birth to a baby boy this afternoon.

Lowell Maxwell was born at 1:15 PM, weighing 8 lbs 4 oz. We hear that mother and baby “are doing great.”

Ball called into “The Cycle,” where she explained that he is named after her uncle, who passed away prematurely.

Ball appeared on MSNBC’s “The last Word” Wednesday, where she revealed that she expected today to be her last day in the office, as she was due Monday. She went into labor yesterday, forcing her to miss the show. Ball announced her pregnancy on MSNBC in October.

“For me, psychologically, it was better to keep working until the last moment,” Ball said on the show, quipping that “I am a little disappointed that the show hasn’t totally fallen apart in the two days I haven’t been there.”

MSNBC Names Ari Melber Co-Host of ‘The Cycle’

Ari Melber joins MSNBC’s 3pmET show “The Cycle” as a panelist.

Melber has been with MSNBC as a contributor since 2011. Melber joins S.E. Cupp, Krystal Ball and Touré on the program. He replaces Steve Kornacki, who is moving to weekends to anchor “Up.” Melber continues as a correspondent for “The Nation.”

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MSNBC’s Krystal Ball Expecting

MSNBC “The Cycle” co-host Krystal Ball had an announcement to make on the afternoon political chat show today: She’s having a baby, or as she described it, she’s “expecting a new little Politico next summer.” It will be Ball’s second child.

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The Ticker: Harry, Ball, Charlie Rose Badonkadonk

  • CNN anchors Piers Morgan and Richard Quest discuss the Prince Harry nude photos burning up the web today. Morgan shares some experiences from his days as a tabloid editor to explain why the UK media may have been a bit slow to post them:

  • MSNBC “The Cycle” co-host Krystal Ball is profiled by New York magazine. “Among her MSNBC peers, the one she names as a role model is the host of Politics Nation, Al Sharpton. “He is really an activist first, and his number one commitment is to the causes he cares about,” she explains. “I want to have that same commitment. Because my goal is not to be on TV — my goal is to have an impact.”
  • On “CBS This Morning,” co-anchor Charlie Rose spoke to country music star Trace Adkins about lots of things, including “badonkadonks,” while wearing a cowboy hat.

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How’s ‘The Cycle’ Doing on MSNBC?

In its first two weeks on the air, MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” made up of an ensemble of hosts including Toure, S.E. Cupp, Steve Kornacki, and Krystal Ball, is holding its own down just -1% in Total Viewers compared to the same period last year when Martin Bashir‘s show aired at 3pm. But the show is down -36% where it counts, in the A25-54 demo.

In its first two weeks (which included the July 4 holiday last week) “The Cycle” is averaging 383,000 Total Viewers and 77,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to the previous month, “The Cycle” is down -16% in the demo and down -5% in Total Viewers.

But MSNBC is fully aware that it takes any new show time to build an audience. A year ago today, FNC’s “The Five” — which “The Cycle” resembles — debuted. In its first two weeks the show averaged 1.25 million total viewers and 261K in the demo. So far for July “The Five” is averaging 1.83 million Total Viewers and 405,000 A25-54 viewers.

MSNBC’s New 3PM Show: ‘The Cycle’

MSNBC has finalized its plans for its new 3 PM show. It will be called “The Cycle,” and will be a panel ensemble show hosted by MSNBC contributors S.E. Cupp, Touré, Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan announced the program at the end of his 4-5 PM show. Ratigan will be leaving MSNBC, with Martin Bashir moving to his timeslot, hence the opening at 3 PM.

If “The Cycle” sounds an awful lot like Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” that’s because it is a lot like “The Five,” except there will be four hosts instead of five. As it happens, when Ratigan was introducing the team, he referred to them as “The Four,” twice, and did not mention that the show was actually called “The Cycle.”

Of course, “The Five” is a knockoff of “The View,” which is in turn a knockoff of the many ensemble shows that came before it. What “The Five” did do though was prove than an ensemble show could work with a political focus on cable news, though one could also argue that the old “Crossfire” paved the way too.

The Huffington Post talked to EP Steve Friedman about the show.

“Cable television is programs about the news,” he said. “it’s no longer the news. Nobody turns on to find out what happens, because they already know from you guys. What people are interested in is listening and watching people give their take.”

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