August 19, 2003


THE BODY ON WEEKENDS: Just like when he announced "Saturday Night's Main Event" (and later the XFL), Jesse Ventura will soon once again work Saturday nights for an NBC-owned property. The former Minnesota governor's show on MSNBC will now be a once-weekly operation, rather than the five-nights-a-week program originally envisioned by the network.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that the show could work- after all, Ventura has had some level of success in various modes of public life, from wrestling to acting to sports broadcasting to radio prior to politics, so I'd say he's got a good chance to come up with an entertaining show- definitely better than Michael Savage's, and probably Joe Scarborough's too. But then again, it's hard to disagree with the Phoenix's Dan Kennedy, who points out that "To my knowledge, this is the first time that the channel has ever cleaned up one of its train wrecks before it's aired for a few painful months."
Here's my analysis of Ventura's chances for success, posted when the show was announced back in February.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 19, 2003 06:52 AM
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