Are Ed Schultz's days at MSNBC—or at least in its 8pm slot—numbered? Mediaite spotted an intriguing detail in this New York Times profile of the increasingly liberal network: Sources say the network is looking for more political shows, and consider Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein their top prospect to host one. "Klein may start with a weekend time slot, but these people said the 8pm weekday time slot held by Mr. Schultz was also a possibility," the paper says.
Mediaite points out that Klein might make for a more cohesive lead-in to Rachel Maddow's more popular show—he is, after all, a frequent fill-in host on Maddow's show. The rumor comes at the tail end of a longer piece focusing on how MSNBC has become more successful by transforming "from a CNN also-ran to the anti-Fox." It's looking for more political shows so it can cement that new brand identity.