Drudge: Fox has reportedly settled on new primetime lineup
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Fox’s conservative commentary channel reportedly settled on a new primetime lineup following the ouster of Tucker Carlson, according to one publication.
The Drudge Report was the first to publish about the purported new schedule — but only in the form of a headline (as it frequently does). It did not provide any further details initially. It would later link to a Mediaite story covering news of the Drudge headline.
Drudge later added additional information saying that Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld would both move into primetime.
It published an anonymous quote credited to a Fox insider calling the schedule the “boldest” and “most fearless” lineup yet.
No details about what timeslots particular hosts would occupy or if they would give up their roles on other programming were given.
Watters currently hosts “Jesse Watters Primetime” (which, despite its name, doesn’t actually air in primetime in select time zones) and Gutfeld hosts the late-night talk formatted “Gutfeld!” at 11 p.m. Both also appear on “The Five” earlier in the day.
The report would seemingly suggest that at least one of those hosts would end up with a new show since, without Carlson, the network is short a personality. If one or both hosts were to depart their standalone shows, a domino effect could cause more holes in the schedule and it wasn’t clear how that would be solved.
Another alternate scenario would be that one existing or new show could run two hours.
It’s also not clear what would happen to “The Ingraham Angle” at 10 p.m., if anything.
Any potential change in Gutfeld or Watters’ duties could also mean “The Five” would be searching for one or more new panel members, or, perhaps, if the network opts to go with a really big shakeup, a new program or format in that spot.
All of the above-mentioned Fox shows typically win their time periods, with the exception of the temporary “Tonight” show airing at 8 p.m. The network is widely considered to have very loyal fans so moving some talent around could be a fairly easy transition.
Fox, meanwhile, would only say that no decision has been made about the schedule and that it is considering multiple options.
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