Rachel Maddow returns to prime time at MSNBC, although with some major changes on the horizon for her popular nightly (for now) news show.
Maddow returned to The Rachel Maddow Show Monday night, telling viewers that the show, which currently airs Monday through Thursday, would broadcast just once a week, on Mondays, starting in May. The change in format, she said, was “to give myself just more time to work on some of this other stuff that I’ve got cooking for MSNBC and NBC.”
Maddow had announced a brief hiatus from her nightly news show earlier this year. The time off would allow her to work on other projects, including a film adaptation of her podcast, Bag Man, which delves into the criminal activities of Spiro Agnew, the Vice President to Richard Nixon.
“The hiatus has been fantastic,” she told viewers at the beginning of the broadcast. “I am really, really grateful for it. I know it is an unusual thing to get in this business.”
Although she had teased before her original departure in February that she might be taking additional time off in the future, Maddow did say in last night’s broadcast that she didn’t believe that would be the case. “One of the things I realized, to my surprise, is that I actually don’t really need another hiatus,” she said. “This one was great!”
While she does have “all these other irons in the fire, all these other things I’m working on that I want to bring to fruition,” she told viewers, “I don’t think I need another big stretch of time off.”
She did add, however, that the schedule is still fluid, and subject to change.
For now, you can still watch The Rachel Maddow Show Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) through April, and then every Monday starting in May.