I don’t do a lot of TV reviews here — theatre and film are more my gig — but I did watch the premiere of Chris Hayes’s new program All In last night on MSNBC, and it was a good start.
He began with an in-depth look at the ruptured oil pipeline in central Arkansas that soaked a residential area, turning it to a discussion over the Keystone XL pipeline and what it might bode for the future of that project. He then moved on to a discussion on NCAA basketball and how players, especially those that are injured, don’t have much recourse for compensation unless it’s under the table and illegal. After all, this, like most shows of this nature, cover a lot of bases.
All In replaced The Ed Show with Ed Schultz, who now moves to the graveyard of the weekend evening on cable, presumably giving Lock Up and Caught on Tape a respite. Mr. Schultz has an audience and a blue collar liberal point of view, but his talk-radio persona seemed out of place in the prime time lineup between the hummingbird-on-crack behavior of Chris Matthews and the comparatively mellower Rachel Maddow. Mr. Hayes’s approach is energetic without being hyper or confrontational.