I know this section's primary focus seems to be on entertainment television, but there have to be a few news/political junkies out there. If you haven't already, you really should check out MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
This show really came into its own during this wild political season. It started out as a temporary replacement for Imus in the Morning. The hose, Joe Scarborough, a former GOP Congressman, then pitched a different kind of show to MSNBC. To their credit, they took him up on it. Not only has it become the best morning television news show, it's one of the best political/news shows at any time.
It's perfect for TiVo. The show is 3 hours long with the usual news/weather/business/sports repitition for any morning show. So you can just fast forward through 2:30 of it. However, what makes it so fascinating is that it is that it is completely unscripted
(watch Mike Barnicle's hilarious reaction). Guests just come onto the set, chat for a while, then seem to wander off. And the guests are all generally top shelf. The emphasis is more political than most shows, but generally devoid of the posturing and bellowing that dominate the nightly shows on MSNBC and Fox. It also gives NBC a chance to show off their political reporting bench, which far surpasses the other networks (despite Wolf Blitzer's mantra), Russert's death notwithstanding.
It doesn't seem to lean either noticably left or right. The host, Joe Scarborough, is certainly right of center as is his regular guest, the newly huggable Pat Buchanon. His co-host, the sometimes ditzy Mika Brzezinski, is certainly left of center, as is cranky frequent guest Mike Barnicle. The guestlist--the real strength of the show--spans the range. Sidekick Willie Geist keeps pretty quiet about politics, but you get the sense that he has more in common with Joe than Mika. So there's enough for anyone to love or hate.
Anyhow, if you haven't watched it recently, it's worth a quick TiVo. It's a far different show than it was even a year ago.