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Chung, Povich to Host Weekend News Show

November 7, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Connie Chung and Maury Povich will be united on-screen for a weekend news show produced by the co-creator of Comedy Central’s ``The Daily Show,″ MSNBC said Monday.

Chung, the former CBS newswoman, has been inactive since CNN pulled the plug on her prime-time news show in 2003. Her husband is in the eighth year as host of the syndicated daily talk show ``Maury.″

The new program, which doesn’t have a name yet, is described as a look at the week’s headlines, from politics to pop culture, and will have guests. It’s the first time Chung and Povich have worked together on a national news program.

MSNBC said the two hosts will ``cut through the spin and get to the truth, exploring all sides of a story as only two people who have been married for 20 years can do.″

Lizz Winstead is the executive producer. She is the former head writer for ``The Daily Show″ in the pre-Jon Stewart days and was the host of Air America’s ``Unfiltered.″

The show will air four times over weekends on the third-ranked cable news channel, the first time at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will debut on Jan. 7.

``Maury’s been on my case to get out of the house and get back to work, but I didn’t want to until he came up with this idea,″ Chung said. ``The question is not whether the program will last. ... The question is, `Can our marriage survive?‴

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