CNN's issuing a preemptive strike against MSNBC's rumored Friday night show hosted by Alec Baldwin: a sports show hosted by Rachel Nichols.
"Rachel Nichols: Unguarded" will air Fridays at 10:30 p.m. starting Sept. 20, CNN told TheWrap. Nichols was hired away from ESPN in January, one of the first of then-new president Jeff Zucker's big hires. At the time, CNN said Nichols would host a "weekend sports program." It seems that, for CNN, the weekend starts on Friday night.
Insiders with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap earlier this month that Baldwin was in talks to host a weekly show on MSNBC Fridays at 10 p.m. That would make him Nichols' timeslot competition.