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Maddow gets MSNBC show

August 21, 2008|Matea Gold

Rachel Maddow already has some ideas for her new show on MSNBC, which debuts Sept. 8.

"Live audience. Live punk band. You know, mariachis for important segues," she joked with Keith Olbermann on Tuesday evening during an appearance on his program to announce her new gig.

No matter what form her show takes, there's no question that the 35-year-old host will cut a different figure than most of her cable brethren.

An openly gay woman, unapologetic liberal and Rhodes scholar with a doctorate from Oxford University, Maddow has drawn a passionate following during her stint this year as an analyst for MSNBC.

On Wednesday, the network officially announced that it was replacing Dan Abrams' program "Verdict" in the 6 p.m. time slot with "The Rachel Maddow Show."

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