Connie Chung and Maury Povich will team up to host a Saturday morning MSNBC show, the cable network confirmed Monday.
The duo, who have been married since 1984, will review the week's headlines and feature a range of guests on the as-yet unnamed show.
“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 in a statement. “The question is not whether the program will last. … the question is, ‘Can our marriage survive?'”
“It has taken me the last two decades to establish myself nationally as ‘Maury Povich.’ Something tells me I’m about to become ‘Mr. Chung’ once again,” Povich added, according to the statement.
Chung's 36-year career has included stints at three broadcast networks, CBS, NBC and ABC, including a brief 1993 turn co-anchoring the CBS evening news with Dan Rather. Most recently, she hosted CNN's “Connie Chung Tonight.” She worked for NBC from 1983 to 1989 as a correspondent and anchor, including fill-in stints hosting "NBC Nightly News."
Povich is best known for his longtime role as host of his own syndicated talk show “Maury,” on the air since 1998. He also hosted “A Current Affair” and “The Maury Povich Show,” and previously was a news anchor in Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities.
The program will debut Jan. 7 and air Saturdays at 10 a.m. ET, with repeats Saturdays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Its executive producer is Lizz Winstead, who helped create Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and more recently developed programming for Air America Radio.
Details of the new program were first reported Monday by the New York Times.
“Connie Chung and Maury Povich are two of the most extraordinary talents in television and we are absolutely thrilled to have them at MSNBC,” Rick Kaplan, the network's president, said in a statement. “They each bring such a unique perspective to the table, their chemistry is unmistakable and their humor is contagious.”
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