Fox News Creates Two New Daytime Shows
Harris Faulkner and Dana Perino are getting their own shows.
Fox News, which has focused more recently on reconfiguring its crucial evening lineup, on Tuesday announced that it is adding two new shows to its daytime lineup.
Harris Faulkner, who currently co-hosts the 12 p.m. show Outnumbered with Sandra Smith, is getting her own show, Outnumbered Overtime With Harris Faulkner, in the following hour. Faulkner, who has been with the network since 2005, will remain on Outnumbered.
Also, former White House press secretary Dana Perino, who co-hosts The Five — which was moved this week back to 5 p.m. from 9 p.m. — is getting her own show at 2 p.m. called The Daily Briefing With Dana Perino. Perino has transitioned fairly seamlessly from political strategist to a sort of journalist-pundit hybrid role that she has filled well. The network will now have an opportunity to see if Perino can carry a show alone.
"Our new show will aim to take on the major issues facing Americans and explore them from all angles," Perino said in a statement. "I am excited for this opportunity to draw from my political background to help our viewers get beyond the headlines and better understand what is really going on behind the scenes in Washington each day."
Smith, as part of the daytime programming changes, will become a permanent co-anchor — with Bill Hemmer — of the 9-to-11 a.m. news show America's Newsroom.
The changes will take effect next Monday. The three shows that were unchanged are Happening Now (11 a.m.), Shepard Smith Reporting (3 p.m.) and Your World With Neil Cavuto (4 p.m.).
Fox News president of news Jay Wallace labeled Faulkner, Perino and Smith as "rising stars" at the network and said that "this new lineup ensures our viewers will get the best news, information and analysis on the news of the hour across the nation and around the globe."
Sean Hannity's self-titled show moved back to 9 p.m. on Monday night and outperformed MSNBC star Rachel Maddow's own self-titled program, at least for one night.