The show was originally supposed to start on Sept. 20; now planned for Oct. 25
CNN's first sports show in over a decade will premiere on Friday, Oct. 25 the channel announced on Wednesday.
“Unguarded With Rachel Nichols” will debut at 10:30 pm. The half-hour show will take “an unfiltered look at the most interesting stories and personalities in sports,” according to CNN.
The timeslot will pit Nichols against Alec Baldwin‘s MSNBC show, which will beat her to the premiere punch when it debuts on Friday at 10 p.m. Nichols’ show was originally planned to begin on Sept. 20, but, CNN told TheWrap, it decided to push the date back until Nichols’ MLB coverage on TBS concluded.
“This is a terrific opportunity to create a show that takes a different look at the sports we love and the human side of the people who play them,” said Nichols, who was lured away from ESPN back in January. “And by doing that at CNN, we can incorporate the network's incredibly broad and diverse perspective, which is a game-changer.”
Network president Jeff Zucker called Nichols a “revered player in the space” and the show “another key step in CNN's evolution toward a range of compelling storytelling.”
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Though it's taken several months for Nichols’ CNN program to take shape, she has kept busy reporting for CNN's parent company Turner Networks’ broadcasts of basketball and baseball games.