MSNBC Moving Ed Shultz Back to Weekdays

Takes Over 5 p.m. Slot; 'Hardball' to Air at 7 p.m.

MSNBC is moving Ed Shultz back to weekdays, where his The Ed Show will air at 5 p.m. beginning Aug. 26, the nework announced Monday.

Hardball With Chris Matthews, which previously aired at 5 p.m. with a replay at 7 p.m., will now air its first-run broadcast at 7 with its encore at 2 a.m. The Ed Show previously aired on Saturdays and Sunday at 5 p.m. MSNBC long-form programming will fill the those slots starting Saturday, Aug. 31.

"Chris Matthews and the Hardbal' team have been pulling double duty for years. This move will concentrate the Hardball audience to one key time period and enhance the flow of our evening programming," said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement. "Ed Schultz is a force of nature and an important voice to the MSNBC audience.  I can't wait to have him back on weeknights."