Todd, who was reportedly in consideration for the "Meet the Press" moderator gig before it went to David Gregory, burst onto the TV news radar during the 2008 election season as NBC News' Political Director. He was promoted to Chief White House Correspondent in December.
Gillette reports that the show will debut in late spring and that many specifics are still up in the air:
According to sources, the specifics of the show--live vs. taped, one-on-one interview vs. a panel of guests, half-hour vs. an hour, Saturday vs. Sunday--are still being worked out. Presumably the show will originate out of NBC's Washington D.C. bureau, where Mr. Todd is stationed. Staffing has yet to be determined.
The move towards original weekend programming is a bold step for MSNBC, (in)famous for its weekend slate of prison-style documentary programming.