Picks and Pans Review: The Rachel Maddow Show

updated 11/10/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/10/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

MSNBC, Weekdays, 9 p.m. ET

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Finally, a pundit for the Facebook generation. Witty, relatable and insanely hyper-articulate—this woman puts thought to mouth at blinding speed—Maddow, 35, is a bright new presence on the talk-news front. Her politics lean left, but she never spirals into shrillness, bantering amiably with her frequent guest, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. Best is the fact that she dares to be fun, something most pundits will not—or cannot?—attempt.

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