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1997 (USA) See more »
Starting on CNBC in 1997 and changing to MSNBC in 1999, Chris Matthews asks the tough questions in gut-renching political and social debates with celebrity and non-celebrity guests.
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Chris Matthews ... Himself - Host / ... (180 episodes, 2001-2017)

Series Directed by
Alexander Pikas (1 episode, 2001)
Series Writing credits
Mamta Trivedi (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Noah Oppenheim .... senior producer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)

Jennifer Bermon .... producer (unknown episodes, 2005)
Roland Woerner .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Joel Beckerman (131 episodes, 2003-2007)
Series Cinematography by
Rob Massey (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Film Editing by
Ernie Generalli (1 episode, 2005)

Robert Bonardi (unknown episodes)
Tim Mattson (unknown episodes)
Mamta Trivedi (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Rose Procopio Barondess .... makeup artist (214 episodes, 2014)
Series Production Management
Rob Massey .... assistant production manager (1 episode, 2013)
Series Sound Department
Alex Alvarez .... mixer assistant: studio a (1 episode, 2008)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Gullo .... lighting technician (266 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Editorial Department
Brian Michael Finn .... assistant editor / digital archivist (181 episodes, 2012-2017)
Series Other crew
Richard Hagerty .... production assistant (20 episodes, 2006-2007)

John Beck Hofmann .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Bryan Passifiume .... master control operator (unknown episodes)
Mamta Trivedi .... segment producer (unknown episodes)

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USA:60 min (including commercials)

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Chris Matthews is no Tim Russert, 14 July 2008
Author: PoliticalJunky from Tucson, AZ

Chris Matthews seems to put down his guests when they are not in complete lockstep with him. He immediately interrupts them with "I hear ya", or "uh-huh" meaning he's no longer listening to what they have to say. He usually has interesting and knowledgeable guests that he loves to talk over and try to show his superior intelligence. He filibusters trying to make his point and then asks them to agree with what he said. Most of the time he makes little sense or tries to make a point that seems to be meaningless. A good example is his love affair with Obama that is unbelievable but understandable because he loves to talk in circles and so does Obama. Matthews has indicated that he would like to be the Washington news bureau chief as well as anchor "Meet the Press". Based upon his commentary and conduct on "Hardball" NBC cannot possibly consider him to be a replacement for Tim Russert with all of his biases and his inability to listen to opposing viewpoints.

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