MSNBC Plans Launch of ‘American Swamp’ Docuseries with Katy Tur, Jacob Soboroff

Variety | 7/16/2019 | Brian Steinberg
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Katy Tur and Jacob Soboroff have been talking to each other since they were teenagers growing up around Los Angeles. Now MSNBC audiences will get to see them discuss what are likely to be much more serious subjects.

The two NBC News journalists will lead the new four-part MSNBC documentary series “American Swamp,” which launches Sunday, July 28 at 9 p.m. Each week, the duo will travel across the United States and examine areas of political dysfunction. In the first broadcast, Tur and Soboroff journey to Arizona and Montana to look at how big money influences local elections. In another, they examine who has influence at Mar-A-Lago, the Florida club controlled by President Donald Trump.

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The series is produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions.

Regular viewers of TV-news documentaries might be surprised by the “Swamp” format, which often features Soboroff and Tur talking to each other on camera, rather than hewing to the old-school model of a single anchor doing voice-overs or speaking directly to viewers in a formal manner. Many news organizations are testing new presentations, taking correspondents into the field or out from behind a desk in order to offer viewers a sense of more immediacy and less distance between themselves and the story that originally interested them.

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“MSNBC viewers love watching sharp, political reporters offer their analysis and interpretations on the latest breaking political news and banter with each other. Katy and Jacob have each other since they were teenagers and have a fantastic rapport that really comes through on camera,” says Liz Cole, the president of Peacock Productions who is also executive producer of “Dateline.” “Bringing them together in the field was a natural fit and gave us an opportunity to do that in broader context, centered on their great storytelling and...
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