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Is the New ‘Meet the Press’ Just Politics as Usual?

Chuck Todd tries to reboot the 67-year-old news show for 2014 with goatees, tattoos, and a glimmer of hope.

Chuck Todd interviewing President Barack Obama last Sunday. Photo via NBC.

The latest incarnation of NBC’s Meet the Press debuted to strong ratings last weekend, placing the veteran news talk show ahead of its Sunday morning competitors for the first time in six months. Boyish new moderator Chuck Todd and his goatee (which was brought up multiple times throughout the course of the show) ushered in what the network hopes to be a youth-friendly reboot for the program. President Obama as a first interview surely didn’t hurt Todd’s numbers, and a fresh batch press panelists, including heavily tattooed, straight-talking Buzzfeed reporter John Stanton, The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, helps give the show a refreshing kick. But if MTP plans on striking a lasting chord with its fickle and frustrated target demo, the house that Tim Russert built still has some work ahead of it.

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