PBS has a reputation for leaning to the left on news and public affairs, but the network is hoping a new political talk show will start balancing the scales.
"In Principle" will begin with an initial run of eight weeks starting in April, and then executives will decide if it is worth a longer run. The new show will feature columnist Michael Gerson and conservative pundit Amy Holmes, and it is designed to have a familiar feel to the PBS audience.
"As things now stand, the race for next President of the United States will be between Jimmy Carter the defender, and Ronald Reagan, the challenger," the firing line theme says.
"We'll kind of see where it goes, if it's going to stand up for conservatism like William F. Buckley did," comments Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center (MRC).
He points out that Holmes recently worked for Glenn Beck and MSNBC.
"Michael Gerson has been a very firm never-Trump Republican, so that's kind of why we're not going to hold our breath in terms of it being a conservative show," Houck continues.
And while the network says it wants "In Principle" to be conservative leaning, Houck has his doubts.
"This really kind of gives it away in their release, saying they will discuss race, gun control, and whether conservatism is the right message for the working class," he tells OneNewsNow. "Already there's a little bit of skepticism in that part of that statement."
The show will be based in Washington.