Like Morgan, or for that matter, Alec Baldwin, who was recently relieved of hosting duty by MSNBC, Farrow views the world from a narrative platform. Leaning more perhaps toward the book-learned Rachel Maddow than Chris Hayes, the Rhodes Scholar who graduated college at age 15 fits in nicely with MSNBC's ongoing attempt to make smart the new hip — political analyst Joy Reid also debuted her new show on Monday afternoon.

But still it is him, his take, his performance that will make or break the show. Will more people want to see Ronan Farrow daily than wanted to see Piers Morgan live?

Cultural rubber-necking will no doubt draw many to "Ronan Farrow Daily" during the early weeks — Does he look like Frank Sinatra? Will he react if "Blue Jasmine" wins an Oscar? Did he get this job for any reason other than his parents? — but at first glance Farrow is far more wonk than gossip.

The timing of his show's debut has already been commented on in light of his family's public crisis, but with Morgan's departure, it becomes even more meaningful. More than three decades younger than the Brit, born to fame rather than cultivating it, much more interested in appearing smart than right, Farrow could make his mark as an anti-Piers.

Though one suspects that with his international pedigree, Farrow might just be in the habit of calling soccer "football" too.

mary.mcnamara@latimes.com

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'Ronan Farrow Daily'

Where: MSNBC

When: 10 a.m. weekdays

Rating: Not rated