TheBlaze TV's newest primetime show "Wilkow!" kicks off Monday night with what host Andrew Wilkow promises will be "a further take" on the news of the day.
"We're going to go past what you're used to, past the news, past the opinion, past the personality and into the philosophy," Wilkow said. "We're going to go very deep, but probably in a way that many other hosts might have lost the audience because they would have made it boring."
Casting a critical eye at big government in particular, "Wilkow!" will use the latest political and economic headlines as a jumping off point and seek to uncover what's driving them.
"It's not who is running this program, it's the program. It's not the person who's coming up with the policy; sometimes government shouldn't even have a policy here. It's not who the president is; it's the fact that we have jettisoned certain founding principles that made this country work for the first 100 years," he said.
The show's first week has a politician-studded line-up of guests, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Wednesday and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Thursday. But it's not just lawmakers viewers can expect to see: country music star Trace Adkins will be on the show Tuesday, the first celebrity guest of many.
"You kind of see that happening" where celebrities are starting to espouse more conservative -- or at least non-liberal -- beliefs, he said. "I think that you're going to find that we're going to offer a very hip avenue for celebrities when we're ready to talk."
The host of SiriuxXM's "The Wilkow Majority," Wilkow is already familiar to TheBlaze TV audience from his appearances as a panelist on "Real News from TheBlaze."
You can see one of his past appearances below:
Wilkow got his talk radio start in 2002 and crossed paths with Glenn Beck over the years. In 2004, Wilkow was on one of Beck's affiliate stations broadcasting from the Republican National Convention when Beck came over to the radio area, sat down and did a segment with him. It wasn't until he formally got involved with Mercury Radio Arts that Wilkow found out Beck's wife Tania had been a longtime listener.
"When you're married to somebody who's so prolific in this industry and you want to listen to someone like me, I mean, it's an honor," Wilkow said.
In keeping with his radio roots, each installment of "Wilkow!" will close with a brief, unscripted segment -- "two minutes just to let loose."
"It might be something that happened during the show, like a speech was given or something controversial was said," he explained. "I'll go two minutes just completely ad-libbed."
Wilkow said he'll be taking the passion that feeds his talk radio show and use it to make television that's both engaging and clear.
"I don't talk down to anyone. I don't talk down to anyone -- I'm not smug, I'm not smarmy, I'm not insulting, I don't feel as if I know everything," he said. "You don't have gimmicks when you're doing radio and you develop that skill to reason with the audience, to convey that passion and to bring your honesty."
"Wilkow!" airs weeknights at 7 p.m. Eastern on TheBlaze TV.