By now you may have heard the news that civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, a frequent guest on MSNBC, has indeed gotten his own show.

Sharpton will host PoliticsNation, a nightly program that will air weeknights live at 6pm Eastern. The program, which will feature discussion on the day's headlines, will debut Aug. 29.

My question is, should we be excited about this?

Personally, I appreciate that as of late Rev. Al has seemed more reasonable with his remarks than in years past. Still, not so sure I'd rather see him get his own show on the network over someone like, say, Melissa Harris Perry. Judging by some of the comments on our previous Sharpton-related posts, some of you agree.

So, a quick informal survey:

Are you happy about Sharpton's permanent hosting gig, and will you be tuning in?

Do you feel this will have any effect on the racial landscape of TV news/politics in general, or MSNBC in particular?

And if not, what do you feel are the alternatives?

Please weigh in below.