Megyn Kelly was arguably the highest-profile media figure of the 2016 campaign, thanks to her exchanges with Donald Trump. Yet as Trump was sworn in as president, the former Fox News anchor stayed sidelined, waiting to start her new assignment at NBC News.
Set up to host two different shows -- including an hour of "Today" come fall -- "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" marked her official NBC debut, armed with a high-profile "get" interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
In a CNN interview, Kelly maintained "Sunday Night" would distinguish itself by being "cutting edge" and "a little irreverent." Those attributes, however, weren't particularly evident in a premiere that looked like pretty much any conventional newsmagazine, including separate pieces from Cynthia McFadden and Harry Smith.
Kelly's centerpiece interview displayed some of the toughness that defined her at Fox, expressing disbelief when the Russian president claimed he hadn't spoken with his ambassador about meetings with Trump's inner circle. "Never?" she asked, with an arched eyebrow.