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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Catching Up On Change

We've been Don Lemon fans for a while now and it seems that we are not alone. Our researcher Julie found this article on last week that touts Lemon as a CNN rising star worthy of watching. We couldn't agree more.

Change has indeed come.
It's been a remarkable sight as America has beheld that charismatic fortysomething black man with the 100-watt smile -- you know, the one who made his name in rough-and-tumble Chicago before rising to national prominence during the Bush administration. It's gotten to the point where you can barely turn on the news without seeing his beaming visage.
No, not him.
We're talking about rising CNN star
Don Lemon, who's been damned-near ubiquitous of late, especially during the net's Inauguration-related coverage, which included graphics directing viewers to Lemon's Facebook page (his authorized page, as opposed to the "I Want to Marry Don Lemon" and "Don Lemon Is the Shit" fan groups). He can also be found at LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter and as a contributor to the cabler's "Black in America" blog.
"We think the world of Don," says Bart Feder, senior VP of current programming for CNN/U.S. "There's no question that he has a following, and he has a lot of perspective to bring to the table."
Feder admits that Lemon's being young, handsome and African-American in the age of Obama is also part of what he brings.
"One of the goals of the network has been to have many different voices and true diversity of thought," he says. "And adding Don to a panel adds to that, and that's a good thing."

Now onto a few program notes to mark on the calendar:

Larry King will interview former Pastor Ted Haggard and his wife Thursday, January 29 at 9pm (ET)
Larry King will interview Joe Torre Friday, January 30 at 9pm (ET)
Christiane Amanpour hosts DATELINE DAVOS: OBAMA'S WORLD Sunday, February 1 at 2pm (ET)
DL Hugley will
speak at Quinnipiac University,Hamdon, Conn, February 5 at 7 pm

Photographer: Edward M. Pio Roda ©2009 Cable News Network. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.

CNN has released it's new weekend schedule There are a few slots yet to be announced but here's what we have so far:

6:00am- 7:00am
CNN Saturday Morning: with T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen.
HOUSE CALL- Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Saturday Morning: TJ Holmes/Betty Nguyen (live from Atlanta)
Your Bottom Line:Gerri Willis
CNN Newsroom
YOUR $$$$
CNN Newsroom
CNN Newsroom: Don Lemon.
The Situation Room:Wolf Blitzer
CNN Newsroom:Don Lemon
Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull
Larry King Live:Larry King.
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News: D.L. Hughley
11:00pm -12:00am
CNN Newsroom:Don Lemon
Larry King Live (replay)
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News (replay)
CNN Newsroom (replay)
Larry King Live (replay):


5:00am- 6:00am
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News (replay)
6:00am- 7:0am
CNN Newsroom:T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen.
House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta:Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Sunday Morning:T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen.
State of the Union with John King:John King
Fareed Zakaria GPS:Fareed Zakaria
CNN Newsroom
YOUR $$$$:
CNN Newsroom
Fareed Zakaria GPS (replay)
CNN Newsroom:Don Lemon.
State of the Union with John King (replay)
Larry King Live:Larry King.
CNN Newsroom:Don Lemon
DL Hughley Breaks the News (replay)
Larry King Live (replay)
CNN Newsroom (replay)
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News (replay)
Larry King Live (replay)
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News (replay)

That's it for me for this week. ~Phebe

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Anonymous said...

I totally agree about Don Lemon.
Lets hope CNN finds a way to have
him on during the week rather than
weekends.A good start would be for
Don Lemon to fill in for Campbell Brown
when she goes no maternity leave.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the schedule update. If Lou Dobbs
and Campbell Brown can be in prime time ,
why not Don Lemon ? At least he is a serious
journalist.CNN can not stay with it's current
lineup. Move Don Lemon to prime time and
hire Conor Knighton to do a program similar
to the original 360 at the 7pm hour. During
this hour FNC has the only program without
an annoying host.Dobbs has even been losing
to a taped Hardball,sometimes behind Issues.
CNN needs to wake up and fix the 7, 8 and 9
hours.If CNN is not gaining large numbers of
viewers during these hours. Eventually it is
going to hurt and badly.

Anonymous said...

I say Don Lemon and Erica Hill added to
the lineup. Let viewers decide the stories
for Larry King. By this I mean have viewers
submit news stories that will air during
Larry King.I mean legit news not some
blog rant or silliness. There is a great
article in today's WSJ about the return of
hard news. Submission and voting can
start at like say 8 in the morning until
maybe 7 at night. No one will know the
stories until it is revealed during LKL and
you can bring in CNN reporters and others
who cover a particular beat related to the
topic to do 30 second or 1 minute stories
related to the topics. At the end of every
program Larry can reveal the voting results.
Heck for fun have viral video clip submissions
and cool stuff people stumble across.