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Thursday, April 10, 2014

CNN's New Evening Lineup Announced

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The cable news network announces its new lineup at upfronts in New York CNN is bailing on its 9 p.m. talk show tradition by installing a rotating lineup of shows and specials in place of the departed “Piers Morgan Live.”

Starting this summer, specials like Dr. Sanjay Gupta's “Weed” and Anderson Cooper's “The Survivor Diaries” will share the hour with new shows starring Mike Rowe, John Walsh and Lisa Ling.

CNN also plans a new 10 p.m. nightly news show “CNN Tonight,” featuring a rotating roster of hosts.

CNN also renewed the Peabody and Emmy-award winning “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” for an additional four cycles in 2015 and 2016 and renewed “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” for another cycle in 2015. CNN has also entered into a development deal with the producers of “Chicagoland” in which they will turn their focus to another American City. (They previously examined Newark, N.J. in the Sundance series “Brick City.”) The new show from “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe is entitled “Somebody's Gotta Do It.”

CNN announced its new slate from at an upfront presentation to advertisers that tried to present a new, cooler CNN. The network chose a location in New York's nightclub district — next to the strip club Scores — and the vibrant color scheme highlighted CNN's red and white. Madonna pumped from the speakers as guests drank cocktails while finding their red and white seats.

CNN is enjoying a recent ratings upswing. Though it's relentless and sometimes speculative coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has brought mockey from Jon Stewart, it has also brought curious viewers. “The best journalism is, at its core, great storytelling,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “We are so pleased to welcome some of the finest storytellers in the business to CNN, to join the award-winning team of world class journalists and storytellers who have made CNN the home to this kind of quality programming for more than 30 years. The seamless integration of original series and live news coverage, which has been on display the last two months, is the foundation of our new primetime lineup.”


Here are the new shows, as described by CNN:

Mike Rowe's Sombody's Gotta Do It:
For more than a decade, Mike Rowe has been nationally known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” as host and the executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs (2005-2012).  He traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, and oil derricks.  He initiated a hands–on way to pay tribute to a nation of unsung heroes, conclusively demonstrating that fun and hard work are two sides of the same coin and confirmed the value of delayed gratification, sacrifice, hard work, good humor and optimism.  He is now on a brand new mission and he will bring that mission to CNN beginning this fall.
“For more than ten years, Mike has been one of the nation’s most unique storytellers, celebrating the values of work in America.  Examining issues through the prism of Mike’s experiences and passions is the perfect fit for our CNN audience.  We are thrilled to have him here,” said Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide.
Rowe’s new series Somebody’s Gotta Do It, brings viewers face-to-face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum. In each episode, Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanaticspeople who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand. 
“Of all the networks I spoke with, no one talked about a commitment to unscripted content and point-of-view programming with more passion than CNN. This is where Somebody's Gotta Do It belongs,” said Rowe.
In 2008 Rowe launched mikeroweWORKS, a campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. He’s since written extensively about the country’s relationship with work, the widening skills gap, offshore manufacturing, infrastructure decline, and currency devaluation.  He gave a TED Talk on the Changing Face of the Modern-Day Proletariat, and in May 2011, he testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee about the importance of changing perceptions and stereotypes around blue-collar work.
Today, Rowe runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation which awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades. He is closely associated with the Future Farmers of America, Skills USA, and the Boy Scouts of America, who recently honored him as a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Forbes has identified him as one of the country’s 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities.
The CNN Original Series Somebody’s Gotta Do It will be produced by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios.
In a new documentary series for CNN, award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling takes her audience on a gritty, breathtaking journey to far corners of America, immersing herself in sub-cultures that are unusual, bizarre and sometimes dangerous. Each episode delves into an alternative sect of everyday life, giving viewers an inside look at some of America's most unconventional segments of society. (Produced by part2pictures)

The Hunt with John Walsh, a documentary-style, non-fiction program will take advantage of Walsh's unique statue and perspective in television journalism and will tell stories of ongoing international criminal investigations in which the suspect is a fugitive at large. Through interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement and the exploration of new leads, The Hunt will provide the public with salient information to help in the fugitive's apprehension. (Produced by Zero Point Zero Productions)
Finally, how could the most famous man in history have left almost no trace behind? Bringing the most compelling artifacts together for the first time, The Jesus Code will take viewers on a thrilling high-stakes journey through forensics, biblical archeology and forgery in history, exploring the evidence of Jesus’ existence by questioning the authenticity of sacred relics.  (Produced by Nutopia Productions)

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Anonymous said...

Congrats to Kate Bolduan... pregnant with first child!

Anonymous said...

CNN is becoming more like Discovery. This all about money. The web has just edged out broadcast TV in advertising. Earlier CNN announced some digital content they will be investing in. With PC sales diving, it has to be mobile ads that is bringing in the millions. It's not just about TV anymore. We are at the point where media companies have to release content for TV, web & mobile.

Anonymous said...

The new CNN digital push is called CNNX. Finally, someone figured out how to incorporate smart TV's
into the mix. Anyone with a smart TV can download
apps when they are tied into your internet service. CNN is going to experiment with social TV. The CNN go there campaign seems interesting. Keep an eye on CNN and Al Jazeera when it comes to social TV. The Stream was 1st to this now CNN is sending a message that they do intend to battle Al Jazeera on the new news frontier. Let's see who wins the battle to attract the new viewers to cable news.

Anonymous said...

Sad to hear that Zain Verjee is leaving CNN.
Whoever has the best content wins. Let's face
it, viewers will DVR Parts Unknown before 360.
HLN is also doing something with Twitter. AJAM
has that big AJ+ project in the pipeline. This is
getting good if we get a revolution in the news
industry. The CNN Go There commercial is slick.

Anonymous said...

ICN sums it up best : CNN is till experimenting. This is nothing new or different for CNN. The last thing CNN needs is crime in prime time. Their crime shows get lousy ratings. This will not work. However, Lisa Ling is a good idea.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like Zain is forming her own production company like Soledad. Where is Isha Sesay ? Is she still with CNN or did she go to another network.

Anonymous said...

I have not been impressed by Bill Weir, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon or Michael Smerconish. CNN needs to hire someone from another channel. These four do not have what it takes to carry a primetime show. They are fine for daytime or weekends.

Anonymous said...

It's being reported in various media outlets that AJAM is laying off some people. Being that some 600 million bucks were dropped for the network, don't expect it to go away anytime soon. Not sure if the layoffs are tied to ratings. AJAM should spend more money on content.

Anonymous said...

Al Jazeera messed up by not keeping Vanguard. It was the only show on CURRENT that was perfect to be a part of Al Jazeera programing. They might want to consider bringing the Vanguard team back to Al Jazeera. IMHO sports, weather and business should be mixed in with commercial breaks. You could hire as little as 5 people to write, produce,edit and voice over sports highlights, weather wrap and business headlines. Just come up with animation for into and exit. I can find out the temperature in my city by turning on my smartphone. Do we really need the crawl ? Too bad that Al Jazeera is trying to be like CNN was back in the day. It's a different world. You can hire people who who shoot, write, edit and produce great news content. Social media is getting old. Face Book and Twitter are not growing. Besides you only end up getting trolled. Content is king. Scaling back the Stream tells me that Al Jazeera will be using content from AJ=. Sort of like the pod thing that CURRENT used to do. Al Jazeera has to bring in news viewers and stop hoping for angry CNN viewers to change the channel. Sure the content is amazing but the visual look is just like CNN . WIth the crawl, banners and logo. Turn the crawl into an info bar giving you more info on the story being covered. Also , change the logo to AJAM,which is what everyone calls the channel. At the same time have all of your talent record tags that say Al Jazeera America so that it is consistent. Sometimes I hear Al Jazeera and not Al Jazeera America. The network does great commercials for Boderland and something called 5 days in Detroit. Do the same with sports, weather and business. Wall St being up and down and people at weather maps , the tired old news crawl need to go away now.

Anonymous said...

It does not surprise me in the least that Jay Carney said that Jon Stewart gave the POTUS his toughest interview during his re-election campaign.
Jon is very smart. He is a comedian in name only, but never try to trip him up on factual content. He is very well spoken and knows more than any journalist.
He's fun to watch because of his wit and humor. If you're a "young person," who knows nothing about politics or foreign affairs, you wouldn't think he's funny because you are just not well informed enough to appreciate his wit and skill.
Remember it was HE, who created and discovered Stephen Colbert.