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Exclusive: Erin Burnett on Her Show’s Success, And Her Most Surprising Supporter

BurnettEAt CNN, most of the talk in recent months has been about layoffs, the leadership of Jeff Zucker, and, at times, Don Lemon. Shows have been canceled, high profile talent and executives have departed, and after months of turmoil some insiders admit they’re exhausted. A few even describe the mood as grim. So it’s worth mentioning that in one corner of CNN’s Columbus Circle home, where the “Erin Burnett OutFront” show team works, the mood is upbeat. “I love coming to work every day,” Burnett tells TVNewser.

Since her CNN debut three years ago, Burnett has steered clear of the chaos and quietly created something the network has in somewhat short supply–an hour of the nightly lineup–7pm–that is both stable and successful. Last week, “OutFront” had a rare one-day win in the demo over Fox News Channel’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. Year-to-date, “OutFront” has taken second place from MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews in the demo, and in November, the show boasted a +102% increase in the demo versus 2013, while “Hardball” fell -42%.

Burnett tells TVNewser “OutFront” has matured into a show she enjoys, and that makes the bosses happy. [Disclosure: I was part of the team that launched "Erin Burnett OutFront" in 2011]. “Creating a new show is not easy. You have to learn a lot of things the hard way. Over the past three years, we’ve built this show into an hour we are incredibly proud of…with a team that’s thick as thieves.”

TVNewser confirms Burnett recently signed a new contract that will keep her at CNN for several years–and further remove her from the uncertainty that surrounds other shows and stars at the network. But perhaps most surprisingly, she’s earned the respect and friendship of a very unlikely supporter–her biggest competitor.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Speaks With Six Bill Cosby Accusers Tonight

The CNN special “The Cosby Show: A Legend Under Fire” airs tonight at 9 pm ET. Don Lemon, who recently made headlines when interviewing a Cosby accuser, will host the program that explores the controversy surrounding comedian Bill Cosby.

Alisyn Camerota and Lemon talk to five of Bill Cosby’s accusers, who essentially say they want Cosby to suffer for what he allegedly put them through. Lemon will also speak with Janice Dickinson, who has also accused Cosby of sexual assault.

Russell Brand Stops by ‘New Day,’ Kisses Everybody

British comedian and author Russell Brand stopped by CNN’s “New Day” to promote his new book this morning. Brand got a little handsy and even planted a kiss on Alisyn Camerota, Michaela Pereira and Chris Cuomo. Yes, even Chris.

This Time, Another ‘New Day’ Anchor Handles the Gov. Cuomo Interview

CuomosLate last year, “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo got some flack for interviewing his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

This morning, following news of the first Ebola diagnosis in New York City, as well as the hatchet attack against NYPD officers in Queens, co-anchor Alisyn Camerota interviewed Gov. Cuomo.

But there was room for levity. At the end of the interview Gov. Cuomo told Camerota, “As a matter of full disclosure, any help you need with your co-host, I am in a position to be helpful. I have some very secret strategies that have worked very well. Knowing the right information about him, keeps him very docile.”

“A noogie?” Camerota asked. “That’s something that you as an older brother probably used when you needed to.” The younger Cuomo was left speechless.

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Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 237 | MSNBC: 70 | CNN: 145 | HLN: 97
  • Primetime: FNC: 298 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 145 | HLN: 74

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets

The broadcast and cable news networks broke in with special coverage tonight as U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria began.

Brian Williams, David Muir and Scott Pelley all updated the west coast editions of their evening newscasts tonight. ABC broke in with a network-wide special report at 9:30pmET, NBC broke in at 9:38pmET. CBS News ran a crawl during primetime programming at 9:30pmET.

Cable news has been in non-stop coverage. Fox News was first with the news. Megyn Kelly broke into her own pre-taped interview with Alan Colmes at 9:26pmET as Jennifer Griffin reported that military operations had begun. Shepard Smith picked up coverage on Fox News at 10pmET and will continue until MidnightET when Kelly picks up. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broke in with the news at 9:30pmET with Jim Sciutto reporting the news. Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota anchored from 10pmET until Midnight. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported the news at 9:34pmET. Lawrence O’Donnell anchored at 10 and Chris Hayes picks up at 11pmET with live coverage on MSNBC. FBN has been in live coverage as well and will simulcast Megyn Kelly‘s coverage at Midnight.

‘CNN Tonight’ Promo For Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota

CNN TonightAlisyn Camerota‘s role at CNN seems to be getting clearer.

This evening, we noticed a commercial running during the 5pmET hour of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” teasing tonight’s episode of “CNN Tonight” at 10pmET. The graphic (pictured left) promoted Don Lemon and Camerota as co-hosts.

CNN hasn’t made any formal announcement about the duo being named permanent co-hosts, so the commercial might spell out another weeks-long experimentation by the network in primetime. The pair co-hosted several hours together over the summer. Camerota joined CNN almost two months ago after 16 years at Fox News Channel.

Alisyn Camerota Fills in on ‘New Day’

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Alisyn Camerota pulled up an anchor chair on CNN’s “New Day” this morning. “Kate’s on assignment, we welcome Alisyn Camerota,” said Chris Cuomo who is just back from covering the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Ukraine.

The show led off with Wolf Blitzer in Tel Aviv, who also gave a shout-out to Camerota. “Good to have you on our team,” Blitzer said. Camerota joined CNN two weeks ago, after 16 years with Fox News.

Alisyn Camerota Joins CNN as Anchor

alisyn-camerotaAlisyn Camerota is back in the cable news business, joining CNN as an anchor. Camerota, whose first day is today, joins CNN after 16 years at Fox News Channel. She left in March. Camerota will contribute to all programs, with a permanent slot announced in the coming months.

“I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.

“From the moment Jeff Zucker shared his vision for innovative storytelling at CNN, I wanted to be part of it,” said Camerota. “I know the power of cable news and it’s exciting to be going to the place that invented it and continues to be the standard bearer for stories of international import. I’ve always admired the fine work of the journalists at CNN and I’m honored to join their ranks.”

Camerota was most recently co-host of “America’s News Headquarters” on FNC. Before that, she co-anchored “Fox & Friends Weekend.” TVNewser caught up with Camerota at the Fred Friendly awards luncheon in early June. At the time, she hinted a new opportunity was in the works.