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Jerry Springer to Host ‘Tabloid’ for ID

The New Year brings a new series for Jerry Springer. The former mayor and local news anchor turned tabloid talk show host has a new show for Investigation Discovery called, appropriately, “Tabloid.”

The one-hour show peels back the curtain to probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories you can’t possibly imagine. “You can’t make this stuff up,” said Springer. “Life invariably outruns imagination when it comes to outrageousness.”

“There’s no one better to guide viewers through the scandalous stories seen in TABLOID than the man who has spent decades unveiling the most outrageous tales,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and Military Channel.

The show debuts two weeks from tomorrow, Thursday, January 16 at 10pmET. For now, check out Jerry Springer’s First Big Break, courtesy of mediabistro.TV:

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‘On the Case’ Celebrates 100 Episodes

Tonight at 10 PM, Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” will mark a significant–if somewhat arbitrary–milestone: 100 episodes.

While your run of the mill cable news shows can cross the hundred episode mark in half a year or so, “On the Case” has had a longer road. It launched in 2009, and set the tone for ID’s newsmagazine programs going forward. It was the first program on the channel to pass a 1.0 Nielsen household rating.

“I think in this world of ‘unreal’ reality television, she is the real deal, and I think people understand that, and benefit from that,” says Henry Schleiff, group president and GM of ID, Destination America and Military Channel, and the former CEO of Court TV.  ”If you watch ‘On the Case’ you will see that Paula is not only such a great journalist in and of her own right, not only does she ask the questions that you want to know, but she asks the questions that I think are on the mind of the audience, and her reactions are real.”

For Zahn–a veteran of CNN, Fox News, ABC News and CBS News–”On the Case” was a chance to own the product she produced. It also allows her and her team to seek out stories of interest to them, with strong emotional resonance and powerful characters.

“What we have tried to do is find stories that will sustain an hour of coverage, and I think our audience is drawn to our stories on a number of levels,” Zahn told TVNewser recently in a studio green room, as a “100th Episode” cake was being wheeled under studio lights nearby. “Our audience is passionate about the pursuit of justice, they are fascinated with the lengths that law enforcement will go to find the truth, and they are drawn in to find the human drama of a family’s loss.”

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The Ticker: ‘Rise Above,’ Whitaker, Bennett

  • With the election over, CNBC is launching a cross-platform campaign called “Rise Above” to draw attention to the fiscal cliff, the deficit and other economic issues. The term Rise Above refers to the need to rise above partisan bickering. More information on the initiative from CNBC’s Nik Deogun, here.
  • CNN Worldwide managing editor Mark Whitaker posts a public “letter from the editor” praising CNN’s election coverage. “We did it because we value facts more than opinions, but also because these days that’s what sets CNN apart.” His whole op-ed is here.
  • Investigation Discovery has promoted Kevin Bennett to general manager. He will continue to report to Henry Schleiff, the president of ID, Destination America an Military Channel. Bennett, a 16-year veteran of Discovery Communications, will remain senior VP of programming and research for the group.

Investigation Discovery Slates Season Six Of ‘On The Case With Paula Zahn’

Season six of Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” will debut Sunday, June 3rd at 10 PM, the network says. ID has ordered 13 episodes for season six of the series, which is one of the channel’s highest-rated series.

“’On the Case with Paula Zahn’ is a cornerstone franchise for Investigation Discovery and has significantly contributed to the network’s unprecedented explosive growth over the past three years,” said Henry Schleiff, president and GM of Investigation Discovery in a statement. “Paula’s intelligence, empathy, and unique journalistic skill pervade each episode of this series, which exemplifies the network’s dedication to producing the best crime and justice storytelling in all of television.”

Paula Zahn’s ‘On The Case’ Returns Tonight

Season five of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” will premiere tonight on Investigation Discovery. The former ABC, CBS, Fox News and CNN anchor has helped make the program ID’s signature long-form journalism show, and a solid compliment to its off-network acquisitions from NBC, CBS and ABC News.  The program was the first one to crack a 1.0 household rating for ID earlier this year.

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TV News Reflects On 9/11/2001: ABC’s Chris Cuomo and Investigation Discovery’s Henry Schleiff

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks approaching, TVNewser reached out to anchors, reporters, producers and executives for their thoughts on that day, and what they believe has changed in the last 10 years.

ABC News “20/20″ anchor Chris Cuomo, who covered 9/11 from downtown Manhattan:

For all the visual images, the haunting impression from watching tower 2 fall and then tower 1…was sound…a concussive event that sounded like an explosion and a vacuum simultaneously. Then silence…as people came through the debris…we were all choked by this nebulous mass of pulverized cement and paper and shoes and metal. It chased and overtook us; it stayed on for days on your body, months in the city, and forever in your mind.

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Investigation Discovery Renews ‘On the Case with Paula Zahn’ for Fourth Season

Investigation Discovery has renewed “On the Case with Paula Zahn” for a fourth season. The program will premeire its third season November 7, with season four slated to begin in January, 2011.

The show has become ID’s highest rated original series, and its signature long-form journalism program. The network also airs repurposed segments from newsmagazines like “60 Minutes,” “48 Hours” and “Dateline.”

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NBC’s ‘Today,’ CBS’ Sean McManus, ID’s Henry Schleiff Among 2010 B&C HOF Inductees

With the 2010 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame just a few weeks away, the trade magazine has announced that “Live with Regis & Kelly” co-host Regis Philbin will serve as MC for the event, with CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz serving as a guest presenter.

NBC’s “Today,” will be the TV show inducted this year, joining previous shows like “SportsCenter,” “The Simpsons” and “Meet the Press.” Other inductees this year include CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus and Investigation Discovery chief Henry Schleiff, who also led CourtTV.

Investigation Discovery Announces Fall Lineup

ID062910.bmpInvestigation Discovery, which currently televises “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” along with repurposed content from TV newsmagazines “48 Hours,” “60 Minutes” and “Dateline,” has announced its Fall programming lineup.

Not surprisingly there is a plethora of long-form investigative journalism on tap.

Two “ID Investigates” specials are on the schedule, including an hour-long investigation into Osama Bin Laden, and a look at what caused the 2008 financial meltdown.

Other specials include “American Occult,” which will explore strange subcultures in the U.S., and “Face to Face with Candice DeLong,” in which the former FBI profiler interviews female murderers.

And yes, “On The Case with Paula Zahn” will be returning for season three in November.

Investigation Discovery is led by president and GM Henry Schleiff, who was instrumental in growing CourtTV into a widely distributed cable network.

More information about the new Investigation Discovery programming is after the jump.

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Paula Zahn’s Show Closes Season Strong at ID

Tonight, Investigation Discovery airs the first season finale of Paula Zahn‘s “On the Case” series. Last week’s show drew the network’s largest total viewer (557,000) and demo audience. The show’s 340,000 A25-54 demo total last Sunday was higher than than those of CNN, Fox News, HLN, and MSNBC during the same time slot (10pmET).

The program’s premiere in October was the most-watched premiere in the short history of the network and in December, Discovery decided to greenlit a second season of the show.

• In the fall, TVNewser spoke to Zahn — who’s the host and EP of “On the Case” — as well as ID president and general manager Henry Schleiff ahead of the program’s launch.