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CNN Doubles Down on a Mix of Live News, Original Series and Films

photoCNN wants viewers to “go there.” And for CNN, “there” is everywhere.

The network announced today it is going to continue pushing the boundaries of traditional cable news by launching more exploratory programs weeknights at 9pmET hosted by proven TV talent: Mike Rowe, John Walsh and Lisa Ling, among them.

“What we did over the course of the last year was test that out,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told TVNewser in an interview after his upfront presentation. He touted shows hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, paired with documentaries like “Blackfish,” and “Chicagoland,” which complemented CNN’s breaking news coverage. “We were able to test out our ability to do both at the same time and that’s how we feel that it all works together,” Zucker says.

“As you see, none of this is about prison lockups,” Zucker joked, taking a jab at MSNBC’s popular “Lockup” franchise.

“Nobody should ever be confused about our commitment to live breaking news when it happens, as witnessed by the last six weeks,” Zucker said, refering to the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Zucker acknowledged a drop in live ratings when coverage of a breaking story stops, and a documentary begins. “Frankly, at the end of the day, we get paid on the DVR playback,” he says. Still, he vowed to pre-empt the new 9pm block when big news breaks.

We asked several CNN anchors what they thought of the new primetime lineup, “I think it’s cool,” Anderson Cooper told us. “There’s a lot of different ways to tell a story. To me, the storytelling makes sense the way it’s going to work.”

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CNN Adds Shows From Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh to Primetime

cnn rowe ling walshTwo weeks after Piers Morgan signed off from CNN’s primetime lineup, the network has announced plans for the 9pmET timeslot. Beginning this summer, CNN will air original series — like Anthony Bourdain‘s “Parts Unknown” and Morgan Spurlock‘s “Inside Man,” as well as several new series that are in development — during the hour.

In addition to “Parts Unknown” and “Inside Man,” CNN has announced shows with Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs,” John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted” and Lisa Ling. The shows will rotate with CNN’s in-house documentaries, like the ten-part “The Sixties” and a new multi-part documentary from the producers of “Chicagoland,” in the 9pmET timeslot.

The network has also announced a new 10pmET show, “CNN Tonight,” that will be a live hour of news with a rotating cast of anchors.

The announcement from CNN is after the jump. Jordan will have more from the CNN Upfront this afternoon.  Read more

‘America’s Most Wanted’ On CNN?

The creator and host of “America’s Most Wanted” says that he has a meeting with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in a few weeks. John Walsh made the comments to TV Guide‘s Michael Schneider:

“Maybe Jeff will say there’s room on this channel, especially with CNN’s international reach,” he says. “They ask me constantly to go on Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and Piers Morgan. Maybe I can come up with some kind of hybrid show that might serve those purposes… I hope that maybe with the blessing of Lifetime that I might be able to do something.”

As we noted this morning, Lifetime recently canceled “America’s Most Wanted,” though it is working with Walsh on another series.

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‘CBS This Morning’ Snags Surprise Jack Nicklaus Interview

In the high-stakes world of TV news, sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time. CBS Sportscaster Jim Nantz was in Augusta, Georgia covering the Masters golf tournament (CBS has the exclusive TV rights) when he saw golf legend Jack Nicklaus walking by. He did what any good journalist would do right before he was scheduled for a live-shot: he asked Nicklaus to join him.

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Also, on “CTM,” correspondent John Miller and the co-anchors were joined by John Walsh, the host of “America’s Most Wanted,” which was recently canceled by Lifetime. Walsh explained the success of the show in catching criminals, and made an argument for it to be resurrected in some form:
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‘America’s Most Wanted’ Returning to TV Dec. 2

“America’s Most Wanted,” the long-running crime series that was effectively canceled by Fox earlier this year, will return to TV with the first of 20 new episodes December 2. As we reported in September, Lifetime has acquired the rights to new episodes of the series.

On the air since 1988, “AMW” has led to the capture of over 1,100 fugitives.

“I am excited to be back in the saddle and working with Lifetime,” said host and executive producer John Walsh in a statement. “We are the court of last resort and with the show getting back to our weekly airing, we’ll have the capability of getting more fugitives off the streets and behind bars where they belong. We hope our observant fans continue the mission with us, on our new night – Friday — and keep our capture number climbing while helping those crime victims that need us.”

More information, after the jump.

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‘America’s Most Wanted’ To Live Again… On Lifetime

“America’s Most Wanted,” the long-running crime series that was effectively canceled by Fox in May, has found a new home. Lifetime, the network arguably best-known for its female-focused original movies and series, has acquired the rights to the series, which will produce new episodes for the cabler starting later this year.

“I’ve always believed there was something very special about America’s Most Wanted and that there should be a home for it on television, and I couldn’t be happier to now be able bring it back on Lifetime,” said host and EP John Walsh in a statement. “We’ve often been called the court of last resort…now we are back in the game and ready to saddle up for another season to get justice for victims and put dangerous criminals behind bars.”

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‘America’s Most Wanted’ Host John Walsh to Receive Governors Award at Creative Arts Emmys

“America’s Most Wanted” host and producer John Walsh will receive the ATAS Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in September. Earlier this year Fox announced that it would be phasing out the long-running program, a staple on its airwaves since 1988. Walsh has since said he and his company are trying to find a new home for the series, which has helped lead to the arrest of more than 1,500 fugitives.

“John Walsh has dedicated his life to the betterment of society, and while doing so has used television in an inventive and extraordinary way,” said Academy Chairman/CEO John Shaffner in a statement. “His contribution to society goes far beyond just hosting a hit TV show, but sets a prime example of how television can be used to convey an important message.”

Video: 11-year-old Winner of Mets' Kidcaster Contest Calls Reyes Home Run

Jacob Resnick, an 11-year-old who won SNY’s Kidcaster Contest, got to call a home run by his favorite player Jose Reyes in last night’s game — and he got to do it on his first pitch in the booth, where he was congratulated by Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen. My former 11-year-old self is jealous and hates this kid. My current self (age withheld) thinks this is pretty damn cool.

New Life for ‘America’s Most Wanted’ on Fox News?

This weekend marks the season finale of “America’s Most Wanted.” But crime crusader host John Walsh hopes it’s the not the series finale. In an interview with the AP Walsh reveals he’s in talks with other networks, including Fox News:

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes “has had preliminary discussions with John Walsh and he’s a fan of ‘America’s Most Wanted,’” said Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti, “but nothing has been decided.”

Walsh said he hopes to have a deal in place within the next few weeks. FOX broadcasting announced last month that the venerable Saturday night anti-crime show would be ending its weekly run after 23 years.

WFAN Hosting Fantasy Phenom II Challenge

Sports fans looking for their big break in the radio industry will have an opportunity to earn an on-air shift on Sports Radio 66, WFAN.

The New York City radio station is hosting the Fantasy Phenom II Challenge and it kicks off Saturday at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison, N.J.

Contestants that get past the first round will audition in front of a panel of judges. The final five will compete for an on-air shift at Mike Francesa‘s “End of Summer” beach party and radio show broadcast from Bar A in Lake Como, N.J. on Friday, August 19. Read more

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