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CNN Goes All-Out With Homegrown Talent For ‘New Day’ Debut

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted this morning, and there were plenty of familiar faces (and voices).

Christiane Amanpour and John King filed reports, and Nancy Grace–who was for a long time a regular on ABC’s “Good Morning America–delivered some legal analysis. Actor James Earl Jones, who voices the “This is CNN” slogan, also welcomed viewers to the new program by saying “This is ‘New Day,’ with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.”

Insiders tell us they cannot remember King or Amanpour appearing on the CNN morning show in recent years, at least on any regular basis, but that the new mandate is that the day now starts at 6 AM at CNN, and you can expect to see the network’s biggest guns, including Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Rachel Nichols all appearing regularly.

In other words, CNN is making sure all hands are on deck to make sure the show is a success. CNN president Jeff Zucker described what he was looking for in a morning show last month:

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Kate Bolduan, ‘New Day’ Get Washington Post Profile

An expansive profile in The Washington Post looks at CNN’s new morning show “New Day,” with a particular focus on its 29-year old co-host, Kate Bolduan.

The Post’s Paul Farhi notes the challenges that have faced CNN’s previous morning show efforts, and the changes coming this time around. At the top of that list is CNN president Jeff Zucker and “New Day” senior EP Jim Murphy, both morning show veterans.

“Our hope is that it will accomplish a couple of things,” says Murphy, surveying the new set. “We want to have more than the other guys. More stories, more live shots, a lot of coverage of the big stories of the day, without being tedious. . . . We won’t be ‘Fox and Friends’ or ‘Morning Joe.’ We’ll have some of the same conversations they have, but with our own take.” The tone, he says, will be “comfy and conversational.”

Then there is Bolduan. Farhi notes her quick ascent in the TV news world, but also that it wasn’t without its challenges.
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Robin Meade Rocks Out At ‘Count On Me’ Album Release Party

HLN anchor Robin Meade has a new album dropping this week, “Count On Me,” available at Target stores across the country.

To celebrate, CNN and HLN honchos hosted a party at The Cutting Room in New York City. Following a cocktail hour, Meade got up on stage and performed a set from her new album (see Meade sing here).

The room was packed, and TVNewser spotted “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, plenty of CNN talent, including Don Lemon and Kate Bolduan, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and Richard Lui (both former HLNers) and actor Chris Noth, who is the co-owner of the venue.

Meade even got her friends in on her act, bringing CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker up on stage (see the photo above), as well as some of her colleagues. More photos below.
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Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan Give ‘New Day’ Set Tour

The set for CNN’s new morning show “New Day” continues to come together just a few short weeks before it launches. Some new details: there is an open, glass-enclosed green room, and some producers will have desks on the set (both very reminiscent of “CBS This Morning,” which has both features). There is also a winding metal staircase, though where it leads to is still a mystery.

See Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan lead a video tour, here, or click the image below.

The show debuts June 17.

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Publicity Push for CNN’s ‘New Day’

The marketing is in full swing for CNN’s new morning show “New Day.” This giant billboard went up at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, not far from CNN’s LA bureau. And if you open up just about any magazine (assuming you still do that), you’ll see smiling anchors Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira. There’s even a two-page spread in the just-launched magazine Beach, meant for the Hamptons crowd.

Senior EP Jim Murphy told us recently what the show is all about: “Lots of news, lots and lots of news,” Murphy said. “I think you will find that will be a super newsy morning program, we will also be unlike CNN in the past in that we will be looser, a bit more fun and hopefully a bit more interesting.”

The show debuts three weeks from today.

Indra Petersons Named CNN Weather Anchor

CNN has named Indra Petersons as its new weather anchor and correspondent. Petersons will primarily contribute to “New Day” with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira which begins June 17, but will also appear across all CNN shows and platforms. With the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, Petersons is starting her field work early for CNN, and will be reporting from Moore this week.

Petersons joins CNN from KABC Los Angeles, where she was a meteorologist and general assignment reporter. Before KABC she worked at KEYT Santa Barbara and KVIA El Paso, also as a meteorologist.

She is effectively replacing Rob Marciano, who left as CNN’s weather anchor in November of 2012 to become the co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.”

CNN Gets Ready For A ‘New Day’

It was a long few months work to get to “New Day,” CNN’s new morning show, which will launch on June 17th.

In the mornings, chemistry between the hosts plays an enormous role in a show’s success. If viewers don’t like the hosts, they won’t turn them on when they roll out of bed.

“You can’t fake chemistry, you can’t impose it,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said this morning, speaking over breakfast with a gaggle of reporters in the back room at the Landmarc restaurant at Time Warner Center. “When I put Kate next to Chris, I just knew.”

Kate is Kate Bolduan, the erstwhile CNN Congressional correspondent, and Chris is Chris Cuomo, a high-profile poach from ABC News. Zucker says they did screen tests with Cuomo and five other people (including Erin Burnett) before deciding that Bolduan was the right co-anchor. The pair will be joined by Michaela Pereira, who joins CNN from KTLA’s morning news show.

“The first time I met Michaela, I said ‘holy shit, where have you been,’” Zucker recalled. “It is a unique personality and she is incredibly special. ”
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New CNN Morning Show Called ‘New Day’

CNN’s new morning show will be called “New Day.”

It will air from 6-9 AM, starting an hour earlier than the network morning shows, but up directly against “Morning Joe’ on MSNBC and “Fox & Friends” on Fox News Channel. “New Day” debuts Monday, June 10th.

The new show will be anchored by Chris Cuomo, who left ABC News for CNN in January, and Kate Bolduan, who’s been a DC correspondent for CNN and Michaela Pereira, who joins CNN from KTLA.

The show replaces ”Starting Point” which had been hosted by Soledad O’Brien. O’Brien left CNN at the end of March to start her own production company. ”Early Start,” anchored by John Berman and Zoraida Sambolinwill remain on the air from 5-6 AM.

The new logo for the program is a stark departure from CNN’s past morning programs. It looks like a network morning logo with its big  bright color (CNN Red), and referring to the anchors as  ”Chris and Kate.” CNN hasn’t revealed any details on programming just yet, but if the logo is any indication, expect a show more in line with “Good Morning America” or “Today” than “Morning Joe.”

As it happens, former “Good Morning America” and “CBS Evening News” executive producer Jim Murphy will be the Senior EP of the program, with Matt Frucci serving as EP.

Update: Internal email from Jeff Zucker, after the jump.
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The Next Steps for Soledad O’Brien

A month after signing off from CNN’s “Starting Point,” Soledad O’Brien has announced her next steps. Politico reports that she will be joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 academic year.

According to a Harvard press release, O’Brien will “explore a wide variety of topics related to public education in America” during her fellowship. In a statement, the former CNN anchor and Harvard graduate called the appointment an “honor and opportunity.”

O’Brien said goodbye to CNN in March as the network announced the launch of a new morning show anchored by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan. She will continue to host documentaries produced by her new production company, Starfish Media Group, for the network.

CNN Looking To Revive ‘Crossfire’

CNN is looking to bring back “Crossfire,” TVNewser hears. The long-running political debate show was canceled in 2005.

It isn’t entirely clear what time the program would air, though we hear it would likely be a 30-minute format. During its original run from 1982-2005, “Crossfire” aired in both the afternoons and primetime, in addition to weekend editions. Aside from a brief 60-minute experiment, it was always 30 minutes. CNN declined to comment.

If it moves forward, CNN would rely on its stable of political contributors to fill the “left,” “right” and occasionally “center” roles. The channel recently parted ways with contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin, who were regulars on the original iteration of the show. Paul Begala–also a regular on the show when it was canceled–is still with the channel.

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