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Sunday Ticker: Bourdain, Bolton, Brzezinski

  • Season four of the Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” starts tonight at 9pmET/PT. Bourdain takes viewers on a tour of Shanghai. Immediately following, CNN premieres “This is Life with Lisa Ling” at 10pmET/PT.

  • FBN’s Deirdre Bolton will be taking her show on the road to San Francisco tomorrow. Bolton talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about her TV style in NY vs. SF. “Normally in New York, I would not do a Mark Zuckerberg jeans and a hoodie,” she says.

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski will be in Philadelphia Monday to speak at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon of the group City Year Philadelphia, which taps 200 people between ages 17-24, to be mentors and tutors for the city’s public school students.

5 Questions for CNN ‘This is Life’ Host Lisa Ling

LisaLingLisa Ling returns to TV news this weekend with the debut of the new CNN show “This is Life.” Ling, 41, got her start in TV news as a correspondent for student news network Channel One News. Since then, she’s traveled the globe for National Geographic Explorer, spent a few years sitting next to Barbara Walters on “The View,” and helped secure her sister’s freedom from a North Korean prison.

TVNewser: What kinds of stories should viewers expect to see on “This is Life?”

Lisa Ling: The series is a look into unconventional lifestyles in America. Some of the episodes include prescription pill addiction in Mormon country, the phenomenon of young women seeking out moneyed older men to help with college tuition, women seeking fortune in North Dakota’s oil fields and the recent increase of young seminarians in the Catholic Church.

TVNewser: Why is CNN a good fit for this type of program?

Lisa Ling: My show is a journalistic exploration of the different worlds that exist within our world. There is no better platform than the premier global journalism outlet.

TVNewser: How did the 2009 experience of your sister Laura’s imprisonment in North Korea change how you view foreign reporting?

Lisa Ling: I’ve always been a cautious reporter and taken security concerns very seriously, but Laura’s imprisonment certainly has made me much more appreciative of the risks that journalist take to tell stories. Although there is far more media today than there ever has been, the need for substantive, depth-filled reporting is more dire than ever.

TVNewser: What’s an under-covered story right now?

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‘This is Life With Lisa Ling’ Gets Premiere Date

LingLisa Ling will make her CNN debut later this month.

“This is Life With Lisa Ling” premieres September 28 at 10pmET. The original series follows Ling’s travels across the country as she introduces “sub-cultures and communities that are unusual, extraordinary and sometimes dangerous,” according to a CNN release. The eight-episode, hour-long programs will be co-produced by Ling and Part2 Pictures’ Amy Bucher and David Shadrack Smith.

“I have always believed that the more we know about each other, the more evolved we become,” Ling said. “I am absolutely thrilled to bring stories of everyday people with extraordinary lives to the premier global journalism platform, CNN. I hope viewers will open their hearts and minds to the incredible worlds we’re about to explore together.”

John Walsh Back on ‘The Hunt’: ‘Television is Still the Most Powerful Medium’

John Walsh CNNWhen John Walsh‘s new CNN show, “The Hunt,” debuts Sunday night, it will be the latest chapter in Walsh’s life’s work: to catch the bad guys.

“I was on that painful journey for 27 years waiting for justice for my son. I know what it’s like. I will always be the father of a murdered child. I will always be that angry, driven guy,” the former “America’s Most Wanted” host told a group of reporters, including TVNewser, over lunch this week. “I just figured out one thing I can do really well  … I’d learn how to catch guys. I got better at it than any police agency because I had the public help.”

In the 26 years that “America’s Most Wanted” was on the air, Walsh’s profiles of fugitives led to the capture of 1,231 of the “biggest, rottenest, bastards on the planet,” as he describes them. Walsh, who has taken time off since Fox canceled “AMW,” was lured back to television by his longtime friend Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide.

“Television is still the most powerful medium. Yes, we have all kinds of digital platforms. We’re teaming up with Facebook, Twitter, all of them are so excited about the show,” Walsh said. “But the bottom line is I caught 99 percent of the guys I caught because I caught them off the television.”

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‘The Hunt with John Walsh’ Debuts July 13

cnn rowe ling walshJohn Walsh‘s return to weekly TV is set for July 13 at 9pmET. Walsh, who hosted “America’s Most Wanted” for 25 years, begins his run as host of “The Hunt with John Walsh” on CNN.

CNN says “The Hunt” will “expose stories of ongoing criminal investigations of fugitives, expand the search internationally, and employ the documentary, visual style” of the production company behind CNN’s other weekly docu-series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.” TVNewser will bring you more details of the show following a lunch event with Walsh next week.

Walsh will soon be joined by Lisa Ling and Mike Rowe as hosts of upcoming weekly series. CNN’s “Death Row Stories” also returns July 13, following the debut of “The Hunt.”

Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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CNN Ad Sales EVP on Selling Traditional Newscasts vs. Original Series

CNNLogo_11.24CNN Worldwide EVP of ad sales Katrina Cukaj talks to Capital New York about the differences between selling traditional newscasts and original series, which the network continues to add to its lineup:

There are so many incredible headlines out there, and it is a different sort of storytelling, and I think you probably got that from Jeff [Zucker]’s presentation [at the upfront]. We do storytelling on a newscast very differently than we do storytelling in an original series. I think the opportunity for us is to engage with our viewers and our advertisers in unique storytelling ways, so I think Jeff used the example of the way Anderson Cooper covers Libya is going to be a little bit different than the way an Anthony Bourdain covers Libya, and that is the positioning we are using in the marketplace.

Some of the topics are being ripped from the headlines, and we have new storytellers now, though these production companies that we are working with in the longform, to get more engaged, deeper into what some of those headline stories were, and “Chicagoland” was a perfect example of that. The three key pillars for us is the original reporting, the original series and films, and with all of our digital distribution, basically taking and driving that scale and reach across the board.

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

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