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CNN Gears Up For Another “Heroes”

Heroes_2.19.jpgTonight Larry King will announce the launch of the third “Heroes” event for CNN. Nominations opened on January 1 and CNN has already received 1,200 submissions – on pace for a record number.

The 2008 award, presented during a telecast on Thanksgiving night, went to Liz McCartney and her organization, St. Bernard’s Project. The group, which rebuilds homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, was featured in MTV’s live coverage of the “Youth Inaugural Ball,” as they rebuilt their 175th house. As of last Friday, the project has completed 186 homes built by more than 11,000 volunteers.

Insiders tell us “Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” will once again be held in Los Angeles and the hero of the year award will again be $100,000.

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CNN Heroes Builds on Last Year’s Viewership

TerrenceHoward_12.2.jpgCNN took a risk by airing this year’s CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Thanksgiving Night. And in seems to have paid off in viewership.

The show drew 1.03 million Total Viewers, making it the most-watched show of the evening and giving CNN the win for prime time (8-11pmET). CNN also built on its audience at 9pmET after airing several hours of breaking news coverage on the terror siege in Mumbai. (CNN had averaged 1.33 million Total Viewers the previous five weeknights from 9-11pmET).

In the ad-friendly A25-54 demo, Heroes drew 353,000 viewers, up 79% from last year’s 197,000.

However, MSNBC came in first in the demo averaging 396,000 viewers. The network aired MSNBC Investigates all night.

Insiders tell us discussions are already underway for Heroes ’09 with nominations being accepted beginning in January.

(Pictured: Actor Terrence Howard with CNN Hero winner Liz McCartney.)

CNN Heroes: “In a Time of Uncertainty, It’s Reassuring to See Good People at Work in the World”

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper with mother-daughter actors Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.

They love LA.

In its second year, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute moved to Hollywood from its inaugural location at New York’s Museum of Natural History. With performances from Alicia Keys and John Legend and a surprise performance by Christina Aguilera, Saturday’s show at the Kodak Theatre provided a star-studded location in which to honor everyday heroes. The event will air Thanksgiving night on CNN.

Host Anderson Cooper joked that he was going to hologram-in Larry King for a special appearance. (He didn’t). Medical Marvel hero David Puckett got a kiss from presenter Salma Hayak, then forgot his acceptance speech.

Liz McCartney was named Hero of the Year. She’ll receive $100,000 for her work helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes.

Also spotted, Robert Duvall, Meg Ryan and Cameron Diaz, singer Taylor Swift and CSI New York star and Obama BFF Hill Harper.

Insiders tell us plans are already in the works for 2009 Heroes. The ability to draw on celebrity guests will most likely make Los Angeles the choice for location next year, too. After the jump, the memo sent this morning to the CNN staff from CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton.

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