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The A.M. Ticker: McCarthy, Hostin, Masonhall

  • Jenny McCarthy says she’ll be taking on a new job when she leaves “The View” later this summer, one that “will allow me to talk without having to interrupt anyone… Stay tuned even if it does compete with ‘The View,’” she said on Monday’s show.

  • Erika Masonhall has been upped to VP on the NBC News communications team. Masonhall oversees PR for “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.” Last week, Natalie Raabe, formerly of ABC “World News,” left NBC for The New Yorker where she is the new director of comms.

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As Malaysia Airlines Coverage Continues, CNN Benches Some Shows

cnn logo_304x200We’ve been reporting on the reporting of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 all week, especially the nonstop coverage on CNN as critics and defenders chime in on the network’s obsession with the story.

As ratings rise, CNN has benched some shows that don’t fit the missing plane bill. “Crossfire” has been off for more than a week, last seen on CNN Monday, March 10. The planned Monday night experimental shows, “The Don Lemon Show,” and “Making The Case,” co-hosted by CNN legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos were replaced Monday night by a full-hour MH370 special report hosted by Lemon.

Tonight’s “Death Row Stories” at 10pmET, which has been re-airing Sunday’s episode, will not air.  In its place will be another MH370 special report also hosted by Lemon. Episode 3 of “Chicagoland” will air as scheduled tomorrow at 10pmET.

The decision to preempt “Crossfire” — which would have been a TV viewing speedbump at 6:30pm — is paying off in the ratings: Wolf Blitzer anchoring from 5-7pmET was CNN’s most-watched show Monday. TVNewser hears “Crossfire” won’t be back until at least next week, longer if the Malaysian Airlines flight is still missing.

On CNN, Experimenting at 10, ‘AC360′ at 11

don lemonFor the next month, CNN will be trying out a series of different programs each night in the 10pm hour.

Starting Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon returns to primetime with “The Don Lemon Show.” The half-hour program will lead in to another new weekly show, “Making The Case” at 10:30pm.

Tuesdays at 10pm will be one-hour special reports; Wednesdays at 10 will see “Death Row Stories;” “Chicagoland” airs Thursdays at 10; and on Fridays its “CNN Spotlight” followed by “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” at 10:30.

“AC360″ will return to the 11pm hour Monday through Thursday, a re-air of the 8pm hour (live in the event of breaking news.) Friday’s at 11pm is reserved for “Death Row Stories.” This will be the schedule for at least the next five weeks.

Late last year, Lemon hosted the limited-run 11pm show “11th Hour” while Erin Burnett was on maternity leave.

Lemon has also been part of the story as of late, getting into a Twitter spat with Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett when the verdict in the Michael Dunn trial was announced.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker told TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky last night at the premiere of “Chicagoland” he’s fine with his anchors showing emotion.

“I think that what you will find is that our anchors and hosts are still objective and presenting the news,” Zucker says. “Are there occasions where they show their passion, and show their emotion? Yes. And is that fine? Yes. And we’re okay with that.”

CNN 10pm Experimentation Continues With ‘Making The Case’

Geragos HostinCNN legal analysts Mark Geragos and Sunny Hostin served as occasional panelists on Anderson Cooper‘s short-lived 10pm roundtable show, and now CNN is trying the pair out together in that same hour on “Making The Case.”

The half-hour show co-hosted by the attorneys will premiere Monday, March 10 at 10:30pmET. CNN insiders tell us it will be a weekly show running for five weeks.

Both Geragos and Hostin are familiar faces on CNN: they were on-air throughout last year’s George Zimmerman trial, often sparring against one another.

Geragos became well known nationally for defending Michael Jackson in his molestation case and Scott Peterson during his murder trial. In addition to her attorney credentials, Hostin previously served as a Fox News panelist on the “O’Reilly Factor,” appearing with Megyn Kelly in the legal segment “Is It Legal.”

It will be interesting to see if CNN sticks with this premiere date if the current top news story on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine persists into next week.

‘AC360′ After Dark? CNN Plans 10 PM George Zimmerman Trial Specials

CNN is planning specials every night at 10 PM this week, focusing on the George Zimmerman murder trial.

The specials– titled “Self-Defense or Murder? The George Zimmerman Trial”– will be hosted by Anderson Cooper. Every night, Cooper will be “joined by Mark Geragos, Marsha Clark, and Jeffrey Toobin will condense that day’s opening statements, testimony, and analysis,” CNN says.

There will also be special guests. Tonight they include the Martin family attorney, and a linguistic expert whose testimony was thrown out over the weekend. The format sounds similar to the “AC360″ round-table editions that CNN experimented with at 10 PM earlier this year.

CNN president Jeff Zucker said network executives were “very pleased” with how those programs turned out.

It also bears a striking resemblance to “HLN After Dark,” which joined that channel’s lineup during the Jodi Arias trial, and will be getting a permanent spot on the channel’s primetime roster.

Anderson Cooper Tackles Nancy Grace’s Missing Necklace On ‘AC360′

The case of Nancy Grace‘s pilfered pendant continues to rock the halls of CNN. On “AC360,” Anderson Cooper talked to Grace about the case of the missing handcuff necklace, first reported on TVNewser yesterday, and put out an APB for its whereabouts.

“The last time my handcuff necklace was admired on the air, I would like to point out that you were present, you, [Jeffrey] Toobin and Mark Geragos,” Grace told Cooper, who asked if she had any suspects. “Don’t try to throw me off the scent, don’t try to throw me off you.”

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