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Pot the Focus of New CNN Original Series

CNN is getting in the marijuana business… sort of.

The network today announced a new original series called “High Profits,” which will focus on a Colorado couple who hope to be the first ever “moguls of marijuana.”

“High Profits,” debuting in 2015, features Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire — apparently former Alaska news anchor / marijuana enthusiast Charlo Greene wasn’t available — who own the Breckenridge Cannabis Club.

The eight-part series, produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment, will examine the booming industry that is legalized marijuana. We’ve seen in the past the marijuana-related programming does very well with viewers. Here’s a preview:


“High Profits” joins “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe,” and “The Hunt with John Walsh” as part of CNN’s acquired series programming.

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‘I Can Handle a Stupid Dish’: Mike Rowe’s Dog Volunteers to Get CNN Back on Satellite

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Freddy is ready. If a post on CNN host Mike Rowe‘s blog is to be believed, Freddy is deeply unhappy about news Dish Network has pulled CNN and other Turner networks over a contractual dispute:

“If I understand today’s headlines, some sort of mysterious “DISH” has caused CNN to vanish from 17% of American televisions. Consequently, millions of humans – many with Nielsen Boxes, are now unable to watch the highest rated new series on cable news. This is an outrage.”

Freddy, a rescue dog with a loyal following among Rowe’s fans, offers to assist CNN with the dirty job of getting CNN back on the air–and hopefully in time for tonight’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, which, as the dog notes, has been an instant ratings hit for the network. So he’s volunteering to get the Dish dispute done and dusted:

I’ve dealt with snakes. I’ve tangled with rabid raccoons. I’m pretty sure I can handle a stupid dish. Just one phone call to my personal network, and I’ll have every one of these damned things covered in urine by morning. And that’s just for openers.

The Scoreboard: Saturday, October 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 171 | CNN: 144 | MSNBC: 100 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 144 | CNN: 112 | MSNBC: 170 | HLN: 89

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Kelly:

160

TheFive:

173

NewsHQ:

136

Report:

180

Huckabee:

133

Pirro:

145

Payday:

154

RedEye:

135

Pirro:

131

CNN
News/Gupta:

158

Nwsroom:

160

Nwsroom:

203

Nwsroom:

149

Rowe:

168

Rowe:

87

Ling:

82

Rowe:

35

Bourdain:

58

MSNBC
Caught:

52

Caught:

95

News/Lockup:

124

Lockup:

139

Lockup:

148

Lockup:

154

Lockup:

208

Lockup:

204

Lockup:

237

HLN
Files:

66

Files:

72

Files:

59

Files:

48

Files:

63

Files:

80

Files:

124

Files:

128

Files:

182

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, October 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 154 | CNN: 165 | MSNBC: 77 | HLN: 103
  • Primetime: FNC: 114 | CNN: 222 | MSNBC: 89 | HLN: 98

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

59

MediaBuzz:

116

FNSunday:

93

Report:

145

Report:

141

Pirro:

107

Pirro:

93

Huckabee:

144

Kelly:

135

CNN
Nwsroom:

145

Nwsroom:

121

Nwsroom:

109

MH370:

111

Bourdain:

174

Bourdain:

218

Ling:

275

Bourdain:

215

Bourdain:

220

MSNBC
Heist

23

Heist:

34

Heist:

56

Special:

34

Special:

47

Lockup:

116

Lockup:

105

Lockup:

145

Lockup:

161

HLN
Files:

70

Files:

85

Files:

79

Files:

127

Files:

113

Files:

86

Files:

94

Files:

140

Files:

160

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, October 11

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 149 | CNN: 115 | MSNBC: 103| HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 129 | CNN: 89 | MSNBC: 174 | HLN: 79

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/News:

72

TheFive:

99

NewsHQ:

116

Report:

113

Huckabee:

129

Pirro:

126

Hannity:

133

RedEye:

124

Pirro:

138

CNN
News/Gupta:

117

Nwsroom:

128

Smerconish:

136

Nwsroom:

100

Bourdain:

65

Rowe:

81

Ling:

122

Bourdain:

81

Rowe:

119

MSNBC
Caught:

70

Caught:

76

Lockup:

87

Lockup:

135

Lockup:

152

Lockup:

138

Lockup:

231

Lockup:

324

Lockup:

310

HLN
Files:

64

Files:

45

Files:

64

Files:

51

Files:

45

Files:

82

Files:

109

Files:

120

Files:

131

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 8

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 305 | CNN: 180 | MSNBC: 78 | HLN: 99
  • Primetime: FNC: 475 | CNN: 355 | MSNBC: 132 | HLN: 75

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

159

TheFive:

265

Baier:

376

Greta:

364

O’Reilly:

556

Kelly:

544

Hannity:

322

O’Reilly:

343

Kelly:

383

CNN
Tapper:

184

Blitzer:

220

Blitzer:

252

Burnett:

211

Cooper:

282

Rowe:

507

Tonight:

277

Cooper:

145

Rowe:

138

MSNBC
Wagner:

56

EdShow:

85

Sharpton:

135

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

104

Maddow:

143

O’Donnell:

148

Hayes:

66

Maddow:

50

HLN
Now:

69

Files:

35

Files:

78

Jane:

93

Grace:

69

Dr.Drew:

61

Files:

94

Files:

123

Files:

250

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Mike Rowe Makes CNN History with Debut of ‘Sombody’s Gotta Do It’

Robin Meade Mike RoweAccording to Nielsen Fast National Data, Mike Rowe‘s Somebody’s Gotta Do It is CNN Original Series’ best premiere ever in the A25-54 demo, averaging 507,000 viewers, coming in second to “The Kelly File” which drew 544,000. Rowe also drew 943,000 total viewers in its debut last night at 9pmET.

Rowe’s new show passes the series premier of “The Hunt with John Walsh,” which drew 330,000 in the demo and 989,000 total viewers in its July debut. Final numbers will be in after 4pmET.

Rowe’s new show features people, who have jobs that aren’t necessarily desirable, but are vital. The show is unscripted, unrehearsed and features a unique theme song.

Why 24/7 Cable News Makes Mike Rowe ‘Anxious’

RoweSomebody’s gotta do it, and Mike Rowe wants you to know who and why it matters.

“They’re a more interesting group, the people who keep us connected,” Rowe told TVNewser in an interview last week about the everyday American workers he will spotlight on his new CNN show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

“They’re the people that make civilized life work.”

Rowe, who rose to fame rolling up his sleeves on Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” sees his new CNN series, premiering tonight at 9pmET, as the perfect platform to tell stories he previously couldn’t. “My only disappointment with it [Dirty Jobs] was that I met a lot of people who I would’ve loved to introduce to the country, but they simply weren’t dirty enough.” (At a launch party last week, Rowe said the new show isn’t another “Dirty Jobs”).

With “SGDI” allowing for less messy storytelling, Rowe emphasized the show is reality TV—for real. “I don’t know what non-fiction means anymore, I’m not sure what unscripted means. It used to mean shows without a script, but clearly that’s not the case. Reality? Don’t even get me started.”

“I think viewers are really hungry for a really authentic show,” Rowe said, adding, “the odds are stacked against us because everything you do in the field winds up getting in the way of telling the viewer the truth.”

“We’re making sure the viewer knows that the people we meet are genuine, that they’re not seeing a second, or third, or fourth take, and that they’re not watching something that was heavily edited.”

And Rowe has thoughts on another non-fiction platform.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Dr. Snyderman, Fusion, CNN

  • NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who along with her crew has been quarantined in Liberia after freelance colleague Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola, is tentatively scheduled to report for “Nightly News” tonight. We’re hearing her reporting schedule—and scheduled flight home to the U.S.— are fluid.

  • Fusion has named Dodai Stewart director of cultural coverage. Stewart was a founding member of Jezebel’s editorial team

  • Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports on “CNN at the crossroads.” “CNN’s original series future is complex, and controversial. Not everyone inside the company is enthused about the changes.” When “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowepremieres next week, the network will have three original series running at the same (Rowe, Bourdain, Ling).

Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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