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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.”

“The Hunt” will not be another version of “America’s Most Wanted,” however. Read more

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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.”

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

CNN Looks To Shake Up Lineup With Non-News Programming

The New York Post’s Michael Shain reports that CNN is looking to non-news programming, such as reality shows, to help shake up its lineup. That shouldn’t be too surprising, as the addition of Anthony Bourdain to its weekend lineup next year has long been seen as just “step one” in a process to reshape the network’s weekend lineup.

Here’s what Shain reports the network is looking for:

A late-night talk show featuring a panel — an 11 p.m. version of “The View.”

* Five new reality shows to air on Saturday and Sunday nights — to compliment traveling chef Anthony Bourdain, who is set to debut a new Sunday night CNN show starting early next year.

* A hunt for new on-air personalities outside of traditional TV news. Bourdain is the “prototype” for the new star CNN is now looking for, it is telling Hollywood agents.

A producer with his own production company confirmed to me that CNN has been knocking on doors looking for some new (or even old) concepts and talent. Here’s what he told me:

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The Ticker (Revolving Door Edition): O’Keefe, Kudravi, Rowe

  • Ed O’Keefe is leaving ABCNews.com for Planet Daily, where he’ll be editor-in-chief of the new social video news start-up. O’Keefe has been with ABC News 12 years, joining as a desk assistant in Washington.

  • Kathryn Kudravi joins CNN as the editorial director for CNN Sports, a new position. Kudravi joins from ESPN where she spent the last 10 years. In her new Atlanta-based job, Kudravi will be the primary sports liaison to CNN managers.

  • “ABC World News” has swapped out the voice of “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe, for another ABC News announcer. The change happened last week. We asked ABC why, but weren’t given an answer. Rowe had been the voice of “World News” since Dec. 2009.

Morgan Freeman the New Voice of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Freeman_1.4.jpgThe AP’s David Bauder reports Morgan Freeman is the new announcer for the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” Since Couric’s first night in the anchor chair in Sept. 2006, the announce was done by CBS News legend Walter Cronkite who died last summer.

“As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we’re looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made,” CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus tells Bauder.

Insiders tells us there have been on-and-off discussions with Freeman for some time. He has a relationship with Couric going back to the “Stand up to Cancer” specials. Morgan’s voice will premiere on tonight’s broadcast.

All three network broadcasts now have celebrities as their announcers. Michael Douglas began announcing “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” on Dec. 17, 2007.

And Mike Rowe, best known for hosting Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs” debuted as the voice of ABC “World News with Diane Sawyerlast month.

> Related: A Mike Wallace “60 Minutes” profile of Morgan Freeman from 2005.

A Much Cleaner Job for Mike Rowe: The Voice of ‘World News with Diane Sawyer’

Rowe_12.22.jpgDuring a chat with ABC News executive Jon Banner this morning, we learned the new announcer for ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” is Mike Rowe host of “Dirty Jobs” on Discovery Channel. Rowe is also a spokesman for Ford.

“I’ve admired his voice and his work for a long time,” Banner tells TVNewser. “The style of his voice is a little bit more conversational rather than shouting from the rooftops.” Rowe replaces Bill Rice who had been the announcer for World News for many years.

More of our conversation with Banner later on TVNewser…

• Click continued to see the open/close of “World News with Diane Sawyer” which includes Rowe’s voiceover…

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