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The Ticker: ’48,’ Bodenheimer, Spurlock

  • In its first of four Monday installments, CBS’s “48 Hours” won the 10pmET/9pmCT hour last night in viewers averaging 5.097 million. The show came in third in the A18-49 rating with a 1.0.

  • B&C reports ESPN executive George Bodenheimer is leaving the network. Bodenheimer has been executive chairman of ESPN since 2012, following 14 years as president of the network.

  • Morgan Spurlock‘s Cinelan and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions are partnering to produce and distribute 20 short films by award-winning directors to drive awareness and better understanding of the U.S. economy.

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, April 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 126 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 138 | HLN: 117
  • Primetime: FNC: 99 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 281 | HLN: 151

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

100

Kurtz:

130

Wallace:

143

Colby:

117

Huckabee:

97

O’Reilly:

90

Hannity:

111

Huckabee:

73

O’Reilly:

86

MSNBC
Finney:

21

Caught:

74

Caught:

145

Caught:

81

Caught:

173

SexSlaves:

183

SexSlaves:

278

SexSlaves:

225

Lockup:

242

CNN
Nwsroom:

113

Nwsroom:

104

Nwsroom:

108

Nwsroom:

121

Bourdain:

310

Bourdain:

319

Spurlock:

214

SpcRpt:

129

Bourdain:

116

HLN
Files:

102

Files:

100

Files:

93

Files:

164

Files:

157

Files:

106

Files:

191

Files:

178

Files:

186

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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

Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Inside Man’ Kicks Off Second Season in April

morgan_spurlockhedThe second season of Morgan Spurlock‘s “Inside Man” will debut next month with a show about America’s obsession with celebrity. Spurlock will become a paparazzo for the day for the episode, which will air April 13.

The eight-week season includes shows that will examine issues like pets in America, cyber spying and UFOs. When he announced the season season of “Inside Man,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker called the show “the perfect example of the type of program our audience is looking for when we aren’t covering the news of the day.”

The second season of “Inside Man” will debut immediately after the season premiere of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.” More from CNN after the jump. Read more

Jeff Zucker on CNN’s Evolution and His ‘Exhilarating’ Experience Leading the Way

JeffZuckerCNN“I think a new lineup will evolve over time,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker tells TVNewser about the cabler’s much-talked-about primetime schedule. “I don’t think we’re going to have a singular day when we’re going to announce a whole new lineup.  It’ll evolve.”

TVNewser caught up with Zucker in Chicago last night, at the Windy City premiere of “CHICAGOLAND”, CNN’s eight-part documentary series debuting tomorrow night at 10pmET.  It’s part of a wave of new programing ordered by Zucker in an effort to break the mold at the network and kick-start ratings.

One of the puzzle pieces for Zucker is how to utilize Piers Morgan, whose eponymous primetime show will soon be replaced. Earlier this week, Morgan said he’ll “make a deal to do 20 to 25 shows a year, all interviews with big names.”

“I am talking with Piers about what our future will be,” Zucker tells TVNewser. “We are in conversations.”

As the network moves forward, though, one thing is clear: Zucker likes the ratings scored by series such as “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man”.

“Certainly, there’s an appetite and an audience that’s willing to come to CNN to watch that kind of programming, and I think that you’ll see more of that this year.”  Zucker says he has  “several other series in that vein that we haven’t even announced yet.”

And Zucker says that doesn’t mean CNN is moving away from being first and foremost a news organization.

“The fact is,” he says, “CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years.  So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.”

While CNN’s evolution will take time — and patience — Zucker is keenly aware of the day-to-day ratings game.

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CNN’s ‘Inside Man’ Wins IDA Award

morgan_spurlockhedCNN’s “Inside Man” was named “Best Limited Series” at the 29th annual International Documentary Association awards Friday night.

Honored for their work on the series were host/writer/producer Morgan Spurlock, EPs Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin and producers Kristen Vaurio, Lisa Kalikow, Shannon Gibson, Suzanne Hillinger, and Lara Benario.

“Inside Man is an integral part of CNN’s schedule and we are so happy that the industry has recognized the superb work by Morgan, Jeremy and the Warrior Poets team,” said Amy Entelis, CNN’s SVP of talent and content development.

Season two of “Inside Man” debuts  in spring.

Thanks TVNewser Readers…

AlexWeprinAfter three and a half years, this is my final post for Mediabistro and TVNewser.

I am moving on to Capital New York, where I will be covering TV as the site expands under the ownership of the Allbritton family.

When I first joined Mediabistro from Broadcasting & Cable magazine in 2010, I hoped to bring the occasional magazine-style sensibility to the site, and on occasion I think I succeeded. There was my profile of Morgan Spurlock from earlier this year, and my afternoon trailing CBS News anchor Scott Pelley at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I stopped by the “Today” show set in London during the 2012 Olympics, and spent a very late night in a pool cabana on Miami Beach with Charlie Sheen.

I’ve been able to interview an amazing group of people, from Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow, to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Ed Henry on the floor of the DNC. There was Brian Williams and Jerry Springer for “My First Big Break,” and our “Cubes” video tours of places like Bloomberg TV and MLB Network.

It really has been a pleasure to write here, following the path blazed by my friends and colleagues Brian Stelter, Steve Krakuaer and Kevin Allocca. I have also been honored to work with the amazingly talented Merrill Knox, whose byline you will probably be seeing much more of, and my boss Chris Ariens, who has led the site since Brian joined the Times.

Most importantly, thank you, TVNewser readers, for all your support.

The Evening Ticker: Layoffs/ABC, Zahn/ID, Verjee/1D

  • The Disney/ABC TV Group delivered layoff notices today to some 175 employees, mostly in the TV stations group and technical operations. TVSpy has more.

  • The 100th episode of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” delivered its highest ever premiere household rating, and over one million total viewers. it was also its number two telecast ever in the adults 25-54 demo.

  • CNN anchor Zain Verjee was covering the premiere of the movie “This Is Us,” about teen pop stars One Direction (and directed by CNN host Morgan Spurlock). While on the red carpet, she receieved quite the surprise from 1D’s Harry Styles. Watch below.

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The Sunday Ticker: Piers, Politico, PBS

  • CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Al Jazeera America White House correspondent Michael Viqueira and NBC News House of Representatives producer Frank Thorp have landed on Politico’s annual “50 Politicos to Watch” list. See the full list here.

  • PBS’ “NewsHour” will highlight three California initiatives as part of its ongoing series, “The Gun Debate: Stopping the Violence,” next week. Ray Suarez will report on Monday, Spencer Michels on Tuesday and Kathryn Olson on Wednesday. “NewsHour” will also host at Twitter LiveChat on the topic Thursday.

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