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The Ticker: Ed Schultz, Paula Zahn, Ann Rule

  • Investigation Discovery anchor Paula Zahn is moderating a panel discussion on the Violence Against Women Act at the White House today. Vice President Biden will host the event, which will also be streamed live here starting at 11 AM.
  • CBS News’ “48 Hours Mystery” is teaming up with famed crime author Ann Rule to try and shed light on a 1998 murder. The death of Ronda Reynolds was originally ruled a suicide, but there appeared to be more to the story,. Rule ended up writing a book about the case. The story airs on “48 Hours Mystery” Saturday night at 10 PM.

The Ticker: Abdullah, Zahn, Rocca

  • King Abdullah II of Jordan sits down with “PBS Newshour” Senior Correspondent Margaret Warner for an interview that will air tonight. The interview is expected to focus on the peace process in the Middle East and the situation in Syria.
  • Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” had a series high Sunday night. With 985K Total Viewers, the show was #11 in the W25-54 demo for all cable shows last week.
  • “In television now, where things change so quickly for the most inconsequential reasons, there’s a lot to be said for stability.” — CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca tells Capital New York.

After 10 Years, ‘American Morning’ Signs Off

This morning, at the end of the final CNN “American Morning,” anchors Alina Cho and Deborah Feyerick welcomed show staffers to the set.

“These are the folks who get up in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping to bring you this show and they do it with a lot of enthusiasm and love and energy,” said Feyerick, as the director took shots of the studio as well as the control room.

“American Morning” launched on September 12, 2001, with original host Paula Zahn anchoring five months earlier than planned due to the 9/11 attack the day before. It has been without a permanent anchor team since John Roberts and Kiran Chetry departed at different points, earlier this year.

On Monday, CNN’s two new 2-hour morning shows, “Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin” and “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” will launch beginning at 5amET.

ID’s ‘On the Case’ Hires Letterman Extortionist, Former CBS News Producer Joe Halderman

TVNewser has learned that Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” has hired Joe Halderman, the CBS News producer who attempted to blackmail David Letterman in 2009.

Halderman, a former producer for “48 Hours Mystery,” joined the staff of the hour-long documentary crime program a few weeks ago. He is a producer on the show, and is not expected to work in the field. “On the Case” is not believed to be the first opportunity Halderman has had to work after being released from prison late last year.

“On behalf of On The Case’s production team, we have been impressed with Joe Halderman’s professional accomplishments as an Emmy award-winning producer for 48 Hours and CBS News,”said Scott Weinberger, the EP of  ‘On the Case,’ in a  statement. ” With the network’s prior approval, the team has brought Halderman on as a producer for On The Case. We are confident that Halderman will make significant contributions to the success of our award-winning investigative newsmagazine.”

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Paula Zahn’s ‘On The Case’ Returns Tonight

Season five of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” will premiere tonight on Investigation Discovery. The former ABC, CBS, Fox News and CNN anchor has helped make the program ID’s signature long-form journalism show, and a solid compliment to its off-network acquisitions from NBC, CBS and ABC News.  The program was the first one to crack a 1.0 household rating for ID earlier this year.

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Soledad O’Brien Back to CNN Mornings?

TVNewser has learned the current iteration of CNN’s “American Morning” may be in its final months of production and will likely be replaced by two new shows, one airing from 5am-7amET and another from 7am-9amET.

We’re hearing Ashleigh Banfield, who has been working freelance for ABC News for nearly two years, may be tapped to anchor the earlier hours, while former “American Morning” co-anchor Soledad O’Brien, is being mentioned as anchor of the second two hours.

Banfield, the former MSNBC and Court TV anchor, is under contract to ABC News until the end of the year. O’Brien has been spending the last several years working on documentaries for the “In America” unit. No comment from CNN.

“American Morning,” which airs from 6-9amET, has had a rotating cast of temporary anchors since the departures of John Roberts late last year and Kiran Chetry in July.

“American Morning” — once a solid #2 behind “Fox & Friends” — has fallen behind in the ratings. In August, “American Morning” finished behind MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for the fifth straight month, with the politics-heavy MSNBC show up +21% year-over-year.

As has happened in the past when shows are canceled, the staff of AM will have to re-apply for jobs after Executive Producers of the new shows are named.

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Forget ‘Jersey Shore,’ This Summer Murder Is All the Rage on TV

The New York TimesBill Carter looks at the strong Summer that true-crime shows such as Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” and NBC’s “Dateline” are having.

Both “Dateline” and “48 Hour Mysteries” are serious productions from the networks’ news divisions, with staffs dedicated to combing crime blogs, newspapers and legal records for cases juicy enough to be told in multiple acts.

And therein lies the appeal. As David Corvo, the NBC News executive in charge of “Dateline,” put it, “It’s got good guys, bad guys, conflict over something that matters, suspense and then resolution — the classic elements of drama and great storytelling.”

People “find the characters fascinating,” said Ms. Zahn, the host and an executive producer of “On the Case.” “They wonder why a pillar of the community could be driven to kill.”

Carter even spoke to “Saturday Night Live” cast member Bill Hader, who appears in a recurring sketch about a fictional true crime show. Not surprisingly, Hader is a fan of the genre:

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Paula Zahn’s Return Delivers for ID

We will have the full holiday weekend ratings grids shortly. In the meantime, there was some ratings news from another cable channel. Season two of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” debuted on Investigation Discovery Sunday, and it bested all of its cable news competition in its 10-11 PM timeslot.

Zahn’s show drew 861,000 total viewers, and 453,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 demo. By comparison, Fox News drew 828,000 viewers and 165,000 A25-54. CNN drew 526,000 viewers and 154,000 A25-54, and MSNBC drew 473,000 viewers and 284,000 A25-54.

Paula Zahn Hosts ‘Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis’

Former CNN and and Fox News anchor Paula Zahn, whose “On the Case with Paula Zahn” recently began its fourth season on  Investigation Discovery, is hosting a one-hour special on flagship network Discovery Channel this week.

Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis airs tomorrow at 10pmET. The program takes a look at the impact of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and examines the lives of those who survived last month’s earthquake and tsunami.  Included is an interview of an American who was  at the plant at the time events began to unfold.

ID Unveils Slate as Paula Zahn Premieres Season Four

Investigation Discovery announced its 2011-2012 programming slate at its upfront presentation in New York yesterday afternoon. The announcements came just days before former CNN and Fox News anchor Paula Zahn premieres season four of her ID series “On the Case with Paula Zahn.”

“On the Case” debuts its new season Sunday, April 17 at 10 PM.

Zahn was at the after-party yesterday, joined by fellow ID personalities, including former boxer Butterbean, crime author Aphrodite Jones, NBC News anchor Lester Holt and ABC’s Dan Abrams.

Holt and Abrams anchor a pair of primetime newsmagazines for ID, made up of repurposed Dateline segments. ID also has “48 Hours on ID” and “60 Minutes on ID” from CBS News, “20/20 on ID” from ABC News.

New shows include “Real Crime/Reel Story,” which has host Erin Brockovich exploring the real stories behind popular films and “Hunting Justice with M. William Phelps,” which sees crime author Phelps piece together criminal profiles.

ID is also slating an investigative journalism series “ID Investigates,” as well a a documentary film label ID Films.

More info on other new series and specials from ID, after the jump.
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