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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 Won’t ‘F*cking Forget’ Cate Blanchett’s Post-Oscars Press Conference

Cate BlanchettFresh off a Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” Cate Blanchett felt pretty free with her words live on CNN.

“And don’t you f*cking forget it,” Blanchett answered an Australian journalist during a post-show press conference on what it means to be the first Australian actress to win over two Academy Awards.

CNN’s Piers Morgan came out of the press conference swiftly moving to entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner, who was outside the Governors Ball interviewing Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o.

(h/t Mediaite)

Piers Morgan: ‘I’ll Make a Deal to Do 20 or 25 Shows a Year’ for CNN

PiersMorganIn an interview with Showbiz 411′s Roger Friedman, Piers Morgan laid out his plans for a new CNN role post-”Piers Morgan Live.”

“I’ll make a deal to do 20 to 25 shows a year, all interviews with big names. That’s what I wanted to do in the first place, not reports on snow storms and that kind of thing.”

Morgan was pretty vague on what he thinks will replace his 9pmET show: “A news program of some kind,” he said. Our poll for who should replace him had a familiar CNN figure winning by a huge margin.

No word yet from CNN on an end date for “Piers Morgan Live” or a replacement. Morgan hosted a live midnight post-Oscars show for the network this morning.

Rosie O’Donnell Would ‘Love’ CNN 9pm Slot, But Denies She’s Being Considered

Former “The View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitter this morning to respond to a NY Daily News report that she’s on CNN’s short-list to replace Piers Morgan at 9pmET.

It’s doubtful CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker feels too rosy about O’Donnell: back in 2010, she said Zucker—who was President of NBC Entertainment at the time—should be ashamed of himself (along with Jay Leno) for not handing over the “Tonight Show” reins more readily to then-”Late Show” host Conan O’Brien.

O’Donnell was in serious talks with MSNBC in 2007 to host a show there.

Janet Mock: Piers Morgan’s Show ‘Framed Our Conversation With Problematic Language’

janet mock piers morganTransgender activist Janet Mock is the subject of Mediabistro’s latest “So What Do You Do?” interview. After a recent appearance on “Piers Morgan Live,” Mock sparred with Morgan over the terms used to identify her — a lower-third that read “was a boy until age 18″ and a Tweet that called her “formerly a man.”

Mock, who told Morgan to “stop sensationalizing my life and misgendering trans women,” talks to us about the incident:

The show framed our conversation with problematic language that showed their lack — and our culture’s lack — of understanding about trans people’s right to define themselves. It’s problematic for media professionals to use terms and words that we do not use to identify ourselves. What we must do is give people the freedom to declare themselves and define themselves.

Your Pick for Piers Morgan’s Replacement is…

Larry KingAfter Larry King fueled speculation about a possible return to CNN following the news of Piers Morgan‘s show cancellation, we asked you who you’d like to see slide into the 9pmET CNN chair.

With close to 12,000 overall poll votes, the legendary interviewer in suspenders ran away with the win, with 86% of you voting for King to retake the 9pm hour he hosted for 25 years. Coming in a distant second was recently departed “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with 8%.

Rounding out the top five were Katie Couric (3%), and a tie between CNN’s Bill Weir and “other” at 2%. Some of your other selections included embattled teen star Justin Bieber, Jerry Seinfeld, and the highly camera-friendly Donald Duck. We’re keeping the poll open, so feel free to vote if you haven’t.

King told us last year it was CNN founder Ted Turner that gave him his big break.

February 2014 Ratings: CNN Down in Total Day, Primetime

CNN continues to struggle finding its footing without major breaking news: the network lost a quarter of its audience in total day and a third of its audience in primetime in February. This month was the network’s third-lowest rated month ever in primetime total viewers.

The ratings for February 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 399,000 Total Viewers / 134,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 307,000 Total Viewers / 96,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, CNN is down double digits across the board: -27% in total viewers and -26% in the demo in total day and -39% and -31%, respectively, in primetime. Every CNN program is down in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic year-over-year. CNN has recently said it is planning to acquire more documentaries as a way to attract viewers when there is no major breaking news events, which typically boost ratings.

In primetime, “Anderson Cooper 360″ was down -47% in total viewers and -46% in the A25-54 demographic compared to February 2014. “Piers Morgan Live,” which has been canceled, is going out on a low note: the show is posting its lowest ratings in both ratings measurements ever, down -46% in total viewers and -38% in the demo year-over-year. Jeff Zucker has said that the primetime lineup will see changes this year.

“Crossfire” had its lowest-rated month since launch in total viewers. “OutFront with Erin Burnett” hit a 22-year low in total viewers for the 7pmET timeslot.

Why’s Everybody Picking On Piers Morgan?

From news reports and criticisms from American media, to jokes at his expense coming from the UK, Piers Morgan has been on the receiving end of a lot of unfriendly fire since news of his show’s cancellation broke.

The New York Daily News reports Morgan’s own staff is happy to see him go, with his makeup artists leading the parade.

“He was always such an a—— to people working for him,” one insider says of the bombastic Brit. Morgan’s last show is likely to be this week, but no specific date has been set. We hear it was low ratings and a bad attitude that killed it, and the decision was made by network boss Jeff Zucker. “The makeup girls suffered the worst — he was rude and belligerent,” says our source. “The general feeling is Morgan didn’t show any respect to anyone working under him — the people who were trying to make him look good.”

On that front, Morgan went after the Daily News on Twitter this morning.

Morgan’s British cavalry also came to lend support: his former warm up act from “Britain’s Got Talent,” Ian Royce, blogged in Piers’ defense.

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Erin Burnett to Ted Nugent: ‘Don’t Talk About My Colleagues That Way’

Erin Burnett Ted NugentAfter cancelling on her last week, Ted Nugent joined Erin Burnett on “Outfront” last night to answer for the controversial comments he recently made about President Obama.

After saying there was no racial undertone to his “subhuman mongrel” comments about the president, Nugent went on a CNN tirade.

“For anyone to claim that I’m a racist…is the typical crap that the propaganda ministry in the media, particularly most of your cohorts there, even though I got Piers Morgan‘s ass thrown out, and I’ll do the same with Don Lemon and Wolf Blitzer.”

“Do me a favor, don’t talk about my colleagues that way…I respect them both greatly,” Burnett responded. “They don’t deserve respect,” Nugent shot back.

Blitzer voiced his agitation with Nugent’s comments last week, while Lemon said Nugent’s apology came with too many caveats.

Burnett then brought up chimpanzee comments Nugent made about the president: “If I called the president, who is a black president, a chimpanzee, I would and should be fired.”

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The Scoreboard: Friday, February 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 225 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 70 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 166 | CNN: 84 | HLN: 121

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

162

TheFive:

232

Baier:

224

Greta:

229

O’Reilly:

269

Megyn:

236

Hannity:

207

O’Reilly:

238

Megyn:

223

MSNBC
Wagner:

99

EdShow:

148

Sharpton:

186

Matthews:

193

Hayes:

161

Maddow:

194

Lockup:

143

Lockup.:

173

Lockup:

186

CNN
Tapper:

48

Blitzer:

52

Blitzer/Cross:

49/25

Burnett:

58

Cooper:

83

Morgan:

105

Bourdain:

64

Bourdain:

82

Bourdain:

62

HLN
HLNNow:

59

WWYD?:

108

WWYD?:

132

Jane:

151

Grace:

124

Files:

121

Files:

118

Files:

157

Files:

171

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