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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Gets Marijuana Strain Named After Him

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta changed his mind about medical marijuana earlier this month, and it has not gone unnoticed among, uh, aficionados.

According to Marijuana.com, “Sanjay Gupta Kush” is now available for sale at a dispensary in Boulder, Colorado. According to Business Insider, the strain of pot “is a modified Indica with roots originating from southeast Asia.”

Gupta’s documentary “Weed” ended up delivering huge numbers for CNN when it debuted. Clearly, pot fans are a loyal bunch.

Update: It seems CNN isn’t pleased with this development, and has asked the dispensary to stop calling the strain by that name.

Gupta’s Pot Doc Tops The Lot

Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s documentary on marijuana, “Weed,” delivered some of CNN’s best (non news-driven) Sunday night ratings in a long time.

“Weed” attracted 1.21 million total viewers and 477,000 adults 25-54 at 8 PM. The numbers are comparable to what Fox News regularly draws during weekend primetime in total viewers, and the demo numbers are significantly higher than what any of the channels typically draw.

It was clear that viewers were tuning in specifically for Gupta’s special. The 7 PM hour on CNN averaged 431,000 total and 139,000 demo viewers, while at 9 PM “Crimes of the Century” fell to 585,000 total and 198,000 demo viewers. In other words, “Weed” tripled its lead-in and lost more than 50% of its viewers after it ended.

The subject matter also probably had something to do with it. Back in 2009 CNBC saw record-breaking ratings with a pot documentary of its own. Clearly weed fans are a loyal bunch.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Marijuana Mea Culpa

This weekend CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host a documentary about medical marijuana in the U.S. called “Weed.” While the title is provocative, the content is decidedly more reserved, with Gupta taking a serious, in-depth look at the medical effects of marijuana.

To that end, Gupta wrote an op-ed on CNN.com offering something of a mea culpa on marijuana.

Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.”

Well, I am here to apologize.

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The AM Ticker: Malveaux, Promax, Lee

  • CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, along with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will report on ALS this week, with a series of specials airing on “CNN Newsroom” Wednesday-Friday. The ALS reports will air at 1 Pm each day. Malveaux’s mother is affected by the disease.

  • Promax/BDA handed out its North American “Promotion, Marketing and Design” awards recently, and just about every network took home at least one. The full list of winners (more than 100) is here.

CNN Goes All-Out With Homegrown Talent For ‘New Day’ Debut

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted this morning, and there were plenty of familiar faces (and voices).

Christiane Amanpour and John King filed reports, and Nancy Grace–who was for a long time a regular on ABC’s “Good Morning America–delivered some legal analysis. Actor James Earl Jones, who voices the “This is CNN” slogan, also welcomed viewers to the new program by saying “This is ‘New Day,’ with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.”

Insiders tell us they cannot remember King or Amanpour appearing on the CNN morning show in recent years, at least on any regular basis, but that the new mandate is that the day now starts at 6 AM at CNN, and you can expect to see the network’s biggest guns, including Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Rachel Nichols all appearing regularly.

In other words, CNN is making sure all hands are on deck to make sure the show is a success. CNN president Jeff Zucker described what he was looking for in a morning show last month:

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President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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The Weekend Ticker: Gupta, Casone, Mika

  • TNT has canceled “Monday Mornings,” the drama series based on CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s book of the same name. Gupta, along with David E. Kelley, served as an EP on the program.

Robin Roberts Tops TV News Personalities on ‘Most Trusted’ List

Several television news journalists have landed on Reader’s Digest list of “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.” At #12, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is the most-trusted television news personality on the list.

In addition to Roberts, the morning shows are well represented: “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos is #57, while “Today” show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer are #85 and #97, respectively.

The three evening news anchors make the list –ABC’s Diane Sawyer at #25, NBC’s Brian Williams at #29 and CBS’ Scott Pelley at #63. ABC’s Barbara Walters (#34), Katie Couric (#37) and Christiane Amanpour (#56) are also among the most trusted.

From the cable news landscape, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta is #17 and  Anderson Cooper is #50. HLN’s Dr. Drew Pinsky is #90 and Fox News anchor Shepard Smith rounds out the list at #100.

‘Good Morning America,’ ‘Today,’ ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Secure Daytime Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and TV news shows and personalities are well-represented. The awards will air on HLN June 16.

In the “Outstanding Morning Program” category, NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS Sunday Morning” are the nominees. We hear that CBS did not submit “CBS This Morning” for consideration this time around. “GMA” and “CBS Sunday” also received nominations in “Outstanding Promotional Announcement” and “Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing” respectively.

Other nominees included Dr. Sanjay Gupta for CNN’s “Sanjay Gupta, MD,” Anderson Cooper for “Anderson Live” and Katie Couric‘s talk show “Katie,” which was nominated for “Outstanding Talk Show/Informative.” “The View” also received an “Outstanding Talk Show” nod, while the “Today” team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker were nominated for their work at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The full list of nominees can be viewed here.

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