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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 Partners With Tom Hanks for Docuseries on the 1960s

CNN is developing a 10-part docuseries, produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, on the 1960s.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in a statement the series is “emblematic of exactly the type of programming that we need more of, signifying a new direction and expanded sensibility at CNN.”

“From protests to war, to human rights, the Beatles, innovative technologies, and politics, the 1960s were an extraordinary era of consequential cultural and global change,” Zucker said.

“The Sixties” will launch in November with “The Assassination of JFK (1963),” a 90-minute special timed with the 50th anniversary of the event. Future episodes are slated to begin airing in April 2014.

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Bill O’Reilly Previews ‘Killing Lincoln’

Fox news host Bill O’Reilly previewed the upcoming National Geographic Channel movie “Killing Lincoln” on “The O’Reilly Factor” this week. The movie is based on O’Reilly’s book of the same name, and features Tom Hanks as the narrator. It debuts on Nat Geo Sunday, February 17, but gave his FNC viewers a sneak peak:


Nat Geo Channel Adapting Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Kennedy’ For TV

National Geographic Channel, which will air a TV movie based on Bill O’Reilly‘s book Killing Lincoln next month (you can see the trailer here), has picked up the rights to O’Reilly’s latest book Killing Kennedy.

As with “Killing Lincoln,” Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Productions will produce the two-hour film, which begins production in the Spring.

“The common parallels between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are astonishing, with both assassinations profoundly changing the nation during crucial moments in its history,” said O’Reilly in a statement. “While Kennedy’s assassination continues to garner many conspiracy theories, our story is based on facts, some that haven’t been publicly known. And with National Geographic Channel and Scott Free once again at the helm, I have the utmost trust and faith that they will bring the story of Kennedy and Camelot to life.”

Nat Geo ordered “Killing Lincoln” a year ago, and it debuts on the channel next month. Actor Tom Hanks is also serving as a producer and narrator on that project. News Corp., which owns Fox News Channel, also owns a controlling stake in Nat Geo.

Tom Hanks Drops F-Bomb on ‘Good Morning America’

Actor Tom Hanks was on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning, and promptly undid his reputation as one of the cleanest guys in Hollywood by dropping an F-bomb.

There were mic issues, so Hanks had to hold a handheld microphone for the interview, making it somewhat awkward from the start. After showing a clip from his new movie “Cloud Atlas” at 8:25 AM, Elizabeth Vargas asked Hanks to speak in the accent he used in the clip. “Most of it is swear words,” Hanks warned, “well if you say it in an accent like that they won’t notice,” Vargas replied.

Hanks, with the deep accent, said “I want people to fucking…” before catching what he said and generating an instant apology from Vargas.

“I am so sorry, I have slipped into a brand of acting, I have never done that before,” Hanks said. “I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching right now, and let me say that the next time I am on ‘Good Morning America’ there will be a seven second delay.”

After finishing the interview, Hanks looked to the camera, and channeled his inner Richard Nixon, quipping:

“Once again, my apologies to the people of the United States of America.”

A spokesperson for ABC News says : “This morning Tom Hanks accidently used an expletive during a live interview on GMA with Elizabeth Vargas. They both immediately apologized on air, and the show was corrected for all subsequent feeds.”

Video after the jump, via NowThis News

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Tom Hanks Signs On To Narrate Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Lincoln’

We already told you that Bill O’Reilly‘s book Killing Lincoln is being turned into a movie for National Geographic Channel. Now, The Hollywood Reporter adds that Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks will be joining the production as the host, narrator and historical commentator.

“It’s odd to say the killing of Abraham Lincoln is an unknown story, but it may as well be,” Hanks said in a statement. “The depth of the intrigue, the breadth of the conspiracy and the bare-naked exposure of human nature is so timeless, it’s a wonder how that seminal tragedy in our history could ever be explained in a few sentences: ‘Ford’s Theater… John Wilkes Booth,’ etc. The murder of Lincoln is not a passage of our history — it was a signpost of our American character, then, now and forever.”

David Letterman: ‘Brian Williams Can Have My Job’

Regis Philbin is sitting in for Piers Morgan tonight on his CNN show. And Reeg called in the big gun, David Letterman, who rarely does TV outside of his own show. Regis asked Dave who his favorite guests have been over the years.

“We have several – you, Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, people who really come and do a great job for us.”

“You know that Brian Williams wants your job,” said Regis. “Brian Williams can have my job,” Letterman shot back.

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Tom Hanks Apologizes to Bill O’Reilly Over 2004 Gag

The Daily Caller got its hands on some old video from a school fundraiser attended by Tom Hanks. In the 2004 video, you hear Hanks make a joke as one of the school parents — in blackface, with an Afro wig, holding a stuffed gorilla — approaches Hanks on stage. Hanks says: “Ladies and gentlemen, a celebrity in our midst! Who would have thought that Bill O’Reilly would join us?”

Yesterday, Hanks emailed the Daily Caller with this apology: “I used Bill O’Reilly as the punch line of an uncomfortable joke that was hardly funny and [was] unfair. I have no reason to think Mr. O’Reilly would have found both the reason for the joke nor my use of it funny in any way.”

O’Reilly discussed it on his show last night, saying, “I don’t think the guy did it on purpose. I just think he was … probably had a couple cocktails and walking around trying to be a wise guy.”

O’Reilly also deadpanned that he thought he and Hanks were “bosom buddies.

Fox and Friends Do The Weather Dance

This week we saw actor Tom Hanks dance while delivering the weather on Univision’s morning show. The hosts at “Fox & Friends” apparently saw it as a challenge. After Brian Kilmeade jokingly (?) asked “Why is a Spanish-language channel giving American weather?”* Steve Doocy took to the weather map to deliver his own version of The Weather Dance.

*Because Univision is based out of Miami, and is for American viewers that happen to speak Spanish.

A Tale of Two Segments: Tom Hanks Does Sports Segment On CNN, Dances En Espanol on Univision

Actor Tom Hanks is in the middle of a media blitz for his new movie Larry Crowne. Bring the experienced actor he is, he was not about to let the media circuit get him down.

Yesterday on CNN, Hanks spoke to Kyra Phillips about politics, NASA and how he would change CNN “I would take you [Kyra] and I would put you in a skin-tight cat uniform.”

He followed that up by anchoring the sports segment as only someone of his caliber could (starts about 9:45 into the video):

That was nothing compared to what happened on Univision’s morning show “Despierta America” Tuesday. Hanks helped give the weather report, and had a dance-off with the meteorologist in the process, all en espanol (warning: video will play automatically):
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