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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reynolds Wolf and Jacqui Jeras Cut


TVNewser is reporting that CNN has cut Reynolds Wolf and Jacqui Jeras from its staff of meteorologists. That leaves Chad Myers and Rob Marciano to cover the weather. Here's a link to the full read.

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ABC's John Berman Joins CNN

John Berman Joins CNN as an Anchor of Morning Show "Early Start"
Berman to Also Contribute Reports to CNN Programs Across the Day



John Berman, who served as a correspondent for ABC News and regular contributor to Good Morning America, joins CNN as an anchor of the morning program Early Start and will contribute reports to various CNN programs including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, it was announced by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN.

CNN’s Early Start, which premiered on January 2, 2012 with hosts Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin, airs weekdays at 5 am to 7 am, ET/PT.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rating The Week of May 21-25

1 - Special programming shown on one night during the week.

Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.

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Anthony Bourdain Joins CNN/CNNi Weekends

ANTHONY BOURDAIN, WORLD-RENOWNED CHEF, AUTHOR AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY, JOINS CNN/CNNI TO HOST NEW WEEKEND PROGRAM


Launching in Early 2013 on CNN & CNNI, Program Expands CNN’s Coverage of Food and Travel; Bourdain to Also Offer Commentary Across CNN Programs

World-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain will join CNN as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel. The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker.

“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism.” said Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”
Launching in early 2013, the show will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals. Slated to air domestically on Sundays in prime time with repeat airings on Saturday nights, it will mark a further step in broadening and distinguishing CNN’s weekend programming from its traditional weekday news coverage.
The series will be produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandy Zweig. The Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production has been working with Anthony Bourdain for over a decade, producing Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, A Cooks Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria.

Bourdain, whose reporting has taken him from the culinary capitals of Europe, Asia and North and South America to such historically war-torn or isolated regions as Vietnam, Mozambique, Uzbekistan and Romania, will also offer commentary on other CNN programs and platforms, domestically and internationally, providing insights into current events and debates around food and health and other cultural conversations.

“I’m really looking forward to coming over to CNN. I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me,” said Bourdain. “I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”

Bourdain has been the host of the award-winning Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations since 2005. He previously hosted A Cook’s Tour on the Food Network and has appeared on Bravo’s competition series Top Chef and written for HBO’s New Orleans-based drama Treme. He is also the author of critically acclaimed non-fiction and fiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Kitchen Confidential and “A Cook’s Tour.” He now oversees his own line of books from Ecco, a division of HarperCollins, the first three of which are scheduled to be released in 2013.

Bourdain’s many accolades include Emmy awards for programs on Haiti and Laos, and an Emmy nomination for an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which was shot in Beirut during the 2006 Lebanon War.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012


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Friday, May 25, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 5/26/12

SATURDAY, May 26, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, the fight over prostate cancer screening, and a new recommendation that men not get the PSA test. Sanjay cuts through the confusion, to see just who should get the PSA test, and what they need to know. Sanjay also looks into a recent report that found the air quality in schools to be toxic, and what you can do to protect your kids.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Topic: Cost of War in Afghanistan; Negotiations with the Taliban; Relationship with Pres. Obama
Guest: Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
Topic: New Book; Foreign Policy
Guest: Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), former Secretary of State
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

CNN PRESENTS: SELLING MIRACLES – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin reports from India and the United States on a New Delhi clinic that promises hope for desperate American patients through embryonic stem cell injections, treatment that is outlawed in America. Over 85 patients have paid an average of $25,000 each for treatments for diseases ranging from ALS to spinal cord injuries to genetic disorders.

SUNDAY, May 27, 2012


SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, the fight over prostate cancer screening, and a new recommendation that men not get the PSA test. Sanjay cuts through the confusion, to see just who should get the PSA test, and what they need to know. Sanjay also looks into a recent report that found the air quality in schools to be toxic, and what you can do to protect your kids.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topics: Campaign 2012; Jobs; Economy; GOP Agenda
Guest: Rudy Giuliani, former Republican presidential candidate; former New York City Mayor
Topics: Campaign 2012; Jobs; Economy; Democratic Agenda
Guest: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair, Democratic National Committee
Topics: Treating Veterans; State of the V.A.; Dealing with PTSD
Guest: Gen. Peter Chiarelli (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
Topics: Veterans Benefits; Mental Health Issues
Guest: Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), chair, Veterans Affairs Committee
Topics: Challenges Facing Veterans: Unemployment, Disability Benefits, V.A. Backlog
Guest: Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Guest: Tim Tetz, legislative director, The American Legion
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topics: U.S. Debt and Deficit; Simpson-Bowles Proposal
Guest: Erskine Bowles, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina; board of directors, Facebook
Guest: Alan Simpson, former U.S. Senator (R-WY)
Topic: Election 2012: Economy, Religion, Same-Sex Marriage
Guest: Ross Douthat, opinion editorial columnist, The New York Times
Guest: Chrystia Freeland, editor, Thomson Reuters Digital
Guest: Bill Keller, opinion editorial columnist, The New York Times
Guest: Peggy Noonan, author and opinion editorial columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topics: Cory Booker’s Remarks on Meet the Press; Bain Capital and Romney Coverage
Guest: Anne Kornblut, The Washington Post
Guest: Roger Simon, POLITICO
Topics: New Book; Bravo’s Celeb-Reality Phenomenon
Guest: Andy Cohen, senior vice president, Bravo TV; author, “Most Talkative”
Topics: Running ABC News
Guest: David Westin, former president, ABC News
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week on The Next List, a profile of Sarah Parcak who has been called the Indiana Jones of space archaeologists. Parcak uses infrared satellite imagery to uncover Egyptian ruins and ancient civilizations thought to have been buried forever. Her work is mind-boggling and is literally transforming the field of archaeology.

GLOBAL LESSONS: The GPS ROAD MAP FOR SAVING HEALTHCARE – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
Health care costs are rising in America while health care quality continues to sink. CNN and TIME’s Fareed Zakaria examines what we can learn from the rest of the world about fixing health care by examining the pros and cons of how medicine is practiced in the U.K., Taiwan, Switzerland, and a successful trial program within the U.S. as well. Zakaria also interviews Atul Gawande, MD, surgeon and science and medicine writer for The New Yorker, Game Show Network CEO David Goldhill (author of “How American Healthcare Killed My Father,” The Atlantic, 2009), and Washington Post journalist and author T.R. Reid (The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, 2010) for practical recommendations on improving health outcomes more efficiently.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

HLN Hosts Daytime Emmy ® Awards

HLN HOSTS THE 39TH ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY® AWARDS LIVE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 23


2012 Show Includes Tributes to Outgoing Series & Beloved Talent;
Spotlight on Innovative Programs

HLN grabs the reigns as the host network of the 39th annual daytime entertainment Emmy® Awards to be presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 23, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, it was announced by Scot Safon, Executive Vice President & General Manager, HLN, and Malachy Wienges, Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Piers Morgan Tonight News


Huffington Post has a few interesting articles today relating to Piers Morgan tonight. Next week PMT will have a week of guests hosts with Regis Philbin filling in on Tuesday night. Philbin's buddy David Letterman will be the guest.

There's also more trouble for Piers concerning the hacking scandal in the UK. BBC anchor Jeremy Paxman claimed in testimony today that Morgan taught him how to hack into a cell phone. HuffPo reported:

Morgan, who testified before Leveson in December, has long seen his name pop up at the fringes of the ongoing phone hacking scandal. He has vehemently denied ever having hacked a phone or having told anyone to hack a phone, and there has been no hard evidence linking him to the practice.
Still, accusations that hacking was rife during his editorship of the Daily Mirror -- or that he acquired private voicemails through hacking -- have persisted.
Paxman -- who has tangled with Morgan about hacking before -- said that, at a lunch in 2002, Morgan first claimed to know the exact details of a conversation between the two (though he said it was quite possible Morgan was "imagining" when he said this), and then described how to hack a phone to him.

Piers' cheeky response on Twitter?

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ryan Smith & Isha Sesay on HLN


HLN REVS UP NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LAUNCH OF EVENING EXPRESS, HOSTED BY RYAN SMITH, MONDAY, JUNE 4

Nationally Syndicated Radio Host and Best-Selling Financial Expert Clark Howard and CNN Journalist Isha Sesay Join New Show Airing 5-7 p.m. ET

HLN launches a new destination for news and information with Evening Express, hosted by Ryan Smith, beginning Monday, June 4. This new addition to HLN’s schedule will air weeknights, 5-7 p.m. ET, and feature HLN’s popular personal finance expert Clark Howard, and CNN’s Isha Sesay, it was announced by Scot Safon, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HLN. Evening Express will be based at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta.

“HLN is excited to offer our viewers an evening news program that centers on the news and information they’ll discuss around the dinner table,” said Safon. “The format and tone of Evening Express was inspired by our hit show Morning Express with Robin Meade. Viewers tell us all the time that they love how Robin and the Morning Express team start their day on HLN, and now Ryan, Clark and Isha will be welcoming them home in the evening.”

Evening Express will provide an energetic, inspirational and solutions-oriented look at the day’s news, accompanied by deeper discussions and reporting on stories and issues that resonate in the American household, including parenting, education, health, personal finance and relationships.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ratings for the Week of May 14-18


1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week

Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.


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Saturday, May 19, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 5/19/12

SATURDAY, May 19, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD Sanjay, seven lucky viewers train together for the Malibu triathlon. Sanjay will share his advise on exercising safely and more efficiently, whatever your fitness goals may be.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

Voters in America: Vets Wanted?- 8:00pm – 9:00pm & 11:00pm – 12:00am

SUNDAY, May 20, 2012

24/7 Pacquiao / Bradley Part 1 - 12:00am – 1:00am & 3:00am – 4:00am

Voters in America: Vets Wanted? - 2:00am – 3:00am

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD Sanjay, seven lucky viewers train together for the Malibu triathlon. Sanjay will share his advise on exercising safely and more efficiently, whatever your fitness goals may be.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topics: 2012 Politics; Senate Agenda; Jobs and the Economy
Guests: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
Topics: President Obama’s 2012 Campaign, Democratic agenda
Guest: David Axelrod, senior strategist for the Obama re-election campaign *Exclusive
Topics: 2012 Politics, Senate Agenda, Jobs and the Economy
Guest: Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman *Exclusive
Topics: Politico Roundtable: Campaign 2012 Latest
Guest: Dana Bash: CNN senior congressional correspondent
Jeff Zeleny: The New York Times
Topics: NATO Summit and Afghanistan
Guest: Anders Fogh Rasmussen: NATO Secretary-General

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topics: The future of the Euro; will Greece exit the Euro?; austerity v. stimulus
Guest: Mario Monti, prime minister for Italy A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS exclusive
Topic: The impact of global sanctions upon Iran’s economy – and politics
Guest: Shamseddin Hosseini, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance for Iran. A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS exclusive
Topics: Austerity v. stimulus; the health of the U.S. economy; the stability of the euro and its impact upon U.S. politics; the state of the presidential contest
Guest: Paul Krugman, opinion editorial columnist, The New York Times
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topics: Campaign Ad Wars; Pres. Obama on The View; Political Headlines
Guests: Ramesh Ponnuru, The National Review
Erin McPike, RealClearPolitics
John Avlon, CNN Contributor and columnist for Newsweek/Daily Beast
Topic: New Leadership at USA Today
Guest: Larry Kramer, USA Today's new president and publisher
Topic: Facebook IPO Coverage
Guest: Sarah Lacy, PandoDaily.com
Topic: Producing the Daily Show
Guest: Mike Rubens, former Daily Show producer
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week, The Next List profiles Ubaldo Vitali, a master artisan and silversmith. His artistic output is split into two categories: uniquely contemporary creations and conservational restoration.

CNN PRESENTS: Selling A Miracle? 8:00pm – 9:00pm & 11:00pm – 12:00am

Program Descriptions:
Voters in America: Vets Wanted?
Multiple deployments interrupt lives, careers, and can lead to health and financial challenges. Featuring narration by former U.S. Army infantryman and motivational speaker JR Martinez and contributions from veteran and veteran’s advocate Paul Rieckhoff, Vets Wanted looks at the unique burdens for families of men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and follows the reintegration of members of the Georgia National Guard’s 877th Engineering Company back into civilian life. Deployed to Afghanistan in December 2010, more than half of these veterans faced unemployment when they returned to the U.S. The documentary also examines whether the bipartisan Veterans Jobs Bill passed in November 2011 is of any help as our nation’s heroes make full transitions back to the lives they left to defend America, and offers insights into how veterans’ unemployment may impact their decisions as they head to the polls this November.

CNN PRESENTS: Selling A Miracle?
CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin reports from India and the United States on a New Delhi clinic that promises hope for desperate American patients through embryonic stem cell injections, treatment that is outlawed in America. Over 85 patients have paid an average of $25,000 each for treatments for diseases ranging from ALS to spinal cord injuries to genetic disorders.

Voters in America: Who Counts
The second installment in CNN’s Voters in America series continues with an in-depth look at how election law changes enacted in 14 states since 2008 may influence the election. With a focus on the primarily partisan battle lines within the swing state of Florida, Who Counts dissects the arguments for and against new rules that may impact poll access for the elderly, students, and minorities. Proponents of the rules changes argue that tighter restrictions on registration and poll access will prevent fraud; opponents say the new laws are confusing, unevenly written for different counties even within the same state, and intimidating for already disadvantaged populations. Who Counts is narrated by actor Jesse Williams.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Few Quick Reads About CNN Primetime

There's a lot of Internet buzz about CNN's primetime ratings on Monday (5/14/12) & Tuesday (5/15/12) nights this week. Here are a few write ups:

Mediaite:
On Monday night, HLN’s Nancy Grace nearly doubled CNN’s Anderson Cooper‘s viewers in the demo during the 8 p.m. slot. She also surpassed him in total viewers. Grace drew in HLN’s highest ratings of the night, while Cooper fared better during the 10 p.m. hour.
Note: Cooper broadcast live from the Turkey/Syria border on Monday night and his overnight ratings (demo) were 67 for 8PM and 125 for 10PM.

DEADLINE/HOLLYWOOD:
CNN fell to a 15 year primetime low last night (Tuesday) in a key demo and limboed down to its second worse weekday primetime since March 1997. A new episode of Piers Morgan Tonight at 9 PM drew in only 39,000 viewers in the Adult 25-54. The news network itself averaged just 308,000 viewers in primetime with Morgan’s show and Anderson Cooper’s AC360 leading at 8 PM and again at 10 PM. CNN had 73,000 viewers in the Adult 25-54 during Tuesday’s primetime. This comes on the heels of April’s bad news when the network had its lowest-rated month in over a decade. The forensics on the 9 PM slot’s low Adult 25-54 numbers are revealing. The last time a CNN show had that kind of demo numbers in that weekday timeslot was on August 22, 1997. Back in 1997, a Larry King Live show on a Friday night got 50,000 viewers in the Adult 25-54. However unlike 1997, when the show’s total viewership was 693,000, Morgan’s show last night only had a total viewership of 284,000. That actually wasn’t actually a record low for Morgan’s show, which debuted on January 17, 2011, but it was down from a regular weekday. Over on Fox News, Sean Hannity had 1.7 million viewers in the 9 PM slot, with 334,000 viewers in the Adult 25-54. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show had 839,000 viewers, with 315,000 in the Adult 25-54. In the last 15 years, CNN’s overall weekday primetime numbers have only been worse on Thanksgiving Day 2011. On November 24, 2011, CNN had a primetime average of 262,000 viewers. The Adult 25-54 viewership on that Thursday night was 83,000. That’s what they call a very slow news night.

TVNEWSER:
Last night was a typical, boring Tuesday, with little earth-shattering news to drive TV viewers to cable news. It was also May sweeps, with the season finale of “NCIS: LA,” “America’s Got Talent” on NBC and “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC drawing an astonishing 39 million viewers between them at 9 PM.
Unfortunately for CNN, “Piers Morgan Tonight” was the apparent victim of the busy night, drawing only 39,000 viewers 25-54 at 9 PM. To say those ratings are anomalous would be something of an understatement. That is the lowest 9 PM weekday demo rating for CNN since at least 1997. While the ratings were an outlier, it was a fairly normal edition of “PMT,” with Morgan hosting. Guests included Jane Lynch and “The man with the golden voice” Ted Williams.
“PMT” drew 284,000 total viewers, which was down from a typical weekday, but not a record-breaking low.
“PMT”s lead-in and lead-out, “AC360,” drew around 90,000 demo viewers at both 8 and 10 PM, also down from a typical weekday this year.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Ratings for the Week of May 7-11

1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week

Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.



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Jeff Bewkes Talks With Charlie Rose


Jeff Bewkes, President and CEO of Time Warner sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose, on PBS, last week. Lots of interesting discussion, including CNN's ratings struggles.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

AC360 Live from Syria/Turkey Border on Monday

Anderson Cooper 360 Live from Syria/Turkey Border on Monday, May 14th

In a display of the program’s continuing commitment to covering the ongoing crisis in Syria, Anderson Cooper 360° will air live from the Syria/Turkey border on Monday, May 14th on CNN/US and CNN International. Anchor Anderson Cooper will be joined by Ivan Watson, CNN’s Istanbul based correspondent. The show will focus on the plight of the nearly 70,000 Syrian refugees, 23,000 of whom are now living in camps just over the border in Turkey, as well as the continued threat of cross border violence by Syrian troops.

Cooper will interview Senator John McCain who has passionately taken up the cause of the refugees and recently visited the camps. Also joining the 360° team on location will be Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

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Amanpour on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 5/10/12




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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Exciting New Show Based on Sanjay Gupta's Book Coming to TNT

photo courtesy of Doug Hyun/TNT

TNT Greenlights Powerful New Medical Drama Series Monday Mornings
From Award-Winning Producer David E. Kelley

TNT has greenlit Monday Mornings, a powerful new series from award-winning producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D., on whose book the series is based. The medical drama stars Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, TNT's The Company), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Jennifer Finnigan (Better with You), Bill Irwin (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Keong Sim (Glee), Sarayu Rao (Lions for Lambs), and Emily Swallow (TNT's Southland).

Monday Mornings (formerly known as Chelsea General) is produced by TNT Originals and David E. Kelley Productions. Kelley and Gupta both serve as executive producers. Kelley penned the pilot episode, which was directed and executive-produced by Bill D'Elia (Boston Legal, The West Wing). TNT has ordered a 10-episode first season of Monday Mornings, which is set to premiere in summer 2013. TNT has teamed up with Turner Broadcasting System International, Inc. to produce this global series. The show, which will air on TNT and Turner networks around the world, will be distributed by TBS International outside of the United States and Canada.

“Monday Mornings is a superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "David, Sanjay and their team have given us an outstanding addition to TNT’s stable of high-profile dramas, and we’re very proud to have it on the network."

Set at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Ore., Monday Mornings follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. The title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

Leading the staff at Chelsea General are Dr. Harding Hooten (Molina), the steely-eyed chief of surgery, and Dr. Jorge "El Gato" Villanueva (Rhames), the hospital's trauma chief. Their cadre of medical talent includes hotshot neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wilson (Bamber) and Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Finnigan); the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney (Irwin); the socially challenged Dr. Sung Park (Sim); the petite-but-formidable Dr. Sydney Napur (Rao); and inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux (Swallow).


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Friday, May 11, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 5/12/12

SATURDAY, May 12, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Saturday NEW TIME 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay talks with HBO executive John Hoffman, the man behind the “Weight of the Nation” documentary series. Also, DSM-V, the “Psychiatric Bible” is being overhauled for the first time in 20 years; Sanjay explains some controversies behind the changes. Sam Shem, pen name for Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Bergman and author of the cult classic “The House of God,” sits down for a rare interview. Most heart attacks happen near a defibrillator, Sanjay looks at one city’s creative fix to make the public aware.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Topic: Jailed U.S. Citizen Alan Gross; Obama administration Cuban policy
Guest: Josefina Vidal, Cuban Foreign Ministry Official
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

CNN PRESENTS: Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
CNN Newsroom anchor Randi Kaye anchors a three-story magazine program including a report by Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence on “war rage.” Lawrence looks at vets charged with violent crimes who are saying PTSD made them do it; now juries are having to decide: should PTSD be a defense for murder? Correspondent Amber Lyon investigates a new dangerous method of making illegal meth called "shake and bake," and how taxpayers end up footing the bill when it backfires. Finally, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin examines one of the deadliest food outbreaks in U.S. history – and discovers that it could have been prevented, and could easily happen again.

SUNDAY, May 13, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay talks with HBO executive John Hoffman, the man behind the “Weight of the Nation” documentary series. Also, DSM-V, the “Psychiatric Bible” is being overhauled for the first time in 20 years; Sanjay explains some controversies behind the changes. Sam Shem, pen name for Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Bergman and author of the cult classic “The House of God,” sits down for a rare interview. Most heart attacks happen near a defibrillator, Sanjay looks at one city’s creative fix to make the public aware.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topic: Campaign 2012; Democratic agenda in Congress; Jobs and the Economy
Guest: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Guest: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Topic: Investigation into the leak of the Al Qaeda mole; U.S. – Taliban negotiations; Secret Service Scandal
Guest: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
Guest: Rep. Pete King (R-NY)
Topics: Colorado’s Special Session on civil unions; Colorado as a battleground state; Campaign 2012
Guest: Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Topic: Mitt Romney's Liberty University Speech; Pres. Obama’s same-sex marriage comments
Guest: Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families; president of American Values
Guest: Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topic: European election fallout: does the rise of the Left in France and Greece spell the end of the euro – the end to fiscal discipline? Will Europe tilt to the left now?
Guest: David Frum, Republican analyst, columnist for Newsweek / The Daily Beast
Guest: Rt Hon Lord Peter Mandelson, Labour Party
Guest: Elaine Sciolino, Paris correspondent for The New York Times
Guest: Josef Joffe, publisher-editor of Die Zeit (Germany)
Topic: Mr. Zoellick’s take on ending global poverty, the health of the euro, U.S. politics, and more
Guest: Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank (2007-2012). A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS exclusive
Topics: What does the executive of the world’s largest money management firm think about the health of the U.S. economy? U.S. presidential politics?
Guest: Laurence Fink, CEO of BlackRock
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topic: Coverage of Pres. Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement; Romney bullying story
Guest: Nia Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Guest: Lauren Ashburn, Daily-Download.com
Guest: Terence Smith, former media correspondent for PBS NewsHour
Topic: Partisan coverage of Pres. Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement
Guest: John Aravosis, AmericaBlog.com
Guest: Matt Lewis, The Daily Caller
Topic: Leaking of the Al Qaeda Terror Plot to the Associated Press
Guest: Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times
Topic: Producing The Daily Show
Guest: Mike Rubens, former The Daily Show producer
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Urban beekeeping has been described as a surprisingly addictive trend – one that’s taking over the rooftops from Manhattan to Shanghai. This week The Next List profiles Andrew Coté, founder of both the New York City Beekeepers Association and Bees Without Borders, a charitable organization teaching beekeeping as a means to alleviate poverty in third-world countries.

In Focus – Sunday 7:30PM-8:00 PM
The stories behind the headlines: Border War – Amid all the protests, fighting, and political posturing, a startling new report finds illegal immigration form Mexico has virtually stopped; strangled by the economy, changing demographics, and a massive increase in border enforcement fueled by Republican and Democratic presidents alike. So why isn’t Washington celebrating this rare, bipartisan success? Trouble Maker – When presidents, CEO’s, sports stars, and celebrities get into trouble, Judy Smith is always on call. She is D.C.’s most famous fixer, and her clients have included Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick, BP, members of Congress, and plenty of others entangled in scandal. Now she is talking…at little…about her secretive world. Rapid Learner – Paulie Harraka has lightning quick reflexes, movie star looks, and a brain for business. It’s just the right combination for his strange dual life: He is a Duke University senior and, improbably, the hottest rising young driver in NASCAR. Lizzie O’Leary reports. Dog Fight – Democrats are crowing over Mitt Romney’s continued troubles about that trip he took with his dog on top of the car. And the Republican challenger might want to beware. The long history of presidential pets suggests strange things can happen when political animals start prowling.

Voters in America – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
Multiple deployments interrupt lives, careers, and can lead to health and financial challenges. Featuring narration by former U.S. Army infantryman and motivational speaker JR Martinez and contributions from veteran and veteran’s advocate Paul Rieckhoff, Vets Wanted looks at the unique burdens for families of men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and follows the reintegration of members of the Georgia National Guard’s 877th Engineering Company back into civilian life. Deployed to Afghanistan in December 2010, more than half of these veterans faced unemployment when they returned to the U.S. The documentary also examines whether the bipartisan Veterans Jobs Bill passed in November 2011 is of any help as our nation’s heroes make full transitions back to the lives they left to defend America, and offers insights into how veterans’ unemployment may impact their decisions as they head to the polls this November.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Piling On


It seems everyone is getting in on the CNN bashing lately. A few more articles you might find of interest.

The WashingtonTimes.com had an article yesterday on what has happened to CNN.

Today......CNN has grown into something quite different. It draws on 45 bureaus, staffed by full-time reporters and an array of competent stringers. And its jaunty international coverage outperforms the expensive suits from New York, especially on big, running stories such as elections and wars.

But CNN’s international prowess gets truncated on the domestic service to make room for fragmentary news coverage, a barrage of commercials, plus warm and fuzzy features like this lead-in to an item recently announced by anchor Wolf Blitzer: “When we come back, a dog that got caught in a cactus!” Wolf’s dancing eyebrows provided the exclamation point.
And there's much more, just follow the link.

Also TVNewser published an article today trying to put a positive spin on Erin Burnett's OutFront. It's hard to spin her numbers but they gave it the good old college try.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ratings For The Week of April 30 - May 4

1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week

Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.


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Monday, May 7, 2012

CNN's Peter Bergen on TDS







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Saturday, May 5, 2012

More Doom & Gloom for CNN


The heat is on for CNN, criticism coming from every corner of the blogosphere after news of April's epic ratings fail. Maybe a total shakeup, starting at the top, will happen and finally fix what once was the industry standard for cable news? We can only hope.


This first 'what's wrong with CNN' article was written by Lewis Lazare and posted at Reel Chicago. Here's his opening few paragraphs. Please read the entire article as he makes some valid points about Piers, Wolf and Cooper.

The news was hardly shocking. To us anyway. Late yesterday, it was revealed — once again — that top executives at cable news channel CNN are wringing their hands in desperation because ratings continue to plummet.

Based on the April national Nieslen ratings report, CNN has sunk to third place among national news channels — behind perennial frontrunner Fox News and second-place finisher, MSNBC.

In fact, April brought CNN’s worst ratings in a decade.

CNN parent Time Warner, according to the New York Times, is said to be demanding something be done immediately about this slide.

Apparently these same Time Warner folk are oblivious to the fact CNN brass, such as they are, have been fiddling to no avail with the news channel’s prime time lineup for the past couple of years.

If anything, the programming has gotten worse.

We can speak with authority on this matter because — we must admit — we love to observe a train wreck in progress. Almost every weekday night, we watch with utter amazement at how bad the CNN product is.

Viewers SHOULD be abandoning the news channel. No one deserves to have such TV torture inflicted on them.

So what’s wrong with CNN?
Full article.

The stunner for today is HuffPo's analysis of CNN's woes. Here's their opening few paragraphs:

CNN is terrible. A God-awful, wall-to-wall, epic mess. And now, they have, in their hands, the clearest sign yet of how bad things have actually gotten. This past April, CNN posted its lowest ratings in 10 years. The New York Times' Brian Stelter recently noted the slim upside, writing, "people tune in to CNN, the same way they hurry to a hospital when they think they are having a heart attack." But what news channel does CNN have to tune in to, to learn the gory details of its own longrunning, sad disaster? Good news: we are that news channel.

CNN, of course, has a proud legacy to fall back on, as it is the entity that kicked off the tradition of 24 hour cable news channels in the first place, and its coverage of the first Gulf War demonstrated that it had minted real newsgathering mettle. CNN founder Ted Turner, in a meta-theatrical appearance on Piers Morgan's show last night, noted that he "wanted CNN to be the New York Times for the news business." Instead, the network has fallen lower in esteem than the New York Mets, who people actually still watch, on the teevee.

Cue the handwringing! How did this happen, and what's to be done next? Well, if you listen to the people who run CNN, you will learn that they think April's ratings low "isn't much of a problem," and what needs to happen now is that management needs "to come up with a plan to restore momentum."

Shut up, people who run CNN! We have been watching CNN for a long time, because there is a television set in our midst that is constantly tuned to it, out of pity. And we've been noticing for a long time that all of the various innovations and "momentum-builders," combined with the very strange decisions made when it comes to coverage, invariably conspire and combine to make CNN steadily worse.
Full article

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Friday, May 4, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 5/5/12

SATURDAY, May 5, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, a conversation with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on his PBS series "Finding Your Roots," and a glimpse into Sanjay's family history. Then, a look at the first FDA approved treatment for cellulite. Also, the story of NYC firefighter Matt Long’s journey from a tragic accident to personal triumph. Finally, Sanjay speaks with Oran Hesterman, author of "Fair Food," on how ditching "Big Food" can help you live better and be healthier.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Topic: End of his Presidential Campaign
Guest: Newt Gingrich (R), former presidential candidate
Topic: Afghanistan; Death of Bin Laden
Guest: Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst; author, “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad”
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

CNN PRESENTS: In the Footsteps of bin Laden – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
Reported by Christiane Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent and anchor of Amanpour, the documentary traces the life and radicalization of the world's most notorious terrorist, featuring more than a dozen compelling interviews from people with first-person knowledge of Osama bin Laden. Partially-based upon the book, The Osama bin Laden I Know, authored by CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen, who was a CNN producer with the first team of television journalists to interview bin Laden in 1997, the documentary was filmed in 10 countries on four continents.

SUNDAY, May 6, 2012


SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, a conversation with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on his PBS series "Finding Your Roots," and a glimpse into Sanjay's family history. Then, a look at the first FDA approved treatment for cellulite. Also, the story of NYC firefighter Matt Long’s journey from a tragic accident to personal triumph. Finally, Sanjay speaks with Oran Hesterman, author of "Fair Food," on how ditching "Big Food" can help you live better and be healthier.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topics: End of his Presidential Campaign; 2012; GOP Agenda; Role of the Tea Party
Guest: Newt Gingrich, (R) former presidential candidate
Topics: Afghanistan One Year After the Death of Bin Laden; China Activists Latest; World Hotspots
Guest: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair, Intelligence Committee
Guest: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair, Intelligence Committee
Topics: 2012 Battleground States; Road to the White House
Guest: Former Gov. Ted. Strickland (D-OH)
Guest: Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)
Topics: Economy; 2012 Politics
Guest: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office
Guest: Alice Rivlin, Former Director, W.H. Office of Management and Budget
Guest: Major Garrett, Congressional Correspondent, National Journal
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topic: Is the U.S. economy showing signs of hope? Is Europe in real trouble?
Guest: Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor, TIME magazine
Guest: Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times
Topic: Does the 1%’s great wealth benefit the 99%?; Mitt Romney’s executive abilities
Guest: Edward Conard, former managing director of Bain & Co. A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS exclusive
Topics: The inside story of Lyndon Baines Johnson; his transformation on the day of Kennedy’s assassination; his enormous legislative abilities; what President Obama could learn from him today
Guest: Robert Caro, motivational speaker and author, “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4”
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topics: Obama’s Trip to Afghanistan; Brian Williams in the Situation Room
Guest: Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
Guest: Jonah Goldberg, contributor, Fox News; author, “Liberal Fascism”
Guest: Chrystia Freeland, Thomson Reuters Digital
Topics: Controversy Around Watergate Reporting; Dan Rather Defends His CBS Reporting
Guest: Fred Francis, former correspondent, NBC News
Guest: Mark Feldstein, professor, University of Maryland
Topic: Murdoch Testimony
Guest: Emily Bell, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week The Next List profiles Ben Kaufman, the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky.com, a start up website that gives would-be-inventors with no experience a place to see their ideas come to life. Quirky is a one-stop shop that uses a huge internet community to weigh in on design, marketability and price.

CNN Presents – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
CNN Newsroom anchor Randi Kaye anchors a three-story magazine program including a report by Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence on “war rage.” Lawrence looks at vets charged with violent crimes who are saying PTSD made them do it; now juries are having to decide: should PTSD be a defense for murder? Correspondent Amber Lyon investigates a new dangerous method of making illegal meth called "shake and bake," and how taxpayers end up footing the bill when it backfires. Finally, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin examines one of the deadliest food outbreaks in U.S. history – and discovers that it could have been prevented, and could easily happen again.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

CNN Fail


Brian Stelter has a good read in the NYT about CNN's ratings decline, saying they've conceded first place to Fox and now seem to be letting second place in cable news belong to MSNBC. He also wrote that a source told him:

"Jim Walton, who oversees all of the CNN networks, and his boss, Phil Kent, who runs the Turner Broadcasting division of Time Warner, were under “intense pressure” to raise the ratings this spring. "

And Stelter quoted an industry analyst who agreed with what we have said here before:

About half of CNN Worldwide’s revenues come from subscription fees. Cable and satellite operators pay the equivalent of 57 cents per subscriber per month for CNN, according to Derek Baine of SNL Kagan. Mr. Baine said he doubted that low ratings would diminish CNN’s subscription fees, even years from now. “They have a powerful brand name and are part of a big media company with a lot of leverage,” he said.Inside CNN, that brand name is a persistent source of pride for employees who are puzzled by the low ratings and frustrated by what they say is a leadership vacuum.

Here's the link to Brian's article that was posted online today.


The Wall Street Journal also posted an article today about CNN's epic fail. They say:

It is shaping up to be a different story this year. CNN's two main rivals Fox News and MSNBC have gained viewers in the past year, compared with the same period in the 2008 presidential cycle, while CNN has lost them, according to Nielsen Media Research.



Mediaite just posted this audio clip of Rush Limbaugh talking about the problems at CNN. We're not Limbaugh fans in any way, shape or form but he does have some interesting observations.

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We've done many, many a post trying to tell CNN what the viewers want, maybe someday they will finally listen?

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ratings for the Week of April 23 - 27


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