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Friday, August 31, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 9/1/12

SATURDAY, September 01, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay puts ‘Obamacare’ under the microscope. Under the law no one is supposed to be denied care because of a pre-existing condition. Sanjay speaks to husband of one woman who was denied and died without appropriate treatment. He looks into how she fell through the cracks. Also, Sanjay fact-checks GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan, who along with Mitt Romney, accuses the president of gutting the Medicare program.

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

‘41’
– Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 10:00PM and 11:00PM – 12:00AM (Sunday 2:00AM)
Produced for HBO and written and directed by Jeffrey Roth and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, ’41’ was filmed over a 17-month period and tells George Herbert Walker Bush’s story in his own words – providing an intimate glimpse of the life of the 41st president of the United States. Beginning with his childhood memories from time spent at his grandfather’s home at Walker’s Point in Maine, to his experiences as an 18-year-old Naval aviator during World War II, to being a Texas oil man, his time in the U.S. Congress, serving as President Nixon’s Ambassador to China, and ultimately, to his service as vice president and president of the United States, this film spans the very full life of the now 88-year-old former President Bush. Now the Bush family patriarch, the 41st President of the United States, reflects on the highs and lows of his life, from his summer compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, and his presidential library in Texas, with contributions and moving recollections shared with his beloved wife of 67 years, Barbara Bush, and including the presidency of his son, George W. Bush, and his own last election against President Bill Clinton, whom he now counts as a friend.

SUNDAY, September 02, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD
– Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay puts ‘Obamacare’ under the microscope. Under the law no one is supposed to be denied care because of a pre-existing condition. Sanjay speaks to husband of one woman who was denied and died without appropriate treatment. He looks into how she fell through the cracks. Also, Sanjay fact-checks GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan, who along with Mitt Romney, accuses the president of gutting the Medicare program.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
– Airs LIVE FROM CHARLOTTE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topic: Debriefing the RNC
Guest: Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser
Topic: What to expect at the DNC
Guest: Robert Gibbs, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser
Topic: Rebuilding the Democrats’ Winning Coalition
Guest: Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD), chair, Democratic Governors Association
Guest: Gov. Bev Perdue (D-NC), vice chair, Democratic Governors Association
Guest: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D - Los Angeles), chair, Democratic National Convention
Topic: DNC Preview
Guest: Dan Balz, chief political writer, The Washington Post
Guest: Jessica Yellin, CNN chief White House Correspondent
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topic: How can the U.S. make up the budget deficit without raising taxes?
Guest: Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
Topics: The 1%’s vs. the 99% – which is the engine for job creation? Which spurs economic growth?
Guest: Edward Conard, former managing director of Bain & Co., economic advisor to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney
Guest: Nick Hanauer, American entrepreneur and venture capitalist
Topic: Making the case for space: Mars, Hubble, and what science means for America
Guest: Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History; author of Space Chronicles (2012)
Topic: How Turkey’s transitions may be reflected in the countries of the ‘Arab Spring’ – the rise of China and India as global superpowers
Guest: Bernard Lewis, PhD, professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus, Princeton University; author of Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian (2012)
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES
– Airs LIVE FROM CHARLOTTE Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topics: Convention Coverage – including how Gov. Romney’s speech played out in the media and reactions to Clint Eastwood
Guest: Lauren Ashburn, founder, Daily-Download.com
Guest: Christina Bellatoni, PBS NewsHour
Guest: David Drucker, Roll Call
Topics: Convention Coverage
Guest: John Aravosis, AmericaBlog (Chicago, IL)
Guest: Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post (from Washington, DC)
Topics: Social Media and Political Conventions
Guest: Adam Sharp, Twitter
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST
– Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week The Next List profiles industrial designer, founder of Fuseproject, and Designer of the $100 Laptop - Yves Behar.

Teddy: In His Own Words – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 10:00PM and 11:00PM – 1:00AM (Monday 2:00AM)
Illustrated with archival newsreel footage, exclusive home movie film, and still photographs, three-time Emmy® winner and Kennedy documentarian Peter Kunhardt (“JFK: In His Own Words” and “Bobby Kennedy: In His Own Words”) and award-winning producer Sheila Nevins profile the 77-year life of the ‘Lion of the Senate’ in an HBO documentary broadcast on CNN. Told in the late Senator’s own voice, he recounts the tragic losses he and his family endured, his personal demons, triumphal campaigns, and professional crusades for voting rights, civil rights, health reform, labor protections, education policy, immigration policy, and Irish nationalism. “Teddy: In His Own Words” tells the story of a public life of extraordinary influence upon American culture and politics.

OBAMA REVEALED: The Man, The President
– Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:30PM and 11:00PM – 12:30AM (Tuesday 2:00AM)
When President Barack Obama came into office he faced towering expectations, a severe economic crisis, and a bitterly divided nation. Obama Revealed, reported by CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin, looks at the pros and cons of President Obama’s cool demeanor and what happened when his lofty goals met the realities of Washington. In an exclusive interview, Yellin speaks with President Barack Obama about his time in office, the challenges he faced, and his ambitions for a second term. Included are interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former director of the White House Economic Council Dr. Larry Summers, and former chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee and Dr. Christina Romer. Yellin also interviews members of the president’s inner circle of confidantes including senior campaign strategist David Axelrod, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and long-time personal aide Reggie Love. These voices tell the inside story behind the president’s efforts to solve the nation’s economic crisis, push for health care reform, and kill Osama bin Laden. In separate exclusive interviews, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) offer their sharp perspectives on working with the president and the failure to bring Republicans and Democrats together in Washington. Obama biographer and Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss, Rice University professor and historian Douglas Brinkley, and New York Times chief White House correspondent David Sanger add independent insights from their research.


AMERICA’S CHOICE 2012: Countdown to the Democratic National Convention – Airs LIVE FROM CHARLOTTE – Sunday 9:30PM – 11:00PM

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CNN's Hurricane Isaac Coverage


Soledad O'Brien & Brian Todd in Jackson Square:

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Anderson Cooper and Rob Marciano at the Port of New Orleans

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David Mattingly in Gulfport, Mississippi:

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Martin Savidge in Jackson Square:

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Ed Lavandera on Grand Isle:

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Gary Tuchman in Haiti:

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John Zarrella in Gulfport, Mississippi:

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ratings for the Week of 8/20 - 8/24


* denotes special programming one or more nights
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, August 27, 2012

CNN Storm & Convention Coverage Update


Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'Brien are headed to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they will join CNN’s news and weather anchor Rob Marciano later today.

At the same time, CNN has the following team on the ground in Tampa reporting on the Republican National Convention:
Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, John King, Piers Morgan, Gloria Borger, David Gergen, John Berman, Brooke Baldwin, Jim Acosta, Dana Bash, Jessica Yellin, Joe Johns, Tom Foreman, Hala Gorani, Juan Carlos Lopez, Fernando del Rincon, Carlos Montero and Gustavo Valdes

Anderson will anchor portions of our prime time coverage tonight from New Orleans and Soledad will anchor Starting Point Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from New Orleans. John Berman will handle the Tampa portions of Starting Point.

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CNN Convention Site Tour


Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Erin Burnett, Jim Acosta, Candy Crowley and Anderson Cooper gave viewers a quick overview of the set up at the Tampa Convention Center for delegates, guests and members of the media during Sunday night's America's Choice 2012: Countdown to the Republican National Convention.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

CNN Analyzed in Today's LA Times


The LA Times posted an article today by Scott Collins about CNN's current ratings trouble. We found it to be an interesting read, here's a sample:

"Many industry watchers say change is long overdue, but CNN sees the presidential campaign as an opportunity to prove the doubters wrong. Its new multimillion-dollar studio in Washington is arriving just in time for the President Obama versus Mitt Romney showdown, even if the convention coverage itself doesn't necessarily promise changes that will make viewers snap to attention. The network will start the convention coverage every morning at 5 Eastern time and continue right through a midnight interview show hosted by Piers Morgan, who hosts its flagship prime-time interview program......

But some influential observers wonder if CNN isn't redefining the meaning of corporate denial.

Jacob Weisberg, editor in chief of the Slate group, said that Twitter has sped up the pace of campaign news and information, making TV increasingly an also-ran in political coverage. And CNN is suffering the most, he argues. "CNN's problem is not that it's neutral; it's that it's bad," he said. "They need to fire most of their people and start over."


Here's the link to read the full article.



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Friday, August 24, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 8/25/12

SATURDAY, August 25, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD
– Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay digs deep into politics on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Could efforts to stop abortion actually end up outlawing in-vitro fertilization? Sanjay speaks with Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a leader in the field of IVF. Also, Rosie O’Donnell announced this week that she had a heart attack. Sanjay explains what the symptoms of a heart attack are for women.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs LIVE FROM TAMPA Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM

CNN PRESENTS
– Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
In a three-story magazine special crime edition hosted by Drew Griffin and Randi Kaye, Griffin investigates one of the most complicated bank robbery investigations in FBI history, in which an Erie, Pennsylvania man walked into a bank wearing a bomb collar he said had been forced to wear and demanded $250,000. Kaye investigates tax refund fraud – where criminals steal identities, and apply for refund money with stolen debit cards. In a separate report, Kaye explores the disappearance of two men in Florida who were last seen with the same sheriff's deputy.

SUNDAY, August 26, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD
– Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay digs deep into politics on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Could efforts to stop abortion actually end up outlawing in-vitro fertilization? Sanjay speaks with Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a leader in the field of IVF. Also, Rosie O’Donnell announced this week that she had a heart attack. Sanjay explains what the symptoms of a heart attack are for women.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
– Airs LIVE FROM TAMPA Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topics: GOP Convention; Campaign 2012; GOP Agenda
Guest: Reince Priebus, chairman, Republican National Convention
Topics: GOP Convention; Campaign 2012; GOP Agenda
Guest: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Guest: Gov. Scott Walker (R), Wisconsin
Guest: Al Cardenas, chairman, American Conservative Union; former chairman, Republican Party of Florida
Topics: Democratic Perspective
Guest: Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Maryland
Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Topics: Romney vs. Obama; What does the former Secretary of State the U.S. should do about Syria? Iran? What did he think of Gov. Romney’s foreign trip? Pres. Obama’s foreign policy? What’s his take on gun control? Are there any leaders left in Washington, DC?
Guest: Gen. Colin Powell (ret.), former U.S. Secretary of State (George W. Bush Administration)
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 of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (2012)
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE FROM TAMPA Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topics: Convention Coverage; Rep. Akin Coverage
Guest: Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Guest: Roger Simon, Politico
Guest: Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times
Topics: Covering Conventions through the Years
Guest: Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor
Topics: Convention Coverage
Guest: Keli Goff, TheRoot.com
Guest: Hugh Hewitt, The Hugh Hewitt Show
Topics: Kimmel Bumps Nightline
Guest: Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week The Next List profiles Dan Ogola, a Kenyan entrepreneur who has devoted his life to bettering his community. Born in poverty, he soon saw that health was the key to empowerment. He went on to found the Matibabu Foundation, a community health care initiative that provides health aids, establishes clinics and opened the community’s first hospital. He also created a “Youth Friendly Center” for young Kenyans to learn to read and write, develop computer skills and explore career opportunities.

ROMNEY REVEALED:
Family, Faith and the Road to Power – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:30PM and 11:00PM
CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger reports for Romney Revealed, speaking with Ann and Mitt Romney, and eldest son, Tagg, exploring the lessons Mitt Romney learned while growing up in a family that has been in the public eye for the last 50 years – and the 2012 presidential candidate. George Romney was a three-term Republican governor of Michigan who ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1968. Romney’s mother, Lenore, ran for the U.S. Senate in 1970, with the young Mitt Romney by her side. Borger looks beyond Mitt Romney’s political biography into the key chapters of his personal and business life, speaking with Romney’s childhood friends, traveling to France to retrace his days as a Mormon missionary, and to Belmont, Massachusetts, where he was a church leader. In additional interviews, she speaks with fellow 2002 Olympics organizers and former Bain colleagues, such as Fraser Bullock, an early member of Bain and COO of the Salt Lake City games, and to Beth Myers, Romney’s chief of staff during his tenure as Massachusetts governor, the head of his 2008 campaign, and the person who vetted his vice-presidential pick. Also interviewed are current and former political figures such as former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who discusses Romney’s 1994 U.S. Senate challenge to his father, Ted Kennedy. Discussing Romney’s presidential races are 2012 senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, 2008 campaign media adviser and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos, and CNN contributor Erick Erickson, among others.


AMERICA’S CHOICE 2012: Countdown to the Republican National Convention – Airs LIVE FROM TAMPA – Sunday 9:30PM – 11:00PM

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

“Inside Man” - A CNN Non-Fiction, Original Series

“Inside Man” - CNN’s Second Non-Fiction, Original Series - Premieres April 2013 as Companion to Anthony Bourdain Weekend Program

Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, marks his return to TV as host and producer of the new CNN original series, Inside Man, it was announced today by Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide executive vice president and managing editor.

Produced by Warrior Poets, Spurlock’s New York-based production company with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick, Inside Man debuts on CNN in April 2013 and will air weekends alongside CNN’s new series hosted by renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain.

Each week Spurlock will provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CNN to Interview POTUS & Romney Pre Convention


CNN Secures In-Depth Interviews with Obama and Romney for Presidential Profiles
Documentaries Set to Air in Advance of RNC and DNC Coverage

CNN will kick off its coverage of the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention with two new, 90-minute documentaries on Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the two men vying for President of the United States in 2012. Both profiles feature interviews with the candidates, members of their inner circles who know them best, and perspectives from people they have encountered on their separate paths to political prominence.
Romney Revealed: Family, Faith, and the Road to Power is reported by CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and will premiere Sunday, August 26, from 8:00pm to 9:30pm ET & PT, the evening before the RNC begins in Tampa, FL. Obama Revealed: The Man, The President is reported by CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin and will debut Monday, September 3, from 8:00pm to 9:30pm ET & PT, the night before the DNC begins in Charlotte, NC.
“We’re very pleased we were able to work out access to both presidential candidates so that we could produce comprehensive portraits,” said Bart Feder, senior vice president of programming for CNN. “These documentaries deliver informative, nonpartisan political reporting, revealing surprising facets of these men’s lives, and what has shaped them, just before they take center stage at their conventions.”
In Romney Revealed, Borger speaks with Ann and Mitt Romney, and eldest son, Tagg, exploring the lessons Mitt Romney learned while growing up in a family that has been in the public eye for the last 50 years: George Romney was a three-term Republican governor of Michigan who ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1968. And, Romney’s mother, Lenore, ran for the U.S. Senate in 1970, with the young Mitt Romney by her side.
Borger looks beyond Mitt Romney’s political biography into the key chapters of his personal and business life. She speaks with Romney’s childhood friends, travels to France to retrace his days as a Mormon missionary, and to Belmont, Massachusetts, where he was a church leader, and speaks with some of his congregants. In additional interviews, she speaks with fellow 2002 Olympics organizers and former Bain colleagues, such as Fraser Bullock, an early member of Bain and COO of the Salt Lake City games.
Borger also speaks with Beth Myers, Romney’s chief of staff during his tenure as Massachusetts governor, the head of his 2008 campaign, and the person who vetted his vice-presidential pick. Also interviewed are current and former political figures such as former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who discusses Romney’s 1994 U.S. Senate challenge to his father, Ted Kennedy. Discussing Romney’s presidential races are 2012 senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, 2008 campaign media adviser and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos, and CNN contributor Erick Erickson, among others.
When President Barack Obama came into office he faced towering expectations, a severe economic crisis, and a bitterly divided nation. Obama Revealed looks at the pros and cons of President Obama’s cool demeanor and what happened when his lofty goals met the realities of Washington.
In a one-on-one interview, Yellin speaks with President Barack Obama about his time in office, the challenges he faced, and his ambitions for a second term.
Included in the documentary are original interviews with many of the most senior members of the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former director of the White House Economic Council Dr. Larry Summers, and former chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee and Dr. Christina Romer. Yellin also interviews members of the president’s inner circle of confidantes including senior campaign strategist David Axelrod, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and long-time personal aide Reggie Love. These voices tell the inside story behind the president’s efforts to solve the nation’s economic crisis, push for health care reform, and kill Osama bin Laden.
In separate interviews, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) offer their sharp perspectives from working with the president, and the failure to bring Republicans and Democrats together in the nation’s capital. Obama biographer and Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss, Rice University professor and historian Douglas Brinkley, and New York Times chief White House correspondent David Sanger add independent insights from their research.
Melissa Dunst produced Romney Revealed and Jason Samuels produced Obama Revealed, for the CNN Productions unit which is headed by director, Bud Bultman.


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Larry King's New Venture


"For Larry King, the death of Osama bin Laden provided an awakening.The veteran talk show host had been nudged toward the door by CNN in 2010 after 25 years of interviewing such titans as Frank Sinatra, Tom Cruise and Barack Obama. After that, King had been giving inspirational speeches in far-flung countries, doing an occasional stand-up comedy routine and taping a few TV specials for CNN. One was supposed to run on a Sunday in May 2011. King had dinner guests over that night for a viewing party.Instead, CNN cut to live coverage following the Navy Seals' deadly raid on Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
"My first instinct was to run to CNN, to get on top of the story," King said last week during an interview at his Beverly Hills home. "And I missed that. Nothing beats being in the middle of the hunt, in the middle of the scene."
The event spurred the 78-year-old broadcaster back into action. A year ago, King entered a partnership with the world's richest man, Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim, who is bankrolling a new digital programming service called Ora TV. The venture currently produces just one program, "Larry King Now," which runs on Hulu, the popular online video service."This is a whole new world to me," King said. "I don't do the Internet, and now suddenly I'm in the middle of this."


To read more of Meg James' article for the Los Angeles Times follow the link.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Ratings for the Week of 8/13 - 8/17


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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Another Pilot Shot For CNN.....


From FishbowlDC on August 13th:
By Betsy Rothstein

The dynamic CNN duo of Mark Whitaker and Amy Entelis were at it again Friday, shooting another pilot that they hope could potentially be the savior for a network going through growing pains.

Whitaker, Executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, and his hire to head program development, Entelis, are joined at the hip in trying to come up with new ideas for the network, desperately hoping the next boss will keep them around when the anticipated senior executive bloodletting comes to pass.

Who is playing Batman and Robin this time? CNN contributors John Avlon and Margaret Hoover an independent and moderate conservative on air, and off, married. That’s right, CNN is seriously thinking about launching a show with a married couple. They’re no James Carville and Mary Matalin, a big liberal and conservative. Some still find them entertaining.

Avlon, a columnist for The Daily Beast, has fast become a favorite of the CNN suits in New York, especially with Whitaker, a longtime member of the NY/DC media elite who, insiders say, would love nothing more than turn CNN into a TV version of the NYT.

Avlon is the designated independent voice on the network, even though he is a former speechwriter for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He also has a fantastic head of hair.

Hoover, a middle-of-the-road conservative, also has the kind of pedigree that makes Whitaker salivate. She’s the great-granddaughter of former president Herbert Hoover; an author; and landed at CNN several months ago after failing to come to contractual terms with Fox News. She also brings some of that Fox News hotness, which some think CNN could stand to adopt.

The pilots generated by the program development unit at CNN have left much to be desired as of late, so Entelis reached out to the force behind the CNN Heroes initiative, Kelly Flynn, to helm the pilot. She was a former exec in the program development unit when CNN’s former Executive Director of Program and Talent Development Joel Cheatwood, who left for Fox News and is now Exec. VP of Mercury Radio Arts, ran the joint. (Boy is he missed!).

Entelis, Flynn, Avlon and Hoover spent all of Friday shooting the pilot in New York, hoping it will be good enough to impress outgoing CNN head honcho Jim Walton, and Phil Kent, head of Turner. With Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes applying the pressure to resuscitate the dying brand, the effort has an urgent feel.

But Avlon and Hoover should beware of mixing it up on the air. The last CNN married couple that was seen daily – John King and Dana Bash – later headed for Splitsville. Sure, she wasn’t a co-host on John King, U.S.A., but she was on so much when it launched that it should have been called the John and Dana Show.


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Friday, August 17, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 8/18/12

SATURDAY, August 18, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD
– Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay looks at the future of Medicare. He examines plans put forth by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and compares it to President Obama’s plan. He also talks with Jonathan Cohn, senior editor of the New Republic and author of the book “Sick,” who has done his own in-depth reporting on the implications of the various Medicare plans.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER
– Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of August 13.
Guest anchor: Joe Johns

CNN PRESENTS: UNWELCOME: THE MUSLIMS NEXT DOOR – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee (pop. 100,000) is home to 190 churches… and one mosque. Five times a day members of the Muslim community gather in Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to pray… men in one room, women and children in another. Muslims have lived in Murfreesboro for decades, yet when plans to build a new mosque were approved this summer, questions were raised and the resulting backlash and acts of vandalism revealed a community divided by deep-rooted suspicions about Muslims, and Islam. CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports the story of Muslims and non-Muslims, from Murfreesboro to Manhattan, struggling to find common ground in America.

SUNDAY, August 19, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD
– Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay looks at the future of Medicare. He examines plans put forth by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and compares it to President Obama’s plan. He also talks with Jonathan Cohn, senior editor of the New Republic and author of the book “Sick,” who has done his own in-depth reporting on the implications of the various Medicare plans.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
– Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topics: Medicare Debate; Taxes; Race to the White House
Guest: Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser, Romney campaign
Topics: Medicare Debate; Taxes; Election 2012
Guest: Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager, Obama re-elect campaign
Topics: Romney-Ryan Ticket; Combative Tone of the Campaigns
Guest: Rick Santorum (R), former presidential candidate; former Pennsylvania senator
Guest Anchor: Jim Acosta, CNN national political correspondent

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of August 13.
Guest anchor: Joe Johns

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topics: Paul Ryan Coverage
Guest: Steve Roberts, Professor of Media and Journalism at GWU
Guest: Erin McPike, Real Clear Politics
Guest: Jonathan Martin, Politico
Topics: Paul Ryan Coverage; VP Pick Honeymoon Over
Guest: Amy Holmes, GBTV
Guest: David Shuster, Current TV
Topics: Moderating Debates; Romney-Ryan First Interview
Guest: Bob Schieffer, anchor, CBS’s “Face the Nation”
Topics: Legacy of Helen Gurley Brown
Guest: Gail Sheehy, author, "Passages in Caregiving"
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST – Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week The Next List profiles Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group and the MIT Media Lab. A double amputee since age 17, he seeks to create prosthetics that transform the ways amputees experience their lives, revolutionize sports and change the entire psychology of disability. He founded a company called iWalk, which fits veterans with bionic ankles and works on developing other forms of prosthetics for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

CNN PRESENTS – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM (Monday 2:00AM)
In a three-story magazine special crime edition hosted by Drew Griffin and Randi Kaye, Griffin investigates one of the most complicated bank robbery investigations in FBI history, in which an Erie, Pennsylvania man walked into a bank wearing a bomb collar he said had been forced to wear and demanded $250,000. Kaye investigates tax refund fraud – where criminals steal identities, and apply for refund money with stolen debit cards. In a separate report, Kaye explores the disappearance of two men in Florida who were last seen with the same sheriff's deputy.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

CNN Convention Coverage

CNN Coverage to Offer Viewers an On-the-Ground Experience from Political Conventions
Live from Multiple Locations in the Convention Halls and CNN Grills, Voters to Have Ringside Seats for RNC, DNC

CNN will offer viewers nonstop, unbiased programming across on-air and digital platforms at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions beginning later this month. The network’s robust political team will travel to Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. for live programming and events from locations on the convention floors, sky booths and a studio integrated into the CNN Grills.
CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan, Candy Crowley, Soledad O’Brien, John Berman, Brooke Baldwin and Suzanne Malveaux will be on the ground in Tampa and Charlotte during the Republican and Democratic parties’ respective conventions to provide comprehensive coverage. Special evening programming will kick off each week and will be followed by daily programs beginning at 5 a.m. and continuing through prime time and a midnight broadcast with Piers Morgan. Chief national correspondent John King will be on hand in both convention cities with Magic Wall technology, in addition to chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen.
“As the only cable news channel that has not picked sides in this election, CNN has a unique lens with which to cover these conventions,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. “In Tampa and in Charlotte, we will give both parties an opportunity to showcase their platforms while also asking tough questions of Republicans and Democrats. Coverage of the conventions will dominate our air over two weeks as CNN's deep bench of anchors, political reporters and analysts help Americans make an informed choice about their vote.”
A full breakdown of CNN’s programming over the course of the two convention weeks is below.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Say It Ain't So


From Monday's exclusive Post article:

Suffering its worst ratings in 20 years, CNN is going Hollywood.

In the past few weeks, the No. 3 cable news channel has started seeking out reality-show ideas and big-name stars not afraid to talk politics. They have even begun working on a late-night talk show, The Post has learned.

Convinced that its current programming badly needs updating, CNN execs have been making the rounds of Hollywood’s top talent agencies — something entertainment networks do several times a year but a first for the old-line news channel.

In a series of conference calls, the network has also been soliciting ideas from the same producers who supply reality shows to channels like Bravo, Discovery and History, according to sources.

Among the changes in the works, according to documents obtained by The Post, are:

* A late-night talk show featuring a panel — an 11 p.m. version of “The View.”

* Five new reality shows to air on Saturday and Sunday nights — to compliment traveling chef Anthony Bourdain, who is set to debut a new Sunday night CNN show starting early next year.

* A hunt for new on-air personalities outside of traditional TV news. Bourdain is the “prototype” for the new star CNN is now looking for, it is telling Hollywood agents.


A statement released by CNN:
CNN, which recently announced the hiring of Anthony Bourdain as a contributor, is continuing to explore other non-fiction original series for the weekend. We routinely pursue new talent and programming concepts within the news category and often shoot pilots for any number of our networks.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Ratings For The Week of 8/6-8/10


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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Sunday, August 12, 2012

CNN Special This Evening at 7 PM


CNN will broadcast a live, one-hour special, titled Paul Ryan in Depth, tonight at 7 p.m. (ET) co-anchored by chief political analyst Gloria Borger and chief national correspondent John King. Borger will be live from Washington, DC. King will be live from Waukesha, Wisconsin, the site of tonight’s Romney/Ryan homecoming rally.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Your Views on the News 8/11/12


The Hollywood reporter published an article by Andrew Tyndall this week that asked 'How Can CNN Benefit From Being Bland'. Here are a few of it's key points:

When it was invented about 30 years ago, CNN solved one of the major shortcomings of television news in the broadcast era: It was on all the time. Instead of waiting for the periodic morning and nightly slots that were assigned to news by broadcasters, the viewer was liberated to tune in to a dedicated news channel at any time of the day or night.
CNN's current problem derives from unfortunate timing: It has lost the knack for attracting viewers to its legacy medium before that transition has been completed. The process of unbundling cable channels to offer a la carte subscriptions -- which inevitably will destroy the current cable channel business plan -- has yet to take hold. And in the meantime, CNN's audience, revenue and reputation are still stuck in the world of cable.
In that context, global ubiquity is a greater asset than domestic popularity. Unlike Fox News or MSNBC, CNN cannot afford to be perceived as too American, too opinionated, too partisan, too idiosyncratic. Its ambition is to be the background channel that is always on everywhere around the world: in airport terminals, in business hotels, in barrooms and boardrooms. Bland is not a bug; it's an advantage. CNN's target audience is not individual viewers but operators and managers who are alienated by anything that is not wallpaper.
CNN's error has been that it only followed the logic of differentiating itself halfway: It avoids the partisanship but still embraces the politics. Its programming is wrongly focused, using an anchor-centric format when CNN viewers crave the absence of opinion.


If you want to read the entire article (worth the few minutes it takes) here's the link.

Friday, August 10, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 8/11/12

SATURDAY, August 11, 2012

CNN SPECIAL PROGRAMMING:
Romney’s VP Selection 7AM
CNN plans special programming around presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice presidential selection. Lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, along with Candy Crowley, John King and Gloria Borger will participate in the network’s special coverage.
Jim Acosta will be on the ground with the Romney campaign in Norfolk, Virginia.

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay explores a promising new vaccine for brain cancer that could drastically improve the odds. He introduces a man who created “forensic imaging” software to expose photo edits in magazines, and meets the girl who got Seventeen Magazine to change its photo editing policies. He also speaks to Marla Runyan, the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics, about her quest to inspire vision impaired children.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of August 6.
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

SUNDAY, August 12, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay explores a promising new vaccine for brain cancer that could drastically improve the odds. He introduces a man who created “forensic imaging” software to expose photo edits in magazines, and meets the girl who got Seventeen Magazine to change its photo editing policies. He also speaks to Marla Runyan, the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics, about her quest to inspire vision impaired children.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
– Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON
Topic: 2012 Politics and the Obama Campaign
Guest: David Axelrod, senior adviser, Obama campaign
Topic: 2012 Politics; Veepstakes; GOP Agenda
Guest: Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Topic: Political Ad Wars; Convention Look-Ahead; Romney Bus Tour; Veepstakes 2012
Guest: Ed Gillespie, senior adviser, Romney campaign
Anchor: Candy Crowley

YOUR MONEY WITH ALI VELSHI
– Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM
"Your Money" breaks down the business news of the week and shows you how it impacts your bottom line.
Anchor: Ali Velshi

RELIABLE SOURCES
– Airs LIVE Sunday 11AM - NOON
Topics: Romney Running Mate Speculation; Political Ad Wars and Fact Checking
Guest: Stephanie Miller, host, syndicated radio talk show, “The Stephanie Miller Show”
Guest: Dan Schnur, director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California
Guest: Robin Abcarian, political correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Topics: Celebrities on the Campaign Trail
Guest: Matt Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter
Topics: Coverage of Women at the Olympics
Guest: Christine Brennan, USA Today
Host: Howard Kurtz

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER airs Sunday 1PM - 2PM
The best of The Situation Room from the week of August 6.

THE NEXT LIST – Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week The Next List profiles Jake Shimabukuro, a musician who has helped to redefine the ukulele as an instrument. Known for his mastery and style, he brings an unconventional and eclectic mix of rock, jazz, old ‘uke’ standards and cover songs to his music. Videos showing his skill and enthusiasm for the instrument have generated millions of views on Youtube.

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CNN Suspends Fareed Zakaria For Plagiarism

CNN Suspends Fareed Zakaria For Plagiarism

By DYLAN BYERS for Politico

CNN has joined Time Magazine and suspended Fareed Zakaria following his admission of plagiarism.

"We have reviewed Fareed Zakaria’s TIME column, for which he has apologized," CNN said in a written statement. "He wrote a shorter blog post on CNN.com on the same issue which included similar unattributed excerpts. That blog post has been removed and CNN has suspended Fareed Zakaria while this matter is under review."

Time Magazine suspended Zakaria earlier this afternoon after he admitted to plagiarizing an April article about the National Rifle Association by New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore.

"TIME accepts Fareed's apology, but what he did violates our own standards for our columnists, which is that their work must not only be factual but original; their views must not only be their own but their words as well," Ali Zelenko, Time's SVP of Communications, said in a statement. "As a result, we are suspending Fareed's column for a month, pending further review."

A CNN spokesperson informs of the changes to CNN's Sunday programming following Zakaria's suspension:

“Your Money with Ali Velshi” will air at 10am on Sunday morning with “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” airing at 1pm.



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Thursday, August 9, 2012

CNN Grills Returns for 2012 Conventions


‘CNN Grills’ to Return in 2012 Political Convention Cities
Grills Will Serve as Broadcast Facility and Social Networking Hub in Tampa, Charlotte

CNN will reprise its popular diner concept at the 2012 political conventions with the “CNN Grill” showcasing on-air programming and serving as convention goers’ destination for a mix of good food, good company and lively political conversation. Located just steps from the convention locations, the Grills will operate as home base for the network and also will provide a social hub with nightly convention viewing.
The CNN Grills will be open for the duration of both the Republican National Convention in Tampa from Monday, Aug. 27 through Thursday Aug. 30 and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte from Monday, Sept. 3 through Thursday, Sept. 6. In Tampa, the Grill will be located across the plaza from the Tampa Bay Times Forum; in Charlotte, the Grill will be open at the EpiCentre on the corner of E. Trade and College Streets, in close proximity to the Time Warner Cable Arena. Each convention day the CNN Grills will be open to invited guests for CNN hospitality and events beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
“The CNN Grill allows us to provide an inside and intimate view of multiple aspects of our presence at the conventions,” said Janet RollĂ©, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for CNN Worldwide. “The combination of live production, engaging interactions and conversation, and great hospitality mirrors the overall experience of convention goers. We’re thrilled to provide a compelling, can’t-miss stop along their way.”
Each CNN Grill location will feature:
• A fully outfitted live broadcast studio integrated into the Grill space.
• Customized menus designed for the Grill that will reflect the local fare in Tampa and Charlotte.
• A dynamic visualization of convention conversation happening across social media networks including, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare.
• An eight-foot touch-screen wall that allows CNN Grill visitors to sample CNN Digital’s must-have elections tools for convention attendees, including: the latest election stories; data and maps; CNN iReports from the RNC and DNC and more.
• Photo booths for guests to capture their convention experience. In addition to producing souvenirs, photo booths will be outfitted with the capability to easily share images across users’ social networks with an auto-generated animated GIF.
CNN pioneered the concept behind the CNN Grills during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City with the creation of the CNN Diner, which was located at the Tick Tock Diner. In 2008, the network created CNN Grills at the Democratic National Convention in Denver at Brooklyn’s and at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul at the Eagle Street Grill. For the latest convention eateries, Civic Entertainment Group developed and produced the “CNN Grill” concept, while Union Square Hospitality Group, headed by restaurateur Danny Meyer and his team, developed the menu.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Ratings For The Week of 7/30 - 8/2


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, August 4, 2012

Your Views on the News 8/4/12



A few interesting articles about CNN came across our desk this week. According to LimeLife Cooper's ratings are up 27% since coming out in June. Anyone want to give us their opinions?

And yet another article (HuffPo) quoting a CNN exec (this time Bewkes) saying that top management is dissatisfied with CNN's ratings. Seems that the changes are slow to come to CNN but the statements of discontent by management are a dime a dozen. Less talk, more action maybe should be their new mantra?


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