Thursday, December 1, 2011

Station Breaks: American Idol Returns, a Name for the New CBS Morning Show and a New Executive Producer for Anderson

American Idol will be back for its 11th season with a two-night premiere Wednesday, January 18th (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, January 19th (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Returning to the show are host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.  FOX has also announced that Idol will have a special, extended primetime broadcast on Sunday, January 22 (10:00-11:00 PM ET following the NFC championship football game.

The newly revamped CBS morning show will be called CBS This Morning. Given the fact that the program is being billed as something new and exciting, with Gayle King and Charlie Rose as hosts, you'd think there would be a more creative name.  For those who haven't watched the program in years, the current iteration is called The Early Show.  There was a CBS This Morning years ago.

There's a new executive producer
at Anderson.
Anderson, the Anderson Cooper talk show that started running in daytime syndication this year, is getting a new executive producer.  According to Broadcasting & Cable, Lisa Morin, who formerly worked at Oprah, is out.  Terence Noonan, a veteran of Dr. Oz and The Rosie O'Donnell Show, will take over as executive producer.  There are two other EP's on the program: Cooper and the highly respected Jim Murphy, who has worked in management positions at CBS and ABC.

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