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Saving CNN
NY Post ^ | August 13, 2012 | MICHAEL SHAIN

Posted on 08/13/2012 9:04:19 PM PDT by Qbert

Late night and reality shows in works at news channel

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cnn; deathwatch; dinosaurmedia
The reality shows should be quite a change from the fictional news they usually present.
1 posted on 08/13/2012 9:04:34 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

CNN has not ruled out bringing back "Manimal".

2 posted on 08/13/2012 9:13:55 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Qbert

You’re right. Even as scripted, edited, and spun as the “reality” shows are, they would be a significant step closer to truth than the usual drivel coming from the MSM. However, going for acting talent may just be a final admission that it isn’t really news, all just show...


3 posted on 08/13/2012 9:14:24 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Qbert

I don’t even know if I can get them.


4 posted on 08/13/2012 9:15:01 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Qbert

Here’s a suggestion. Try journalism. Straight forward reporting of the news of the day with serious investigative reporting and analysis by well informed, well repsected observers......if there are any left.


5 posted on 08/13/2012 9:15:24 PM PDT by cumbo78
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To: Qbert

Let me save them some money. Practice fairness. If you have someone one from the left, then have their EQUAL on from the right. Practice journalism using both sides of the arguement. Present both sides FAIRLY. It is OK to show opinions. It is not OK to dress them up as a straight news piece. Hire an editorial board of those from the right and the left and equally spaced from the center. Better yet, have the analysis on the news reflect such.


6 posted on 08/13/2012 9:15:45 PM PDT by fuente
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To: Qbert

“At Home With Anderson Cooper And His (soon-to-be-ex) Boyfriend”


7 posted on 08/13/2012 9:15:56 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: Qbert
I think you may have inadvertently hit on something there. There are and have been tv series about fictitious news shows and/or networks but here they could keep doing just what they've always been doing only use real actors and call it a prime-time drama.
8 posted on 08/13/2012 9:16:23 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Qbert

CNN is done. Hit the lights and lock the door on the way out Anderson.


9 posted on 08/13/2012 9:17:14 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Snickering Hound

Manimal was a more accurate depiction of reality than what now gets aired on CNN.


10 posted on 08/13/2012 9:19:21 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: fuente

How about leave out analysis and opinion althogether....A return to the old CNN Headline News, but in more depth with longer stories, and covering much more than politics, entertainment and crime....increase foreign coverage where all the other networks are cutting back because of costs. That would be a real news station that I would watch.


11 posted on 08/13/2012 9:19:34 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: clintonh8r

Hire Glenn Beck Back is your only chance


12 posted on 08/13/2012 9:25:17 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: Snickering Hound

Manimal? Don’t you think that the comparative reality shown in “Manimal” will make CNN’s news stories seem even more fanciful by comparison?

Whenever I see a CNN “news” story, I always wonder, what planet they are living on. Because they certainly don’t think like anyone where I live, except perhaps an relatively uneducated urban center.


13 posted on 08/13/2012 9:28:53 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Qbert

” - - - CNN execs have been making the rounds of Hollywood’s top talent agencies — something entertainment networks do - - - “

HEY, CNN! Why not try a real news show?

You know, no talking over the top of guests,
only ask one question at a time,
be sure the audience fully understands the guests’ viewpoints,
do NOT argue the counterpoint with a guest,
and for the host: keep your damn opinions to yourself.

We will not waste our time if you throw your media gimmicks into an information-packed news hour, as every second that does not contain source information is a second wasted.

We watch the news to become better informed, NOT to be entertained!

Tick-Tock.


14 posted on 08/13/2012 9:31:06 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Qbert

Forget about saving it... put it out of its pain.


15 posted on 08/13/2012 9:31:44 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: Republican1795.

Rush Limbaugh should buy it. And throw in another $10 for both Time and Newsweek!


16 posted on 08/13/2012 9:33:56 PM PDT by CT
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To: barmag25

"CNN is done. Hit the lights and lock the door on the way out Anderson."

Yep. There's really no point to that channel anymore. Normal people either watch Fox or nothing at all, and moonbats prefer bug-eyed, frothing-at-the-mouth hosts who are a mirror of themselves.

17 posted on 08/13/2012 9:35:58 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

I actually tried to give CNN a chance a number of times this past year, when FoxNews became such an embarrassingly unpalatable Rove/Romney GOP-E cheerleading squad (constantly trashing Newt, Perry, Palin, the Tea Party... anyone that didn’t worship at the feet of Mitt). But good grief, CNN was beyond horrid! Might as well call it the Gay News Channel, as I don’t know how anyone straight could stomach it.

Now I’ve almost entirely just given up on all the news channels. Rarely watch any of them. Maybe a half-hour’s worth per week at most. Funny, because I’d been a news junkie for DECADES, but somehow this election season has managed to totally kill that.


18 posted on 08/13/2012 9:37:17 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Qbert

I quit watching fox too. FR is so much better.


19 posted on 08/13/2012 9:37:39 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Qbert
Ooo, oooo, ooooo..... I got it! A political comedy with a nod to retro:

The Odd Couple

Starring Anderson Cooper and Andrew Sullivan

Imagine the lines, "Anderson, you ignorant slut!";

"Andy, you pompous poofter!"

20 posted on 08/13/2012 9:38:56 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Qbert; Revolting cat!
the No. 3 cable news channel has started seeking out ...big-name stars not afraid to talk politics

They're gonna bring back Hollyweird Squares?



They can get Ted Danson to host.

He needs a gig until he can start making television cameos as a Mitt Romney impersonator.


21 posted on 08/13/2012 9:40:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: Qbert

I could personally turn CNN ratings around in one week. I’d start by hiring James O’Keefe and give him a million dollars to start with and tell him to go do anything he wants to do as long as it was legal.

Then I’d institute good ol’ fashioned yellow journalism as the metric for raises and advancement. The more people you get fired with your stories, the more money you make. There would be bonuses for firings, like the bonuses the New Orleans Saints paid their defensemen for cheap shots. I’d also concentrate on the left because that’s where all the low hanging fruit is since everything they’ve done for the last few years has been completely covered up.

Heck, I think I’d give Joe Arpaio his own show. I’d have a show called “The Birther Show”. I’d hire Glenn Beck and tell him to bring down as many political figures as possible. Another show would be devoted to whistle blowers, both already outted ones as well as new ones, which would be featured with silhouettes and altered voices.

Yellow journalism fireworks 24 hours a day. It would be better than a soap opera. People wouldn’t be able to stop watching. Ratings zoom up and sponsors line up. I’d make money doing this and make lots of it.


22 posted on 08/13/2012 9:41:01 PM PDT by catnipman
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To: Qbert
The reality shows should be quite a change from the fictional news they usually present.

CNN.
The orignal phony reality show.

23 posted on 08/13/2012 9:43:40 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: clintonh8r

I do miss real global coverage. How about real coverage of the Middle East about to go up in flames or China and Europe imploding.


24 posted on 08/13/2012 9:47:05 PM PDT by fuente
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To: clintonh8r

I do miss real global coverage. How about real coverage of the Middle East about to go up in flames or China and Europe imploding.


25 posted on 08/13/2012 9:47:21 PM PDT by fuente
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To: Qbert

Interestingly, I think CNN killed all television news by giving us a 24 hour news cycle. It’s pretty much all crap (I stopped watching long ago) and is nothing but of overpaid idiots giving their opinion.

There is no news or reporting anymore ... by anyone. “News entertainment” could go away tomorrow and America would probably be a much better place.


26 posted on 08/13/2012 9:47:51 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: greene66

“Funny, because I’d been a news junkie for DECADES, but somehow this election season has managed to totally kill that.”

I could have written what you said because I was also a news junkie all day long, but this election season has caused me to watch documentaries or movies or anything except Fox or CNN (the few times I used to click on CNN).

I check the news articles on FR during the day now instead of watching Fox.


27 posted on 08/13/2012 9:54:14 PM PDT by Marcella (PREPARE)
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To: Qbert

I have a reality idea for a Phoenix style assent to the top ratings.. Find someone looking to become an instant star..

Ask Obongbong, where is your real BIRTH CERTIFICATE, and SOCIAL SECURITY DOCUMENTS.. The next show, ask him where are his COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS, and PASSPORT RECORDS..

Next show have a Voice Stress Analysis(VSA), on the program, to test the response of the responders for the White House..

So on and so forth.. you get the idea.. Any of those shows would get my attentions, even PAY-FOR-VIEW.. LOL.. :)


28 posted on 08/13/2012 9:54:27 PM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: clintonh8r
“At Home With Anderson Cooper And His (soon-to-be-ex) Boyfriend”

HATE SPEECH!

What have the perverts ever done to you?

...other than attempting to control your life and your thoughts...?

29 posted on 08/13/2012 9:57:20 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Qbert

LMBO!
CNN is trolling Hollywood for pundits to counter Fox News’ fair and balanced programming?
Hilarious.

They may as well just try to plunder “talent” from MSNBC, since that’s apparently what they want to be.


30 posted on 08/13/2012 9:59:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: cumbo78
Try journalism. What? Go out and work for a story? Come on! Get real.
31 posted on 08/13/2012 10:00:29 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: Snickering Hound
CNN has not ruled out bringing back "Manimal".

They need to get hip and "with it".

How about, "My Mother the Ipod"?

32 posted on 08/13/2012 10:02:58 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: scooby321
Hire Glenn Beck Back is your only chance

Glenn beck worked for CNN?

I missed the memo.

33 posted on 08/13/2012 10:04:05 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: cumbo78
Here’s a suggestion. Try journalism. Straight forward reporting of the news of the day with serious investigative reporting and analysis...

Never gonna happen.
Those scumbags have had 4 years to tell America who Barack Hussein Ubama is, and they STILL just shrug and point to his two ghost-written autobiographies. "It's all right there - - nothing more to know," they explain. Investigative journalism - - right.

34 posted on 08/13/2012 10:06:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: publius911

Yep, Beck’s first big TV gig was with CNN, in 2006.
Did well, but didn’t last too long.


35 posted on 08/13/2012 10:10:15 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: a fool in paradise

Hey, isn’t that first batch of pictures of the debate moderators? ;-)


36 posted on 08/13/2012 10:39:40 PM PDT by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: cumbo78

I can see it now....a 24-hour a day entertainment new network. You get live on-the-spot coverage of some Hollywood type player getting arrested. You get the latest divorce news of Brittney Spears. CNN International can flip over and cover the royals, the German soccer players, and French models. Brilliant!


37 posted on 08/13/2012 10:44:34 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: ProfoundMan

COULD BE!


38 posted on 08/13/2012 10:44:53 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: Qbert

don’t save it, let it die!!!!


39 posted on 08/13/2012 10:47:25 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Qbert
"The DNC Show" has sinking ratings?

They've only been showing reruns 24 hrs a day for 20 years.

yitbos

40 posted on 08/13/2012 11:34:12 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: greene66
I feel the same as you. I don't watch any news even Fox. I listen to talk radio,Drudge report and Free Republic (which I love) I joke to my husband that one day he will come home from work and the TV will be lying in the middle of the street.
41 posted on 08/14/2012 12:16:45 AM PDT by funfan
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To: barmag25

When you program a new TV does CNN even come up? ;-)


42 posted on 08/14/2012 4:07:56 AM PDT by Average Al (The Democrat party is a zoo without cages.)
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To: Qbert
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

Here it comes:

GAYNN...


43 posted on 08/14/2012 5:33:52 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: catnipman

Great line up! I’d tune in.


44 posted on 08/14/2012 6:15:34 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt; Qwackertoo

Another show would be “Border Wars”. I’d set up 200 remote cameras (with infrared) at key crossing points along the border, edit all the interesting shots together (day and infrared) and invite local and DC ICE officials, local law enforcement, and local land owners to comment on and give different perspectives about what was being seen. I think the drama would be the local vs. DC perspectives.

The whistle blower show would be named “Deep Throat” and the opening theme music would be a syncopated chorus of police whistles.


45 posted on 08/14/2012 7:46:36 AM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: catnipman

And you could add narration or something from Sheriff Joe.


46 posted on 08/14/2012 12:32:04 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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