Tyler Mauldin joins CNN & HLN as meteorologist

mauldinTyler Mauldin has joined CNN and HLN as a freelance meteorologist. Mauldin has appeared this week on Morning Express with Robin Meade while Bob Van Dillen is off on vacation.

“I’m stoked to say that not only am I starting grad school this summer, I’ll be helping out the CNN weather team, too. I’ll be covering shifts on CNN, CNN International and HLN,” he wrote on Instagram. He is pursuing a master’s degree in energy economics from George Institute of Technology.

He previously served as weather anchor for WXIA-TV, WPTV and WBBH.

CNN & HLN announce 2020-2021 original series

cnn-hlnCNN will debut two new Original Series for 2020, The Story of Late Night and First Ladies, and seven new Original Series for 2021, including Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci, Lincoln: An American President, Diana, History of Sitcom, Jerusalem, Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and The Woman Who Took Down the KKK. In addition, the Emmy Award-winning series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, will return for its fifth season this summer and the seventh season of This is Life with Lisa Ling will return this fall, with new seasons of both series airing in 2021.

HLN, CNN’s sister network dedicated to true crime, mysteries and investigations, will add to its popular programming lineup new seasons of Very Scary People, How it Really Happened with Hill Harper, Lies, Crimes & Video, Real Life Nightmare, Forensic Files II, Vengeance and Murder Nation.

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally produced HLN Original Series.

HLN renews Forensic Files reboot for two more seasons

Due to its popularity, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz, who oversees sister network HLN, has renewed Forensic Files II for two more seasons, he announced on Tuesday. Each of the two new seasons will have sixteen 30-minute episodes, airing in 2021.

“We are thrilled to continue our association with what is still the most iconic brand in the genre,” said Jautz in a prepared statement. “Thanks to the skill and creativity of [executive producer] Nancy Duffy and her team, Forensic Files II exceeded expectations and was an unequivocal hit among viewers. And we of course have Paul Dowling to thank for trusting us with his exceptional creation,” he added.

“Our goal was to continue the Forensic Files legacy, telling new stories about how science and advanced forensic techniques are used to crack the most difficult cases. . . and the loyal Forensic Files fan base responded enthusiastically,” said Duffy. “I second Ken by offering gratitude to Paul who provided guidance as we rebooted the series,” she added.

Forensic Files II is HLN’s top original series to date and delivered its time best time period performance in 20 years (Sundays, 10-11pm). The series was also #1 in cable news and among true crime networks (ID, A&E and Oxygen) in its time period.

Robin Meade’s husband broke the social distancing rules, so she is isolating from him until May 1

HLN Morning Express anchor Robin Meade revealed this morning that her husband apparently broke the social distancing and had his hair cut, so she has decided she is going to self-isolate from him to keep her staff healthy.

Meade has continued to anchor her show in HLN’s Studio 7 as opposed to anchoring from home, like some of CNN anchors have done.

The rest of HLN’s shows have been suspended for further notice to limit the amount of staff needed at CNN Center.

HLN launches new docuseries, The Killer Truth

HLN will be launching a new documentary-series, The Killer Truth, beginning Sunday, April 26, at 10pm ET, “packed with murder, scandal, and justice,” the network says.

There are two sides to every story, but in a murder, one side dies with the victim. Each episode of The Killer Truth tells the story of a single murder through the five people most intimately connected to the case. These five distinct points of view may include the victim’s family, the lead detective, a reporter who covered the case, the suspect linked to the crime, the defense attorney, and finally, even the killer. The five perspectives take us through the twists and turns of each case, create a full picture of the crime, and ultimately lead to justice.

Executive producers for The Killer Truth are Deborah Allen and Jeff Collins of Catalina Content.

HLN’s Death Row Stories returns for season 5 on April 19

Death Row Stories will return for season 5 on April 19, and air two new epsiodes back-to-back at 9pm and 10pm on HLN.

It explores the fallibility of the ultimate criminal penalty, capital punishment. Featuring stories told by current and former death row inmates, each hour-long episode seeks to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case and pose tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system.

Death Row Stories is executive produced by Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions; Brad Hebert, Dave Snyder and Stacey Offman also serve as executive producers.

How It Really Happened with Hill Harper returns to HLN for season 4

The chilling story of the Gainesville, Florida serial murders, which terrified students, state residents and captivated the nation, launches the fourth season of the popular HLN Original Series How It Really Happened with Hill Harper in a two-part episode premiering Sunday, August 11 at 9pm-11pm ET/PT.

The Gainesville season premiere episode offers rich insight into these crimes through rare interviews with family members of the victims and those closest to the events including the doctor to whom the killer confessed.

Also profiled this season are Drew Peterson, suspected of killing his last wife, and accused of killing his previous wife, and former teen idol David Cassidy, who candidly reveals his secret demons just days before his untimely death.

The new season includes three other two-hour episodes: the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, the Susan Smith child murders and the Oklahoma City Bombing, the later featuring first person perspective from a rarely heard interview with Timothy McVeigh.

This season finale marks the 50th episode milestone of How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.

Produced by HLN Original Series, Nancy Duffy is executive producer of How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.

Could WarnerMedia be about to gut HLN and reformat as a golf channel?

Some TV property of WarnerMedia could be completely reformatted as a golf channel, Sports Business Daily reports, telling the PGA Tour “it would consider converting one of its existing TV channels into a golf-focused one,” if WarnerMedia could land rights to the tour — and potentially end HLN as we know it.

WarnerMedia bigwigs are in preliminary talks with the Tour about the next round of its broadcast rights, which are up in 2021.

The report notes that “WarnerMedia owns channels like HLN (Headline News), which has distribution in 86.3 million U.S. homes, or truTV, which is in 84.1 million homes. Those two would be the most likely channels to be flipped if the company follows through on its initial plan.”

Obviously, channels like CNN, TNT, and TBS are unlikely to be reformatted to be a channel for the PGA. But HLN, with fewer eyeballs currently…

The company’s strategy is not finalized, but as the report says, ” the fact that it has even considered such a plan shows how serious it is about the PGA Tour rights…”