HLN adds Lies, Crimes & Video to primetime roster

Produced by HLN Investigations, the team headed by veteran executive producer Elizabeth Yuskaitis will contribute long form series and breaking news specials to the programming lineup, it was announced by Stephanie Todd, Vice President, Programming, HLN.

The eight-part series Lies, Crimes & Video is scheduled to premiere Saturday, June 8 at 8pm on HLN.

The show gives viewers an intimate look into terrifying 911 calls, police interrogations, jail house recordings, body camera and surveillance video captured as part of a criminal investigation. This series features riveting stories that incorporate video evidence in criminal cases and shocking courtroom testimony. The lies, deceit and bad behavior are all caught on camera and presented in this candid true crime docu-series.

“Liz and her expert production team have a long, prolific news gathering history at HLN,” said Todd. “Veterans of such high-profile programs as Nancy Grace, Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield and numerous specials, the HLN Investigations team will further fortify our network’s strength and leadership within the crime and investigations genre.”


New roles for Lynn Smith, Mike Galanos, Susan Hendricks

Beginning March 11, anchor Lynn Smith returns from maternity leave — but not for the weekend. She will begin anchoring On The Story Monday through Friday, noon to 2:00pm ET. Previously, after Erica Hill left it for CNN, the show was hosted by a rotation of hosts, including Susan Hendricks, Christi Paul, Shyann Malone, Elizabeth Prann, and Mike Galanos.

In her place on Weekend Express, the network announced Susan Hendricks will begin anchoring as the new anchor, effective Saturday, March 16. Hendricks, a veteran journalist at HLN, most recently served as a fill-in anchor on the network’s daytime live news programs and hosted the high-rated special on the Delphi murder case, which, following its premiere on February 15, resulted in a surge of nearly 1200 tips to law enforcement.

Furthermore, Galanos will anchor a new program on HLN, airing from 2:00pm to 3:00pm, called True Crime Live — it will focus on high profile court cases, mysteries and investigations, with expert guests and an eye toward helping authorities track down fugitives. Viewer involvement will be encouraged via a tip line.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong roster of talent at HLN. Lynn has done a spectacular job on Weekend Express and Mike and Susan are longtime anchors at the network who excel on so many levels,” said HLN vice president of programming, Stephanie Todd. “This new, robust dayside schedule, led by the popular Morning Express with Robin Meade, positions HLN to best serve viewers with live news coverage of the day’s top stories, followed by a seamless transition to the network’s captivating lineup of long-form mysteries and investigations themed programming,” she added.

In an interivew with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Smith said of her new show, “We hope to get stories with human elements in them such as a missing pregnant mom. It’s getting the uncle and doing a longer-form interesting take on that.” She also wants to insert lifestyle stories that she liked to do on weekends about topics such as health, parenting, food and fitness.


HLN announces their 2019 original series

HLN, which airs live news programming during the day, beginning with Morning Express with Robin Meade and ending with On The Story, hosted by a rotation of anchors, including Mike Galanos, Susan Hendricks, Christi Paul, Shyann Malone, and Elizabeth Prann, followed by crime and investigation programming, has more than doubled its Original Series slate in 2019, adding seven new series which will join five returning series, it was announced by Ken Jautz, the executive overseeing HLN.

“HLN continues to be a major destination for successful, quality, mystery and investigation programming. As the longtime exclusive cable network for the mega popular Forensic Files, we recently built on that franchise to introduce Original Series that have also resonated with our viewers. This year we’ve more than doubled our commitment to long-form programming which will complement HLN’s live news shows during the day,” said Jautz.

Among the new hires includes Donnie Walhberg, who will host Very Scary People, touting as “the stories trace the heinous, criminal acts of these elusive miscreants and the eventual road to justice. Episodes include Charles Manson, Aileen Wuornos, the Zodiac Killer, the NorCal Serial Rapist, the Reverend Jim Jones and John Wayne Gacy.”

In addition, Unmasking a Killer, Vengeance: Killer Lovers, American Mystery, Dead Wives Club, Vengeance: Killer Neighbors will make their debuts as well. Set to return this year include Death Row Stories, How It Really Happened with Hill Harper, Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo, and lastly, Something’s Killing Me.


Kristina Fitzpatrick reports for Morning Express

With Morning Express pop culture contributor Melissa Knowles off the air for maternity leave, HLN seems to have added another correspondent to the popular HLN morning show while Knowles is gone.

Kristina Fitzpatrick, who has appeared periodically on the network’s Weekend Express, reporting on sports during the Bleacher Report, is now reporting the pop and trending news weekdays, like Knowles did.

She is an experienced sports reporter, having worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports, CBS, and others.


Carol Costello talks new HLN show

Carol Costello, who signed off of CNN Newsroom last Friday ahead of her move to Los Angeles to be with her husband, talked to the Atlanta Journal Constitution about her new HLN show.

Although the network isn’t saying when her show will begin or what time it will air, Costello said to the AJC, “I do know what the show will be.”

She explained, “HLN wants to do a very newsy show that will focus more on the Midwest and Southeast, more on the people level and how politics will affect them.”

According to the AJC’s report, she is focusing on hiring a staff of writers and producers — and doing so quickly.

“I do a very successful show now,” she said, referring to her 9am CNN Newsroom broadcast, saying the current HLN structure is focused on winning. “I would not have gone to another network even in the family if I didn’t want to win.”

Continuing the old CNN Headline News model, Costello says they will “whip through stuff,” and “won’t waste your time,” and hopes to have fewer commentators and analysts on her HLN show.

Before her HLN show begins, she says, she will write for CNN.com and report for CNN.


Prince’s death… How It Really Happened

This Friday on HLN, its new primetime show, How It Really Happened, hosted by former CSI star Hill Harper, they will look into the death of Prince.

Harper will have interviews with Prince’s friend and Harper’s CNN colleague and CNN rising star–hosting the well-rated Messy Truth specials–Van Jones, in addition to his early bandmate Andre Cymone, cousin Chazz Smith and his first manager, Owen Husney, reports Pioneer Press.

From Prince’s rocky relationship with his father to disconnecting with his inner circle and becoming injured on the Purple Rain tour, HLN pulls back the curtain to expose the secret struggles the music genius faced and traces the early years of his life up to his final days.


Carol Costello gets emotional CNN sendoff

Carol Costello, who announced on Monday she would be leaving CNN and moving to Los Angeles and joining HLN, had a emotional sendoff on CNN.

When Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota tossed to Costello in the 9am hour, they noted it would be the last time they would be doing so, and wished Costello the best at HLN.

Costello’s team put together a video of goodbyes from her colleagues, along with clips from some of her interviews and reports.

Beginning Monday, the 9am-11am hour will be a dual-anchored CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and John Berman.