Hines Ward makes his HLN debut

Two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward made his Morning Express debut this morning. Ward will be the sports contributor to Robin Meade’s morning show.

As Meade noted in her introduction of him, he will appear on Morning Express three days a week, with Coy Wire handling sports on the other days.

CNN pieced together a welcome video, from HLN host Nancy Grace, New Day anchor Chris Cuomo, HLN anchor Michaela Pereira, HLN host Dr. Drew Pinsky, CNN Newsroom anchor Carol Costello, and HLN sports correspondent Coy Wire.

Nancy Grace, Anderson Cooper appear on Hot Car Death jury questionnaire

CNN and HLN anchors appeared on the “Hot Car Death” jury questionnaire. Justin Harris is being charged with two counts of felony murder as well as first degree cruelty to children.

When this first happened in 2015, both CNN and HLN went wall-to-wall with the coverage.

The jury questionnaire, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution, alludes to the Turner news networks’ coverage of the trial.

“Do you watch any legal talk shows (examples included, but not limited to: Nancy Grace, Ashleigh Banfield, Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper, etc.?)”

That was question number 31 out of 93 on the questionnaire.

Nancy Grace will go wall-to-wall on her 8pm program with coverage of the trial, according to HLN.

“It’s safe to say that HLN will have the most extensive coverage of this trial than any other major news network,” an HLN spokesperson told the AJC.

HLN’s Dr. Drew leaving Loveline

HLN host Dr. Drew Pinsky, who hosts an eponymous talk show at 7pm on HLN, is leaving his radio show, Loveline, that he has hosted for the past 30 years. April 28 will be his last day on the program.

Billboard reports Pinsky is leaving Loveline to focus on his HLN program, as well as his other radio program with Mike Catherwood, and his podcast.

“I am not leaving radio,” he says in a statement. “The Loveline brand is still strong and perhaps we will bring it back some day. But for now, this version is ending and I will be focusing on all of my other projects. It has been a privilege to have served the listeners and share deeply in personal stories. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.”

HLN apparently now has two hosts who can sing

It’s no surprise that HLN has one talent who can definitely sing — Robin Meade. She’s taken time off from her anchoring duties to perform in the past; and just a month ago, she performed the National Anthem at a NASCAR race.

But it isn’t just the morning show anchor who can sing… HLN primetime host Dr. Drew Pinsky can sing as well.

Saturday night, Dr. Drew Pinsky sang the national anthem before the Los Angeles Kings hockey game at the Staples Center, and wearing a King’s jersey, he proceeded to belt out the anthem operatically.

HLN moves Dr. Drew to a new time

HLN’s Dr. Drew, hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, is moving to a new time, beginning next Monday — 7pm. So rather than trailing Nancy Grace, Pinsky’s show will be her lead-in.

The show is hosted live out of CNN’s Los Angeles bureau in front of a studio audience.

This isn’t the only programming move interim HLN boss Ken Jautz is making: also announced this week is that HLN is developing a three-hour show for CNN’s Michaela Pereira to anchor out of the Los Angeles studios.

Dr. Drew special takes on race in America

Tomorrow night at 9pm ET on HLN’s Dr. Drew, the HLN host will be joined by an audience and panel made up exclusively of African-Americans, according to the show’s Twitter account, to tackle the issue of race in America.

Doing a very specific-niched show isn’t new to Dr. Drew, who in the past has hosted a special on transgenders in America and had a studio audience and panel composed of only transgenders; and he also did a Donald Trump special, with a panel and studio audience only of Trump supporters.

Security escorts audience member out of Dr. Drew’s set

For the first time in Dr. Drew history since installing a live studio audience, the show was forced to kick out an audience member for not cooperating and calming down.

“Everbody, I’m going to shut down this TV show and go to a test pattern unless people behave themselves and behave civilly. I’m not kidding,” HLN host Dr. Drew Pinsky threatened. “I’m not kidding. It’s a live television show, and I will go to a test pattern if I have to.”

When the woman wouldn’t quiet down, a security guard escorted her out of the audience.

Pinsky’s entire episode was about CNN’s debate and post-analysis, including a segment on why the network didn’t ask questions about the black lives matter movement.

Dr. Drew special on Trump

Because CNN’s obsession with Donald Trump isn’t enough (even though it reportedly is enough with employees), HLN is devoting an hour this evening to Trump on Dr. Drew.

Dr. Drew has held some special shows in the past: there was a mental health special, following the Kim Kardashian-produced RedFlag documentary, and recently, the transgender special.


A Trump special…
And the audience members are only Trump supporters.