Airing on A&E in March, former HLN anchor Nancy Grace has found her new gig: Grace vs Abrams. Grace, who regularly appeared on Good Morning America during her time at HLN, often was paired against Mediaite founder and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. Now, the duo will host a show together.
It will debut March 29 at 10 PM. The two legal analysts will join forces to debate infamous crimes and legal cases. Produced by Lincoln Square Productions, the series will be shot in Times Square Studios before a live audience, reports Deadline Hollywood.
Each episode will break down the case, featuring key players from the cases, as well as never-before-heard from players, both in-studio and by remote. Exclusive clips and footage will also be incorporated into the series. Select episodes of the series will take a deeper dive into topics covered in A&E series and specials.
“Nancy and Dan are smart, experienced attorneys with strong voices and equally strong opinions on legal matters,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant. “In ’Grace vs. Abrams,’ they will delve deeper into the stories and legal questions around infamous crimes and trials, providing viewers with a complete picture and explanation of the issues. And, of course, fighting over which of them is right!”
Grace signed off of HLN in October 2016.
Former HLN host Nancy Grace has landed on her feet since her eponymous program on CNN’s sister channel ended: she is launching a new crime-fighting website, as she revealed in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
She said in the interview that she thinks this platform will allow her to garner more attention for victims.Crimes are being committed 24/7, 365 days a year. My show aired one hour a day, and then a repeat at 2 a.m.”
Her new venture, however, will give her the opportunity to offer more coverage.
“I am launching a website, a crime-fighting website, a community. I will be writing for the website and curating content. Also, we’ll have social media, Facebook Live, and a podcast. I’m really excited about it, and I believe we will help people — find missing people, solve unsolved homicides,” Grace told Cosmoplitan.
HLN’s newest show, Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield, which took the place of HLN’s long-running show, Nancy Grace, debuted last night from CNN’s newly-renovated New York newsroom studio. Only, for Banfield’s show, the newsroom was covered up.
Utilizing new video walls, the newsroom is covered up, leaving what looks to be an almost enclosed studio.
HLN anchor Nancy Grace signed off her program for the last time tonight, departing the network. Beginning Monday, CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield will anchor Primetime Justice, which, unlike Grace’s show, will air live Monday through Thursday at 8pm ET.
Grace signed off, “It has been a privilege and an honor to speak for those who could not always speak for themselves.”
“Please visit me, find me,” she said. “A new chapter is waiting. A new journey lies ahead. I hope you come with me. Nancy Grace, signing off.”
But… not at Fox News, according to the network.
Earlier today, In Touch Weekly was out with a report that after HLN anchor Nancy Grace departs from the Turner-owned network later this week, she would be making the jump to Fox News.
“The formal announcement is expected after Nancy’s last show with HLN. Nancy was approached by Fox News months ago, and she made the decision over the summer that the best move for her career and family, was to move to Fox,” a source told In Touch Weekly.
The source went on, “Nancy is so excited to make the move to Fox, which is a much better fit for her. Fox has a much larger viewing audience, and unlimited resources. This will be an amazing platform for Nancy to focus on getting justice for victims of violent crimes.”
But Fox News says that isn’t the truth at all.
Grace’s HLN show ends on October 13. CNN afternoon anchor Ashleigh Banfield is moving from CNN to HLN to fill Grace’s spot, beginning October 17.
Not only did Fox deny In Touch Weekly’s report when asked about it by Mediaite, but the news network said “no one even called us for comment” from In Touch Weekly before running the story.
John King’s Inside Politics is moving to the noon slot through Election Day, beginning September 26, a CNN spokesperson confirmed to Brian Stelter.
The noon time anchor, Ashleigh Banfield, announced at the conclusion of today’s Legal View that she was departing the network as an anchor, and moving over to sister channel HLN, where she will serve as the 8pm primetime host beginning in October.
The move by CNN executives to put King in Banfield’s slot doesn’t come as much of a surprise — during convention coverage, Inside Politics preempted Banfield’s noontime show.
Following Nancy Grace’s departure from HLN 8pm in October, CNN announced today who will be filling her shoes: CNN’s Legal View anchor, Ashleigh Banfield.
Banfield will be moving to 8pm on HLN. August 23rd will be Banfield’s last day in the Legal View show. She will continue to appear on CNN, offering legal analysis and substitute anchoring.
In an interal memo, it was said of her, “Ashleigh and her distinct journalistic style is the perfect fit as we continue to refocus on our news roots…”
She begins on HLN October 17.
Inside Politics, hosted by John King, will take Banfield’s slot, running through Election Day.
HLN host Nancy Grace revealed to her staff Thursday morning she will be departing the network come October when her contract is up, reports The Hollywood Reporter. She has been with HLN for 12 years.
“At the end of my meeting with [HLN GM] Ken [Jautz], I gave him a big hug and he hugged me back. It was like full circle,” Grace says, adding that Jautz is making every effort to “try to relocate everybody” on her staff. “That was a big concern.”
“Nancy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the missing and exploited for more than a decade on HLN,” says Jautz. “She gave a voice to the voiceless, and we are extremely grateful for her contributions to the network. During her remarkable career at HLN, she led the coverage of two of this century’s most talked about and infamous trials, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias. We will always be champions of Nancy’s mission and are excited to see what’s next for her.”
A spokesperson told THR that a new series — one that will “utilize the expertise of the current team” — will replace Nancy Grace after its final episode on October 13.