Staff couldn’t be happier that Kate Bolduan is on maternity leave (report)

A new report out from RadarOnline, citing sources, says that while CNN’s At This Hour and CNN International’s State of America anchor Kate Bolduan had her last day on Friday to prepare for maternity leave, CNN staff couldn’t be happier.

“Staffers and crew couldn’t be happier,” one of the gossip site’s sources said.

“This pregnancy has been the worst — she has been rude and at times explosive to everyone in her path.”

Of course, during her last maternity leave, she lost her gig on New Day and was replaced by Alisyn Camerota.

“She seems very unhappy most days snapping at people on set and just being overbearing.”

According to our own sources, Dana Bash, Joe Johns, Paula Newton and John King are slated to fill-in for her on State of America.


Chris Cuomo is going back to primetime in January

In January, anchor Chris Cuomo is returning to primetime (with the aptly-named Cuomo Prime Time) at the 9:00pm slot, running for a few weeks as “special programming the network is launching around Pres. Trump’s first full year in office,” reports TVNewser.

In addition to Cuomo Prime Time, he will still appear alongside Alisyn Camerota in the mornings on New Day.


Alisyn Camerota to host Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America

CNN morning anchor Alisyn Camerota is going to host a town hall event, Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America Thursday, Nov. 9, at 9pm, featuring her former colleague, Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson, activist Anita Hill, activist Tarana Burke, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, actress Jessica Barth, and former Congresswoman Mary Bono.

According to the press release, guests will take questions from Americans across the country who have been impacted by sexual harassment and discuss effective measures that lead to sustainable change in the workplace.

HLN host S. E. Cupp hosted a special about harassment about two weeks ago, which Camerota took part in as well.


Inside with Chris Cuomo premieres this Friday

Friday at 9pm ET on HLN, Chris Cuomo’s new investigative series, Inside premieres. It is produced in-house by the network’s Development Team.

The Cuomo-hosted show was announced back in March, under the working title of Inside Secret Places, which has since been shortened.

At the time of the announcement, HLN boss Ken Jautz promised “more HLN Original Series featuring deep-dive investigations that complement our strong live news programming.”


HLN unveils new original series, including one hosted by Chris Cuomo

In addition to the news of S.E. Cupp joining HLN this summer, HLN today also announced the addition of new original series, including one hosted by CNN’s New Day anchor, Chris Cuomo. That show, called Inside Secret Places, will take viewers behind-the-scenes of places and situations few will ever experience.

From the press release, HLN announces its 2017 Original Series slate today, a robust lineup of commissioned and internally produced CNN programming fare which features three new unscripted series and the season two renewal of the network’s highly-rated documentary series, How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.

New HLN Originals Series premiering this year include Beyond Reasonable Doubt, produced by Nutopia, Something’s Killing Me and Inside Secret Places with Chris Cuomo (working title), hosted by CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo. The latter two series are produced internally by the CNN Development team.

“It’s great to be back in business with Jane Root and Nutopia, who produced the #1 ranked Finding Jesus for CNN Original Series—this time with HLN,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide. “This partnership puts HLN on the path to mirroring the enormous success that CNN Original Series has had on CNN over the past four years.”

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with Beyond Reasonable Doubt and we look forward to sharing it with HLN audiences. CNN has been a wonderful partner in the past and we’re excited to expand that relationship to HLN,” said Jane Root, founder and chief executive of Nutopia.

How It Really Happened with Hill Harper, the first series produced for HLN by CNN Development, broke new ground for the network in primetime, and paved the way for its new lineup of internally and externally produced programming designed to serve its audience’s appetite for explorations of real-life mysteries often involving the celebrated and the infamous.

“As HLN’s schedule continues to evolve, first with dayside and now in primetime, expect to see even more HLN Original Series featuring deep-dive investigations that complement our strong live news programming,” added Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/U.S.


Keith Olbermann’s former producer takes over New Day

Former MSNBC executive Izzy Povich, who also produced Countdown with Keith Olbermann, has joined CNN as the new morning vice president in charge of Early Start and New Day, reports Variety.

Current morning vp Jim Murphy, who helped launch New Day, will transition over to oversee CNN’s documentary unit.

Javi Morgado continues as executive producer.


David Gregory anchors on CNN this morning

New Day‘s political analyst David Gregory this morning wore a different hat: he anchored the morning broadcast, alongside regular anchor Alisyn Camerota.

Chris Cuomo, fresh off of his Wednesday night DNC debate in Atlanta, was off Friday morning. He co-anchored New Day from the CNN Center Thursday morning.

CNN president Jeff Zucker was said to be “very close professionally and personally” with Gregory, according to the Post back in 2014, when it was rumored he may join CNN.


Dave Briggs debuts on Early Start

CNN’s newest anchor hire, Dave Briggs, made his debut this morning on Early Start, sitting alongside Christine Romans. Previously this week, CNN correspondents Ana Cabrera and Boris Sanchez were filling in before the new morning duo made their debut.

Alisyn Camerota, who formerly hosted Fox’s weekend show with Briggs, tweeted, “Don’t adjust your sets. It’s not 2012 and you’re still watching CNN.”
https://twitter.com/AlisynCamerota/status/834719463392022529

At the end of the 4am hour, Early Start aired a segment on the introduction of Briggs to the team: