Nora Zimmett leaves CNN

The EP of New Day Weekend with Christi Paul and Victor Blackwell has left CNN. She also EP’d Smerconish and was its co-creator. She is leaving CNN to join the Weather Channel as SVP.

TVNewser reports:

Zimmett will oversee all aspects of Weather’s live programming, including the network’s flagship morning show AMHQ, Weather Center Live and its world-renowned storm coverage. She will be responsible for the overall editorial direction for the network and will work closely with the teams creating editorial content for The Weather Company digital platforms including

Special Programming 7/26 – 7/27

Today’s special programming…

3pm ET — Newsroom w/ Miguel Marquez
5pm ET — Situation Room w/ Wolf Blitzer
7pm ET — Newsroom w/ Miguel Marquez
9pm ET — Tape
2am ET — Newsroom with George Howell and Natalie Allen
3am ET — Newsroom with John Vause (live in Jerusalem)
4am ET — Newsroom with George and Natalie
5am ET — New Day with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul

Format change on CNN Tonight

I realize this is the only the first time this has happened (and the second time Alisyn Camerota has co-anchored with Don), but tonight, CNN Tonight made an interesting (and altogether unfortunate) change.  After the first commercial break, Don Lemon was on set, alone, and he conducted an interview, and then teased the next segment before a break.  When they returned from break, it was Alisyn Camerota alone in the anchor chair, conducting an interview.  The same thing occurred a bit later, when Don Lemon threw to a segment with the former RT reporter (this interview, however, was taped in advance).

My thoughts on this… Are you serious?  If you want to throw the other person off set, then have it be separate shows.  After all, we have five hosts of CNN Newsroom (Carol Costello, Brooke Baldwin, Fredricka Whitfield, Christi Paul, Victor Blackwell), and it’s no big deal… So why not have two separate CNN Tonight hosts?  If they don’t want to do that, then that’s fine – just make sure Alisyn and Don are on set at the same time.

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Special Programming 7/19 – 7/20

More special breaking news coverage…

3-6pm ET — Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto
6pm ET — Smerconish (repeat)
7pm ET — Newsroom with Poppy and Jim
8-10pm ET — Erin Burnett OutFront
10pm — Taped special
11pm — Erin Burnett Outfront (repeat)
12-3am ET — Newsroom with John Vause and Paula Newton
3-5am ET — Newsroom with Max Foster
5-8:30am ET — New Day with Victor and Christi

Special Programming 7/18/14 – 7/19/14

CNN is going 24 hours again today.

8p ET — AC360
10p ET — CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota
12a ET — Newsroom with John Vause and Isha Sesay
3a ET — Newsroom with Hala Gorani
5a ET — New Day Saturday with Christi Paul and Victor Blackwell
9a ET — Smerconish
10a ET — Newsroom with Christi and Victor

Good for Smerconish; Bad for the Viewers

At first glance, the following may strike you as good news. It did me. I think the Smerconish program is a good show at a bad time (9am). With it being rebroadcast at 6pm, I think it can do better and attract a larger audience. I was pleased initially because I figured, well, there will just be another hour of CNN Newsroom after the rebroadcast. (Because on Saturdays, CNN Newsroom is live until 7pm, so I just figured with Smerconish coming to 6, they would go live 7-8… Well, ha.)


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