On tonight's Anderson Cooper 360: follow up on yesterday's story of the college student who is being targeted by Michigan's Asst Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, a campaign ad that reenacts a senator's alleged visit with a prostitute, and an interview with Michael J. Fox.
KEEPING THEM HONEST: STUDENT TARGETED: Interview with Mike Cox
MICH. A.G. CALLS EMPLOYEE'S BLOG 'OFFENSIVE': Discussion with Jeffrey Toobin and Jonathan Turley
SEX, ADS AND POLITICS: Report by Tom Foreman
360 BULLETIN: Randi Kaye
BULLYING TRAGEDY: Interview with Amy & David Truong and their advocate
MICHAEL J. FOX'S FIGHT: Sanjay Gupta interview with Michael J. Fox
BISHOP SEX SCANDAL: Details from Anderson Cooper
360 BULLETIN: Randi Kaye
Anderson to host his own daytime talk show? An article from the Hollywood Reporter says that negotiations could close as early as Friday on the possible new show. Here's their article:
Exclu: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is close to a deal for a syndicated daytime talk show.
The "Anderson Cooper 360" host is deep in talks with Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a program that would be pitched to stations in the next couple of weeks targeted to launch in fall 2011.
The as-yet-untitled project will not have a hard-news focus, though given Cooper's background, he'll likely bring a more journalistic approach to handling popular topics compared to most daytime fare.
The show is billed as a topical format that will cover everything from celebrities and pop culture to social issues and wide-interest news stories. Using his well-established interview skills, Cooper's show is expected to welcome a broad range of guests and tackle debate-provoking subjects.
Cooper would also serve as an executive producer.
The talk show deal is complex because its being coordinated between Warner Bros., Cooper and Cooper's employers at CNN -- who have an exclusive contract with the newsman. The deal, which has been in talks for more than a month and may close by the end of the week, calls for Cooper to continue hosting "360." With a lot of moving parts at play, however, sources caution the deal is not yet a sure thing.
Warner Bros. hopes to launch Cooper's show next fall, coming into the marketplace just as talk queen Oprah Winfrey exits to launch her cable network OWN. The vacancy has spurred a surge of talk contenders whose projects are in various stages of deployment (including Dr. Oz, Nancy Grace and Jenny McCarthy).
Cooper's show would air in early fringe in a cash-plus-barter deal, counter-programming more celebrity-oriented programs such as "Access Hollywood." It's not yet clear which station group Warners will line up as its first carriage partner to help galvanize further clearances.
Cooper has flirted with becoming a talk show host before. He recently experimented with a talk-style format during his "360" tapings. Last year Cooper was rumored to be under consideration for replacing Regis Philbin on "Live! With Regis and Kelly," a show he's guest hosted several times.
The arrival of Cooper on the syndie scene would represent the rare crossover of a TV personality from serious primetime news into the daytime space. Cooper could draw comparisons to silver-haired daytime legend Phil Donahue, though Donahue originally only hosted morning news and radio programs. "The View" co-hosts Barbara Walters and Meredith Vieira, however, both have extensive news experience.
Also, Anderson moderated a panel today on mobilizing communities in times of crisis. Here's the information posted on adcouncil.org:
The Ad Council and Google invite you to a fascinating dialogue on engaging and activating the public during times of emergencies or crisis. Moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, this panel of thought leaders will feature the American Red Cross, Special Olympics, Save the Children, Facebook and Google.
WHAT: Whether it’s a natural disaster, looming social crisis or an issue that is suddenly in the public’s eye, is your organization ready to respond? Learn about the latest innovative tools you can use to leverage an unexpected opportunity to engage, advocate and take action.
WHO: Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Moderator
Peggy Conlon, President and CEO, the Ad Council
Dennis Woodside, Vice President, Americas Operations, Google
Prem Ramaswami, Product Manager, Google
Jana Waterworth-McAndrew, Manager, Online Fundraising, American Red Cross
Tim Shriver, Jr., Co-Founder, ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ Campaign, Special Olympics
Carolyn Miles, Executive Vice President and COO, Save the Children
Randi Zuckerberg, Head of Consumer Marketing & Social Good Initiatives, Facebook
and here's a picture that was tweeted from the event: