Thursday, June 02, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360 From Toronto

Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from Toronto and opened with the breaking news that John Edwards is likely to be indicted tomorrow.

REPORTS, EDWARDS LIKELY TO BE INDICTED TOMORROW: A report by Joe John's and Anderson's follow up discussion with Candy Crowley, Jessica Yellin & Jeff Toobin

SHE, WHOM I DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT's Bus Trip: A report by Anderson Cooper

ROMNEY ANNOUNCEMENT UPSTAGED? Palin also in N.H. today: A report by Candy Crowley and Anderson's follow up discussion with Candy and Ari Fleischer

NEW FIGHTING IN YEMEN, Protesters, govt. forces clash in Sanna: Anderson's report on Yemen and an update on the story of Hamza Al Khateeb's death in Syria

UPRISING IN SYRIA, Regime not backing down: Anderson's discussion with Fareed Zakaria on Syria and Yemen

CASEY ANTHONY MURDER TRIAL: A report by Anderson Cooper

CASEY ANTHONY MURDER TRIAL, Anthony could face death penalty if convicted: Anderson's follow up discussion with Jean Casarez & Vinnie Politan

360 BULLETIN: Isha Sesay

I'm in Toronto tonight. I want to thank everybody in Toronto for being so friendly and having such a great city; giving me such a great day. I'll be back in New York tomorrow.


Anderson stopped by the eTalk studio this morning for an interview ~

And the CP24 studios for another interview ~

Where he and CP24's Stephen LeDrew compared glasses and talked about 'Anderson'

Anderson Cooper's new chat show a break from politics

Anderson Cooper is known for tackling politics and natural disasters on CNN, but he's looking to branch out and connect with people in new ways on his new daytime talk show.

During an interview with CP24's Stephen LeDrew on Thursday, Cooper said his one-hour chat show, "Anderson," will focus less on politics and more on social issues, celebrities, pop culture and people behind world headlines.

In a nutshell, it will be a more relaxed venue for Cooper, whose usual work environment is the pressure-cooker of a newsroom or the enormity of a disaster or conflict zone.

"We're really trying to focus much more on human topics and human issues and leave some of the politics (out)", Cooper said.

Above all, he hopes to deliver a show that informs and entertains people.

Taped in front of a live studio audience in New York City, "Anderson" debuts on CTV on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.

The show means a new time slot and more face time for Cooper, one of the world's most popular and recognized journalists.

Cooper is keeping his usual nighttime gig on CNN and will continue to file reports for CBS' "60 Minutes."

"I really like doing a lot of different things," Cooper said. "I like juggling a bunch of different things at once, as long as they're different and I'm learning new things."

(please click on the above link for video of the interview)

From Anderson's turn at the CTV Upfronts today ~

From The Insider ~

Anderson Cooper trades in disaster zones for daytime TV
by: Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Anderson Cooper is trading in disaster zones for daytime television and though he can’t guarantee he’ll be giving out cars, he promises to connect with his audiences in an “emotional and very real and authentic way.”

With “Oprah” gone and “Ellen” now in the daytime mix, re-shuffling of CTV’s afternoon programming will mean “Anderson” falls into the 5pm ET timeslot, after “Dr. Phil” and “Dr. Oz.”

“I want (“Anderson”) to be entertaining, but also informative and I think there’s a way to do both…You can really go in depth on stories in a way you can’t on an evening newscast.”

Cooper began his career as a war correspondent after a friend forged a press pass for him and over the last twenty years he has worked as a reporter for ABC News, “20/20,” “60 Minutes,” and CNN.

“It’s the difference between night and day,” he says about the differences between his news reporting and his new show, “Anderson.”

“On CNN we’re talking about politicians and pundits and covering the day’s news, on this, we’re going to be talking to real people behind the headlines.”

“It’s nice to exercise different muscles,” he says about moving away from his news-based work. “I want to have fun and I want the viewers to have fun.”

He’s recently interviewed Eminem, Simon Cowell and Lady Gaga (who he says is “really cool to hang around with”) and insists that being engaged by pop culture doesn’t dilute his journalistic integrity.

“I watch “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” as much as anyone else…and I don’t think it makes me any less credible that I’m also concerned and interested in what’s going on in Syria,” he says.

Cooper as storyteller

Cooper has always been fascinated with storytelling, though he admits, “figuring out what medium to tell that in is what took me a while.”

He credits the early encouragement of his family in privileging the power of words. “Being creative was really important in my house when I was growing up,” Cooper says.

His dad wrote screenplays, magazine articles and a book, and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress to the Vanderbilt fortune writes and paints and designs.

And though he’s found himself in disaster zones and conflicts around the world, most recently in a harrowing and dangerous situation in Egypt, Cooper says it’s finding the stories behind the headlines that is the most vital and invigorating part of his career.

“It’s when you’re able to tell stories about real people and connect with people in a very real way.

“That’s what I hope to do on this daytime show.”

News vs. daytime TV

Cooper doesn’t believe there has to be a dichotomy between the news world and the world of daytime television. “I think if Walter Cronkite was on TV today, he’d also have a sailing show on the travel channel,” he insists.

His resumé supports this, having worked on CNN and ABC News, as well as on “Oprah” and “Regis and Kelly,” and even two seasons of the reality show, “The Mole.”

“It’s very rewarding to be able to tell stories in different ways,” he says. “I think we’re in an environment where people relate to you as a real person. They know you’re not just this one-dimensional person in a trench coat, giving the news.”

Structure of show

“I’m going to be dangling from a cord,” Cooper jokes when asked about the format of his new show.

And though he won’t be partaking in aerial tricks (at least in the first few episodes) the show will be taped in front of a live audience at Time Warner Center in New York City. “We wanted an actual, space, a physical location,” he says about the studio that overlooks Columbus Circle.

“No shows these days really use the audience the way Phil Donahue used to,” he says. But he plans on changing this, interacting with his live audience in each episode. “I think viewers are better informed than every before…and more opinionated.”

From social issues, to pop culture, to celebrity interviews, Cooper wants to “bring the city into the studio.

“I think we’re all going to laugh a lot and it’s going to be fun to show more sides to myself.”

From ~

360 degrees of Anderson Cooper: Will he fill Oprah’s shoes?

“I’m not trying to replace Oprah, she’s irreplaceable,” says Anderson Cooper, when asked if he’s trying to fill Winfrey’s very sizable TV shoes with the launch of Anderson, his new daytime talk show. “She’s still going to be on television, and a bigger presence than people realize.”

Cooper, who turns 44 Thursday, seems poised to become the Ryan Seacrest of news. In addition to his show on CNN and his segments for 60 Minutes, Cooper’s premiering a new talk show this fall on CTV that he says will combine elements of Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres and Phil Donahue.

“For some people, the news doesn’t connect with their daily lives, but on daytime television, you can connect with an audience in an emotional way,” says Cooper, the Yale-educated son of Gloria Vanderbilt and writer Wyatt Emory Cooper, who covered the war in Burma with a forged press pass when he couldn’t land a journalism job after school. “If Walter Cronkite was on TV today, I think he’d also have a sailing show on the Travel Network.”
The afternoon talk show, which will be filmed in Manhattan, will be a mixture of pop culture guests and the heartwarming stories of everyday people. It’s a populist approach, says Cooper, that he hopes will leave his audience inspired.

“I find it rewarding doing CNN and 60 Minutes, but it’s nice to exercise different muscles,” says Cooper, who was recently in the news when his team was attacked during the Egyptian revolt. “I watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Atlanta as much as anyone else, and I don’t think that makes me any less credible because I care about Syria, as well.”

This won’t be Cooper’s first trip away from the news desk. In 2000, while working as a reporter on 20/20, he began to feel burnt-out from the job.

“I was outside a strip club at 3 a.m. with Brandi and Tiffany protesting a lap dance ordinance and thought, ‘What is the difference between this and a reality show?’ ” asks Cooper, who left the program to host The Mole, an early reality-TV show. “Then 9/11 happened, and on 9/12, I got a call from CNN asking if I would go to Afghanistan – things had changed and I had to get back into news.”

Cooper says he’ll be able to leave his talk show at a moment’s notice to cover breaking stories, (he hadn’t seen Winfrey’s last episode because he was in Missouri covering the tornado), but that newscasters and entertainment personalities no longer have to be from Venus or Mars.

“Viewers know that the person on the news is just pretending to be all-knowing and that person blow-drys their hair and is overpaid and wearing makeup,” Cooper says. “It’s very easy to become a cheesy TV personality and I think I’ve been able to resist it so far and I certainly don’t want to become a cheesy person now.”

It was also announced on that Anderson will be a presenter at the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards airing Sunday, June 19 on CBS.
The list of presenters includes Anderson Cooper...
Please click here for the full article.
The official list of presenters from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has yet to be released; so we will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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ACAnderFan said...

Lets see...360 last nite, John Edwards, Casey Anthony, Sarah Palin...slow news day? None of that crap belonged on 360. Wasn't there something news worthy they could have talked about? Last nite wasn't very good.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think John Edwards deserved to be the lead story but Candy Crowley, Jeffrey Toobin and Jessica Yellin had a good discussion about him. It was great seeing Crowley back on 360.

But my favorite part of Thursday's show was the look in Anderson's eyes after each clip of Sarah Palin spewing BS about her bus tour. Anderson looked like he really really wanted to say, "That's a bunch of BS." Crowley had the best spoken comments about Palin's publicity stunt.

Thanks for posting the articles and photos about Anderson's new TV show. I'm still not sure if it will work but I can't wait to see it.


judy said...

I agree.
What happened to the ecoli story and the resistant strain that is plaguing Europe?? Pretty important wouldn't you say, but it takes time to promote a new show so something has to give.
AC says he doesn't want to become Cheesey. Well, in order not to, you have to have a plan.
What will make your show different
in daytime following Ellen?
AC is opposite the powerhouse herself...Judge Judy. Even HIS mother watches her. HER HUBBY didn't survive daytime TV...just saying. Judge Judy is an original and the highest paid syndicated show on television. Good for her.
And as for Mr Edwards, let's start with disbarring him from practice.
Not just indicting him so he has a defense ready.
He's not fit to be a politician, an attorney or a human being and he's lucky I wouldn't be on the jury IF there is one.

Anonymous said...

I disagree on John Edwards,he is news. Casey Anthony is giving HLN huge ratings so someone out there is watching.

Anonymous said...

AC is not opposite Judge Judy here. He has a good time slot in SanDiego. 4pm.Oprah's old time

Dorothy said...

Anderson at a good time slot here in Los Angeles too - no Judge Judy either.

@Judy - is there anything about Anderson and the show that you have ever liked?

Anonymous said...

@Dorothy, I love you!