Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Anderson Cooper 360, Wednesday 12/12/12

KEEPING THEM HONEST, PRISON CAMPS: Anderson Cooper reporting

MALL SHOOTING, WHAT MADE HIM KILL: Anderson Cooper and Kyung Lah reporting






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Anderson did an interview on Good Day NY this morning:

The NY Post reported today that the new CNN President, Jeff Zucker, is considering replacing Anderson with Ann Curry.  Don't panic....after all it is Page Six of the Post.  Here's the article:

Incoming president of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker has plans to bring ousted “Today” show co-host Ann Curry to his new network as a high-profile anchor, sources tell Page Six. Zucker — the former executive producer of “Today” and one-time NBC Universal head — is interested in installing Curry in CNN’s 8 p.m. time slot, we hear, which is currently occupied by Anderson Cooper. Sources say Cooper could then segue to a “Christiane Amanpour role” as a globetrotting correspondent. “Jeff wants a headliner like Rachel Maddow or Bill O’Reilly in prime time,” a source says. “He cannot allow the low ratings at CNN to continue . . . so he can’t hire a nobody. Curry fits that CNN-smarty-pants-foreign-affairs type.” 

Anderson has put the Hampton's house he purchased last year, and renovated, up for rent.  This is not the property he has owned for years but the one adjacent.  Here's a picture and you can follow this link for the details. 

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Anonymous said...

The NYPost prints from reliable sources.
There are few things that they say
that actually never occur and I, just recently predicted a "few surprises in store for both Soledad and Anderson," because of the hire of Jeff Zucker, but unfortunately, it was not posted here.
I don't make 'stuff up.'
And I really don't think Ann Curry is a smarty pants type.
Jeff Zucker watches out for his friends and he was hired to improve the ratings and so it goes.
Expect things to happen on CNN, like it or not.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday the Post had Piers Morgan moving to a later time slot and the day before Erin Burnett moving to mornings and Soledad out. We'll see what turns out to be ture. Ann Curry, IF she's hired, can't fill all of prime time. The prediction/source yesterday said that Anderson wouldn't keep both the 8pm and 10pm time slots as Zucker doesn't want repeats in prime time. I think it's more likely that AC360 will move back to it's original 10pmET slot where it had higher ratings or possibly take over the 9pmET slot if Piers is moved. Ann Curry would be a good lead in for Anderson - something he hasn't had at CNN in quite some time. Piers Morgan sure didn't live up to his original hype.

The Post is wrong. Amanpour is not a "globetrotting correspondent" for CNN - she anchors a program on CNNi and I think still has some contractual obligations at ABC she's finishing up. Perhaps once Anderson's talk show ends, he may get a time sharing deal with CNN and CBS or move to CBS/60 Minutes once his contract is up.

As with any new hire at Zucker's level, there is a lot of speculation and rumors. Some may play out to be true, others may not. Only time will tell and only Zucker knows what plans he has.

Anonymous said...

At first I thought the North Korean missile launch was the excuse to broadcast Anderson's '60 Minutes' report - while totally an excellent piece - on 360. He has repeated a few of his '60 Minutes' reports on 360 but never before as the lead story. But then I figured, what the hey, it was a slow news day.

The report on the Clackamas mall shooter's motives was well done. Dr. Drew did a good job of explaining the new theory about a genetic link of homosexuality and a good job debunking it.

The report on the ex-Marine jailed in Mexico for bringing in an antique gun left me with a reaction Gary Tuchman wasn't hoping for. I thought, 'what an idiot'. Although Hammar declared the gun at the border and the gun was not on Mexico's prohibited gun list, it was an incredibly stupid idea to bring it in the first place.
The report stated Mexico had a much stricter gun law than the U.S. but what about Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador and Nicaragua? The countries he'd have to drive his Winniebago through to get to Costa Rica?
If he wanted a surfing vacation, fine, go to Costa Rica and surf. If he wanted a hunting vacation, go to Wyoming.
Terrible things are happening to Hammar but I can't feel totally sympathetic because it was so stupid to bring a gun at all.

In the Ridiculist, I loved the Toys for Tots guy stating he didn't have a problem with the strip club's deal, "As long as it's legal and the toys are new and unwrapped..." it's okay. And I loved Anderson's expression when he said "Mmm, buffet, who doesn't love a buffet?"

The NY Post article doesn't sound right. Of course Zucker wants to shake things up but Ann Curry? Maybe to replace Erin Burnett but not Anderson. If you want a "headliner" Anderson is way above Curry.

Thanks for the 'Good Day NY' clip. Anderson seemed uncomfortable, way more than the interview at the CBS morning show. They talked about the daytime show a lot but never mentioned 360; that annoyed me. However, it was great to hear Anderson is a Springsteen fan.


Anonymous said...

What will the resident non-stop critics of Anderson do with themselves if he's out of work? Sure, they'll celebrate and gloat here over his "failures" but since they take so much pleasure in finding ways to hate on everything he does, how will they spend their time if this blog no longer exists for them to register their complaints and express how much they disapprove of him on a daily basis? I guess there's a downside to everything.

As a genuine fan of Anderson's, I believe he'll land on his feet no matter what Zucker does.

Anonymous said...

Business Insider elaborated more on this CNN drama and they reported that Ann would just be a temporary hire until Zucker can get a HUGE name, like say O'Reilly or Maddow to fill the 8 spot. Then Curry would go back to being a correspondent for CNN.

As to Anderson it stated something about him perhaps moving to the Morning show with Erin Burnett. That a morning show may be more his style. Whatever that means.

I had a feeling that they would give one of AC's time slots away. But I wouldn't think that they would totally do away with 360 or Anderson. Guess we shall see!

Anonymous said...

Anderson did the morning show thing at CNN with Jack Cafferty and Soledad back in the day, going back to that would seem like a demotion to me, no real substance just fluff.

Anonymous said...


I totally agree with you about the report on the ex-Marine jailed in Mexico. A friend, who is a travel agent, was visiting and the first words that popped out of her mouth when they mentioned driving through Mexico - was "that's stupid - no one drives through Mexico, you fly to Costa Rica. Haven't they heard about the drug cartels in Mexico?" Then when the antique gun was added to the story we both just shook our heads.

While it's sad that he's in jail, it seems to be his own stupidity that put him there. For the family to be complaining about the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Consulate in Mexico - maybe they should have been smarter/better parents. I hope he gets home safe and sound, but I also hope it's a lesson to him and others that think they are invincible and can go anywhere and do anything they want and expect someone else to come to their rescue if they do run into problems.

Speculation is just that, speculation. We will know what happens at CNN in due time. I just hope Anderson stays. He has the #1 CNN program in the demo - so to get rid of him at this point would make me really question Zucker and the direction of CNN.

No mater what happens, I think Anderson will land on his feet. It was just this past summer that the NYT had an article that CBS/60 Minutes would like to have him full time, but he had contractual obligations with the talk show and CNN.


Anonymous said...

I am certain that Anderson will land on his feet somewhere. I think he should replace Scott Pelley.