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NBC executive confirms Piers Morgan tapped to replace Larry King on CNN



PIERS_MORGAN_05 LOS ANGELES -- The most newsworthy tidbit NBC-Universal TV chairman Jeff Gaspin dropped came after his press conference here ended.

Asked if NBC’s new three-year deal with America’s Got Talent host Piers Morgan meant they would be sharing him with CNN, Gaspin gave one answer. “Yes.”

The is reporting it has further confirmed that Morgan has pretty much sealed the deal that will bring him to an interview show on CNN. Which raises all sorts of interesting questions about the future of CNN, including:

What the heck are they thinking over there?

Seems likely to me that CNN will count on Morgan for high-profile, controversial interviews to boost interest in the channel amongst news grazers in primetime. Over the years, King scored such interviews, mostly by being known as a vehicle for questions so soft, guests sometime had to finish the queries for him (never forgot the time, during separate interviews, when I saw him confuse names of the actors on Friends and ER with their character names).

As I've written before, showbiz insiders are cautioning against assuming Morgan will be as vapid as the predecessor. In England he has hosted several well-rated interview shows with a reputation for making guests cry, and smart TV executives are warning against counting Morgan out too soon.

Still, it's not heartening to see television's first cable newschannel base its prime time brand around a guy who will split his time as the snotty judge on America's Got Talent

[Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:16pm]


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