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CNN's last live 9 p.m. telecast tonight...

A little bit of TV history ends in just a few hours - CNN's long-standing "live" 9 p.m. telecast, once the linchpin of CNN's entire broadcast day, ends in just a few hours.

 Or 9 p.m., to be exact. 

 It began all the way back in 1980, when Sandra ("Sandi") Freeman hosted a nightly show, Freeman Reports," which was succeeded by "Larry King Live." "LKL" was one of the standout successes in CNN history - as LK likes to continue to remind people (just kidding, Larry!) - but the show that replaced it in 2011, "Piers Morgan LIve," was not. (It ended recently.)

 That "live" element gave CNN a certain cachet and immediacy - but the rest of cable news history happened, which you already know so well. CNN - though hugely successful worldwide and online - continues its long struggles during news' slow periods (which, by the way, "LKL" was often immune to.)

 The all-new primetime begins next week - original taped series (and films) hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, and John Walsh (also, Morgan Spurlock...) will air at nine.

 Rest in peace, "live"... 

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' to launch fall season

Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider, 26th U.S. President, explorer

(Credit: Charles Duprez)

A little bit of Long Island and a huge part of American history will launch PBS' fall season -- Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," which will of course begin with the story of Teddy... This is not some little exploration of the man, men, women and legends -- but rather a 14-hour, seven-night extravaganza. It all starts Sept. 14.

 And we have a clip...

 

 

History Channel's 'The Vikings' finale: A clip invasion

In this photo dated July, 8 2013 Ragnar,

(Credit: AP)

As a friendly TV Zone reminder, the HIstory Channel's (pretty good) scripted series, "The Vikings," wraps its second season Thursday night, and if you head to the jump... we've got a few clips that should offer a flavor of what to expect.

And yes, "Vikings" - -a big departure and risk for THC -- has been a success for the network.. Quickly, here's the through-line, gratis THC:

“The Lord’s...

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