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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"...
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...
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:
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