Chris Cuomo — brother of New York’s governor, Andrew, and son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo — has been named anchor of CNN’s 9 o’clock weeknight time slot. He will replace Anderson Cooper’s “AC360,” which has been airing from 8 to 10 p.m. in what had been considered a temporary patch to the network’s struggling prime-time lineup. CNN did not name a transition date, other than to say it will happen sometime during the spring. “AC360” will continue to air at 8 p.m.
In a statement, CNN said the new show, “Cuomo Primetime” — which aired for a week in the summer and had a 9 p.m. tryout in January — “will feature Cuomo’s signature in-depth one-on-one interviews that test politicians and newsmakers on their positions, as well as analyses of news of the day and the latest breaking news.”
In a tweet, Cuomo said, “We will test power. Every. Damn. Day. Just like always. Have to talk TO people more and ABOUT them less. Debate with decency. The need is clear. Hopefully we help fill it.”
Cuomo’s move to prime time is momentous for both host and network, which has largely foundered at 9 p.m. since Larry King left in 2010. Beginning with Piers Morgan, a succession of hosts and formats attempted to make inroads against Fox News, and more recently against a resurgent MSNBC. This 9 p.m. move will pit him directly opposite Sean Hannity on FNC and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
Cuomo’s TV career, in fact, was launched by Fox News Channel, where he was a correspondent before he left for ABC News. He was considered a star-in-the-making at ABC News, and possible future co-host of “Good Morning America,” where he was news anchor. He moved to CNN in 2013 as co-host of its morning show, “New Day, ” with Alisyn Camerota. CNN said Cuomo will be replaced by John Berman.