CNN host Anderson Cooper has decided to make his syndicated daytime talk show live instead of taped, sometimes weeks ahead of time, during his first season. And he’ll have a rotating set of guest co hosts, too.
Technically, the show will be taped in the morning for viewing later in the day, but that’s close enough. The show, previously called “Anderson Cooper” will now be “Anderson Live.”
The studios will now be at CBS Broadcast Center in New York, which provides him a permanent home rather than last season’s Lincoln Center’s The Allen Room in New York’s Time Warner Center.
“I love live TV,” he said in a video on his YouTube site. “It’s what I do at CNN. I love the energy to it. If things go wrong, it could be funny. There’s an immediacy to it. It also allows us to be more topical.”
Cooper’s show returns for its second season September 10 at 3 p.m. on WXIA-TV in Atlanta, up against the new Katie Couric talk show on WSB-TV.
“The show did well enough to get renewed,” said Bill Carroll, a TV analyst at Katz Television Group. “It wasn’t a big hit. They seem to be finding their way, which is quite normal for a first year for a show. One of the things they tried to do was turn around shows quicker so they could be more topical. In the May sweeps, there was one day he had a co host. I think what they found was both having a co host and being able to be reasonably topical really made a difference.”
I think they’re probably playing to his strength in terms of interaction with a cohost and being able to do basically live television.”
The talk show landscape has gotten significantly more crowded for everybody. This year, at least four newbies are coming in: Couric, Jeff Probst, Steve Harvey and Ricki Lake. “Everyone’s jockeying for position in the post-Oprah era to see who thrives and who dies. They’ll never be another Oprah but there will be a No. 1 talk show,” Carroll said.
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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk