03 October 2010

Anderson Cooper to Host Daytime Talk Show in 2011

Mercury News

Just when it appeared Oprah Winfrey's departure from daytime TV would plunge us into a cultural void from which no society could hope to recover, here comes Anderson Cooper to save the day.

Cooper, the anchor of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," plans to host a one-hour daytime television show that will be nationally syndicated in fall 2011, it was announced Thursday. Cooper, 43, will also serve as executive producer on the program, which will be produced by Telepictures Productions.

Cooper, who joined CNN in 2001 and gained national prominence during his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, will continue to anchor his 10 p.m. program and extended his deal with the 24-hour cable news network for an undisclosed period of time. The daytime show, which has no title yet, will cover social issues, trends, events, pop culture, celebrities and human interest news, according to the statement. Cooper will hold town-hall meetings and conduct undercover investigations for the show.

"With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way," Cooper said in the statement.

Cooper, who also contributes to the CBS program "60 Minutes," joins daytime TV as long-running daytime host Winfrey moves to the upcoming Oprah Winfrey Network next year.

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