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CNN Sets Debut Date for Primetime Charles Barkley, Gayle King Show

“It’s not a newscast, but rather a talk show centered around the news stories and cultural moments that Gayle and Charles are most interested in.”

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Before the high-profile departure of CEO Chris Licht, CNN had planned a new weekly primetime offering featuring Gayle King and Charles Barkley. We now know when we’ll see King Charles for the first time.

The new one-hour show will hit the air on Wednesday, November 29th at 10 PM ET.

“‘King Charles’ is different than anything we have on CNN’s lineup,” says CNN Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development Amy Entelis told Variety.

The new show helmed by the unlikely pair is being billed as unlike anything else on cable news.

“It’s not a newscast, but rather a talk show centered around the news stories and cultural moments that Gayle and Charles are most interested in,” Entelis continued.

The addition of King Charles to the CNN lineup will preempt the recently launched CNN NewsNight with Abby Phillip for one night a week. However, the preemption of one night a week in primetime isn’t a new wrinkle in the cable news landscape.

On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow continues to host her primetime show on Mondays, while Alex Wagner handles the 9:00 PM ET window the rest of the week. Additionally, Jen Psaki hosts a once-weekly show on the same network at 8:00 PM ET on Mondays, while Chris Hayes hosts the timeslot on a Tuesday-Friday basis.

Previously, Barkley has joked that those close to the former NBA star have tried to persuade him against launching the show on CNN as the network struggles.

“Apparently, with this new talk show I’m jumping on the Titanic,” Barkley said with a smile in June during the official announcement the program was launching. “Everybody keeps saying ‘abort, abort, abort’.”

Charles Barkley also believes his candor — which he has become notorious for — is needed not only on CNN but in the news world as a whole.

“That’s what drives me crazy about people in our profession right now. You know (Gayle King) is going to be fair and honest, and you know I am going to do the same thing,” he said when asked about what attracted him to the potential partnership earlier this year.

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Norah O’Donnell to Host CBS Evening News From Republican National Convention

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th.

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As the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin, CBS Evening News will be on location with Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Milwaukee.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th. On the first two days of the convention, the program will offer extensive coverage of the event with in-depth analysis and also the latest developments of the campaign of President Joe Biden.

O’Donnell will also anchor primetime coverage from 8-11 PM ET as former President Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination for President. Joining O’Donnell in primetime are chief political analyst John Dickerson, Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, and chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes.

CBS News will feature extension coverage of the event. Tony Dokoupil will be on location for the network’s morning show. Other personnel covering the convention for the network include Weijia Jiang, Major Garrett, Robert Costa, Ed O’Keefe, Caitlin Huey-Burns, Jake Rosen, and Olivia Rinaldi.

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Greg Gutfeld Executive Producer: We Won’t Be Wall-to-Wall Republican National Convention Just Because We’re in Milwaukee

“If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that.”

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Fox News is taking its entire primetime lineup to Milwaukee for the upcoming Republican National Convention. And while Greg Gutfeld will be on location, that doesn’t mean the convention will be the only topic of conversation.

Gutfeld! will air at 11 PM ET — an hour later than its usual time — during the convention to make way for a special news program hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

But the late-night show will be in the Wisconsin city speaking with a panel of usual guests. And with that usual cast of characters means that the content of the program isn’t likely to change from its usual format.

“It’s people who Greg loves and has good chemistry with,” Executive Producer Tom O’Connor told TVNewser. “I don’t think it’ll be wall-to-wall RNC coverage for the whole hour, either. If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that. That’s stuff that Greg always wants to talk about.”

O’Connor added that “It was an easy decision” to move Gutfeld! to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention. He continued by noting that Greg Gutfeld being more comfortable as the host of the show allows for more on-location programs.

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Tucker Carlson Network App Coming to Smart TVs

“Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live.”

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Tucker Carlson has been off TV since his April 2023 ouster from Fox News. That’s about to change with the launch of an app for his Tucker Carlson Network.

In an email to subscribers, the Tucker Carlson Network revealed “Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live. When this app is released, you’ll be able to watch Tucker on your TV at any time.

The Tucker Carlson Network app will join a growing field of smart TV apps in recent months. Nearly every network news outlet has a free, ad-supported TV streaming app with products like NBC News Now, ABC Live, and the recently rebranded CBS News 24/7.

It is unclear if the new app will require a subscription to the network to watch the various video programs being produced by the former cable news host.

Currently, subscriptions to the platform cost $9 monthly or $72 for the entire year.

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