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Does CNN's New Direction Include Reality Television?


The Post reported Monday that CNN is developing a late-night talk show in addition to scouting celebrities who could double as political pundits. The network is reportedly in touch with outside producers who have worked on shows for Bravo, Discovery and the History Channel.

Bourdain, the foul-mouthed and charismatic travel host, turned heads when he decided to take his talents to CNN earlier this summer. His weekend program for CNN will premiere sometime next year. The Post reports that Bourdain is the "prototype" for the type of talent CNN seeks.

For what it's worth, CNN's Washington bureau chief Sam Feist told Politico in June that the network is firmly dedicated to "worldwide news gathering and reporting a broad range of stories without picking sides."

But with plummeting ratings and fumbling the summer's biggest story, the network is clearly in need of a change of direction. CNN's president Jim Walton will step down at the end of the year. In his announcement, Walton conceded that the network "needs new thinking."

Read the Post's report here.

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