One of the cable news networks has quietly dropped a program from its prime-time lineup. The Los Angeles Times reports that HLN is dropping “Dr. Drew.”
The show, starring addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, will air its final installment Sept. 22. Pinsky, whose contract with HLN is up, will continue to contribute to CNN.
“The program, which has aired on HLN since 2011, is the latest casualty of an overall revamp at the channel aimed at returning it to its news roots,” the Times notes. “HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News, canceled Nancy Grace’s legal show earlier this year.”
CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz announced the move in a memo to staffers, saying the program was being ended by mutual agreement. The news comes just days after the announcement that CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield is moving to HLN this fall.
Pinsky commented on the end of his show’s run in a statement, saying: “It has been a privilege working at HLN. My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional. I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”