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CNN Announces New Prime Lineup

Jan 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

CNN announced a complete overhaul of its Headline News prime-time lineup at the Television Critics Association’s semiannual press tour Wednesday–including the addition of an entertainment news show.

Dubbed “Headline Prime,” the nightly slate breaks from the traditional Headline News format of cycling news stories and is anchored by three one-hour programs: “Showbiz Tonight,” with A.J. Hammer and Karyn Bryant reporting entertainment news, “Nancy Grace,” a legal analysis show hosted by CNN’s courtroom pundit and “Prime News Tonight,” a wrap-up of the day’s headlines.

The new block will launch Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET and will re-air at 10 p.m. “Showbiz Tonight” and “Nancy Grace” will be live during their initial nightly runs.

CNN News Group President Jim Walton defended the new shows against accusations that the entertainment and courtroom shows represented a watering down of the channel’s news content. Mr. Walton noted the main CNN network will counterprogram the new programs with straight news.