A new prime-time cable news program bows later this week that promises to focus on challenging material such as the opioid crisis, illegal immigration and the sex trade. The AP reports that “Inside with Chris Cuomo,” with the CNN regular moonlighting on sister network HLN, premieres Friday at 9 p.m.
The report notes that Cuomo will be keeping his day job as co-host of CNN’s “New Day” morning show.
The report quotes Cuomo, who joined CNN in 2013 after a stint on ABC’s “20/20,” saying of the new show: “This is the kind of work we all want to do most often, which is a deep dive into a subject that matters.”
The newsmagazine is part of a push by HLN toward more crime and investigative programming, the report notes.
“On Friday’s first episode, ‘SOS New Hampshire,’ Cuomo looks at the drug problem in the state, focusing on addicts and people trying to save them,” the AP reports. “While the heroin epidemic has become a popular topic for news investigations, it’s clear from the scope and growth of the problem that more focus is needed, Cuomo said.”
The program is set to air on five consecutive Friday nights, with production under way for a second season.
Other upcoming topics include illegal immigration, child custody battles involving a polygamous sect, the illegal sex trade in Los Angeles and the growing population of women in prison.