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Life Imitates 'The Newsroom,' as CNN Heads Mainstream

by Anne Thompson
August 14, 2012 5:42 PM
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Anderson Cooper, CNN

In the last epsiode of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," his fictional network started to chase tabloid stories in an attempt to stop their ratings plunge. Well, in real life, number three network CNN is hurting for viewers, with its worst ratings in 20 years, and is now looking to go mainstream, according to The New York Post.

It's like "that moment when MTV decided to stop playing music videos, because it wasn't working," one source told the Post. One on-air personality who is safe is Anderson Cooper, but there are no guarantees for the rest of the network. Entertainment interviewer Piers Morgan seems to be thriving stumbling in the ratings.

After The Post ran its story Monday, CNN clarified its addition of documentary travel host Anthony Bourdain as NOT reality television with a statement:

CNN, which recently announced the hiring of Anthony Bourdain as a contributor, is continuing to explore other nonfiction original series for the weekend. We routinely pursue new talent and programming concepts within the news category and often shoot pilots for any number of our networks.

Thus, reports the NYT,  Non-Fiction TV is the new CNN goal.

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  • cadavra | August 16, 2012 5:47 PMReply

    "Non-Fiction TV is the new CNN goal." So you're saying their news reporting is "fictional?"

  • Anne Thompson | August 14, 2012 6:23 PMReply

    Whoops. Fixed.

  • Randy | August 14, 2012 6:04 PMReply

    Piers Morgan is thriving? In the ratings, or creatively? Definitely not in the ratings:

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