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Piers Morgan's CNN Show Gets Official End Date

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Piers Morgan's CNN talk show Piers Morgan Live will air its final episode on Friday, March 28, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The Biz: Inside the CNN Documentary Chicagoland

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In the 1976 movie All the President's Men, Robert Redford played Bob Woodward, one of the Washington Post reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal, the greatest newspaper exposé in history. So he tends to get passionate when talking about the state of journalism.

"Entertainment has... read more

Report: CNN's Piers Morgan Live Will End This Spring

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan and CNN President Jeff Zucker have come to a mutual agreement to end Morgan's show, Piers Morgan Live, as early as next month, according to the New York Times.

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Jay Leno's Exit Interview: "I Don't Want to Do Another Tonight Show"

Jay Leno

Jay Leno isn't going away — but despite all the speculation about where he might land after The Tonight Show with Jay Leno ends on Feb. 6, the host is still keeping us guessing.

"You can't really do something like this again," says Leno, who spent most of his 21 years on The Tonight Show as TV's most-watched late-night star. "Because if you're not No. 1, you'll get 'Oh, Jay sucks, he's not No. 1.' And once you do this, you don't really want to do The Tonight Show Lite."

With two weeks left before his final show, Leno sat down with TV Guide Magazine for an exit interview of sorts. Of course, he made a similar round of chats in 2009, when he left the show the first time. ("I'll see you when I get fired from my next job," he quips.)

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The Biz: CNN Boss Jeff Zucker Fights Back

Jeff Zucker

The stars of CNN were fired up at the Jan. 10 party that followed the news channel's Television Critics Association press tour session. Their boss, Jeff Zucker, had come out swinging at Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for his recent remark that CNN "is out of the news business" — a swipe at the channel's stated intention to look for programming outside of traditional news shows. Zucker, citing a new book about Ailes, countered that his top-rated competitor is an arm of the Republican Party "masquerading as a news channel."

A Fox News spokesperson says Zucker was looking to deflect attention from CNN's ratings issues. Even if that was the case, CNN's on-air talent and producers welcomed Zucker's combativeness. Nearly all of those who attended the party thanked him for standing up for them.

While Zucker's style is energizing CNN's staff, the network still faces the challenge of growing its primetime audience. Zucker's strategy of broadening the channel's offerings to include documentaries and series (once staples of CNN's line-up in previous decades when the network was considered more serious) has delivered a few ratings wins. But it continues to be a tricky balancing act as viewers still expect the network to be the go-to destination for breaking news. On Jan. 9, CNN's latest film offering, Sole Survivor (which told the stories of people who've lived through plane crashes), finished behind Fox News Channel's and MSNBC's coverage of Gov. Chris Christie's troubles over the George Washington Bridge lane closings. The Biz followed up with Zucker after his TCA session.

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Katie Couric Nearing Deal to Exit ABC News for Yahoo

Katie Couric

Katie Couric is bidding adieu to ABC News.

The former Today and CBS Evening News anchor is negotiating her exit package from the... read more

The Biz: It's a New Day for CNN's Morning Strategy

Kate Bolduan, Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira

If we've learned anything from the turmoil at NBC's Today, it's that morning show co-anchors better like each other if they're going to succeed.

Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan, the duo that will lead CNN's New Day when it premieres on June 17, appear to have that aspect of the job down. They frequently have... read more

Exclusive: As America's Most Wanted Ends, John Walsh Mulls His Future. Could CNN Be Calling?

John Walsh

America's Most Wanted may be coming to a close, but John Walsh isn't getting out of the crime-fighting business. In his first interview since TV Guide Magazine broke the news that Lifetime had canceled AMW, Walsh says he's mulling several options for his next move in TV. read more

The Biz: What is Jay Leno's Next Move?

Julie Scardina, Jay Leno

NBC announced on April 3 that Jay Leno will once again hand over the reins of NBC's Tonight Show — which he began hosting in 1992 — this time to Late Night's Jimmy Fallon. Leno says that after he signs off in February 2014, you'll find him in his garage. But it's more likely the car enthusiast will be back in front of a camera than under the hood of a classic Chevy.

One industry insider who knows Leno says two cable networks have already approached the comic about launching a new show after he leaves NBC. By that time, Leno will be 64 — considered over the hill for the 18- to 49-year-old viewers advertisers seek in late night. But in the wider TV landscape, where octogenarians such as Barbara Walters and Regis Philbin still hold jobs, he's practically a youngster.

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What's Next for Jay Leno?

Jay Leno

Jay Leno will leave The Tonight Show (again) next spring. What's he doing after that? More stand-up, he tells The New York Times, but no TV — for now. "I've done this job for a long time and I really enjoy it," he tells the paper. "Would I do it again? Believe me, the phone's not ringing off the hook. It will be nice if people seem interested. But I'll let it sit where it is."

Even if no one is calling right now (doubtful), it's hard to believe that Leno — who hasn't hinted at retirement since the Conan O'Brien Tonight Show succession plan was announced in 2004 — will be off our screens for too long. So what are his options? We weigh the possibilities... read more

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