Who’s up for a Kathy Griffin – Anderson Cooper TV series?

Too ludicrous to pass up. How desperate is CNN to do something, anything, to get out of the ratings basement? Exceedingly desperate, apparently, if there’s any truth to this:

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin may make their popular New Year’s Eve specials a regular thing. I hear the duo filmed a pilot today at the CNN studios in the Time Warner Center in New York. Details about the hourlong project are sketchy, but I’ve learned that it had a lot of humor in it and filmed in front of a live audience — which I hear included new CNN topper Jeff Zucker. While it is unclear whether the project is definitely for CNN, Zucker has been looking to shake things up at the ratings-challenged cable news network by adding more mainstream entertainment fare. The annual New Year’s Eve pairing of Cooper and Griffin draws solid ratings and generates a lot of headlines with racy moments like Griffin getting up close and personal with Cooper’s private parts this year.

Show of hands: Who could possibly want to watch this show? To quote Tom Hanks in Big, I don’t get it. Can anyone imagine watching aging PDSer Griffin, whose shtick is as tiresome as it is predictable, on a regular basis? And what about Cooper? Doesn’t he consider himself a hard news guy? Guess not. Anyway, assuming CNN is actually mulling this over, how long do they think it will last? I can’t help but think this will be about as successful as CNN’s last “trendy” experiment involving a bitter PDSer. Does anyone remember the exciting Kathleen Parker-Client Number 9 show? Refresh my memory: How long did that excursion into, er, broadcast excellence last? Oh yes. I’m guessing the shelf-life of the Griffin-AC show won’t even be that long. If this lead balloon ever gets off the ground, that is.



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