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.