Jeff Zucker has wasted no time changing things up in his tenure at CNN, setting shows for Jake Tapper and Chris Cuomo while also shaking up some of the weekend programming. While the following news is not anywhere near as substantial, it is a move that brings Piers Morgan closer in name to the legendary Larry King.
Earlier this week, Morgan announced that starting Monday, his talk show is going to now be referred to as “Piers Morgan Live” rather than “Piers Morgan Tonight,” and will air new interviews from Monday-Thursday every week. As Piers explains to the New York Post, the reason for the original name to begin with was that thanks to his schedule on “America’s Got Talent,” he was not able to do all of the interviews that he wanted to live:
“I always wanted it that way but, when I began, I was under contract to ‘America’s Got Talent’ and couldn’t work out the schedules … Now that I’m not one of those talent judges anymore, I have the time.”
While Morgan’s show has at times been compelling television, it has yet to find a large audience on CNN. Not only that, but some critics have went after Morgan for either being too aggressive, too opinionated on-air, or for having guests that are not really relevant to the news of the day. From our own perspective we’ve always found Morgan to be compelling television, mostly because he is an example of an interviewer who asks difficult questions, and also gives you a substantial amount of time in order to tell your story.
One person that Piers probably won’t be having on his show? Omarosa, at least based on the sole fact that Piers spent almost all of Sunday night’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” premiere trying to destroy her before the season even got off the ground.