'Piers Morgan Tonight' -- name of CNN's 'Larry King Live' replacement
"Piers Morgan Tonight" is the name of the show replacing "Larry King Live" on CNN in January, the cable news network announced Monday.
The network finally confirmed that Jonathan Wald -- who used to be exec producer of NBC's "Today" and "Nightly News" shows, and is a former senior vp of NBC's CNBC cable network -- will executive produce the new show, starring UK journalist - and NBC reality show judge - Piers Morgan.
"Jonathan is tough, funny, smart as hell, incredibly experienced, and wants to win," Morgan said in Monday's announcement. Morgan's maybe best known in this country as the bright judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent," though he's well known in the UK as a print-turned-TV journalist.
Among those who do not watch that NBC reality hit: Jon Stewart who, last week, on King's show, while being interviewed about his Mall rally and trying to sell a few copies of his book, told King, he had "wisely decided to walk away" from the "conflict and the false urgency of the 24-hour news networks," adding "by the way, I think they made a brilliant choice by bringing in a British guy no one's heard of...When I'm thinking about floating a sinking ship, what I do want to bring on it? The guy that people are going to tune in and go, 'who's that? And why is he speaking so funny?'."
(See Stewart's Piers Morgan remarks at the end of the video)
Lisa de Moraes
| November 1, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
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