CNN announced on Tuesday that the network hired the CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos to host a new weekly interview show.
Stroumboulopoulos is currently the host of CBC's "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight," which broadcasts across Canada. Stroumboulopoulos' unnamed CNN show will air on Fridays in primetime beginning in early summer. The ten-episode interview series will tape in Los Angeles before a live studio audience. According to CNN's press release, Stroumboulopoulos will interview guests including "celebrities, world leaders, and trail-blazing artists."
The news is the latest in a string of announcements about CNN's programming changes. Since Jeff Zucker took over as CNN's president in January, he has introduced a number of talent changes and programming experiments. Last week, the network moved it's 10:00 p.m. reair of Anderson Cooper's primetime show "AC360" to make room for the weeklong series "(Get To) The Point," which featured regular panelists and rotating guests. The trial run brought in low ratings and was quickly mocked by Jon Stewart.
Meanwhile, reports surfaced that the network is considering bringing "Crossfire" back to CNN in June. The longrunning debate show was canceled in 2005 shortly after Stewart appeared on the program in one of the most-talked about moments in cable news history. Other experiments in the works include a pilot Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin reportedly taped before a live studio audience.