Geraldo Rivera. Jane Pauley. Phil Donahue. Jerry Springer. These are names that everyone knows. But are they names you want to be associated with if you're Anderson Cooper?

Apparently so. The CNN anchor is set to get his own syndicated daytime talk show, a program that will address "social issues, trends and events, pop culture and celebrity, human interest stories and populist news," according to a joint announcement by Telepictures Production and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The one-hour program will debut in the fall of 2011. Cooper will continue to host his 10 p.m. newscast, Anderson Cooper 360.

This development, news of which was first broken by The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd, is in some regards a surprising one. Despite a taste for biceps-hugging T-shirts and a history of guest-hosting Live with Regis and Kelly, Cooper, who started out as a freelance foreign correspondent, is an award-winning journalist who cherishes his reputation for serious reporting. Daytime talk, as the list of names at the start of this article suggests, is not always compatible with that -- though, to be sure, neither is primetime, necessarily. According to the announcement, the yet-to-be-titled show will explore "relevant issues and social trends affecting women's lives" including "hot-button issues from race to infidelity to Internet predators."

One way to read this is as Cooper's hedge against further upheaval at CNN (TWX). The network will turn over two-thirds of its primetime lineup in the next few months, with Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker's debate show debuting and Piers Morgan taking over for Larry King.

The network also has a new president, Ken Jautz, who replaces Jon Klein. Jautz comes from HLN, where he built ratings by embracing the personality-first model of cable news. Were he to apply that philosophy to CNN, AC 360, which purports to be about the stories Cooper covers, not Cooper's views on them, would find itself in a precarious position. Clearly aware of that possible interpretation, CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton made an announcement of his own today, saying Cooper "has extended his relationship with CNN and will be with us for years to come."

Whatever the thinking, now is the moment for launching a new syndicated talk show, with Oprah Winfrey's move to cable creating a huge vacuum. CBS (CBS), spotting the same opportunity, is already moving ahead with plans for a new show, The Talk, that will be similar in format to ABC's (DIS) The View.

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Happy Face

Cooper needs to go to Fox for advanced training. (Is he replacing Rick?) CNN would do better by hiring the lovely Julie Banderas from Fox weekend news. She's much easier on the eyes, and doesn't spin the news. CNN's ratings would go up. (More $$. But then they only think about government bailouts. Hopefully, none for CNN.) Maybe even some former CNN watchers would return? See, I told you so.

October 02 2010 at 3:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mikenomgi

How can an idiot like Cooper who can't talk have a talk-show? This moron has never met a sentence he could utter coherently. As he said, "it's tough to talk when you'te teabagging".

October 01 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
duey35

Racheal Madoff of MSNBC is gay. seems all of TV has got wood for gay people nowadays.

October 01 2010 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dulce

Anderson Cooper has the oportunity in his hands to present an intelligent show to the daytime public. Hope he doesn't blow it.

October 01 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Jean

OOOPPS "feel"

October 01 2010 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jean

Yes, I believe Cooper is gay. When we say what a "waste" means he would pass along good genes and great parenting. I have a gay nephew and feek sad he will not be passing the bloodline along; that is all it means. I would not bash but understand the other comment.

October 01 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
womenscountry

Anderson Cooper is the perfect one to have a talk show. He is the most thoughtful, intelligent reporter currently on TV. I started watching him on the network early, early in the a.m. during the week, about 4:00 a.m. if I remember right. Was glad when he went to CNN so I could watch him every day. He is my idea of a real journalist.

October 01 2010 at 3:54 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
elgatoho

Mitchell understood where I was coming from. Some body other than me is getting to run their fingers thur that soft silver hair. :)

October 01 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Heidiho

Awsome reporter. Loved his reporting on Vietnam, Somalia, Bosnia, and Rowanda. I also liked his investigative reporting on the Church of Scientology. He has alot of guts and does not spew b.s. I wish him well.

October 01 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Rita

Glad to see that Anderson Cooper will continue with AC360. He will also be great on his new talk show. I have hear that Anderson Cooper does lots of work with the gay population and bullying of young boys. My question is Anderson Cooper himself gay? Thank you.

October 01 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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