Anderson Cooper planning daytime talk-show

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Anderson Cooper negotiating for daytime talk show

Exclu: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is close to a deal for a syndicated
daytime talk show.

The "Anderson Cooper 360" host is deep in talks with Telepictures
Productions and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a
program that would be pitched to stations next year.

The as-yet-untitled project will not have a hard-news focus, though
given Cooper's background, he'll likely bring a more journalistic
approach to handling popular topics compared to most daytime fare.
The show is billed as a topical format that will cover everything from
celebrities and pop culture to social issues and wide-interest news
stories. Using his well-established interview skills, Cooper's show is
expected to welcome a broad range of guests and tackle
debate-provoking subjects.

Cooper would also serve as an executive producer.

The talk show deal is complex because its being coordinated between
Warner Bros., Cooper and Cooper's employers at CNN -- who have an
exclusive contract with the newsman. The deal, which has been in talks
for more than a month and may close by the end of the week, calls for
Cooper to continue hosting "360." With a lot of moving parts at play,
however, sources caution the talk show is not yet a sure thing.
Warner Bros. hopes to launch Cooper's show next fall, coming into the
marketplace just as talk queen Oprah Winfrey exits to launch her cable
network OWN. The vacancy has spurred a surge of talk contenders whose
projects are in various stages of deployment (including Dr. Oz, Nancy
Grace and Jenny McCarthy).

Cooper's show would air in early fringe in a cash-plus-barter deal,
counter-programming more celebrity-oriented programs such as "Access
Hollywood." It's not yet clear which station group Warners will line
up as its first carriage partner to help galvanize further clearances.
Cooper has flirted with becoming a talk show host before. He recently
experimented with a talk-style format during his "360" tapings. Last
year Cooper was rumored to be under consideration for replacing Regis
Philbin on "Live! With Regis and Kelly," a show he's guest hosted
several times.

The arrival of Cooper on the syndie scene would represent the rare
crossover of a TV personality from serious primetime news into the
daytime space. Cooper could draw comparisons to silver-haired daytime
legend Phil Donahue, though Donahue originally only hosted morning
news and radio programs. "The View" co-hosts Barbara Walters and
Meredith Vieira, however, both have extensive news experience.
Heck no. Have you ever _heard_ him guest-hosting for Reeg on 'Live
Regis Kelly' before? He has this donkey laugh that grates on your

Hell, not even Ryan Seacrest could make it work and everything he
seems to touch turns golden (maybe he can touch Coop's penis).