Anderson Cooper is moving his afternoon talk show to a new studio, renaming it (slightly) and attempting to go live, at least sometimes.
That’s the word from his executive producer, Terence Noonan, who announced the ways the show formerly known as “Anderson” will be changing as it heads into its second season in September.
The changes are described here, on the USA Today Web site.
For the new season, Cooper is setting up shop in a new facility — one of the CBS-owned studios on West 57th Street in Manhattan. Cooper previously used a studio space in the Time Warner Center, on Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, where his other employer, CNN, is housed. That studio had a dramatic view of Central Park. The new facility will have no view at all.
And the name of the show is changing to “Anderson Live.” And while you might think that indicates the show will air live, that will not be the case. It will be taped before a “live” audience (which it always was), but will now apparently have a “capability” to go live when a situation warrants it, perhaps when news breaks.
Presumably, this will take advantage of Cooper’s skills and expertise as a news man.
Among the celebrities the new “Anderson Live” has lined up for interviews in the new season: Richard Gere, Emma Watson, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell (of “Modern Family”), Mindy Kaling, Kerry Washington, Stephen Colbert and Carol Burnett.
Cooper made headlines last month when he admitted publicly that he is gay. This fall, he’ll face new competition in the afternoon talk space from Kate Couric, whose own daytime show premieres this fall.