Anderson Cooper pulls a 360°

CNN reporter Anderson Cooper’s new show breaches a variety of topics.

By Ashley Arizini

Anderson Cooper, a journalist who is best known for his CNN news program, Anderson Cooper 360 °, launched a new syndicated talk show called Anderson on Sept. 12.

This daytime talk show is a drastic change from his serious prime-time show where he reports on breaking news stories, and is often on location in some of the most dangerous places in the world. In countless interviews, including those with The New York Times and USA Today, Anderson had stated that he was excited to get started on his new project, which allows him to showcase a different aspect of his personality.

“Everybody has different sides to them,” Cooper told reporters from The New York Times. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to work different jobs that show different sides of you.”

Cooper’s debut show featured the late Amy Winehouse’s family. Her parents and boyfriend talked about her passing and dismissed any rumors that have risen due to what the toxicology report may have showed, such as traces of illegal drugs in her system.

So is Anderson Cooper the next Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres? Ratings so far suggest otherwise. His self-titled Anderson only averaged 1.1 out of 3 in U.S. households, and 0.6 out of 3 in US women, according to HollywoodReporter. Others suggest that there may be hope for Cooper’s show because his ratings may have been compromised by the broadcast of the men’s U.S. Open in the New York and Boston areas on the debut day.

Although initial ratings were shaky, Anderson may be a show to keep your eye on. Future guests include Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and the stars of the reality show, Sister Wives.
With such a broad line-up it is possible that Anderson will attract a wide spectrum of viewers, which would be beneficial to its ratings.

Anderson is on FOX on weekdays at 9 a.m. Whether you are returning from your 8 a.m. class or waking up to your morning cup of coffee, turn on Anderson and decide for yourself whether Anderson Cooper should continue with his talk show or if he is better off sticking with his “day-job” reporting on CNN.

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