CNN lineup bows young gabfest, profiler

Salon's Tapper, Republic's Cottle, Post's George to host loft talk

NEW YORK — A young pundits version of the “McLaughlin Group” and a People magazine-inspired profile of a news headliner are the highlights of a weekly series programming lineup unveiled by CNN.

“Take Five” is the title of the half-hour topical gabfest, featuring Salon.com’s Jake Tapper, the New Republic’s Michelle Cottle and the New York Post’s Robert George, with a rotating Time magazine correspondent occupying the fourth chair.

The designers will create a set that looks like a loft apartment for the series, which is produced by Lucy Spiegel, a CNN vice president. It premieres March 17 in its regular Saturday at 8:30 p.m. time period.

“People in the News” focuses on a personage making news in politics, sports, the arts or business. CNN Prods.’ Vivian Schiller will produce the half-hour show in conjunction with CNN’s sister company People magazine. Daryn Kagan is the host. Premiere date is March 31. Each episode will run twice a week, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

A third fresh weekly series, the hourlong “CNN Presents,” is basically a single-topic documentary tapping into the newsgathering operation of the network. Leon Harris is the host. It kicks off this spring, at 10 p.m. Sundays.

CNN also has good news for West Coast viewers. The network will soon schedule “CNN Tonight,” a newscast that’ll be produced live at 10 p.m. Pacific time, anchored by Catherine Callaway. So people on the Left Coast will get updated news instead of the Bill Hemmer-anchored repeat they now receive.

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