Anchor to focus on CNN Headline News

Nancy Grace, the fiery former prosecutor who has defined Court TV programming for more than a decade, is leaving the network.

Grace is leaving her two-hour Court TV show, “Nancy Grace: Closing Arguments,” to focus on her CNN Headline News show, “Nancy Grace,” a move sources said she had been considering for some time.

She has anchored shows on both networks since CNN Headline News put her at the center of its relaunched primetime lineup in 2005, which meant a grueling schedule of three hours of live TV a day.

But in February, Court TV said it was cutting back Grace’s show to one hour to make way for former “The View” co-host Star Jones, who will anchor a show at 4 p.m. starting in the fall.

Court TV gave Grace her start in TV, but her primetime show on CNN Headline News has become a bigger ratings success. Meanwhile, Court TV has been shifting its focus and promotional resources to primetime reality shows and dramas such as “Psychic Detectives” and “Forensic Files.”

Court TV eliminated another legal analysis show when it canceled “Catherine Crier Live” last month, a show that had a seven-year run on the network.

Grace will continue anchoring her show on Court TV between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. through the summer, after which the network is planning to launch Jones into the second half of the timeslot.

Grace’s departure comes months after Time Warner acquired the 50% of the network it didn’t already own and folded it into its cable unit, which includes Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS and TNT.

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