CNN To Test Legal Show ‘Making The Case’ In Primetime

CNN Test Legal Show 'Making The

Mark Geragos, attorney for Michael Jackson and Chris Brown, to co-anchor show

CNN is gearing up to test a new half-hour program centered on legal issues during its primetime lineup, according to a person familiar with the situation.

“Making The Case” is slated to air between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., this person said, and will be anchored by Mark Geragos, a California criminal-defense attorney who has represented Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and politician Gary Condit, among others and Sunny Hostin, a former assistant U.S. attorney who has contributed to CNN in the past.

The show is expected to air one day a week for five weeks, according to the person familiar with the matter.

Hostin tweeted news of the program earlier Tuesday, but had the time details wrong.

CNN is said to be searching for new talent and new ideas for its primetime lineup, which has faced significant ratings challenges in recent months. Already, CNN has pulled “AC360 Later,” a 10 p.m. panel show hosted by Anderson Cooper, from the lineup, and confirmed its intent to end its 9 p.m. program “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

The new legal show is not a permanent addition to the CNN schedule, the person familiar with the situation cautioned. CNN has in recent weeks tested an 11 p.m. half hour, “11th Hour,” featuring anchor Don Lemon.

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  1. Penny myers says:

    I liked the Don Lemon show and the On the Case w//Sunny Halstead and Mark Garaghost.sorry for the miss spelling of names but u know who I am talkin about.these shows should replace Pierce Morgan and Cooper Anderson.

  2. Smooth says:

    Wingnuts love to try to get people to watch twisted Faux News, they even come to a show business thread like Variety begging. This is Variety, take your political nonsense back to Faux News where you belong. This is NOT a political site, it’s time for you to get a life or run for some office. Go register some new wingnut voters or your party will be crushed again in November. Now move along.

  3. Ado says:

    Wow, that sounds really, really, really boring.
    CNN is becoming the leader in flat out boring.

  4. Forget It says:

    I was so annoyed by Sonny’s ONE-SIDED, nothing to do with the LAW and ONLY about race coverage of the Zimmerman trial that I couldn’t possibly tune into that new show. (Oh, and I thought Zimmerman should have never fired his weapon). It’s the same reason I can’t stand (and apparently A LOT of people can’t stand) Piers Morgan. His one-sided, arrogant, he’s-right-and-everyone-else-is-beneath-him attitude is so disgusting, it’s impossible to stomach for more than a few minutes.

    Someone needs to remind CNN that the goal of the tv station is to make money, LOL. Good luck with your “powerhouse” lineup

  5. Tim says:

    Geragos has some common sense. Sonny Holstein has no basic understanding of the law as clearly shown in her commentary on the Zimmerman trial, among others

  6. Fred says:

    It shows you the sorry state CNN are in. If pundits had a ratings list the way Hollywood does, these guys would be on the d-list. They don’t have the personality to make this show successful and CNN doesn’t have the viewers to carry it. CNN should be looking ahead to the next election cycle and put together pundits that draw viewers during that time. Or maybe they are. They see this as filler until we get closer. But again, neither Sunny nor Mark are charismatic people that draw in viewers. They just won’t get far.

  7. Angelo says:

    You have to be kidding??? so sorry Sunny its not you its Mark. He has to be one of the worst legal talking head.

  8. Vince says:

    One more boring show …get a life CNN

  9. twan jim says:

    Wow, another one I won’t be watching, ever.

  10. anon says:

    Why? Is this meant to take the place of Larry King/Piers Morgan? I’d suggest trying another talk show host instead but picking someone with an established track record and followers – I can think of several out there on TV now that CNN could probably lure away.

  11. Famous Dave says:


  12. Norma Earls says:

    Geragos and Mark Eiglarsh would be a good match for a legal show. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to suffer through Sunny Hostin’s endless whining about marauding bands of Caucasians out to kill “little brown boys”.

  13. iambicpentamaster says:

    CNN continues the ratings plunge with Geragos retread.

    Film at eleven…

  14. Rich Porardo says:

    They are scraping the bottom of the barrel . . . from below the barrel.

  15. Checkmate King Two says:

    These folks are desperate.
    They would give a show to “Wilbur, the Talking Cow” if they thought it would buy them 3 or 4 new viewers.
    Just last month, they placed 27th in the prime time demo, while FOX was 3rd.
    Even the clowns at MSNBC did better than CNN.
    Then again, that’s what happens when you’re regarded as the Promotional Division for the Ministry of Propaganda.
    Like the proposed “Anderson Cooper/Kathy What’ Her Name” show, this is sure to be a blockbuster.
    Good thing they’ve got crack journalists like Wolf “Last-Place ‘Jeopardy!’ Winner” Blitzer to take up the slack.
    Case of Heineken in the garage fridge for the day these clowns go under.
    Meantime, let’s hear it for “America’s Most Trusted News Source”.

  16. PlasticCow01 says:

    John and Ken on KFI are going to have their heads explode over this.

  17. Shaniqua Braxton says:

    He bees rite

  18. dji says:

    i guess they feel everybody likes trials. wrong!!! this to will fail. they need to get rid of the boss there.

  19. dan says:

    i cnn with this new show will see rating soar like they havnt seen since pierce morgan came on the scene.who was it calling cnn a loser, let them eat cake.

  20. Greg says:

    Geragos is solid as a lawyer and a commentator. Sunny Hostin is a joke. I wouldn’t hire her to represent me on a traffic ticket. And if she’s not competent to work a traffic ticket, then why does CNN keep running her on camera as a “legal expert?” CNN is dying a slow but sure death.

  21. Col. Angus says:

    Zucker really is an idiot. I guess being a TV exec is like being an NFL coach…no matter how incompetent you are, no matter how many times you’re fired, somebody will always hire you, probably at a higher salary than the last idiot.

  22. DMH123 says:

    This is what you do when you don’t know what to do.

  23. HarryO says:

    Yawn… cnn just can’t seem to get it right..

  24. Really reaching now CNN. Damn. Oh, say hi to Peirs Morgan for me.

  25. Smooth says:

    You sound a little racist there JimBob, maybe it’s that handle.

  26. Smooth says:

    Racist loser, keep it moving

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