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

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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