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Inside Move: Zahn still vacationing

CNN anchor's away as net plays with format

It’s the best-kept secret of the summer: Where is Paula Zahn?

Heeding good advice, that’s where the blond CNN anchor is.

And it appears she’ll remain on R&R for just a bit longer, so don’t say goodbye to stand-in anchor Anderson Cooper just yet. (He’s the Duracell anchor of CNN, and a smart one at that.)

Word is that Zahn doesn’t want to come back to the set of her new primetime show until it has a format.

Trying to recover from a bad run, CNN has decided to shake up its primetime lineup. So in mid-April, Zahn was promoted from “American Morning” to a new 7-9 p.m. (EDT) newscast.

Zahn took up the new anchoring duty, but her crew started to get nervous. Why should she take the fall for a show that’s not yet a show?

On May 9, Zahn quietly went on vacation while things got sorted out back at the CNN ranch. On May 27, CNN announced it was bringing on veteran newsie James Andrew Miller as Zahn’s exec producer.

CNN originally said Zahn would come back June 2, but the date was a no-go since Miller and his CNN team still weren’t ready to pencil in a launch date.

Summer vacation has never been so much fun.

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