Anderson Cooper Eyes Syndicated Daytime Slots

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Anderson Cooper has finalized a deal to host a syndicated daytime talk show set to launch in fall 2011.

The show is from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and its Telepictures production unit.

In making the announcement on Thursday, Warner Bros. Domestic Television president Ken Werner noted the "great opportunity in the marketplace" next year when the dominant daytime personality Oprah Winfrey exits daytime for cable and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Cooper will also executiv- produce the program, which will aim to present daytime subjects grounded in journalism.

Copper is no stranger to daytime: He's made more than 30 appearances on Disney-ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly, substituting for Regis Philbin, and multiple appearances on CBS Television Distribution's The Oprah Winfrey Show.

At the same time, Cooper has extended his contract with CNN.

Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide announced Cooper's contract extension Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Walton noted in a statement that Cooper will be "with us for years to come.

The news comes as CNN has moved former HLN chief Ken Jautz into the top executive spot while also re-inventing the majority of its primetime line-up, an overhaul necessitated by foundering ratings. Cooper's 10 p.m. program finished the just completed third quarter down more than 40% among total viewers and adults 25-54.

While silver-haired Cooper has made his name as a newsman, his fame has been built based on his emotional response to many of the news stories he's covered, particularly when Hurricane Katrina caused wide destruction in the Gulf Coast in 2004.

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