CNN announced three new programs Wednesday that it hopes will draw viewers even when the breaking news on which it thrives, like Wednesday's earthquake in Seattle, is absent.
CNN bills the first show, "Take Five," as "an original talk program featuring a new generation of reporters, opinion makers and observers." Panelists will include Salon.com's Jake Tapper, the New Republic's Michelle Cottle and the New York Post's Robert George. "Take Five" debuts March 17 at 8:30 p.m. "People in the News" will be p roduced with People magazine and profile a key newsmaker or personality. The show, to be hosted by Daryn Kagan, premieres March 31 at 11:30 a.m.
The third new show is "CNN Presents," an hourlong documentary series featuring single-topic stories and investigative packages from CNN correspondents and producers. The show will be seen Sundays at 10 p.m. in the spot now occupied by "CNN Perspectives," which it replaces. Leon Harris is the host of "CNN Presents," which debuts May 6.