CNN has announced that Larry King’s fourth special for the channel will be a bit different than the last few. Rather than featuring traditional interviews, the special, called “Larry King Special: A Dinner with Kings” features the host and his wife hosting a dinner party featuring some big Hollywood names. The special will air December 4th, with replays slated for the following weekend on CNN and CNN International.
The guests are Tyra Banks, Russell Brand, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O’Brien, and Shaquille O’Neal, with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck preparing the meal:
Of note for synergy fanatics: Shaq and Conan are currently employed by Turner broadcasting, the parent company of CNN, and MacFarlane has a very lucrative deal with the company, which has acquired the cable rights to his shows “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”
After leaving CNN last year, King agreed to do four specials for the channel. The dinner party fulfills that obligation. Now the question becomes whether he re-ups with the channel, or leaves it for good.
Update: CNN says that King has signed a three year deal with the channel, and currently has two more specials in development. Therefore, this special will not be his last.