Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace to Premiere on HBO Max Sept. 23 and CNN Sept. 25

By Mark Mwachiro 

The inaugural season of Chris Wallace’s new show Who’s Talking To Chris Wallace, in a unique partnership with HBO Max and CNN, will debut first on HBO Max with three distinct episodes on Friday, September 23. 

CNN will then air the best of the full HBO Max interviews in a new program with the same title, beginning on Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

The network is touting its partnership with HBO Max as the first of its kind, as it moves beyond the traditional boundaries of streaming and cable.  


Each week during its 10-week season, three interviews will be made available on Friday Morning on HBO Max. These interviews will then be repackaged and will air on CNN the following Sunday.

Back In May, CNN’s chairman and CEO Chris Licht announced during the company’s upfront that Wallace’s program, originally scheduled to air on the now defunct CNN+, will instead stream on HBO Max—and air on CNN weekly on Sunday evenings.

Wallace joined CNN in January after more than 50 award-winning years in broadcasting, including 18 years at Fox News, where he was most recently the moderator of Fox News Sunday.

“I am excited to be back in the studio having candid, real conversations with a rich variety of guests who are standouts in their fields,” said Wallace. “I can’t wait for the HBO Max and CNN audiences to get to see what our team has been working on.”

Some of the guests joining Wallace this season include Tyler Perry, Shania Twain, Alex Rodriguez, James Patterson and Michelle Zauner. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.

Licht said, “Chris Wallace is a legend in our profession. His unparalleled interviewing expertise has made an impact across industries and changed history.” He added, “And now, with the launch of his program on both HBO Max and CNN, his iconic interview style will reach an expansive audience unlike anything before.”

It has been a busy morning for CNN, as it also announced that Dr. Tara Narula is joining the network as a medical correspondent, and John Miller is joining as the chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst.

The news of the additions comes at a time when many are worried about the direction CNN is heading after Brian Stelter’s and John Hardwood’s departures.