Chris Wallace Will Bring His CNN+ Show To HBO Max And CNN
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Chris Wallace, whose time as a host on CNN’s failed streaming platform CNN+ ended abruptly last month, will bring his interview show to CNN and HBO Max beginning this fall. The network said Wallace would continue to serve as an anchor for CNN.

“Part of the CNN brand is respectful, authentic and impactful interviews and one of the best interviewers in the business is Chris Wallace,” said Chris Licht, chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide, in a statement released by the network. “Chris and his team developed an engaging and compelling program that we’re excited to bring to HBO Max and include in our CNN Sunday evening programming.”

Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? featured the longtime Fox News Sunday host interviewing a broad range of guests, from movie stars to former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and former Disney CEO Bob Iger. The network said new episodes of the show would debut on HBO Max, with “featured interviews also airing on CNN” during Sunday night programming.

Who’s Talking? is a rare show built for streaming that gives newsmakers the opportunity to have candid conversations and an open dialogue about the issues of the day and whatever is on their minds,” said Wallace in a statement released by the network. “I’ve never had more fun developing a program and am looking forward to bringing it to both HBO Max and CNN audiences.”

Wallace, who was perhaps the most distinguished of Fox News Channel’s journalists, moderating presidential debates and serving as an anchor of the network’s election night coverage, decided last December he would leave the network for CNN after 18 years. His exit presented Fox with a challenge: how to replace the man who had for years been the center of gravity for Fox News’ commitment to actual news.

But as Wallace told me in an interview a year ago, “I think there’s as much opinion on in prime time on CNN and MSNBC as there is on Fox. Sometimes people don’t label it as opinion because they tend to agree with it…but I think they push a liberal agenda just as much as some of the Fox shows push a conservative agenda.”

CNN on Wednesday also announced at the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers that the original series Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico would debut on CNN. The show, produced by the same company behind CNN’s Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, had been announced back in December as part of the CNN+ slate of programs—a high profile hire that ultimately may have blurred the CNN+ brand in the eyes of consumers, left to wonder if CNN+ was a news network or one devoted to entertainment.

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