Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 21, 2010 1:26:56 GMT 1
Visa problems could delay Piers Morgan's CNN as Larry King's replacement. "The New York Post" is reporting the British journalist and judge of "America's Got Talent" is "apparently having trouble obtaining a work visa." So much so, that CNN wants King to continue his long-running talk show until the end of the year. (His departure was scheduled for sometime in late October or early November.) this fall.) US immigration regulations require British citizens to get a visa for full-time work in America, but there have been reports those special visas have become increasingly hard to get. In another transatlantic development, there have been rumors British commercial broadcaster ITV may be purchased by NBC Universal (which is now in the process of being spun off from parent General Electric and being purchased by cable operator Comcast). Whether the rumors are true or not, I'm unsure. But if there is a deal, it's more likely British viewers will see more NBC shows on ITV and its various channels, than we Americans will get ITV programs on the mothership network. (But some ITV shows might work better on NBCU's cable outlets such as Bravo.) We'll see.
If only we could get him off our screens so easily.
From what I've seen of Piers Morgan (on both "America's Got Talent" and "The Celebrity Apprentice"), he seems like the smartest kid in the class who makes sure EVERYBODY knows it! Sometimes insufferably arrogant, but I'm betting he won't be throwing the softball questions to his guests the way Larry King does. Morgan's job will be to take on Fox News Channel's right wing firebrand Sean Hannity, and I suspect CNN will give Piers enough time to see if he can dominate the 9:00 PM hour against both Fox and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (who's quite good at getting straight answers from her guests, despite her progressive views). Hannity skews to the Republican/conservative talking points of the day, which makes for plenty of heat but little light. Fox's core viewers seem to be happy with his train of thought, however.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock