- Associated Press - Thursday, September 30, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Anderson Cooper will launch a daytime talk show next fall while keeping his prime-time newscast on CNN.

Telepictures Productions said Thursday it has signed Cooper for a talk show that will cover social trends, entertainment and human interest topics. With Oprah Winfrey ending her syndicated talk show, companies in that market have been looking for new daytime personalities who will connect with an audience.

Meanwhile, CNN said Cooper has signed a multiyear contract extension for “Anderson Cooper 360,” the daily newscast that begins at 10 p.m. ET. The network wouldn’t reveal terms of the deal. It’s also not known whether the daytime show will curtail Cooper’s travels to news events, a hallmark of his CNN show.

Cooper called the daytime deal “an exciting opportunity to show another side of myself.”

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