CNN replacing Morgan's show with specials

NEW YORK - CNN is replacing Piers Morgan's prime-time talk show with not one program but several, featuring personalities like Mike Rowe, John Walsh, Lisa Ling, Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock.

The network revealed its schedule change this week in a meeting with advertisers. The new prime-time lineup ends a three-decade tradition of a CNN talk show at 9 p.m., first with Larry King and then with Morgan, who ended his show in the past few weeks.

The time slot will be filled with a series of documentary-style programs, including Bourdain's popular "Parts Unknown" travelogue and Spurlock's "Inside Man."

Rowe, former host of "Dirty Jobs," will profile people with unusual professions. Walsh will follow criminal investigations and Ling will immerse herself in American subcultures.

Jane Pauley to contribute to CBS News

NEW YORK - Former "Today" show host Jane Pauley is joining CBS News to occasionally contribute stories to the "Sunday Morning" broadcast.

She's expected to make her first appearance in the next few weeks. CBS' Bob Schieffer announced the move this week at a symposium at Texas Christian University.

Pauley, who is 63, is in the middle of promoting her new book, about people who switch careers late in life. Pauley was partners with Tom Brokaw and Bryant Gumbel at NBC's "Today" show in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Pauley said she owed her 40-year NBC career partly to CBS. She was on a local CBS station in Indianapolis when an out-of-towner in for the Indianapolis 500 watched her broadcast. Pauley soon got a call from NBC.

FXX plans marathon of `The Simpsons'

NEW YORK - The FXX network plans a marathon telecast this summer of episodes of "The Simpsons" all 552 of them consecutively.

The network said this week the marathon will start Aug. 21 and continue into Labor Day. FXX programming chief Chuck Saftler said it coincides with the network's purchase of rerun rights and the development of an app that gives access to every episode of the long-running animated series.

Saftler said FXX will show four hours of episodes every Sunday this fall, up until the time a new episode is aired in prime time on Fox.

FXX is televised in some 72 million homes, and it hopes to hit the 80 million mark sometime later this year.

Associated Press