Can Anderson Cooper capture Oprah Winfrey's audience?
The CNN host's new daytime talk show, to be called "Anderson," will take over "The Oprah Winfrey Show" time slot in three markets when it debuts in fall 2011: on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., KFMB in San Diego, and KBAK in Bakersfield, Calif.
A news release announcing the placements played up the Winfrey factor, leading with Cooper taking over her time slots in the markets.
It said Cooper, "like his predecessors Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue" plans to create "a daily destination for multiple generations of women looking to be informed and entertained, gain perspective, have a voice and stay connected to each other and the world around them."
"Anderson" has been picked up 15 additional stations and is now sold in 40 markets. He will continue to anchor "Anderson Cooper 360."
Winfrey is leaving her daytime syndicated show to begin appearing on the Oprah Winfey Network, which will debut on Jan. 1.