Anderson Cooper to Host New CNN Sunday Night Series ‘The Whole Story’

The one-hour, single-subject episodes will bring “viewers into the heart of the essential stories of our time,” CEO Chris Licht said

Anderson Cooper attends the 16th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
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CNN host and longtime “60 Minutes,” contributor Anderson Cooper will lead a new Sunday night offering on CNN that will air immediately after the CBS mainstay.

The Sunday news magazine “The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper,” will premiere April 16, airing at 8 p.m., CNN said.

Cooper will not be leaving “60 Minutes,” his spokesperson told TheWrap.

The new show will feature one-hour long reports on individual topics, including interviews, profiles and investigative deep dives featuring reporting from CNN’s anchors and correspondents. CNN reps said it will be presented in longform, documentary style format, not a segmented news magazine setup.

“Powered by CNN’s unmatched global journalism operation, ‘The Whole Story’ goes behind the headlines, touching every continent and corner of the planet, as we bring our viewers into the heart of the essential stories of our time,” CNN CEO Chris Licht said in a statement.

Among the first topics on deck will be, “What Happened to San Francisco?” an examination of the political and social issues facing the city with anchor Sara Sidner; “Baby Powder Fears,” a probe of the accusations that Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer from chief investigative correspondent Pamela Brown and “Magic Mushrooms,” a look at the world of the psychedelic plant by correspondent David Culver; “Charles and Camilla,” a behind-the-screens report at the coronation of King Charles III from national correspondent Erica Hill, and “A Migrant’s Journey,” which features chief international security correspondent Nick Paton Walsh embedded with a group of migrants walking to the U.S. from South and Central America.

The executive producer is Susan Chun.

Licht, who took over at CNN in Feburary 2022, started talking about a Sunday lineup overhaul at last year’s upfront. It’s one of a series of changes he’d made at the news network, which included axing subscription-service CNN+ in its infancy and parting ways with anchors and reporters Brian Stelter and John Harwood, as well as attempting to liven up its morning show with former prime-time host Don Lemon. His efforts have produced mixed results – “CNN This Morning” ratings tanked to their lowest point in a decade, though Lemon’s return following the mini-scandal surrounding his sexist comments about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s age drove an uptick.

An 18-time Emmy and two-time Peabody Award winner, Cooper joined CNN in 2001 as a morning host and launched “Anderson Cooper 360” in 2003.