March 04, 2014 2:18pm PT by Marisa Guthrie
Legal Show Co-Hosted by Mark Geragos and Sunny Hostin Gets Tryout on CNN
CNN will try out a new half-hour legal program co-hosted by Mark Geragos and Sunny Hostin beginning March 10 at 10:30 p.m., the network confirms.
Hostin, a former assistant U.S. attorney and CNN contributor, Tweeted the news on Tuesday. Geragos, whose first high-profile client was White Water figure Susan McDougal, sealed his bona fides as a celebrity defense attorney when he represented Michael Jackson in the singer's 2005 molestation trial. He was defending Scott Peterson for murdering his wife Laci and their unborn child at the same time. Additional Geragos clients have included Chris Brown, Winona Ryder and Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds' trainer.
The Geragos-Hostin program, called Making the Case, is the latest of multiple shows CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker has tried out since he took over more than a year ago. And that process of auditioning shows on the air is ongoing. A program anchored by Bill Weir, who joined CNN last year from ABC News, is still a work in progress, say sources. And Dylan Ratigan, the former CNBC anchor, also shot a pilot for CNN, sources confirm.
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan's 9 p.m. show is expected to end sometime this month, though CNN representatives will not say exactly when. CNN also has had dayside anchor Don Lemon host an 11 p.m. program called The 11th Hour. But executives recently pulled the plug on AC360 Later, a 10 p.m. panel discussion program hosted by Anderson Cooper.