PBS Has Picked Charlie Rose's Late Night Replacement

It's been a couple of weeks since Charlie Rose was fired from all of his prestigious TV hosting gigs, from his CBS This Morning anchor position to his self-titled and oft-lauded late night talk show on PBS. With the dust mostly settled as of December 4, though, PBS has settled on a replacement with the massively well-respected CNN and ABC News vet Christiane Amanpour. Though perhaps not as we might have expected.

Rather than Christiane Amanpour signing on to take over an entirely new program, PBS is bringing the internationally renowned journalist to its nightly schedule by airing her news show Amanpour on weeknights at 11:00 p.m. ET. Being dubbed Amanpour on PBS, the show made its premiere on New York's PBS station THIRTEEN this week, but will take on its interim run across all of PBS' stations starting on Monday, December 11. In case any fans of the program are concerned that PBS is taking over Christiane Amanpour's program entirely, worry not. It will continue to air on CNN International every weekday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET.

A former reporter for CBS' 60 Minutes, Christiane Amanpour is CNN's Chief International Correspondent, as well as ABC News' Global Affairs Anchor, and her accolades definitely don't end with those titles. (Nor do they end with being the journalism idol for Gilmore Girls' Rory Gilmore.) She was just this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, so spreading her show's wings is a good way to follow that up.

For the moment, Amanpour is being aired on PBS on an interim basis, with no overarching plans being announced by the broadcaster. But it would stand to reason that, assuming the show is a success, that PBS might try to extend that relationship in the future. At this point, PBS states that another announcement will soon be made to confirm a second public affairs TV show that will be set into the post-Amanpour timeslot at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Again, Amanpour on PBS isn't necessarily a permanent replacement for Charlie Rose's show, but it's more set in stone than anything happening at CBS. A revolving door of other anchors have filled in Charlie Rose's spot on CBS This Morning, and though it's been reported that CBS News is maybe going after Oprah Winfrey, that hasn't happened yet.

While waiting for Amanpour on PBS to make its debut on Monday, December 11, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule to see everything else that's heading to the small screen in the near future.

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