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CNN hires Strombo for 10-week talk show

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NEW YORK -- It's a safe bet George Stroumboulopoulos will be the first male CNN personality to wear two earrings and a skull ring from a designer who made one for Keith Richards.

Stroumboulopoulos, whose new nighttime talk show premi®res Sunday, is more curious than dangerous, though.

The show gets a solid time-slot for its debut, airing after the season finale of Anthony Bourdain's successful Parts Unknown. It will then settle into a regular spot on Friday nights for the summer and, if things go well, maybe beyond.

It's part of CNN's attempt to branch out beyond news programming at certain times. The effort started before the arrival of new network boss Jeff Zucker -- Stroumboulopoulos had his first contact with the network last summer -- but the enthusiasm continued with the change in management.

Stroumboulopoulos hosts a nightly talk show on CBC where his friendly style seems to encourage celebrities to talk.

For CNN, the show represents an old style for a new generation. Stroumboulopoulos, 40, said his interest in politics was fueled less by politicians than by listening to the Clash and Public Enemy. He's eager to interview Snoop Lion, formerly Snoop Dogg, on his show because he considers him such an important figure in hip-hop.

Rap artist Wiz Khalifa, comic Martin Short and actor Keanu Reeves are the guests on his first show. Other confirmed interviews for the Los Angeles-based show's 10-week run include Betty White, Bill Maher, Sharon Stone and filmmaker Werner Herzog.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 8, 2013 A27

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