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Anderson Cooper to host new Sunday newsmagazine show on CNN

5/15/2016: CNN journalist Anderson Cooper speaking in Toronto at the Einstein Gala.
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Anderson Cooper has been tapped to host CNN’s upcoming newsmagazine show The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper.

As Variety reports, the new Sunday night series, premiering April 16, will present one-hour deep dives into specific topics, interviews, profiles, and investigations.

“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,” Chris Licht, CNN’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

The new series is meant to be a riff on the 60 Minutes format. The long-running CBS series remains one of the most-watched shows on TV, and Cooper has been a correspondent on the show since 2007. But unlike 60 Minutes, which features multiple stories each week, each hour-long episode of The Whole Story will focus on a single story.

Upcoming episodes of the show will explore the political and social issues plaguing San Francisco; claims linking Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder to cancer; and the psychedelic properties of psilocybin. Others will take viewers behind the scenes of King Charles III’s coronation and embed with migrants traveling from South America to seek asylum in the U.S.

Cooper is expected to continue hosting his weeknight CNN program Anderson Cooper 360. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the out journalist will also continue on as a 60 Minutes contributor. Recent Cooper stories for the series have included a deep dive into the evolution of dogs and a one-on-one with Prince Harry discussing the British royal’s explosive memoir.

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