Well I found this post on TVNewser about Nancy Grace and her first night of her new talk show on CNN Headline News. From the sounds of it it was Amateur Hour: tapes not running, microphones not working... argh! And Nancy fired one of the tape people in the middle of the show. "Elizabeth, you're fired!"
I'll tell you something, I've been in the position of hosting an hour-long talk show for local cable when it seemed like we were having every technical problem under the sun, with tapes not starting on time, microphones dying during the broadcast and having to be fixed, guests backing out at the last minute, etcetra. We even had a prank caller phone in to rattle the guests and say the show sucked, and we had to bleep him out. I mean really, I've been there. But at least we all had an excuse. We were in local cable and all new at this talk show stuff. And even though I was the guest host, I never told any of these people "you're fired!"
But this is different. This was supposed to be The Big Network. As James Earl Jones said, "This... is CNN." And it sounds like they all screwed it right up.
Anyway we'll see if this show does well. Sounds like Headline News wants to be the CNN of 10 years ago, the CNN of the OJ era. And it sounds like they have Nancy Grace on so they could go cover the big media-circus Michael Jackson trial, whenever it finally starts.
UPDATE: Here's another story on the changes at Headline News from USA Today.