CNN trying new weekly nighttime talk show

NEW YORK – It’s a safe bet that 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 premieres 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.” Then it will settle into a regular spot on Fridays at 11 p.m. Eastern 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, represented most prominently by Bourdain’s show. The effort started before the arrival of new network boss Jeff Zucker – Stroumboulopoulos had his first contact with the network last summer before Zucker arrived – but the enthusiasm continued with the change in management.