CNN will launch a new primetime show with veteran anchor Gayle King and basketball great Charles Barkley.
“King Charles” will begin airing Wednesdays this fall at 8 p.m.
The pair revealed they were teaming up in a Saturday announcement on TNT, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN’s parent company.
In public statements, King and Barkley stressed that the show would emphasize comity and respectful discussion.
“I just think we need to figure out a way to have a good conversation without tearing each other down,” she said.
Barkley added that the program would not take on “clickbait.”
“All I want is people, even if I disagree with them, to be honest with me. I don’t want them saying things to get clickbait. That is one of the things that is what drives me crazy about people in our profession right now.”
While “King Charles” will tackle current events and politics, “we don’t want to say, ‘We’re a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat’ — that’s one of the things that’s already ruined television in general,” Barkley said.
“This show will be an exciting new way we are delivering culturally relevant programming and unique perspectives to our audience, from two incredibly dynamic personalities,” CNN president Chris Licht said in a Saturday staff memo, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The move is the latest shakeup at CNN from Licht, who is hoping to stir the network out of its longtime ratings rut, where it is consistently outpaced by rivals MSNBC and Fox News.