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CNN to start weekend comedy show with D.L. Hughley

The latest entrant into the TV comedy business is … CNN.

The news network has announced that it’s starting a show with comedian D.L. Hughley. Tentatively titled “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” it will air live at 10 p.m. Saturdays and replay 24 hours later. The show will debut Oct. 25.

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AP reports that Hughley describes it as a news-oriented talk show – more like David Letterman’s and Jay Leno’s program than Jon Stewart’s. It will air before a live audience from CNN’s New York studio.

CNN International, seen outside of the United States, airs reruns of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

Hughley is reported to have turned down offers from MSNBC and Cinemax for other topic news shows. When questioned about why he chose CNN, he said Larry King made a personal phone call to him to ask him to join the network.

“My show has a black guy and a Jewish producer, so we will stand out like `Mississippi Burning,’” Hughley said.

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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