NBC exile Deborah Norville may go to CNN.
Ms. Norville, now the host of a weeknight ABC Radio show out of her New York home, is "officially involved in talks" with the cable network, a CNN spokesman confirmed yesterday. "At this point, everything is in the conceptual phase."
CNN insiders say that Ms. Norville could end up as host of a New York-based morning show as part of a network-wide programming shake-up. CNN now airs hourlong news blocks until 1 p.m., when Sonya Friedman begins her Los Angeles talk show.
Ms. Norville couldn't be reached for comment. Sources say odds are good that she'll sign with CNN "if she doesn't price herself
out of the ballpark." Ironically, if she becomes a morning host, Ms. Norville could go head-to-head against her former colleagues at NBC's "Today" show. No love lost there, particularly between
Ms. Norville and "Today" anchor Bryant Gumbel.
As a sign of respect to Johnny Carson during his final week as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," Arsenio Hall will forgo fresh episodes of his late-night syndicated talkie in favor of reruns the week of May 18. "Arsenio will be home watching Carson," says a spokeswoman. Mr. Hall did two "Tonight Show" gigs . . . John Matoian has been promoted to CBS Entertainment's senior vice president, motion pictures for TV and miniseries. He had been vice president since August 1990.