CNN Tonight, branded as CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, is a late evening news/opinion program airing on CNN, focusing on the news of the day. Hosted by American journalist Don Lemon, the show airs weeknights from 10 p.m. to midnight (Eastern Time). The first hour is simulcast on CNN International.
A program of the same name aired on CNN in the spring of 1985, as a replacement for Sandi Freeman until Larry King Live premiered. Another program of the same name debuted in 2001 with Bill Hemmer as anchor, but it was cancelled the same year.
Another program was then debuted on November 16, 2009, and was hosted by John Roberts as an interim replacement for Lou Dobbs Tonight following Lou Dobbs' resignation from the network on November 11, 2009. The program featured reporters who filed reports for Lou Dobbs' program, including Dana Bash, Candy Crowley, and Kitty Pilgrim. It was discontinued after January 15, 2010, due to a scheduling shift which occurred the following Monday, extending Rick Sanchez's hour during the CNN Newsroom block into a two-hour program known as Rick's List, which pushed The Situation Room up an hour into Lou Dobbs' former timeslot. On March 22, 2010, the final hour of The Situation Room was replaced by John King, USA, the official replacement for Lou Dobbs Tonight.
The program was revived as a replacement for Piers Morgan Live amid a new primetime schedule with more taped content.
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