Ling will host and report in a new documentary series which CNN says “takes her audience on a gritty, breathtaking journey to far corners of America, immersing herself in sub-cultures that are unusual, bizarre and sometimes dangerous. Each episode delves into an alternative sect of everyday life, giving viewers an inside look at some of America’s most unconventional segments of society.”
The addition of Lin is part of a new strategy being implemented by CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker to emphasize more original programming and less news. The strategy is being compared to MTV which long ago de-emphasized music videos and replaced it with reality programming.
Ling’s Our America on OWN is in its last season as she transitions to CNN.
Her documentaries on CNN will be part of a rotating group of shows which will air at 9pm Eastern Time after Erin Burnett Outfront at 7pm ET, followed by Anderson Cooper 360 at 8pm ET.
Other shows rotating into the 9pm hour include Mike Rowe’s Somebody’s Got to Do It, The Hunt with John Walsh and The Jesus Code.
A new news program, CNN Tonight, will air at 10pm with a group of rotating hosts.
You can find out more about all these shows on CNN.