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‘Anderson’ premieres: What did you think? (poll)

Anderson Cooper on the set of his new daytime talk show. (‘Anderson’ via Facebook.)

A tie-less Cooper told the audience of mostly women that he wanted to host “real conversations,” both heartbreaking and silly, with his viewers. For the first episode, he went with a sadder choice, interviewing the family of the late Amy Winehouse.

In their first sit-down since the singer’s death, Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janice, cried as they talked about their daughter’s talent. Cooper talked about his brother’s suicide, adding a personal touch to the conversation.

(The Post’s Hank Stuever’s review of the premiere will be posted this evening.)

The week’s remaining episodes will focus more on the “silly and frivolous” side of the show, words used by the host himself to USA Today.

Tuesday’s episode will feature Kathy Griffin, Daniel Radcliffe, “Jersey Shore’s” Snooki, who Cooper has mocked several times on his CNN show, and giggle-inducer Gerard Depardieu via satellite. Other guests include adults who were abandoned as children, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and cast members from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Do you like Cooper’s new gig? Or do you long for the more serious side of the silver fox? Vote in our poll and let us know in the comments.


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