If you turned on CNN at three o’clock this morning, you might’ve thought for a moment your cable lineup had undergone some kind of dead-of-night lineup adjustment. There, instead of a live international news simulcast of CNN International, was a years-old repeat of Forensic Files, the syrupy true-crime strip that runs seemingly continuously on CNN’s sister network HLN (and was, in fact, also running at 3 a.m. ET on HLN–a twofer for folks who maybe don’t want dull “news”).
Alas, the only change was CNN’s schedule, which cut the overnight CNN International simulcast to one hour, at 1 a.m. ET. From 2- 4 a.m. ET, it’s four back-to-back-to-back-to-back episodes of Forensic Files–a show old enough most of its episodes air in 4-by-3.
So if you were counting on CNN for live coverage of world news, you had to look elsewhere. If,