Kerrie Mitchell
April 09, 2010 AT 10:30 PM EDT

Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesThe Hollywood Reporter has up a report that CNN’s Anderson Cooper is going to try out a live studio audience for two specials that could eventually lead to a new talk show. The news comes on the heels of recent reports that CNN’s prime-time audience has dropped by almost half since last year, with Cooper’s own 10 p.m. show’s ratings falling by 42 percent in the last quarter. Those stats, predictably, led to a flurry of articles and advice from various outlets about what the network should and shouldn’t be doing. I’ll wait to see the specials before I decide if this is a good move for Cooper, but I do appreciate the attempt to better showcase his talents. He has always offered an intriguing mix of celebrity and journalistic grit, and I feel like he’s the type of media figure people want to see succeed even if they’re not watching his show regularly. What do you think: Could a talk show shake things up for him?

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