All 29 of the group’s stations will carry the quarterly primetime Edge with Carlos Watson. The first episode airs March 15 and will include Hillary Clinton, Jeff Gordon and Sean Combs among the guests talking to the former CNN analyst.
Hearst-Argyle Television today announced that it will debut a series of specials hosted by Carlos Watson.
The program, carrying the working title The Edge with Carlos Watson, will feature on-location, unscripted conversations with “intriguing figures in entertainment, sports and politics.” Beginning March 15, the first of four quarterly episodes of The Edge will appear in primetime slots on all 29 Hearst-Argyle television stations. The others will follow in June, September and December windows. Guests for the premiere episode include Senator Hillary Clinton, Sean “Diddy” Combs, inspirational Olympic silver medalist Bonnie St. John and NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.
The show will not run on the same day and time on all 29 stations; each will choose its own day and time, depending on what is available regarding network avails.
Watson is former political analyst and host on CNN. For three years Watson provided political commentary on CNN, appearing alongside Wolf Blitzer and Larry King for events such as CNN’s 2004 presidential election night coverage. He’s also had a primetime show on CNN, specials on CNBC and appeared on BET’s Meet the Faith.
Hearst-Argyle has partnered with Watson’s independent production company to develop the specials.
“Carlos has already proven his mettle as a television host,” said Emerson Coleman, Hearst-Argyle vice president, programming. “Our stations are giving this show significant promotion and highly visible evening time periods in 2007. Our intent is to grow and develop this franchise with an eye toward bigger opportunities in 2008 and beyond.”
An alumnus of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, Watson co-founded his own educational company before embarking on a television career. In 2002 Watson sold Achieva College Prep Services to Washington Post Company, and in 2006 became joint owner of the championship soccer team DC United. Watson has worked for Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez, U.S. Senator Bob Graham of Florida, and Florida Representative Daryl Jones.