*HLN will try to replicate the ratings bonanza of its near-constant coverage of the high-profile Casey Anthony trial when opening arguments begin next week for the man accused of causing Michael Jackson’s death.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, all of HLN’s shows, starting at 6 a.m. with the “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and continuing through to 11 p.m. on “Showbiz Tonight,” will feature programming on the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, which is set to begin on Sept. 27.
Nancy Grace, who became very emotionally involved in the Casey Anthony case, will be “delivering up-to-the-minute details of the trial’s twists and turns,” during her hour-long block, says the network’s press release.
“The Joy Behar Show” will be focusing on Jackson’s life and his complicated family dynamic, while Dr. Drew Pinksy will be tasked with “demystifying why players at the heart of this story do what they do.”
As a run-up to the programming push, HLN will debut its two-part documentary “The Death of Michael Jackson: Dr. Conrad Murray on Trial,” hosted by Grace, Saturday Sept. 24 at 9 p.m.
The network had its highest-rated month ever in June, topping MSNBC in both primetime and total day numbers and also beat Fox News during their 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. blocks when most of the trial’s testimony occurred.