Former NBCer Kasie Hunt pops up filling in for Brianna Keiler on ‘New Day’

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Former NBC correspondent and anchor Kasie Hunt is filling in for Brianna Keiler on CNN’s “New Day” the week of Jan. 17, 2021.

At the top of Monday, Jan. 17, 2022’s show, co-anchor John Berman noted that Kieler is “working nights this week” as he introduced Hunt.

Kieler, meanwhile, is hosting a limited series called “Democracy in Peril” that is airing at 9 p.m. eastern, the former timeslot of “Cuomo Prime Time.”

That show is scheduled to air Jan. 17, 18, 19 and 21, 2022. Jan. 20, 2022 will feature another hour of “Anderson Cooper 360,” which will also continue into next week, according to the network’s published listings.

Currently “CNN Tonight,” the show CNN slid into the timeslot after it fired Chris Cuomo, is scheduled to return Jan. 31, 2022, according to listing data, but that could change over the coming weeks.

Cuomo’s firing left CNN in a precarious position of losing one of its top rated shows at a key time period in cable news. Since Cuomo’s departure a series of fill in hosts have been anchoring.

The network has yet to announce any longterm plans for the 9 p.m. hour.

The network has given no indication it intendeds to move Keiler there permanently, though it’s hard to deny that any of the hosts filling that hour are likely, at least to some degree, being “auditioned” as a possible replacement.

Keiler joined “New Day” in 2021 after Alisyn Camerota was moved to afternoons.

While CNN management reportedly had high hopes for her on “New Day,” even introducing a reformatted version of the show with her debut, the show hasn’t seen a notable uptick in the ratings.

Keiler is also still based in Washington, D.C., and has been “split anchoring” the show from there many days — with Berman back in New York, though that could be, at least in part, an effort to cut down on travel during the pandemic.

Likewise, the network hasn’t given any sign that Hunt could be assigned to “New Day” permanently. She was lured away from NBC in 2021 and is slated to be a Washington, D.C. based correspondent and anchor a daily show on politics for the upcoming streamer CNN+.

CNN hasn’t announced a schedule for CNN+.