CNN has announced it’s giving D.L. Hughley his own hourlong platform on the cable news network at 10 p.m. (Eastern) Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25, with repeats on Sundays. The show, as yet untitled, will tape before a live audience in New York City and feature Hughley and a panel of guests riffing on news, culture and issues of the day. (Variety) Essentially, it’ll be a lot like HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Hughley proved insightful and witty as a frequent guest on Maher’s show, and certainly has a kinder and more likeable persona than Maher, as well as a different racial and cultural background to draw upon, growing up African-American in Los Angeles, and being married with three kids. Hughley’s previous late-night talker effort on Comedy Central, Weekends at the D.L., featured him sitting with his friends talking on sofas and drinking red wine. I’ll certainly tune in to see how he does on CNN.