I'm not a heavy television-watcher or consumer of cable content and though I hear of it often have little experience with streaming media. When it comes to CNN content I usually wait for the 2 to 20 minute clips they post in their YouTube channel.
Recently checking in on Chris Wallace's situation after the future of his planned program Who's Talking to Chris Wallace was put in limbo after the cancellation of CNN+ (cf. Washington Post's April 25, 2022 Chris Wallace says he’s ‘going to be fine’ after CNN Plus shuttering) a quick search found several media news websites reporting that CNN without the "+" is moving forward with this shown. See for example Deadline's May 18, 2022 Chris Wallace Talk Show Headed To HBO Max And CNN Sunday Night Slot; New CNN Boss Chris Licht Vows To “Challenge” Cable News Norms, Disrupt Mornings – Upfronts
That a show will be on both CNN and HBO is already puzzling to me, but the second paragraph introduces a new term:
Speaking at the Warner Bros Discovery upfront, new CNN boss Chris Licht delivered his most expansive public comments since taking over from Jeff Zucker, promising a morning show “disruptor” and a challenge to cable news norms.
Licht also said Chris Wallace’s talk show, Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?, has gone back into production and will now stream on HBO Max and air Sunday nights on linear CNN. Wallace decamped from Fox News last year and resurfaced with the series on CNN+ but the abrupt unplugging of that new streaming outlet last month left the show briefly in limbo. Wallace was one of several high-priced hires who joined CNN as it ramped up CNN+. Before his 18 years at Fox, Wallace worked at ABC News and NBC News.
- Is it unusual for a TV show to be available both on a cable news channel like CNN and an unrelated streaming service like HBO?
- What exactly (if anything) does "linear CNN" mean?
Yes that's more than one question, but in this particular case they are so tightly coupled and refer to such similar information that I think it's likely that a single answer can address both.