Piers Morgan is to open his new primetime US TV show with an hour-long Oprah Winfrey interview.

Piers’ new show on CNN premieres on January 17 in the US (January 18 in the UK), with Piers filling the slot formerly held by chat show legend Larry King.

The former Daily Mirror editor and Britain’s Got Talent judge said he interviewed Oprah in California this week for the debut.

Piers Morgan Tonight is a candid, in-depth, personality-driven interview programme screening on CNN International around the world.

Audiences in almost 200 countries will be able to watch each episode via the CNN website.

Piers’ interview with Oprah will be broadcast in the UK at 8pm on January 18. Piers Morgan Tonight will be repeated three times daily on CNN International, at 2am, 12noon and 8pm.