"Sunday Morning" launches its 40th anniversary season

An artist's rendering of the new set for "Sunday Morning," debuting on the occasion of the #1 Sunday morning news program's 40th anniversary season. 

CBS News

CBS' "Sunday Morning," America's #1 Sunday morning news program, will launch its 40th anniversary season with a new set and an exciting lineup of stories that includes profiles of Shania Twain and J.K. Rowling, along with a look at the fall season in art, movies, books and music, on September 24.

The broadcast will mark the first reimaging of the signature set since the Emmy Award-winning "Sunday Morning" launched on January 28, 1979.

"The new set is evocative of the one viewers have come to love since the launch of the broadcast," said Executive Producer Rand Morrison. "The goal is to enhance the visual experience for our viewers, while not shocking them with dramatic changes. The colors are refreshed, the building materials updated, and we have a bit more flexibility in what we can do in the studio."

The previous set was dismantled and the new set constructed in place over the course of a week leading up to the season premiere. The new set (designed by Jack Morton Worldwide) is a round, multi-level creation that provides multiple positions for anchor Jane Pauley. Additional elements, such as thin tower video panels, will be added in the coming weeks.

In addition to profiles of country star Shania Twain by Lee Cowan and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling by Mark Phillips, the Sept. 24th broadcast will feature Susan Spencer's cover story on the trend in children being given unusual names; "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl's chat with bestselling author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett; David Edelstein's preview of the fall season in movies; Anna Werner's look at what's ahead in art; Serena Altschul's report on a museum filled with artifacts found by a sanitation engineer; and Tracy Smith's interview with Iain Armitage, star of the new CBS comedy, "Young Sheldon."

The Emmy Award-winning "CBS Sunday Morning," hosted by Jane Pauley, is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Executive producer is Rand Morrison.

Be sure to follow the program on Twitter (@CBSSunday), Facebook, Instagram (#CBSSundayMorning) and at cbssundaymorning.com. "Sunday Morning" also streams on CBSN beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET, and is available on cbs.com, CBS All Access, and On Demand. You can also listen to "Sunday Morning" audio podcasts at Play.it.