‘Crossfire’ To Air at 6:30, ‘AC360 Later’ To Become Permanent At 10 PM on CNN

By Alex Weprin 

CNN has officially scheduled the reboot of “Crossfire,” and has settled on a permanent program for the 10 PM slot.

As TVNewser reported last month, Wolf Blitzer will give up some time during the 6 PM hour to make room for “Crossfire,” which will air in a 30-minute format at 6:30 PM. In exchange, Blitzer will take over the 1 PM hour.

In addition, CNN will air “AC360 Later” at 10 PM nightly. The show is essentially a fine-tuned version of the panel editions of “AC360” that aired earlier this year. Anderson Cooper will lead the program, which “will feature a range of opinions and points-of-view from guests and newsmakers,” CNN says in a release. “The show will also include CNN correspondents, analysts and commentators plus a special guest each night.”


The new lineup debuts September 16th.

More information on the changes, below.

CNN to debut Crossfire, AC 360° Later on Monday, Sept. 16
Wolf Blitzer Adds Anchoring 1 p.m. Hour of CNN’s Newsroom to his Situation Room Role

CNN today announced that Crossfire, hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also, AC 360° Later, a new prime time program, will air Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

Crossfire, the classic debate program, will resemble the show’s original format withpassionate conversation and focus on topical events of the day. The daily, 30-minute program will feature two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum. In addition to the weekday show, the Crossfire co-hosts will appear across the network’s programming.

The centerpiece of AC 360° Later will be a provocative and informed panel conversation, focusing on the day’s news and events. The program will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will feature a range of opinions and points-of-view from guests and newsmakers. The show will also include CNN correspondents, analysts and commentators plus a special guest each night.

In addition to anchoring The Situation Room from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wolf Blitzer will add the 1 p.m. hour of Newsroom to his anchor responsibilities beginning Monday, Sept. 16.

Crossfire, which aired weeknights from 1982 to 2005, examined political and social issues in a televised debate. Conservative Pat Buchanan and liberal Tom Braden were the original hosts of the program, but over the years Crossfire featuredvarious hosts from the right and from the left, including Robert Novak, Tucker Carlson, James Carville and Paul Begala. Guests on the program were frequently top lawmakers from across the political spectrum, but also included an eclectic mix of other personalities: Bob Hope, Rupert Murdoch, Charlton Heston, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Rush Limbaugh, Christopher Reeves, Arianna Huffington and Howard Cosell. As the preeminent political talk program, Crossfire cemented its status in the political and cultural lexicon when President Bill Clinton joked during hisremarks at the 1997 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner that the newly opened Newseum featured an exhibit with “CNN’s very first Crossfire– from the left, Alexander Hamilton, from the right, Aaron Burr, topic, gun control.”

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