Is CNN’s New Show a ‘Crossfire’ Redux?

By Andrew Gauthier 


In a move aimed at sparking a lackluster prime-time lineup, CNN today said it will introduce a new 8 p.m. weeknight show featuring former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative newspaper columnist Kathleen Parker.

The concept is reminiscent of CNN’s old “Crossfire” series, which let hosts including Bill Press, James Carville, Pat Buchanan, Geraldine Ferraro, Robert Novak and John Sununu take whacks at each other depending on their political stripe and lasted from 1982 to 2005. By its end, it had begun to lose ratings, and was even the target of an attack from comedian Jon Stewart, who used his appearance as a guest on the show to denounce political back-and-forth among the hosts as “partisan hackery.” More…