Middle-of-Aisle “Parker Spitzer” Gets Middling Reviews

By Andrew Gauthier 

TVSpy

As is often the case in the world of cable news, what was once a big story has been overshadowed by new developments. And so it was on Tuesday for CNN’s new primetime hope “Parker Spitzer,” which debuted amid a top management change at the network and the dismissal of one of its most high-profile hosts.

New president Ken Jautz, renowned for his successful makeover of HLN, is obviously looking toward the future and the premiere of “Parker Spitzer” offered a glimpse of what that may be. Here’s a collection of critical reaction to the debut show…

The Baltimore Sun
“If a show host keeps telling you how smart his or her show is, it probably isn’t. And it’s annoying in a narcissistic kind of way for them to keep making the claim…” More…

The New York Times
“Cable news has become our version of 18th-century Australia–people who go there willingly do so to reinvent themselves in a rougher, less socially exacting landscape.” More…

Mediaite
“Spitzer and Parker are both compelling television personalities, and with that foundation the show has a great chance to ultimately succeed. But one major area of concern is the taped nature of the show. None of it is live…” More…

Daily News
On their debut show, Spitzer and Parker came off as slightly stiff pros who don’t yet quite know how to talk to each other. Spitzer in particular tended to jump into everyone else’s sentences, which was annoying, though not fatal. More…

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