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CNN Cancels Eliot Spitzer's 'In the Arena,' Shifts Anderson Cooper's Timeslot

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 6th 2011 3:20PM
CNN cancels Eliot Spitzer's 'In the Arena.'CNN has canceled Eliot Spitzer's nightly news show 'In the Arena,' a move that the network announced today in conjunction with additional re-shuffling of their nightly lineup. Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned in disgrace after being caught in a prostitution scandal, used the show as a vehicle for a mainstream comeback, but it never took hold with viewers and consistently struggled for ratings. CNN had tried to re-tool the program, originally launched as 'Parker Spitzer' in the summer of 2010, but the numbers never picked up, and the network decided to cut their losses and move on.

Spitzer reflected on his brief run at CNN in a statement: "We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging. I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show's tenure."

The accompanying moves will shift 'Anderson Cooper 360' into Spitzer's 8PM slot. 'AC360' will also replay again at 10PM, its current time. 'The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer,' which had previously aired from 5-7PM, will move to 4-6, with 'John King USA' moving to 6, followed by Erin Burnett's as-yet-unnamed new show at 7PM. 'Piers Morgan Tonight' will remain in the 9PM slot.

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CNN's 'Parker Spitzer' Becomes 'In the Arena,' Kathleen Parker Out

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 25th 2011 3:30PM
Parker SpitzerCNN's 'Parker Spitzer' is losing one of its namesake hosts.

Confirming weeks of speculation (beginning with a Jan. 10 Wall Street Journal report), CNN vice president Ken Jautz announced today that journalist Kathleen Parker would leave the show, which has been renamed 'In the Arena.'

Jautz wrote in a memo to his staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that "Kathleen Parker has decided to leave the program to focus on her writing, and we have decided to take the show in a new direction."

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Eliot Spitzer Won't Shy Away From Covering Sex Scandals On His New Show (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 1st 2010 2:00PM
Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker promoted their new show 'Parker Spitzer,' which kicks off Monday on CNN, on 'Larry King Live' (weekdays, 9 PM ET CNN.)

Early in the interview, King addressed what many people are probably wondering about the show: will Spitzer, who resigned as Governor of New York after being caught using the service of prostitutes, be comfortable talking about political sex scandals?

"Sure," was Spitzer's blunt answer to this inquiry.

Then he elaborated:

"I have been forthright with the public. I have been very open about how I erred, how I failed, and I acted properly I think in response to it by resigning. So if it is a context where I have to pass judgment, I'll be able to say here's what I did and why."

Sounds like somebody is about to become CNN's new sex scandal expert.

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Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker to Co-Host New CNN Debate Show

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 23rd 2010 11:40AM
spitzer parker cnnFormer New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker are teaming up to co-host a new roundtable news show on CNN.

The still-untitled program will premiere this fall and air weeknights at 8PM ET, according to a CNN press release. The show, described as a "spirited, nightly roundtable discussion program" by CNN, will feature a panel of opinionated guests discussing the biggest news stories of the day.

"Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas -- presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country," CNN president Jon Klein said in a statement.

Spitzer says the show, which seems to feature a similar format to CNN's previous events debate show 'Crossfire,' looks to "advance the discussion of the defining issues of our time."

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Joy Behar Sings Her Eliot Spitzer Song on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 15th 2010 7:16AM
Joy Behar Sings Eliot Spitzer Song on 'Late Night'Joy Behar is not one to hold back her opinions. But she was especially vocal in her outrage over Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal two years ago.

Now she's written lyrics about his dalliances, to the tune of 'Gilligan's Island.' "You can't hear the whole song -- it's way too blue," said Behar on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). But she and host Jimmy Fallon sang a snippet:

"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a man named Spitz. By day he was working hard for us, at night he was renting tits, at night he was renting tits..." Check out the video for the next lines.

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Eliot Spitzer: Cable News' Next Big Thing?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 9th 2010 10:20AM
He's been fodder for late-night jokes and even helped inspire one of the TV season's biggest hits ('The Good Wife'). Now, is disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer about to become a legitimate TV star?

Or, as one media expert suggests, is he about to become a TV "car wreck" you just can't not watch?

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Valerie Bertinelli Gets Bleeped on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 4th 2010 2:30PM
On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), an impassioned Valerie Bertinelli weighed in on former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 after being linked to a high-priced prostitution service.

Bertinelli used a bit of colorful language while giving her opinion on Spitzer's infidelity, shocking Sherri Shepherd and earning a stunned look from Joy Behar.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Morning Joe's Joe should be back soon

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 3:40PM
Morning Joe SHave you been wondering where Joe Scarborough has been on Morning Joe the past few weeks? The titular star of the show has been off the air, missing all the doings with Senator Hillary Clinton suspending her campaign for president and Senator Obama Barack becoming the presumptive Democratic candidate.

For months and months of the primaries, Joe and the Morning Joe team were in the thick of it every morning ... and then Joe was gone.

Well, the reason for Scarborough's absence is due to a family illness. In May, Joe's wife Susan gave birth to their son Jack. Unfortunately, Jack wasn't due to arrive until August. He was severely premature, weighing just 2 lbs., 3 oz. He had to be kept at the hospital in an incubator and fattened up. As of this Monday, his weight was up to 4 lbs., 10 oz. and the doctors declared he was ready to go home.

Morning Joe regulars Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski went on the air Tuesday with the story and assured viewers that Joe will be back on camera soon. I wish the Scarboroughs well and hope baby Jack continues to thrive.

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Law and Order: Excalibur (season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted May 22nd 2008 12:32AM
L&O logo(S18E18) Oh, boy. Jack McCoy is up to his neck in trouble now. This Law and Order season finale -- number 18 -- was a maze-like story that started with a gold merchant being murdered, wound its way through high-class escort services, and landed at the desk of the governor of New York. Any resemblance between this story and the demise of real-life New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was completely on purpose.

In true Law and Order fashion, the part about the hookers and the Governor was ripped right from the headlines. Unlike reality, though, the fictional governor was even more slimey and reprehensible than Spitzer seemingly. I'll explain it all, and go into more details about how it comes to bear on the characters on L&O after the jump.

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Eight TV law firms that Eliot Spitzer may want to represent him

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 18th 2008 2:01PM

Should Eliot Spitzer choose Wolfram and Hart or another famous TV law firmUnless you've been in a coma over the last week (and if you have, I'm glad you're back) you probably know a little something about the troubles former New York governor Eliot Spitzer has been having. Not to go into to much detail, but it has something to do with an illegal prostitution ring, taking said prostitutes across state lines, and a little bit of money laundering. Hence, the reason he isn't "current" New York governor Eliot Spitzer anymore (at least as of noon on Monday).

To defend himself against these charges, Spitzer has hired a set of pretty powerful lawyers to help him put together a strong defense. But, will these purveyors of truth and justice be the ones who keep Governor Spitzer out of the pokey? I'm thinking not. In fact, I think Spitzer is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to the people who will defend him in court. What he should really be doing is visiting some of the high-profile television law firms that have been able to make a jury bawl in their seats over a serial killer's second amendment rights.

Here are but a few of the TV law firms the former governor should consider.

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