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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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'Teen Mom 2' Star Arrested, Salma Hayek Developing 'Wicked' Miniseries and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 10th 2011 2:30PM
Jenelle, Teen Mom 2Another week, another 'Teen Mom' in legal trouble.

According to the Daily Mail, 'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans was arrested in October for drug possession and breaking and entering. Evans and her boyfriend allegedly broke into a vacant home and were caught with marajuana and a metal pipe. The couple are due in court today.

The paper also reported that former '16 and Pregnant' star Evans signed over primary custody of her son to her mother in June. Promos for the upcoming 'Teen Mom 2,' which premieres tonight, show Evans' mother threatening to sue for custody.

In other TV news ...

Salma Hayek is developing a 'Wicked' miniseries. The program will be based on the bestselling book, 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' and not the popular musical. [Entertainment Weekly]

Piers Morgan has some big name guests lined up after Oprah appears on the first episode of his new CNN show. Other early guests on 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' which premieres next week, will be Howard Stern, Condoleezza Rice, Ricky Gervais, George Clooney, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Kid Rock, Rod Stewart, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, and Donald and Melania Trump. [NY Mag]

David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' series is a no-go. Bad timing and an expensive licensing fee are reportedly to blame. [Deadline]

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Alec Baldwin Wants to Serve His Country -- By Running for Office (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 6th 2011 6:30PM
During an interview with Eliot Spitzer on 'Parker Spitzer' (weekdays, 8PM ET on CNN), Alec Baldwin expressed an interest in running for elected office. When pressed by Spitzer as to why he'd give up acting to become a politician, Baldwin stated it was his desire to serve his country.

"I can't go to Iraq. I can't go to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy and train to be a fighter pilot and drop bombs on Pakistan. If I could I might, if I thought it was the answer. I want to serve my country and the only way at the age of 52 years old I can serve my country now (is to run for office.)"

On behalf of all Americans (and also the people of Pakistan, apparently) we'd like to tell Baldwin he already served his country plenty that time he bravely hunted the Red October.

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Alec Baldwin Is 'Very Interested' in Running for Office (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 5th 2011 11:30AM
Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin has long been known for his political activism -- but now he might finally be ready to run for office himself.

In an interview scheduled to air on tonight's episode of 'Parker Spitzer,' the '30 Rock' star said running for office is "something that I'm very, very interested in."

While Baldwin stressed that he didn't want to be viewed as anti-elitist, he said, "People want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class ... would like to seek public office. ... We need people who ... really have not lost sight of what the middle class in this country needs."

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Stephen A. Smith Doesn't Want Black Voters to Blindly Support Democrats (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 22nd 2010 11:08PM
Appearing on 'Parker Spitzer' (weekdays 8PM ET on CNN), radio host Stephen A. Smith expressed his belief that Democrats have been "taking the black vote for granted."

"We (as black people) don't sit back and say 'you know what, I'm not just going to give my vote to the Democratic party.' I want to stand by as an individual, with individual opinions, I want to see what you're offering, if you're the Republican party. I want to see what you're offering as the Democratic party, and I want to gauge what's in my best interest. The black community has not done that for decades."

After Smith explained his position, Eliot Spitzer wondered if Smith would actually consider a Republican over Barack Obama in 2012

"I would strongly, strongly consider Mitt Romney, for one reason and one reason only: The man knows how to make money."

Did Smith just come up with Romney's 2012 campaign slogan? We think he may have.

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Bobby Jindal Reflects Upon His Disastrous State of the Union Response (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 17th 2010 4:42PM
Bobby Jindal was the next big thing in the Republican party -- the GOP's answer to Barack Obama -- until his universally panned response to Obama's State of the Union address in February 2009 dimmed the Louisiana governor's star.

To add insult to injury, many likened the goofy, boyish enthusiasm that Jindal projected during his national debut to the Kenneth the Page character on '30 Rock.'

During Jindal's appearance on 'Parker Spitzer' (weekdays 8PM ET on CNN), he talked about his disastrous speech.

"You're going to replay this, this is awful," Jindal said good-naturedly, after Parker told him she was going to play a clip from the response.

"Let me take responsibility -- it's so easy to blame others, blame consultants, blame advisers -- I delivered the speech, it's my fault, clearly it was awful," he stated.

Jindal also told Parker he has ruled out a 2012 run for president. He did leave the door open for 2016 when, presumably, Kenneth the Page will have a less prominent place in our national consciousness.

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Medal of Honor Winner Sal Giunta: 'It's Very Bittersweet' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 11th 2010 5:16PM
On Tuesday, Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta will be awarded the Medal of Honor, making him the first living recipient of the decoration since the Vietnam war.

Giunta is being honored for his actions in Afghanistan in 2007, when he rushed into the teeth of a Taliban ambush to rescue his sergeant, Josh Brennen, who had been severely injured and was being dragged away by enemy combatants.

Although Giunta was able to pull Brennen out of harm's way, Brennen sadly died six hours later. The unit's medic, Hugo Mendoza, was also killed in the firefight.

On 'Parker Spitzer' (Weekdays 8 PM ET on CNN) Giunta spoke of his mixed feelings about getting the Medal of Honor.

"I think about it, and it hurts. But to say it out loud makes it that much more real. . . I know it's real, but sometimes I can trick myself and just not think about it for a while."

"It's very bittersweet, it's such a huge honor. It's a great thing," Giunta said of winning the Medal of Honor. "But it is a great thing that has come with such a personal loss to myself and so many other families."

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Aaron Sorkin Channels Bill Maher, Almost Word For Word, on 'Parker Spitzer' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 5th 2010 2:30PM
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was a guest on the series premiere of 'Parker Spitzer' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on CNN), and he had nothing nice to say about Sarah Palin, who he bluntly called an "idiot." As for the Republicans, he had this to say:

"The Democrats may have moved into the center, but the Republicans have moved into a mental institution."

This piece of political red meat struck us as awfully similar to something Bill Maher said last Thursday when he was on 'The O'Reilly Factor.'

"The left moved to the center and the right moved into a mental institution," Maher had told O'Reilly.

Hmm, maybe not as embarrassing as wearing the same dress on the red carpet, but it looks like two Hollywood liberals have been caught shopping at the same talking points store.

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'Parker Spitzer' Promo Makes The 'Red Eye' Crew Laugh (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 8th 2010 7:45PM
On "Red Eye' (weekdays, 3AM ET on Fox News), the crew had some fun with the new promos for the upcoming CNN show 'Parker Spitzer.'

In the promo, disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer (who was involved in a prostitution scandal) and columnist Kathleen Parker discuss what the show should be called, finally settling on 'Parker Spitzer.'

"The show sounds like a euphemism," Bill Schultz joked. "'Oh man, why you limping? 'I just got Parker Spitzered last night ... cost me a whole week's salary, but it was worth it."

"You hear about Parker Spitzer on a website from Germany," host Greg Gutfeld added.

Then Gutfeld asked comedian Greg Proops if he thought the show would be a success.

"We're we supposed to see that, or was that found footage that they weren't supposed to show the public?" Proops, who clearly doesn't think the show will be a success, wondered

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