CNN canceled "In the Arena," the prime-time CNN talk show hosted by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as part of a phased evening lineup shuffle, the network said Wednesday.
Starting August 8, CNN’s flagship news program "Anderson Cooper 360°" will move to Spitzer's 8 p.m. ET slot and will re-air at its current 10 p.m. position.
The shuffle’s second phase begins in the fall with the debut of a general news program with former CNBC anchor Erin Burnett. Her show, announced last month, will begin at 7 p.m. ET, moving “John King USA” to 6 p.m. and the two-hour “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” to 4 p.m.
Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/U.S., said CNN is talking with Spitzer about an alternative role.
“We thank him and the entire 'In the Arena' team for creating a program that moved many political and economic issues into the national spotlight,” Jautz said.
Spitzer, in a statement released Wednesday, said his show "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. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN," Spitzer said.
“Piers Morgan Tonight” will continue to be shown at 9 p.m. and midnight ET. Burnett’s new show will re-air at 11 p.m. ET.
“The new lineup showcases anchors who are experienced reporters in covering stories that span the globe,” Jautz said. “We created a nightly schedule that brings together the best of CNN’s journalism on a wide range of topics from politics and the economy to global and world events, as well the best newsmaker and celebrity interviews. This line-up ensures viewers access to the best of what CNN has to offer whenever they tune in at night.”
CNN fall schedule (All times Eastern):
– 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.: “American Morning”
– 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: “CNN Newsroom”
– 4 p.m.: “Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer”
– 6 p.m.: “John King, USA”
– 7 p.m.: Erin Burnett
– 8 p.m.: “Anderson Cooper 360°”
– 9 p.m.: “Piers Morgan Tonight”
– 10 p.m.: “AC 360” (re-air)
– 11 p.m.: Erin Burnett (re-air)
– Midnight: “Piers Morgan Tonight” (re-air)