CNN canceling 'In the Arena'; 'AC 360' shifting to 8 p.m.
July 6th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

CNN canceling 'In the Arena'; 'AC 360' shifting to 8 p.m.

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)

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  1. Stampede of Blind Snakes

    Blahbitty, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, no one cares.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Ugghhhh! How dare you!? You have no idea how much Eliot contributed to humanity! Without him corporate america would be robbing us blind and the Republicans would impose slavery again. You make me so mad I could spit!

      July 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tiffany

    Good

    July 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Good? Good?!!

      Do you even know what the show was about? Did you ever watch it sincerely? Or even understand it? Mr. Spitzer was a fantastic Attorney General of NY, wonderful Governor of NY (despite his personal mistakes) and an awesome host on CNN. Despite his personal short-comings, he is really a man of the people and is trying to make US a better place.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dont turn around

      Yes good. Lol.. Look at how upset you get over a talking head that really has no impact on your life. Calm down.. Go outside. Hug and kiss your wife or children. Life will go on.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jim

    Why punish him. This guy didnt kill any children like that murderer casey anthony.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Black Panther

    @jim: You crakaz always make me laugh. We're setting the bar at not killing children now? Lol

    July 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stu

    CNN has made a terrible decision. This was one of the few bright spots on this news station. They are going from thought provoking news commentary and interviews to the typical bland news that has been typical of this network. Too bad, this gives me one more reason not to watch cnn.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Typical dumb decision by executives that have run CNN into the ground. Now I have no reason to watch CNN. Anderson Cooper – are you kidding me!! Maybe he'll wear a tighter tshirt @ 8pm. Hang in there Elliot, i'm sure another network will capitalize on CNNs incompetence.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Sorry to hear such an intelligent view will be taken off the air. Hoping there will be another role in which Mr. Spitzer can enlighten us.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jake

    Casey Anthony is a murdering psychopathiic b!tch. Jose Baez is pure skuum.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cathy oneill

    I'm very disappointed. I enjoyed his ability to take on the rich heavyweights. What's the matter with you? He's 10x more knowledgeable than your other commentators.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deepti

      II agree. He is far more knowledgeable and had quite a bit to offer. Hopefully CNN can give him another role in which he can shine...he's already paid for his mistakes, leave him be.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mtulu Shabazz Shakur Abdul

      @Cathy: I bet if you check his net worth you will find he is a rich heavyweight. Politicians and journalists see dollar signs just like corporate CEOs do, but they are very good at maintaining the illusion that they care about us.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cathy

    I'm very disappointed. I enjoyed his ability to take on the rich heavyweights. What's the matter with you? He's 10x more knowledgeable than your other commentators

    July 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hctib

    *Yawn*

    July 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      hctib, did you ever even watch the show? You probably don't even know what "In the Arena" was about.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mtulu Shabazz Shakur Abdul

    @Dan: Step off. The media serpent is just as guilty as anyone in this country for the problems we face.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Laid off american

    I wonder where that camera behind Spitzer was made? CNN cares about us alright..

    July 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Deldol

    Amazing how many folks had the courage to admit they watched and enjoyed Eliot. His intelligent pursuit of the truth and his consistent courtesy in his listening carefully to his guests set a new standard for those ho-hum news programs constantly on the air. Maybe Obama will grab him for a job in his administration. He could use some intelligent input.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Guess where Pedros fingers been.

    Boring. Bored.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Accountant

    @Deldol: I'm counting 3 or 4 on here who are courageous enough to admit they watched the show. The rest of comments here are making fun of it. Lol Yay! Victory for you!

    July 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Will Poop For Food

    @David: Spitting isnt very mad. How about you make me so mad I could poop my pants. Now thats mad.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Lol, that is what babies do, poop for food...Lol

      July 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
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