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. Kamala Henley

    Why are all these shows hosted by white people when there are other people of color who are just as good? Wow. Disappointed in CNN.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Quit playing the race card. It is worn out! These shows need to lead by intelligent people, not people by race!

      July 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Redd Foxx

    @Kamala- It's racism!

    July 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      No, it is a matter of who is more qualified and intelligent. Quit hiding behind the race card!

      July 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Accountant

    @The Ugandan Head Hunter Kamala: I see your point, but let's look at it from a numbers perspective. 10-20% of the US population is African American, so 20% of CNN anchors should reflect that percentage if all the applicants are equal in education and experience. It's pretty bad when Fox gives more blacks a shot instead of CNN.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LibelFreeZone

    Now Ken Jautz needs to carry out the REAL trash. Piers Morgan said in a recent interview that he’s been reading tabloids since he was seven years old and has “always wanted to be a journalist.” The problem is, when one sucks news at an early age from the teat of shock headlines, one has no idea what real journalism is. Thus, Morgan has a repugnant history as first a reporter for and then the editor of three notorious British tabloids. Morgan calls himself a serious journalist, yet he spent over a decade lying, exaggerating and printing salacious rumors about the rich and famous at The Sun (1989–94), News of the World (1994–95), and the Daily Mirror (1995–04). Without a public acknowledgment–indeed, an apology for deceiving the public–I don't think he'll ever be able to wash the stink off himself from being mentored by Rupert Murdoch and Kelvin Mackenzie, both repulsive yellow journalists. Now he's trotting himself out as a quality but "dangerous" mainstream interviewer when he should be hunkering down to actually learn the ethics and skills of responsible journalists. Shame on CNN for hiring this disreputable and lame excuse for a journalist. It’s a sad day for journalism when Piers Morgan is considered “quality journalism.”

    July 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I agree. He is so disappointing and boring. Very much like British cuisine, "bland!" Most of his guests are less than interesting, anyway.

      July 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hctib

    Dan, I actually did, once, although I fell asleep. As many others did, I suspect, otherwise it wouldn't be CANCELLED!!!

    July 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    Just another talking head David...

    July 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Trollie McTrollenstein

    hctib makes a good point, dave.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Trollie McTrollenstein

    Or whatever your dumb name is.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hctib

    You're not stupid, Trollie...think Beatles records.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trollie McTrollenstein

    Not you, bi tch, Dan/Dave, or whoever you were talking to. I didnt read, I just agreed, ha ha ha.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. well because

    Because, Hamala, if there were any persons of color they couldn't be terminated as easily.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Soooo, very true, that it is disgusting!

      July 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony D

      Yeah, well tell that to NPR . They bounced Juan Williams, one of their best and most respected journalists. He wound up with a multi-million dollar contract that takes up 10 minutes of each day as the (only) voice of reason on Fox.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. w. smith

    I am extremely disappointed at CNN for canceling this powerful program, In The Arena. You're idiots...shame on you.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hctib

    That's what I thought, Trollie. Knew I shouldn't have posted that. How fun just to blurt stuff out and not have any knowledge of what you're owning up to...you just pick and choose places to jump in? Interesting......thanks.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. timwarren82

    Get rid of Nancy Grace.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Edwina Marks

    I WAS A DEVOTED FAN OF "IN THE ARENA" BECAUSE ELIOT SPITZER PRESENTED THE MOST INTELLIGENT PROGRAM ON TV - HIS GUESTS WERE BRILLIANT. OBVIOUSLY CNN IS CATERING TO A LOWER MENTALITY THAN I THOUGHT.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
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