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. gjjudson

    What a tragedy. A truly thoughtful, intelligent, culturally rich program canceled–and replaced with 'entertainment'. What a tradegy. A faithful viewer who will be looking for another network for thoughtful news analysis.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gwendolyn Rogers

    CNN has ceased to be a news channel – it's entertainment all the way!!!! Do you really think that thoughtful people want to listen to the likes of Anderson Cooper all evening – give me a break. I remember a day when CNN broke the news and carried the most up to date info -what happened? I guess you want to leave the factual (ha) news reporting to FOX! Where the hell is your integrity – Ted Turner must be kicking himself in the ASS to have sold out to ENTERTAINMENT!

    July 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris Kringle

    Cancel the disgrace on Headline News Nancy Grace!!!! Oh I forgot that is a money maker for you no matter how low the show stoops for ratings!!!

    July 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sue lenox

    What is CNN thinking
    Eliot spitzer is brilliant and his view point always worth listening to
    please do not be tempted to play to the lowest common denominator
    we need intelligent television, firing mr spitzer is a bad weakly conceived idea

    July 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Randall Rodd

    Thank God! He was awful! His questions were delivered in a "machine gun monotone" style with that New Yawk accent...yuck...and the fact that he was a lying cheater, ex Governor never sat well with me!

    Now that CNN is regearing...please...GET RID OF CHRISTINE ROMANS and ALi VELSHI in the morning! No one wants to listen to the three of them yelling and screaming over each other....during the morning breakfast time. Keep Chetry, but give her one person to work with...John Roberts loss is still felt today.

    And please also while cleaning house get rid of Kyra Phillips...if she laughs through one more story...with that silly teenage giggle I think I will barf. Now I turn on MSNBC until AM Morning and Kyra Phillips are off...and that other "bore-meister" Carol Costello is too condescending for TV. She has a very imperious delivery that is terrible. CNN has really fallen on hard times. And finally, Piers Morgan? Puh leaze! He is terrible. Should have put AC in that role..

    Does CNN watch their own programs? Do you think we will gobble up whatever and whoever you put out there? It worked in 1980, but no more!!!

    July 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Whatndaworld

    Its about time. I have been against the show from its inception. Spitzer has an image problem, period. Now you're going to drag my boy Cooper into the 8p slot. You should have hired Couric. Her name recognition alone would have guaranteed at least 1 million viewers daily.

    July 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MichelleG

    CNN, please cancel Nancy Grace and Jane Velez Mitchell. Your news station is turning into trash TV and you are losing credibility with these two screamers.

    Stop asking viewers to vote for which important news story they would would to see, stop with all of the annoying graphics, and enough with the touch screen images. Please hire journalists who actually like to investigate news stories and give unbiased opinions. Enough of the nonsense. Please review your tapes from the 1980s and relearn how a news station should function.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nancy Deen

    Listened to show a couple times. Wasn't that interested. Please though, enough of the "shock and awful" journalism. I think yall may have drank too much tabloid koolaid.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Susan

    I am disappointed. I agree with those who see that Eliot is a very bright man, and does his research before airing a story. Bring him back in another capacity. However, please don't pair him up again. Difficult for others to keep up, and it is sooo obvious it hurts.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. JakeWH

    Dear Mr Jautz,

    While you are in a cancelling programs mode....cancel Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell. If you don't, your Board of Directors may just fire YOU for being a dunce who's programming choices are sinking a once great NEWS network. You are rapidly becoming the "National Enquirer" of broadcast news. Fix it quickly.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Grace Twins

    our mother is never home! She gives us bowl haircuts,and blames our beatings on dad or any man.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Christopher

    What a loss. A personal tragedy, as I made sure to tune in every day. I thought they were finally going to give him the entire show and cut that Hill bimbo loose.

    CNN needs to get a clue. All these changes only broadcast desperation. Sometimes you just have to stick with excellence, even if it doesn't bring in the big ratings. Reputation counts for something. Spitzer is a national treasure.

    Meanwhile bimbos like Whitfield and Lemon carry on. Morgan and King are great soporifics.

    Who's next–Zakaria?

    CNN has become a purveyor of infotainment. Period. All that crap with viewers voting and texting in their opinions. Is there no end to the dumbing-down?

    July 7, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. lostto

    I can't believe CNN is cancelling the one and only thought-provoking, intelectual show to be found on cable news. His questioning was rapid-fire, but extremely incisive (unsurprising, given his background), and his storylines and guests were really interesting. I should have known if there was something worth watching it'd be cancelled...our entertainews culture is seriously dumbing-down the US...back to dry old PBS for me (but at least mercifully free of the gimmicks and entertainment!)

    July 7, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Blu Jean

    So, CNN goes with Erin Burnett, what happened to looking to ad a show w/a non-white host? I mean really...

    July 7, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sean rich

    Glad to see spitZer off the air. Cannot believe CNN would put a man of his moral character on tv. Always happy to watch Anderson Cooper.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
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