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‘Parker-Spitzer’ to Become ‘Spitzer’?

Posted on | February 26, 2011 | 15 Comments

The logical consequence of one of the worst programming decisions in the history of television news:

“Parker Spitzer,” CNN’s troubled prime-time talking-head program, is losing its Parker.
Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning opinion writer, will leave the ratings-deficient show after just four months, the network said Friday.
The program, which airs at 8 p.m. weeknights, will be replaced starting Monday by “In the Arena,” which CNN described as an “ensemble” program that will feature Eliot Spitzer, Parker’s co-host on “Parker Spitzer.” . . .
Parker writes an op-ed column for The Washington Post that is syndicated nationally and will leave to “focus on her writing,” CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz said in a face-saving staff memo released to the media. . . . .
“Parker Spitzer” has occasionally finished fourth in its timeslot behind Nancy Grace’s program on CNN’s HLN . . .
Perhaps worse, the program’s audience spiked during a week earlier this month when Parker was off the air. The program had its best weekly ratings in early February, fueled by interest in the crisis in Egypt, with Spitzer as solo host.

So CNN keeps Spitzer, but dumps Parker, evidently deciding that she was the problem, rather than the disgraced former New York governor.

And notice who isn’t getting fired: The CNN executives who came up with this retarded idea for a show.


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