Parker Spitzer on CNNTo say Parker Spitzer, CNN's new prime-time show starring former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative writer Kathleen Parker, failed to win over critics from the start understates the matter. Go here or here for a survey of the reviews, which mostly focus on the forced chemistry between the two hosts and the jarring lack of flow between segments.

Of course, the critical response would be irrelevant if the show were attracting viewers, but at least on its first night, it didn't.

CNN, of course, says it's happy with the show and confident in its prospects, but there's reason to think the network is already quietly lining up the fire trucks next to the runway in expectation of a flameout. The major reason is the dismissal, two weeks ago, of network President Jonathan Klein who developed Parker Spitzer and also recruited British TV interviewer Piers Morgan to succeed Larry King.

Another Swing and Another Miss

I noted that the timing of Klein's ouster, coming before his newest shows had a chance to prove themselves, was curious, but CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton had an explanation: "We felt it was important to go ahead and make the move before we launched the new programs because we felt it was important not to have any disruption once the programs were on the air nor any seeming of dissatisfaction with the programs."

Maybe. Or maybe, once Parker Spitzer went from concept to execution and Walton got his first look at the result in the days leading up to the launch, it became glaringly obvious that Klein had swung and missed yet again and it was past time to give someone else a shot. After all, the two hosts were chosen and announced without so much as a screen test being performed.

That's just a guess. Here's another one: It will be weeks, not months, before Klein's replacement, Ken Jautz, makes a significant change to Parker Spitzer's format. Several critics have said the dual-host thing is awkward and that Spitzer, the bigger name of the two, might fare better with a show of his own. (MSNBC's Morning Joe, which seems to be the loose model for Parker Spitzer, is built around a similar dyad, but it's clearly Joe Scarborough's show.) Don't be surprised if that's the direction Jautz takes it.

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This show, "Parker & Spitzer", has at least as much chance as many 'flat' shows that CNN has had; including Campbell Brown, Glenn Beck, and Gretta Van Susterin. Elliot Spitzer is the greatest fighter against organized crime in the 21st Century; not-withstanding a bad time under scrutiny when the economy (and therfore his prowess) Tanked.

October 11 2010 at 5:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Ummm yeah..... thats stuff you said and the HOOKERS LOL Liberal IDIOTS

January 25 2011 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Only at CNN is being a liberal that gets caught banging hookers the right qualifacations to land a comentators job. Frankly, Ashley Dupree would probably more interesting and she works by the hour.

October 07 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I've watched a couple of shows...not bad, and although I don't like Spitzer, I found Spitzer and Parker fairly engaging (at least for CNN). I liked how they 'speared' a few of the liberal 'sacred cows'...-now that's what I think these so called journalist are really whining about. They want all of CNN to have the 'progressive' agenda. -For the most part, I stopped watching when they forced out Dobbs.

October 07 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


October 07 2010 at 4:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What a shock! CNN is in desparation mode.

October 07 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

spitzer comes across as a gigling school girl who cant wait to interupt his guest and laugh like a hyena at anything he percieves as remotly provocotive. the woman stupid as she seems, would have been acceptable if she was at least young and beautiful. I guess what I really wonder is why would anyone at CNN think another arrogant self absorbed prostitute loving attorney would appeal to any audience at all??

October 07 2010 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe giving a prime time platform to a disgraced felon doesnt sit well with the viewing public...?? Naw....It couldnt be that...

October 07 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Whichever composite of sages decided to abort Rick Sanchez' position, on the basis of a few questionably tasteless remarks, need to examine their motivations, and implore him to come back. He was an exhilerating presence, despite his OCCASIONAL youthful intemperate reactions to some non- issues. have we become too fearful of seemingly innocuous comments to keep the brainy ones on the air? first, Campbell Brown..... NOW RICK , WHAT GIVES!!!!

October 07 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

who is this world could/would care what Eliot Spitzer thinks?

October 07 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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October 07 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I use to like CNN, but anymore it is nothing but an advertizing agent. To many comercials and not enough important news. Ex-Governor Spitzer is nothing but an amoral bum. I wonder what Lou Dobbs thinks about his old station now?

October 07 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply