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Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter Set to Host ‘Crossfire’ Debut

Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter are the two hosts for the debut edition of “Crossfire” Monday night, CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist revealed on a conference call with reporters this afternoon. Van Jones and S.E. Cupp are slated to host on Tuesday.

The nightly program will feature two hosts and two guests each night. Each half-hour show will focus exclusively on one topic, which Feist said will give the show “a great deal more depth.”

“None of us are known for shying away from a good debate. But we’ll get beyond the talking points. We’ll get beyond the one-liners,” Cutter said. “We are debaters. We like to discuss the issues. At times, we may get fiery. But we’ll always get beyond the talking points and get to the heart of the matter.”

Look for more on the “Crossfire” debut from TVNewser columnist Gail Shister on Monday.

Van Jones Decided to do ‘Crossfire’ as a Tribute to his Dad

The publicity machine behind the revival of CNN’s “Crossfire” is in full swing. We shared Friday’s New York Times profile of Newt Gingrich with you yesterday. Meanwhile, the New York Daily news features one “Crossfire” host interviewing the other. S.E. Cupp, who would be “from the right” (assuming the new show, like the old one, uses that intro) interviews Van Jones, “from the left.”

S.E. Cupp: What made you decide to come back to D.C., albeit as a commuter, to do “Crossfire”?

Van Jones: I used to watch “Crossfire” with my dad. My father was a hardworking, Southern, black guy who had been a cop in the military — so he usually disagreed with both the liberals and the conservatives on the show. He didn’t think either side understood real life or the struggles of ordinary people. He died in 2008. In tribute to him, I hope to bring some of his kind of perspective to our program.

The Return Of Newt

The New York Times profiles new “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich. Gingrich, who will represent the “right” side of the political spectrum alongside S.E. Cupp, was a vocal critic of the media in recent years. Now he is once again a part of it.

Mr. Gingrich gleefully bashed “the media elite” as a candidate, but now he is unquestionably a member. “Yes,” he agreed. “And I hope to move it to the right.”

It was all quite calculated. “Particularly in a Republican primary, taking on the media immediately resonated with almost half the primary voters,” Mr. Gingrich said.

Gingrich, a former contributor to Fox News Channel, argues that the last iteration of “Crossfire” failed because it had become a “talking points yelling match.” He, like CNN, insists that the new version will be more intellectual, but retain the fun of the original concept.

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CNN Offers Another Taste of ‘Crossfire’

CNN continues to tease its upcoming “Crossfire” reboot on-air. The latest effort came on “The Situation Room” yesterday evening, where S.E. Cupp and Stephanie Cutter debated voter fraud laws. The debate got heated, and the pair ended up talking over one another for a good portion of the debate.

Wolf Blitzer materialized (literally, check around four minutes in) and tried to calm things down to no avail.

CNN Hires Former ABC News Political Director David Chalian For ‘Crossfire’

CNN has hired David Chalian to be supervising producer of the “Crossfire” revamp, according to tweets sent by network talent, including Wolf Blitzer.

Chalian is a TV veteran, having served as the political director for ABC News, and the political editor for the “PBS NewsHour.”

His hiring is not without controversy, however. Chalian was terminated by Yahoo! last year after an off-the-cuff comment he made about Mitt Romney and the GOP was caught on a hot microphone.

“They are happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian said in reference to Republicans, while his co-hosts chuckled.

At CNN, Chalian will work under EP Rebecca Kutler, and alongside hosts S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter.

HuffPost Live’s Abby Huntsman Joining MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’

MSNBC’s “The Cycle” is adding HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman as co-host. Huntsman announced the move on HuffPost Live this afternoon (see video below). She is effectively replacing S.E. Cupp, who left MSNBC to co-host CNN’s revamp of “Crossfire” last month.

Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman, who ran for the GOP nomination for President in the 2012 campaign. She is the second HuffPost Live host to depart this year. In May, Alicia Menendez announced that she would be departing to host her own show on Fusion, the new cable news channel from Univision and ABC News.

Ratings: HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Steady In Season Two Premiere

Season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom” returned to HBO Sunday night. The show that TV news staffers love to hate is back with an overarching plot surrounding a lawsuit, and Occupy Wall Street as the news item du jour. Dan Rather is once again reviewing the episodes for Gawker.

The season premiere drew 2.2 million viewers, with an additional 400,000 watching the replay later in the evening.

For comparison, the series debuted last June to 2.1 million viewers, with the season finale drawing 2.3 million viewers. In other words, “The Newsroom” looks to be picking up right where it left off.

Of course, HBO notes that last season a cumulative total of 7.1 million people watched each episode (HBO sees a lot of replays and on-demand viewing), so the numbers are slightly better than your typical cable drama.

“The Newsroom” relied on a number of high-profile consultants for season two, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and S.E. Cupp.

The PM Ticker: Bloomberg, TheBlaze, Faulkner

  • Bloomberg TV senior West Coast correspondent Jon Erlichman has moved to Los Angeles as part of the expansion of “Bloomberg West.” In his new role, Erlichman will cover the entertainment industry and track the ties between Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

  • Tara Olivia Setmayer has joined TheBlaze as a host of “Real News.” Setmayer joins Will Cain, Buck Sexton and Amy Holmes on the program, replacing S.E. Cupp, who is moving to Washington D.C. Cupp will continue to contribute to TheBlaze as she joins CNN to host “Crossfire.”

CNN Taps Rebecca Kutler As ‘Crossfire’ EP

CNN has tapped Rebecca Kutler to be the executive producer of the revamped “Crossfire,” which will launch later this Fall.

Kutler is a CNN veteran, having served previously as a senior producer and an executive producer for the channel’s morning, weekday and primetime programming, including a stint as EP of “John King USA.” She also worked as a producer on the most recent election and inauguration coverage, and previously served as press secretary to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

“Rebecca brings to Crossfire extensive experience producing political programs and also years of experience on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staffer,” wrote CNN DC bureau chief Sam Feist and CNN director of DC programming Eric Sherling in an email to staff. “Rebecca’s passion for news, politics, and great debate make her the perfect choice for this role.”

Their email to staff is after the jump.

CNN formally announced the revamped “Crossfire” last month, which will be co-hosted by S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter.

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S.E. Cupp Says Goodbye To ‘The Cycle’

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp is leaving MSNBC’s 3 PM panel show “The Cycle” to become a co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” revamp.

Cupp is the second of the original co-hosts top depart the program in the year or so since it launched. Steve Kornacki left earlier this year to take over the weekend program “Up.” The program is a bit-short-staffed at the moment, with another panelist, Krystal Ball, on maternity leave. No word ion who will be replacing Cupp full-time on the program just yet.

This afternoon, “The Cycle” wished her farewell with–what else–a clip reel.

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