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‘The Newsroom’ Ending After Third Season

The-Newsroom-HBO-The-112th-Congress-Episode-3-4-550x366The third season of “The Newsroom” will be its last, HBO announced this afternoon. The Aaron Sorkin series will begin production on its last season this spring and debut in the fall.

“The Newsroom” debuted in 2012 to mostly negative reviews. The second season followed the “News Night” staff as they reported (and then retracted) “Operation Genoa,” a fake story about a U.S. military operation that was inspired by a similar situation at CNN, “Operation Tailwind,” in the late 1990s.

A number of cable news personalities, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and S.E. Cupp, acted as consultants for season two.

Norah O’Donnell, Brianna Keilar Moderate Panels at Politico’s ‘Women Rule’ Event

A handful of television anchors and reporters participated this week in Politico’s “Women Rule” summit held in Washington, D.C. Norah O’Donnell and Nancy Cordes of CBS News, Katty Kay of the BBC and Brianna Keilar and S.E. Cupp of CNN all moderated panels at the event.

O’Donnell talked with Tory Burch and Jean Case about philanthropy, while Cordes moderated a panel on male-dominated fields with Carly Fiorina and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Kay’s panel was called “Turning Cliches into Dollars,” Keilar’s was “The New Network” and Cupp’s was “Making it Work: The New Balancing Act.”

The Monday Ticker: Brokaw, Pereira, ‘Crossfire’

  • Clear Channel has announced the launch of “An American Story,” a nationally syndicated radio program featuring NBC’s Tom Brokaw. “Radio is where I began and it’s good to add it once again to my television duties,” Brokaw said in a statement.

  • CNN’s “Crossfire” gets its first guest host in former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who will co-host with S.E. Cupp tonight.

Stephanie Cutter is Expecting

StephanieCutterTVNewser has learned “Crossfire” co-host Stephanie Cutter is expecting her first child. Cutter broke the news to the “Crossfire” staff this afternoon. Cutter, 44, is due in early March. She will return to the show following her maternity leave next spring.

Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election campaign, will be hosting tonight alongside S.E. Cupp. “Crossfire” returned to the CNN airwaves a month ago.

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.

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