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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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The New CNN ‘Crossfire’ Cast, Together For The First Time

On “Piers Morgan Live,” the channel decided to preview the return of “Crossfire” by bringing the four cast members together for the first time on-air. Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, S.E. Cupp and Stephanie Cutter individually appeared on a few CNN programs yesterday, but they only appeared together on “PML.”

They talked Supreme Court rulings and the Texas abortion filibuster.

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CNN Lays Off Some Staff In DC

CNN has quietly laid off a handful of staffers in its Washington DC bureau.

We hear that most of the departures were senior level producers and staff, many on specific beats like the White House, national security and the Department of Justice, and who had been with the channel for a long time. The departures are said to be related to a realignment of resources, and re-designing of some of the production roles.

To that end, CNN is not expected to reduce headcount. Rather, it will be posting a number of new job listings for roles in the bureau. Reading between the lines: staffers who had been at the channel for a long time are departing in favor of younger, less expensive staff.

“The network just sent a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge and people with good sources and contacts out the door,” a CNN source says. “This will definitely impact CNN’s coverage when it comes to being out front on certain types of stories.”

In addition to staffers that were laid off, some other senior level staffers opted to depart the company on their own over the last month or so, another source says.

Earlier today CNN announced that it would be reviving “Crossfire,” the political debate show that was canceled back in 2005. With the addition of “Crossfire,” CNN will be adding Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp to its political talent roster in DC.

Yesterday, CNN shuttered its CNN Radio unit and laid off the staff there. CNN Radio was responsible for creating long-form audio content for the channel’s digital platforms.

CNN Taps S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter For ‘Crossfire’

CNN has made it official: “Crossfire” will be returning to the channel this Fall.

CNN is poaching S.E. Cupp from MSNBC’s “The Cycle” to represent the right side of the table, alongside former House Speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich. Obama campaign consultant Stephanie Cutter and former White House advisor Van Jones will represent the left side of the table.

The four hosts will also contribute to CNN election and political programming.

“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum.  Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”

“We thank S.E. for her great work on MSNBC over the past year and wish her all the best with future opportunities,” an MSNBC spokesperson says.

Cupp will continue to contribute to The Blaze, working out of its Washington DC bureau.

TVNewser first revealed that CNN was planning a revamp of the program back in April.

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Chris Matthews And Ashleigh Banfield Among ‘The Newsroom’ Paid Consultants

With season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom” right around the corner, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that HBO and Aaron Sorkin put together an all-star list of paid consultants to help make the show as “real” as possible.

Among the notable names: MSNBC host Chris Matthews (whose son Thomas Matthews is an actor on the show), CNN anchors Ashleigh Banfield and Natalie Allen (CNN is a sister network to HBO), MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp and Alex Wagner and former CNN and MSNBC president Rick Kaplan. The full list is here.

“I’ll be coming to you for everything from simple research questions to: ‘What kinds of conversations would there be about how to cover Trayvon Martin? Sandra Fluke? The contradictory stories about the circumstances under which Bin Laden was shot?’” he wrote in a lengthy welcome note to the group last fall.

THR also wrote a lengthy cover story about season two of “The Newsroom.” You can read it here.

MSNBC Names Ari Melber Co-Host of ‘The Cycle’

Ari Melber joins MSNBC’s 3pmET show “The Cycle” as a panelist.

Melber has been with MSNBC as a contributor since 2011. Melber joins S.E. Cupp, Krystal Ball and Touré on the program. He replaces Steve Kornacki, who is moving to weekends to anchor “Up.” Melber continues as a correspondent for “The Nation.”

More from MSNBC after the jump.

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