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‘Crossfire’ Missing, Again

Crossfire304x200For a show that was revived almost a year ago, CNN’s “Crossfire” doesn’t air all that much.

After an almost two-month absence beginning in early March, the political debate show returned in May only to be bumped from CNN’s lineup in mid-July following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

In that time, there’s been no shortage of meaty political stories: the Ferguson protests and subsequent debates on police and race; the growing threat of ISIS and President Obama’s military actions against them; and of course, the midterm elections now just two months away. During the show’s most recent hiatus, co-host Van Jones has appeared as a guest on CNN during the Ferguson protests, while S.E. Cupp filled in as a guest co-host on “The View.”

CNN tells us the show will be on hiatus “for a while more.” An extended hour of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” continues to run at 6pmET.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Liesman & Obama, Castiglia & CBS, Newt & the Root

  • He may have passed on Jimmy Kimmel, but President Obama will be sitting down with CNBC’s chief economics correspondent Steve Liesman tomorrow. The discussion will stick to money matters: taxes, minimum wage and the economy, among others.

  • Danna Castiglia has been named VP of Business Development for CBS News. A 17-year CBS veteran, Castiglia will manage business-related transactions within CBS News in this new position. Most recently, she served as CBS’s VP of Corporate Development.

Is ‘Crossfire’ Borrowing From Its Fox News, MSNBC Competitors?

Crossfire304x200CNN Commentary noticed “Crossfire” trying something new earlier this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the show had all four of its co-hosts hosting together without guests.

“It’s a very special night, we have all four of the co-hosts here tonight,” Van Jones said at the open of Monday’s show, the first time the four had hosted together in the show’s timeslot since it returned to CNN last year.

During its heyday in the 1990s, and since its return last year, the show’s format consisted of two co-hosts with different political ideologies debating, often inviting on two other guests who disagree to debate politics.

“Crossfire” experimenting with its four co-hosts on together is similar to what its cable competitors have done over the years. Fox News’ “The Five” premiered in 2011 with five co-hosts debating; MSNBC’s “The Cycle” debuted in 2012 with four co-hosts.

CNN tells us the four co-hosts will all host together again tonight, and the format change is all part of “Crossfire’s” ongoing experimentation.

S.E. Cupp: ‘Crossfire’ Plan Was Always to Take Breaks During Big Breaking News

SECuppDuring a “virtual debate” chat hosted on Shindig this afternoon, “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp suggested the shows 7-week hiatus during CNN’s near-nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was no big deal.

“We missed ‘Crossfire’ as much as everyone else did, but the plan when Crossfire came back was to take a break when big breaking news happens,” Cupp said, adding that the show isn’t built to debate topics like where the missing plane was during the height of the story.

Her co-host Van Jones, agreed.

“I felt good about it because it turns out our [CNN's] ratings doubled and tripled during that period, and it turns out we made a lot of money to dedicate to other stories,” Jones said during the video chat which was hosted by CNN.

The AM Ticker: Jones, Scarborough, Twitter

  • On the day of Twitter’s IPO, CNBC’s Julia Boorstin gets an interview with the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo. Watch it after the jump. Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang also interviewed Costolo from the NYSE.

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Here’s What the Broadcast and Cable Networks Have Planned For Election Day

fox news election coverageHere’s what the cable and broadcast networks have planned for tonight’s Election Day coverage:

Fox News: Bret Baier will anchor live cut-ins with election results during normal primetime programming. Carl Cameron will be live from Virginia and Eric Shawn will cover the races in New Jersey and New York. Additionally, the network will have a live webcast anchored by Jonathan Hunt from 7-8:15pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer and John King will provide election updates during primetime. Jake Tapper, who is spending the day with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, will host a special at 11pmET. Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will host a special edition of “Crossfire” at 11:30pmET.

MSNBC: The network will cover the election on its regular primetime shows. Chris Hayes will host a live update at 11pmET.

ABC News: The network will cover the election on its regular newscasts, including “GMA” and “World News.” ABC will have coverage and analysis of the races online and will live-stream victory and concession speeches at ABCNews.com/live.

CBS News: The network plans to cover the races during its newscasts, with analysis and live coverage throughout the evening on CBSNews.com.

NBC News: “Nightly News” will update later feeds of the newscast as results come in and will feature extended coverage and analysis on NBCNews.com.

Fox Business: Neil Cavuto will anchor a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8pmET and a special report starting at 9pmET. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be live at 10pmET.

Fusion: Special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” will air on Fusion at 5pmET and live at 8pmET.  Ramos will be joined by Fusion host Alicia Menendez, ABC News political director Rick Klein, Fusion political editor Jordan Fabian, Fusion digital editor Ted Hesson and Fusion White House correspondent Jim Avila.

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.

‘I Have a Dream’ 50th Anniversary Commemoration Coverage Plans

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” gets underway tomorrow morning, much of the ceremony will be covered live on cable news channels and streamed on news sites, while select portions will also be carried live on the broadcast networks. Here are the plans, so far:

CBS

Scott Pelley will lead CBS News’ live coverage. The Network’s coverage begins on “CBS This Morning” with extensive reports on the anniversary, including a live report from Pelley in Washington, D.C. Pelley will anchor CBS News’ live coverage of Pres. Obama’s remarks on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joined by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues from the National Mall, and presidential historian and CBS News Consultant Douglas Brinkley from Washington, D.C. Pelley will also anchor the Evening News” from Washington, D.C.

ABC

ABC News and Yahoo! News will host a first-ever live global broadcast to commemorate the speech. This hybrid digital-television event will be anchored by George Stephanopoulos along with Dan Kloeffler from ABC News World Headquarters in New York beginning at 11a.m. Cokie Roberts and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will provide insights and historical context from ABC News Headquarters in New York. Chief National Correspondent and Anchor Byron Pitts will lead the network’s coverage from the Lincoln Memorial. Linsey Davis will join him there. Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas will report from Washington. Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the White House. ABC is incorporating the hash tag #IMarchFor

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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.

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.

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