CNN announced today that is cancelling “In the Arena” (formerly “Parker/Spitzer”), the 8 p.m. Eastern time ratings challenged political show hosted by disgraced former Democrat New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. The former governor, a.k.a., “client no. 9,” resigned his office because of his involvement with hookers.
Kathleen Parker, Spitzer’s original co-host, was axed in February.
Anderson Cooper will take over the time slot.
The New York Times reports that “For Mr. Spitzer, who has tried to rehabilitate his public image since resigning the New York governorship in disgrace three years ago, the cancellation of “In The Arena” is a setback.”
As IndyPosted predicted last summer when CNN announced the launch of the show, “The 8 p.m. time slot has long been a rating sinkhole for CNN, and it is highly unlikely that the Spitzer-Parker broadcast will succeed. The only question remains how long it will take CNN programmers to admit failure.