CNN To Launch Overhauled ‘Crossfire’ Same Night ABC Launches Overhauled ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Tapping into viewer interest that gets ginned up around the start of the broadcast network TV season, Jeff Zucker’s CNN announced this morning it’ll launch some of its most interesting new programs on Monday, September 16. That’s the week walking up to the start of the broadcast TV network’s official 2013-14 TV season, and a week in which some of the broadcasters’ new products are unveiling. CNN’s most anticipated new series, a half-hour remake of Crossfire, debuts that Monday, September 16 at 6:30 PM ET – which, in one of those incredible coincidences, is the same night ABC launches the remake of its dance competition series Dancing With The Stars.

It’s also the same night Fox unveils its remake of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleep Hollow, in which Ichabod Crane is now a badass action hero, returned to save us from apocalypse. Similarly, this time Crossfire stars Newt Gingrich. Joining him: Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones. CNN said the show will “resemble the show’s original format with passionate conversation” – or, as Jon Stewart called it back in 2004, “partisan hackery” that was “hurting America.”  CNN, understandably, focused on Crossfire having “cemented its status in the political and cultural lexicon” when President Bill Clinton joked during his remarks at the 1997 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner that the newly opened Newseum featured an exhibit with “CNN’s very first Crossfire: from the left, Alexander Hamilton, from the right, Aaron Burr, topic, gun control.”

Anderson Cooper is getting an additional primetime show, called AC 360 Later, because it will air, well, later – Monday through Thursdays at 10 PM — two hours after “AC 360.”  Later also launchs that Monday. AC 360 Later will be a panel conversation show, focusing on the day’s news and events. The network landed on this timeslot and format for Cooper after his nightly George Zimmerman trial rehash show in the hour proved a bigger hit than other programs the network auditioned in the hour. Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room took one for the team – it’s been busted down to 90 minutes, 5-6:30 PM to make room for Crossfire.  On the bright side, he’s hanging on to that 1 PM hour of Newsroom.

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