Apparently "Spitzer Parker" was too prone to late-night jokes.
CNN's political roundtable chat starring former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer and Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative political columnist Kathleen Parker will be called "Parker Spitzer" and will debut Oct. 4.
"Parker Spitzer" will be an opinionated discussion that is a major departure from CNN's standard, more objective approach. CNN announced the show June 23 as a replacement for Campbell Brown, whose show in the 8 p.m. hour was scrapped due to low ratings.
The two hosts announced the name of the show and its debut date in a short promo clip that premiered Tuesday.
"Parker Spitzer" is part of a new primetime lineup for CNN. The network is set to announce a new 9 p.m. show featuring British journalist and reality show host Piers Morgan as a replacement for Larry King, who announced his departure after 25 years on air amid low ratings and a messy adultery scandal.
CNN has a lot riding on the success of its new shows. The network is suffering from low ratings across the board and lagging behind its cable news competitors– Fox News and MSNBC.