Crossfire debuts Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30pm ET
August 6th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
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Crossfire debuts Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30pm ET

CNN announced that Crossfire, hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Monday, Sept 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The classic debate program will resemble the show's original format with passionate conversation and focus on topical events of the day. The daily, 30-minute program will feature two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum. In addition to the weekday show, the Crossfire co-hosts will appear across the network's programming.

Crossfire, which aired weeknights from 1982 to 2005, examined political and social issues in a televised debate. Conservative Pat Buchanan and liberal Tom Braden were the original hosts of the program, but over the years Crossfire featured various hosts from the right and from the left, including Robert Novak, Tucker Carlson, James Carville and Paul Begala. Guests on the program were frequently top lawmakers from across the political spectrum, but also included an eclectic mix of other personalities: Bob Hope, Rupert Murdoch, Charlton Heston, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Rush Limbaugh, Christopher Reeve, Arianna Huffington and Howard Cosell.

As the preeminent political talk program, Crossfire 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."

CNN also announced that on September 16, Wolf Blitzer will add the 1 p.m. ET hour of Newsroom to his anchor responsibilities in addition to anchoring The Situation Room from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET. In addition, AC 360° Later, a new prime time program hosted by Anderson Cooper, will air Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

You can follow news and updates about Crossfire at CNN.com/Crossfire and @CrossfireCNN on Twitter.


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  1. Sniffit

    This is going to be hot garbage.

    August 6, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Harvey Tabasky

    Newt Gingrich comes on, I'm changing the channel. You couldn't pay me enough to watch. You're paying him X amount of dollars, probably big dollars, he'll be ranting about the left, the liberals, and ObamaCare, all the while sucking down his $100K federal pension while telling everyone that the problem with detroit is the unions. Just Shut Up!

    August 6, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    You know, CNN ... I had enough of Newt Gingrich when he was Speaker of the House. I was forced to listen to Newt Gingrich as a debate wannabee presidential candidate. I have no interest in the man, his opinions, or his ideology. Certainly not enough to watch him bloviate his bigotry nonstop on "Crossfire".

    Newt Gingrich is one of the reasons I have very little interest debating politics anymore. The Grand Old Party is another reason.

    August 6, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Thanks for the warning. With Newt hosting I can safely say I will NEVER watch one episode.

    August 6, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "CNN announced that Crossfire, hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cupper, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Monday, Sept 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET."
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    Who is Stephanie Cupper? Is that a cross between Stephanie Cutler and S E. Cupp?

    August 6, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I used to enjoy Crossfire back in the Reagan days. It was different. Well, not really. It was sort of like a less formal Sunday morning talk show, except it came on everyday. I'm not sure why they ever took it off the air. I guess it was losing the ratings war.

    August 6, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. it must be said

    Fair is Fair
    Who is Stephanie Cupper? Is that a cross between Stephanie Cutler and S E. Cupp?
    -

    They mean Stehanie Cutter, the nasty pathological liar from the Obama campaign.

    August 6, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. rs

    With the somewhat less than stellar relationship currently experienced by the GOP and the Democratic Party and their respective elected officials in government, is this sort of programming really productive?

    August 6, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "With the somewhat less than stellar relationship currently experienced by the GOP and the Democratic Party and their respective elected officials in government, is this sort of programming really productive?"

    You have to understand the meaning of the word "productive" from CNN's point of view. To them, manufacturing the false equivalencies that help perpetuate nontroversies to fill the 24-hour noise cycle...THAT is "productive" because they think it will help generate ad revenue. As for format? Well, a show hosted by obnoxious people from both sides of the aisle that is only 30 minutes long, thereby preventing any in-depth debate, and which is carefully devoid of real factual analyses by order of the producers, and therefore amounts to nothing but a playground argument of dueling talking points (and likely Newtered yelling over people who want to bring in facts he knows darn well are "inconvenient")...that's got the executives drooling over how "productive" it might be.

    August 6, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Jules

    Wonder if CNN had to agree that Newt's wife could be on there sometimes.

    August 6, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. PJ

    Good luck, but I will have to pass.

    Newt Gingrich??? I don't think so.
    S.E. Cupp–the reason I quit the show she was on at MSNBC

    August 6, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Guest

    I hope they get Ann Coulter and George Will to sit in as substitutes sometime!

    August 6, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. LJK

    How long before Jon Stewart comes on and expresses the salient view that this show is ruining our country (as he did when Begala and Carlson were hosting it)?

    August 6, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    Count me out, too. Though I used to be a big Crossfire fan, I cannot stomach Newt Gingrich either. He has a tendency to just make up non existent 'facts' on the spot and he never seems to be called out on it, and if he is, just sits there silently with his little pig eyes staring at the camera and proceeds to make up another lie. Though I'm sure this served him well as the GOP Speaker (in a party where being a liar is seen as a huge asset... and it doesn't matter if you are good at it) it makes for a terrible debate performance. How can you lose a debate when you get to make up your own facts as you go along... turns my stomach. It would be like watching FOX news...

    August 6, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. A True Conservative

    Good Lord!! The left may have to hear from someone that they disagree with!! Isn't that unConstitutional or something??? We all know that the left is correct about everything and anyone who disagrees with them simpley needs to shut up and sit down! After all, they know what we need – even if we ar all too stupid to recognize it.....it doesn't matter that nearly everything they try to do ends up going wrong in the end....

    August 6, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. it must be said

    Sniffit
    manufacturing the false equivalencies that help perpetuate nontroversies
    -–

    Yes, yes, yes.... we know that only when the leftists proclaim something is a controversy is it a real controversy (of course no scandals involving the left are controversies).

    And only the leftists can legitimately equate things because they are the only all knowing people capable of doing so.

    Serious.... do you actually believe all of this drivel you spew? It is rather ridiculous.

    August 6, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. kirk

    What you smoking?. Your right sending young people who think they are being patriots to die all for the dollars.give tax breaks to the rich and what about the recession true con. How did that happen. And how would more of the same make it better? Get a clue.the gop wants to destroy the economy again so they can save it. Wow quite the plan. And how patriotic.you probably believe there were three scandals too. And that gw did not start a war!

    August 6, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. kirk

    Why all the voter restrictions your the only ones who have been guilty of voter suppression.one more reason to vote them out while you still can you will see the true colors of the gop in 2014. It will be shameless

    August 6, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. kirk

    Let's not forget the half million or more jobs being lost in 08.or the stock market losing 60% of its value.these were all good things right? Outsourcing jobs really helped the american worker and our economy. But hey the big businesses are doing fine so all is good.get real only an idiot will deny theses things?

    August 6, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. kirk

    Any real proof yet on that IRS thing? No.OK how about the nsa thing? No.OK how about benghazi? No there too. Ad a matter of fact recently we learned it was the repubs not being honest again. The gop has control of the forces that were present.but they are not responsible for anything at all.your pathetic at best

    August 6, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    kirk wrote:

    Let's not forget the half million or more jobs being lost in 08.or the stock market losing 60% of its value.these were all good things right?
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    The figure was much higher than half a million. Try 4 million. We lost 700,000+ jobs during Jan. 2009 alone.

    August 6, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. kirk

    We will see how many people believe the gop version of benghazi come election time. Hillary has the coke's scared to death.ha.and Obama's failure aca. Yeah I hate paying less for my insurance with no denials. And the decifit reduction because of it is not real right? Its hard to imagine why anyone who is not rich would vote gop they may tell you what you want to hear but they will never help you

    August 6, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |