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.