After swearing off opinion-based programming - and we've seen how well that's been going for CNN - the ratings-starved cable news network is dipping its parched tongue cautiously into the opinionated waters with a new show hosted by disgraced/rehabbed Democratic former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker.
The as yet unnamed show will air weeknights at 8 p.m., where the network most recently tried and failed with a Campbell Brown-hosted show, and where CNN hopes it can shore up Larry King's sinking talk show at 9.
CNN's new show will differ from all those other opinion shows on those other cable news networks, which "force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view" because it will "be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas - presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country," CNN president Jon Klein said Wednesday by way of explaining his network's apparent about face.
"Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest - in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes," Klein added for good measure.
Good to know that being a lying prick without an ounce of integrity didn't effect Eliot Spitzer's job prospects.