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In Movies & TV Commentary

Eliot Spitzer and columnist Kathleen Parker will get CNN's 7 p.m. hour this fall.

In Movies & TV Commentary

The real-life hospital drama "Boston Med" debuts tonight at 9 on Channel 12.

In Movies & TV Commentary

The finale numbers weren't strong for "Treme," but it's coming back next year.

OnMedia: Now it's CNN's turn to be shameless


You can't write the name Eliot Spitzer without including the words "disgraced former New York governor."

But starting this fall, he'll also be called a CNN prime-time host.

Spitzer, driven from office by a prostitution scandal will co-host a 7 p.m. hour show with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, replacing Campbell Brown's little-watched show.

It's a tough hour, up against cable news' biggest name, Bill O'Reilly, and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

While cable news numbers have been off lately, CNN has taken the biggest hit. Spitzer, who's been doing a bit of TV lately -- including a tryout for a role at MSNBC -- doesn't seem like the kind of lightning rod to boost viewership. In fact, he's a pretty dry personality.

Parker is not a conventional conservative, drawing ire from partisans for some of her views. She's been critical, for example of Sarah Palin, and called for her to quit the Republican ticket in 2008 after a series of interviews showed "she was out of her league."

But Parker's not likely to be the focus here. Spitzer was a powerful man driven from office in an embarrassing sex scandal that clearly involved illegal activity.

And now he has a TV show.

Spitzer's not the only example of bad behavior being rewarded. If you just look to Chicago, disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was awarded with not only a slot on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice," but a radio show on WLS-AM (890).

He's not doing the radio show while his federal trial goes on, but expect him back before the microphone should he be acquitted.

And Blago's not alone on Chicago radio.

WGN-AM (720) has given a platform to an ex-con named Jim Laski, a former Chicago pol who did time in the federal pen for taking bribes. He now vents every weeknight on local politics and other matters.

I guess this is supposed to be edgy programming -- although Spitzer is hardly an edgy personality.

I wouldn't bet on the success of this show, both of the competitors have their loyal audiences and other than the initial freak show aspect of putting the disgraced former New York governor (the DFNYG) on the air, this show isn't likely to offer much to draw in new viewers.

On TV: Channel 12 offers a live airing of the "Big Bang" fireworks show for the first night of Summerfest. The high-def airing (and it's really only worth watching in HD) runs from 10:35 to 11:05 p.m.

  • Also on Channel 12 tonight is ABC's new "Boston Med." This is a reality show without the quote marks, and, so far, the only summer show worth investing your time in. It airs at 9 p.m.
  • EW.com's Hollywood Insider reports that CBS' "As the World Turns" taped its final episode Wednesday. It will air Sept. 17.
  • In another sign of just how disgusting "The Bachelor" franchise is, the recently broken up Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi are scheduled to be on the July 5 episode of "The Bachelorette" to talk about their breakup.
  • Nielsen numbers show the season finale for "Treme" didn't break a million viewers. The show premiered with 1.4 million. During its 10-week run, the character-rich, slow moving New Orleans drama dipped as far as 687,000 viewers.

Hail to the anchor: Fox News Channel morning anchor Gretchen Carlson is getting pilloried for somehow equating her job with the presidency, although I don't remember voting either for or against her.

I was hoping to find just a clip of her goofy comments, but the best I could come up with is this bit from MSNBC's Ed Schultz:


Talkbacks

blagorep | June 24, 2010 at 8:43 p.m. (report)

I represent Rod Blagojevich. You can't compare the governor to Spitzer or anyone else who has admitted or been convicted of wrongdoing. Blagojevich has steadfastly denied wrongdoing. Spitzer has admitted wrongoing and Lasky was convicted. People are innocent until proven otherwise and people have been tried and been exonnerated. Being accused of a crime doesn't mean you're guilty. Being accused of a crime does not mean you can't earn a living or go on a show to prove to the world you are innocent. Prosecutors launced the PR war by engaging in a super sensational news conference smearing him to the exteme. Don't blame him for standing up when he was being trampled and for trying to clear his name and being unwilling to wait until trial to begin to undo the damage. WLS should be saluted for protecting everyone's first amendments and will go down in the history books for it.

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cuprisin | June 24, 2010 at 11:53 a.m. (report)

Channel 12 has been airing the fireworks in HD for several years.

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bdg_in_mke | June 24, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. (report)

So does this mean WISN is finally going to debut their newscasts in HD? ik, ik, just wishful thinking

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