Desperation Throw?

CNN Commentary writes about Crossfire taking a page out of FNC’s playbook by aping The Five…

CNN did something different with the struggling political debate program on Monday and Tuesday: all four Crossfire cohosts (SE Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, and Stephanie Cutter) were all “in the Crossfire” – and there were no guests. As one person said to me in private, it was almost like CNN was trying to imitate Fox’s The Five, and see how it went for them.

Whether this was a ratings ploy to see if it would stick or not, that remains to be seen. If that’s the case, then I think it was poorly executed. How can you really expect to be able to tell if it will work, long-term, based off of two days? If it were an experiment, then it would make sense to do it for the entire week (maybe even two weeks?) – not just two days.

If CNN takes Crossfire and turns it into a Five clone, they should change the name of the show. Because it’s not Crossfire anymore.

19 Responses to “Desperation Throw?”

  1. Might as well call it Romper Room.

  2. “it was almost like CNN was trying to imitate Fox’s The Five”

    ^^’The Five’ format has been around, in various configurations, on most networks, for decades. Whether CNN calls it Crossfire or some other name doesn’t really matter – at least to me. I expect the show, with those hosts (in any format) won’t be around come the fall.

  3. “The Five’ format has been around, in various configurations, on most networks, for decades.”

    Examples?

  4. Grandpa Dave Says:

    Off the top of my balding head, “The View”.

  5. LynnLGM Says:

    This move seems to assume that anyone likes the four panelists. Cupp and Jones, maybe. The other two are Hacks of the Highest Order, with no particular personal appeal. Just as a programming move, it’s dumb. Similarities to a format that has existed forever is secondary.

  6. icemannyr Says:

    To be more a copy of “The Five” it would need to be 1 vs 4 which The Five is. At least Crossfire is 2 vs 2.

  7. I add the panel discussion portion of the Sunday talk shows, maybe, kinda?

  8. ^^’The Five’ format has been around, in various configurations, on most networks, for decades.”

    ^^The McLaughlin Group

  9. did cutter have a boy or a girl or?

  10. The Five invented a former Press Secretary asking comedians for their Deep Thoughts about foreign policy.

  11. I think Tom Shillue just might have the answer to Boko Haram, if only someone would ask.

  12. “The Five invented a former Press Secretary asking comedians for their Deep Thoughts about foreign policy.”

    Wrong Again!
    That was THIS WEEK with George Stuffanoctopus.

  13. savefarris Says:

    Larry Kelly is once again correct.

  14. joeremi Says:

    Wrong again, since you insist on being weirdos about everything. Stephanopoulos was never Press Secretary.

  15. Name calling. You can’t control that.

  16. From his biography:
    “At the outset of Clinton’s presidency, Stephanopoulos served as the de facto press secretary, briefing the press even though Dee Dee Myers was officially the White House Press Secretary. Later, he was moved to Senior Advisor on Policy and Strategy, when Myers began personally conducting the briefings (following several verbal missteps by Stephanopoulos) and David Gergen was brought in as the new White House Communications Director. The move was largely viewed as a rebuke to Stephanopoulos’s handling of public relations during the first six months of the Clinton administration.”

  17. joeremi Says:

    Yes, I’ve read it, and also remember the odd arrangement at the time. If you’re going to take a comment and and turn it into some weird fact-checker stunt to prove some weird point nobody cares about, I can play that weird game, too. Then everyone can marvel at all the weird pointlessness of it all.

  18. You make a funny snark. I make a funny snark. Then the weirdness got weirded.

  19. “Nobody cares about”
    Guy has been called so many times on that kind of presumptuous speaking for all, you’d think he’d cashed in his chips long ago, but he just keeps the same old material. Sigh.

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