CNN will unveil its new “Crossfire” a week earlier than previously scheduled.
The reason: The crisis in Syria — which CNN officials apparently feel is too hot a story to miss out on. Thus, the revamped “Crossfire” is now scheduled to premiere on Monday, Sept. 9, at 6:30/5:30c.
The show — a revival of one of CNN’s signature talk shows — had been scheduled to premiere a week later, on Sept. 16.
CNN “announced” the schedule switch on its Web site, where the premiere dates were quietly changed from the 16th to the 9th over the weekend.
“We’ve been doing rehearsals, the set is ready, the hosts are ready,” CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist told The Hollywood Reporter.
THR said the schedule change was decided on Saturday some time after President Obama’s televised remarks about the crisis in Syria, and his intention to seek congressional approval for military action.
The 9th happens to be the date that Congress returns from its August recess. The debate over Syria has already begun, but it is expected to be in full swing next week. Some observers have criticized the president for not calling members of Congress back to Washington this week for a special session.
The new “Crossfire” will feature conservatives Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp facing off against liberals Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones.