Why ex-gov­er­nor Spitzer lost his gig at CNN

The Daily Herald - TV Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Q: What is go­ing on at CNN? First, John Roberts dis­ap­pears from the morn­ing show, and now Eliot Spitzer from “In the Arena.”

Con­nie Marcinek, Boyn­ton Beach, Fla. A: Roberts re­port­edly left CNN of his own will to join Fox News Chan­nel, which ac­com­mo­dated his de­sire to leave New York for Atlanta, where he could be closer to his fi­ancee, CNN an­chor Kyra Phillips, who gave birth to twins by him ear­lier this year.

As for for­mer New York gov­er­nor Spitzer, his exit from CNN is part of a rat­ings-seek­ing re­vamp of the cable news net­work’s prime-time lineup that should take full ef­fect in Septem­ber. “In the Arena” is be­ing elim­i­nated to give An­der­son Cooper an ear­lier hour in the new sched­ule, which also will give a week­night hour to for­mer CNBC an­chor-re­porter Erin Bur­nett and move “John King, USA” to an ear­lier time as well.

Q: Is it re­ally true that “Fear Fac­tor” with Joe Ro­gan is com­ing back on?

Nancy Al­man, Wind Lake, Wis. A: It is. NBC has or­dered a re­vival of the competition, with Ro­gan re­turn­ing as host, but no pre­miere date had been set as of this writ­ing.

Q: Some years ago, I watched the Mel Brooks movie “Young Franken­stein,” and af­ter the movie ended, there was an epi­logue where the cast mem­bers dis­cussed the movie. It was a falloff-your-chair riot. I have seen the movie sev­eral times since and have never seen the epi­logue shown again. Any chance?

Ed Belcher, Val­ley Grove, W.Va. A: With­out know­ing ex­actly where you saw the movie when the epi­logue was with it, we can only take a leap and guess it might have been the “Young Franken­stein” episode of the AMC se­ries “Back­story” that delved be­hind the scenes of cer­tain films from the 20th Cen­tury Fox li­brary. That show still pops up on AMC from time to time. Also, there’s a “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­tary on the Blu-ray and spe­cial-edi­tion DVD ver­sions of the movie that might in­clude some of the same ma­te­rial.

Q: I just read that we will have new episodes of “The Closer” through sum­mer 2012. I also read that the cast, mi­nus Kyra Sedg­wick, would con­tinue past that point. Are they?

Judy Cox, Cen­ten­nial, Colo. A: The plan is for most if not all of the sup­port­ing play­ers to carry forth into “Ma­jor Crimes,” the spinoff that TNT is plan­ning to launch next sum­mer. Mary Mc­Don­nell, who has be­come a “Closer” reg­u­lar re­cently, also will be con­tin­u­ing into the new show.

Q: What has hap­pened to “Glory Daze”? Will it re­turn? And what is Julianna Guill up to these days?

Richard Rose, Water­vliet, Mich. A: It was one sea­son and out for the TBS com­edy about 1980s col­lege bud­dies, since the rat­ings weren’t what the net­work had hoped for. Co-star Guill is on view at the movies right now with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Ju­lianne Moore in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

Q: Is there any chance “All My Chil­dren” can be saved?

Arvilla Sheron, Pine­hurst, N.C. A: More than a chance, as it has turned out. Both “AMC” and the other long-run­ning day­time se­rial ABC can­celed, “One Life to Live,” will con­tinue on­line with fresh episodes made for the In­ter­net.

At least that’s the plan, since the rights to both shows have been pur­chased by an on­line pro­gram- ming com­pany called Prospect Park. Many de­tails re­main to be con­firmed, such as how long and how fre­quent the episodes will be and whether all the cast mem­bers will be staying on.

Q: Has “Blue Bloods” been re­newed?

Linda Adam­son, Den­ver A: It cer­tainly has been, since the Tom Sel­leck-star­ring po­lice drama gave CBS very ad­mirable rat­ings in its first sea­son. The show will be back in its late Fri­day slot when its sec­ond year be­gins Sept. 23.

Q: The Hall­mark Chan­nel movie “Keep­ing Up With the Ran­dalls” has an ac­tor by the name of Thad Luck­in­bill. Might he be the grand­son of Lu­cille Ball and Desi Ar­naz, and if so, what’s his take on his late grand­par­ents?

Lynne Bo­erth, Som­er­set, Mass. A: We’ve an­swered this a num­ber of times, but for­mer “The Young and the Rest­less” co-star Luck­in­bill is no re­la­tion ... de­spite Lu­cie Ar­naz’s mar­riage to an ac­tor whose last name also is Luck­in­bill (Lau­rence).

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For­mer New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda, await the start of a game at Yan­kee Sta­dium in New York in Au­gust 2009.

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