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 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 anchorreporter 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: 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. 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 programming company called Prospect Park. Many details remain to be confirmed.