CNN is resurrecting their political debate show “Crossfire” on Monday Sept. 9, a week earlier than expected, to coincide with U.S. Congress’ debate on whether to militarily strike Syria in response to their purported use of chemical weapons.
The Hollywood Insider reported Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief, as saying: “We’ve been doing rehearsals, the set is ready, the hosts are ready.”
The decision to bring forward the first airing of the show was made on Saturday after President Obama’s remarks on Syria and in anticipation of a congressional debate on the use of force, Feist explained to the Hollywood Insider.
“CNN is the only cable news channel that hasn’t picked sides in the national political conversations, we don’t pick sides on elections and we don’t pick sides on controversial issues,” he said.
“In many ways, CNN is the only cable news channel that can actually host a program like Crossfire.”
The show, once a long-running staple on the news network, was canceled in early 2005.
The new Crossfire will feature a half-hour panel discussion, including multiple guests from right and left leaning political backgrounds “as in most issues, the truth frequently lies somewhere in the middle,” Feist said.