7:02 pm Jul. 3, 2012
Soon, Current TV won't be the only cable news channel where you can watch Eliot Spitzer.
Starting July 10, the former New York governor and subject of an infamous 2008 prostitution scandal will bring his banter to NY1, where he has been tapped as a contributor for the network's 7 p.m. weeknight show, "Inside City Hall."
Spitzer will appear on the broadcast's weekly Tuesday "Wiseguys" segment, in which host Errol Louis of the Daily News talks current events with three ex-elected officials. The other two Wiseguys are former New York Mayor Ed Koch and former U.S. Sen. Al D'Amato; Spitzer replaces former New York state Comptroller Carl McCall, who left the program late last year.
"I am delighted to be joining two of New York's sharpest political minds to discuss the important issues of the day," said Spitzer in a statement.
"Eliot Spitzer is one of the smartest people I know. His joining Wiseguys broadens its political insights," said Koch, also in a statement, while D'Amato added: “Eliot will certainly add some spark to the Wiseguys. Look for more fireworks!”
Of course fireworks are what Spitzer didn't bring to CNN during his first foray into cable news in 2010 and 2011. He was canned after his 8 p.m. weeknight show, "In the Arena," failed to build up an audience amid the network's primetime ratings woes.
Spitzer re-emerged on the small screen in April as Keith Olbermann's replacement on Current TV, which is struggling to build up its brand as a progressive alternative to the dominant progressive alternative, MSNBC. The ratings for his new show, "Viewpoint," have so far likewise failed to impress.
But NY1 is a smaller, local operation available only to New York-area subscribers of Time Warner Cable, which almost makes lining up a weekly segment with Spitzer—now a national cable news personality, if not the most successful one—seem like a small coup.
A spokesperson for the channel said Spitzer does not have a contract and would be paid on a per-appearance basis. He is also still a contributor to Slate.