The big new star on cable TV news is an ex-governor who left office in the middle of a term, but it’s not Fox’s new anchor babe Sarah Palin. Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York in 2008 after after getting caught kanoodling with $1,000-an-hour call girls from an online escort service, but he’s been carefully crafting a media comeback ever since.
It started with guest appearances, on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Then he moved on to guest hosting gigs on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. And now there’s a report on washtingtonexaminer.com that Spitzer might be joining CNN, for a show in Campbell Brown’s current time slot (“Nope, nope,” Spitzer denied the rumor to the Examiner). Even those who don’t watch cable TV may soon find Spitzer in their face: Today Magnolia Pictures announced it had bought the distribution rights to Alex Gibney’s documentary about the disgraced Governor. (An unfinished cut of the film got lots of attention when it was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.)
So what do you think, Pop Watchers? Are you ready to forgive Gov. Spitzer? More to the point, do you have any interest in watching him on TV?