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Shakeup in the Works for CNN Schedule, Wolf Blitzer TVNewser

Changes are in the works for the CNN programming lineup, and while the final configuration remains uncertain, TVNewser.com reports that the cable news channel may give Wolf Blitzer the 1 p.m. time slot permanently. Blitzer, who currently holds down the 5-7 p.m. slot, has also been filling in regularly at 1 p.m.

The reason for the possible move is "Crossfire," which will return to the network this fall, although the time period isn't yet set.

"Right now the opinion among a handful of CNN staffers is that 'Crossfire' will air during the 6-7 p.m. hour, and if indeed that is where it ends up, Blitzer is expected to get 1-2 p.m. in addition to 5-6 p.m., where 'The Situation Room' currently airs," the story notes. "The Situation Room" is hosted by Blitzer.

TVNewser adds: "We also hear that when CNN President Jeff Zucker spoke to DC staffers last week during a bureau meeting, he said that they had not made a final decision with regard to when 'Crossfire' would air, so there is still a chance Blitzer will keep his two-hour afternoon block."

The report notes: "One thing is clear: Wherever 'Crossfire' ends up on CNN’s schedule, the shows around it will be shaken up in some form."