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CNN to wrap up 'Capital Gang'

Political show ends this week after a 16-year run
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

Like “Crossfire” before it, “Capital Gang” will leave CNN’s schedule this week.

The political roundtable -- featuring Robert Novak, Mark Shields and others -- has been on the air for 16 years. But like Novak’s other show, “Crossfire,” it has reached the end of the road as CNN attempts to retool itself in content and ratings under the leadership of CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein. Its last show will be Saturday.

In its place is an expanded version of “On The Story,” a one-hour weekend show originally launched to provide the news channel’s female correspondents with a platform to talk about the major stories of the week.

“On The Story” will now expand, adding chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and others on a rotating basis. CNN said the new rotating cast will include male correspondents and reporters from throughout the world, who will talk about global hotspots.

It will also include “never-before-seen raw footage, reporter diaries and questions from viewers,” according to CNN. It will be done before a studio audience at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where “Crossfire” had been telecast.

The new “On The Story” will air 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET Saturdays, with a repeat in its current time slot of 10 a.m.-11 a.m. ET Sunday.