CNN’s ‘Crossfire’ will look for ceasefire

NEW YORK – After the crossfire, CNN’s new debating crew plans a “Ceasefire.”

The network is resurrecting its old “Crossfire” political debate show starting Monday. CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist said Friday that toward the end of every show, combatants will search for ways they can find common ground on an issue in a segment called “Ceasefire.”

The long-running “Crossfire” has been off the air since 2005, in part driven away because of ridicule by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart. The new version will have Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones as rotating hosts, debating one issue per night on the 30-minute show.

Feist said the show will not be taped before a live audience, as it was in its final incarnation. This should add to the depth of the conversations and offer less temptation for debaters to go after cheap applause lines, he said.