Eliot Spitzer's New Talk Show Is LimpAnna North9/08/10 11:44amFiled to: Spitz takeParker spitzerEliot SpitzerKathleen ParkerCnnTVTalk ShowstweetVideo18EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkEliot Spitzer's supposed to be a controversial and "polarizing" figure. So why does his new CNN show look so boring? Back in June, the Observer's Felix Gillette and Reid Pillifant wrote of Spitzer's cable news chances:AdvertisementThe truth is, a solid foundation in scandal has come to be a perfectly respectable starting point for any small-screen aspirant hoping to break through in an age of hundreds of channels and on-demand everything. Whatever else his qualifications, Mr. Spitzer has proven in recent times to have a knack for one of the more prized skills in cable news-namely, polarizing audiences.Call it Spitz-o-phrenia.Actually, CNN calls it Parker Spitzer, which Salon's Alex Pareene points out "would be a good name for a sitcom that took place at a wacky law firm. Or a bad name for a hotel." That's funnier than anything Spitzer and co-host Kathleen Parker say in their promo for the 8 PM show (premiering Oct. 4), although they do riff on the name a bit in a bland approximation of camaraderie. Memo to CNN: an extended discussion of "people's eyes glazing over" does not scream "exciting TV personalities."In June, Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald told the Observer, "If he's going to be the old Eliot Spitzer, I think that's a welcome voice. [...] But if he's just going to blend into the landscape, then I'm indifferent." At least from the promo, Spitzer appears to be doing more blending than polarizing, and it's a bit strange to see someone who's supposed to inspire such strong emotions instead acting like somebody's genial uncle. CNN can take comfort, though — no matter what, Parker Spitzer has to be better than Ashley Dupre's advice column.