In the second season, the format was scrubbed – instead, Griffin would be accompanied by a panel of celebrities and the group would tackle the pop culture topics.
Even though Griffin’s comedy is primarily known for its celebrity and popular culture themes, it’s a shame that Griffin didn’t expand her scope on the show. In her concerts – and this was especially true during the Bush years as well as election time, Griffin also included political and topical humor. And as seen by her appearances on CNN, Griffin’s a well-spoken, well-informed and intelligent woman, who can discuss politics with a strong grasp on the subjects; that is what made her appearances on ABC’s The View so interesting.
That’s why I think her possible show with Cooper would be promising. Cooper and Griffin share a great chemistry – they love each other in real life (Cooper’s mother Gloria Vanderbilt is a close friend of Griffin’s) and their New Year’s Eve specials on CNN are very popular. Also, she brings out a flirty side to Cooper that is rarely seen. But because Cooper is an established “serious journalist” this would also give Griffin the opportunity to weigh on political topics, as well – something that wasn’t encouraged on the Bravo show.
Because Griffin’s concerts are sell-outs and she’ll probably have other best-selling books, she doesn’t need television; in fact, she may not want to return to TV. But if she chooses to return to the small screen, I think a CNN show with Anderson Cooper would be an excellent vehicle for the smart and mouthy comedienne.