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Olbermann reacts to Jon Stewart's impersonation on Countdown

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 26th 2010 6:25PM
Remember last week when Jon Stewart turned his eye on pundit mimicry against MSNBC's rather large talking head Keith Olbermann?

It seems that Mr. Olbermann saw Stewart's glasses-removing "special comment" on The Daily Show, so Olbermann dedicated the end of Monday's show to a little "special comment" of his own. Get ready to hear something you may never hear again on a cable news pundit show for a rambling, incoherent and baseless attack on a public figure on either side of the political aisle: an apology!

Someone want to turn to The Weather Channel and check on Hell's wind chill? Because it may have just dropped to -2 Celsius.

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Barbara Walters to host This Week on Sunday

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 3:02PM
Barbara WaltersGeorge Stephanopulous had planned to continue hosting This Week when he took over for Diane Sawyer on Good Morning, America (still haven't gotten used to him there), but he gave up the position a couple of weeks ago. So who is going to replace him on the Sunday morning new show? No one knows yet, though reporter Jake Tapper's name has often been mentioned. In the meantime, they're getting people to fill in for him, and this Sunday it will be Barbara Walters.

As a lot of you know, Walters was actually a newswoman before she started refereeing fights between Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View, so it will be good to see her in that role again (no, her celebrity interview specials don't count and she's not on 20/20 much anymore). Her guests will be FOX News head Roger Ailes and Arianna Huffington, former Republican and head of The Huffington Post.

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Donations open early for Clooney's Hope for Haiti

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 22nd 2010 9:00AM
The public can begin donating to Hope for Haiti Friday morning.You can start donating money to George Clooney'a "Hope for Haiti" telethon hours before it goes live.

The global benefit show airs live tonight at 8 p.m. ET from Los Angeles, New York and London. But, the charity will begin accepting donations today at noon ET, 9:00 a.m. PT. You can send your donation via phone at 1-877-99-HAITI or by texting "GIVE" to 50555. And, you can mail donations to Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Meanwhile, they've updated the guest list for the big show. As of this hour, it includes Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna in London.

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Craig Ferguson has the outtakes from Morgan Freeman and The CBS Evening News

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:02PM
If you haven't heard (a lot of people don't watch the network newscasts, after all), Morgan Freeman has replaced Walter Cronkite as the voice of The CBS Evening News. Last night, Craig Ferguson played the outtakes from Freeman's intro to the show. It could be an impersonator, but it sounds like Freeman.

[via TV Newser]

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Are CNN reporters covering the story or becoming the story?

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Jan 19th 2010 1:00PM
Anderson Cooper in HaitiI don't know who else is mesmerized by the news coverage of Haiti, but I imagine that many people are still watching the devastating footage blanketing the news networks. As much as I want to turn it off, I can't. I'm compelled to look. A part of me thinks that it's my responsibility to bear witness to the horror.

Anyway, with all my CNN viewing, it's becoming clear that CNN reporters are slowly becoming part of the story, rather than just covering it. Yesterday, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 3 reporters put aside their journalistic hats and pitched in to help the quake victims.

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Anderson Cooper approaching a meltdown over Haiti

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Jan 19th 2010 10:03AM
Anderson Cooper Yeah, I'm obsessed with CNN right now. After days of being glued to Anderson Cooper 360, it's becoming clear that he's seriously coming off the rails. During last night's broadcast, Cooper seemed to do little reporting and a lot of "ranting" (his words) about the lack of supplies and aid getting to Haiti.

It's honestly riveting. Not only is he airing his frustration at the red tape hindering the process, but he seems to be approaching Katrina levels of pissed off.

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Viewers can attend Sundance Festival via their TVs

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 18th 2010 6:30PM
The Sundance Film Festival is available on your TV on demand.If you're not cool enough (or smug enough) to head to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this month, you can now watch key moments of the event via your TV on demand through the new video on demand service, Sundance Selects.

You can put on your overpriced, ugly ski boots and over-sized sunglasses while you pet your matchbox-sized dog -- pretending you're the up and coming star of a pretentious art house flick without leaving your living room. Sundance Selects is all set to send films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to a national audience for the first time.

You'll also get a first hand look at some of the live events that take place during the fest, as the on demand service "gives film lovers coast-to-coast the opportunity to experience a major film festival as it happens."

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Networks sign on for Clooney's two-hour Haiti telethon

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 15th 2010 6:34PM
George Clooney's aid event for Haiti will air on multiple networks.It's full-speed ahead for George Clooney's aid event for survivors of the massive earthquakes in Haiti as eleven networks signed on to air the event with the ongoing possibility of more coming aboard.

Currently, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV are aboard to air the event live. It will air at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, January 22.

Clooney will host from Los Angeles, and Haitian music star Wyclef Jean will take the mike from New York as co-host. CNN's Andersoon Cooper will offer special live reports from on the ground from the ground in devastated country.

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Happy Birthday, Andy Rooney!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 14th 2010 7:02PM
Andy Rooney is one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite people in general. He turns 91 today, and he's still going to work and writing and doing his weekly essays for 60 Minutes. His work there is still my favorite part of the show, but to get an even better sense of the man you should read his books.

Here are a few samples of his work on 60 Minutes over the years. Happy Birthday, Mr. Rooney.

On New Year's Eve:

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Robert Gibbs has a special message for Lost fans

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 3:10PM
The internet has been worried this week, worried that President Obama's State of the Union speech would be on February 2, which just happens to be the day of the season premiere of Lost. A reporter actually asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs if the President was going to speak on that night and disappoint fans of Lost, and Gibbs gave a refreshingly honest and funny response. It's not often you see pop culture discussed at a press briefing, and even rarer that you have a White House spokesman who knows what's going on with something like Lost.

Mediaite has video of the press conference.

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Ted Koppel may return to ABC to host This Week

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 7th 2010 8:42PM
Thank God for the Internet. If that headline had been spoken on the radio or a TV news show, it would have sounded like some bizarre Abbott and Costello routine.

"Did you hear that Ted Koppel may be hosting This Week on ABC?"

"Really, what show?


"I sure want to know the name of the show he'll be hosting on ABC."

"Well I just thought I'd tell you."

"Well I just thought I'd ask."

"Ask me what?"

"I don't know."


[via TV Week]

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Lots of changes coming to CNN (and they don't involve Kathy Griffin)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2010 3:01PM
CNNIt's a new year and CNN has decided to shake up it's daytime lineup. Here's what's going to happen later this month.

  • Heidi Collins is leaving the network. Her last day is January 15.
  • Ali Velshi is taking over the 1pm to 3pm slot.
  • Kyra Phillps moves to the 9am to 11am slot.
  • Rick Sanchez keeps his 3pm to 5pm slot but his show gets a new name, Two Hours of Annoying Talk and Viewer Comments with Rick Sanchez. Actually, it's called Rick's List, which is an even worse title.
  • Wolf Blitzer's show will be cut by an hour.

I like watching Phillips in the afternoon (I don't usually watch any of the cable news channels in the morning) so I'll miss her, but Velshi is a good choice.

[via TV Newser]

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Democrats ask MSNBC's Ed Schultz to run for the Senate

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 6th 2010 10:00PM
The Democrats are getting desperate to retain the baboon hair thin majority they have in the Senate.

How desperate are they? They actually asked political TV shouter Ed Schultz to run for a vacant seat.

The pundit and host of MSNBC's The Ed Show got a call from Democratic Rep. Merle Boucher asking him to run for retiring North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan's vacated seat.

Schultz hasn't said whether he'll run one way or the other but when he does, expect his booming voice to knock out a few car windows and the occasional fragile wine glass. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Is Kathy Griffin banned from CNN?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 5th 2010 2:30PM
Kathy GriffinIn 2008, Kathy Griffin said something on CNN's New Year's Eve show that was shocking, something concerning a heckler and his penis. A few days ago she said the F word live during the broadcast. Will she be back on CNN on December 31 of this year?

Not according to our friends over at PopEater. They say that insiders have revealed that CNN has banned Griffin from all future New Year's Eve shows. For the record, the network says that they have not discussed who will or won't be on the next New Year's Eve show.

So, should Griffin be banned? I'm all for outrageous humor, blah, blah, blah, but I think there has to be a common-sense limit to what she says on a live show. Her Bravo stand-up specials are one thing, but she says the F word on live TV after she says something equally risque' the year before? What do you think?

Update: CNN says that reports that Griffin has been banned are false because no decision has been made on next year's show yet.

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Goodbye Walter Cronkite (again)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 5th 2010 8:30AM
Katie CouricI was wondering when this would happen. CBS has replaced Walter Cronkite as the announcer of The CBS Evening News.

Now, those of you who never watch The CBS Evening News are probably saying, "of course they replaced him. Didn't he die months ago?" Yes, he did, but he recorded the opening ("This is The CBS Evening News, with Katie Couric") before he passed away and the show kept the same opening even after he was gone.

And who is the new announcer? It's none other than Andy Dick! This is a daring choice by CBS. OK, I'm kidding, it's actually actor Morgan Freeman. Which is only fair, since Michael Douglas does the intro for NBC Nightly News (ABC has Mike Rowe).

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