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Obama on '60 Minutes': Some of Least Ethical Behavior on Wall Street Was Legal (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 12th 2011 6:00AM
President Barack Obama, '60 Minutes'President Barack Obama sat down with Steve Kroft on '60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS), where he was asked about the government's handling of the current financial situation. Kroft said that 42 percent of Americans believe Obama's policies favor Wall Street, while only 35 percent said they favor average citizens.

While Obama said that he couldn't talk specifics in regards to the lack of prosecutions on Wall Street, as that's controlled by the Justice Department, he did offer one key observation.

"I can tell you ... some of the least ethical behavior on Wall Street, was indeed legal," Obama said. "That's exactly why we had to change the laws. And that's why we've put in place the toughest financial reform package since FDR and the Great Depression."

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Andy Rooney's Son Brian Remembers His Father on 'Early' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 7th 2011 1:00PM
Andy Rooney passed away on Friday, nearly two months after stepping away from his post at '60 Minutes.' Rooney's son Brian stopped by 'Early' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) to talk about his father's final days in television, and what the lovable curmudgeon was like off-camera.

"I always tell people it's the same act that ran on the other end of the dinner table ... he was amazingly in character for his entire life," Brian said. "He was himself whether at home or in front of the television camera."

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'60 Minutes' Plans Andy Rooney Tribute

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 6th 2011 12:30PM
Andy Rooney'60 Minutes' will air a special segment devoted to the late Andy Rooney.

Rooney died Fri., Nov. 4 at the age of 92. He had stepped down from his '60 Minutes' post on Oct. 2, saying at the time "I wish I could do this forever. I can't, though."

Rooney's final essay, "My Lucky Life," was his 1,097th for the long-running news program.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Morley Safer will lead the tribute to the late writer. Rooney had been with '60 Minutes' since 1978.

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Andy Rooney Dies at Age 92

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 5th 2011 9:10AM
Andy Rooney'60 Minutes' commentator Andy Rooney has passed away. He was 92.

According to CBS, Rooney died in a New York City hospital on Friday. In late October Rooney had minor surgery, but suffered from complications. He never recovered.

"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of '60 Minutes' said. "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."

The veteran journalist stepped down from his '60 Minutes' post in early October after his 1097th 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney' commentary. At the time, CBS News said he wasn't retiring, just not doing the weekly segment.

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Steve Jobs May Have Waited Too Long For Surgery, His Biographer Tells '60 Minutes' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 24th 2011 2:15AM
Walter Isaacson, '60 Minutes'According to biographer Walter Isaacson on '60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS), Steve Jobs reluctance to be cut open earlier in his struggle with cancer may have cost him that battle. "He regretted it, some of the decisions he made," Isaacson said. "And certainly I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."

Instead, Jobs went with spiritual treatments and changes to his diet. It took nine months of prodding from those closest to him to convince Jobs to go in for the surgery, but by then it was too late for the procedure to save him.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Rooney's Final 'Few Minutes,' Lilly's Gassy Past & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 8th 2011 12:30PM


Our favorite TV clips from this week ran the full gamut of emotions, and were filled with contradictions. J.R. Martinez's 'Dancing With the Stars' tribute to fallen soldiers was uplifting and emotional, a solid rebound after the horror of last week's Nancy Grace nip slip. Andy Rooney's '60 Minutes' sign-off was grumpily sincere, while Evangeline Lilly's story about farting on an airplane passenger was gross but oddly charming.

Meanwhile, Snooki throwing wine bottles at the Situation was, like most things that happen on 'Jersey Shore,' sadly entertaining. Finally, Hank Williams Jr. comparing President Obama to Hitler ... well, that was just absurd and unoriginal.

Check out the clips after the jump and vote for your personal favorite in our weekly poll.

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Andy Rooney Gives His Final 'Few Minutes' to '60 Minutes' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:45AM
Andy Rooney, '60 Minutes''60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS) is going to probably start sounding a lot less grouchy in the coming weeks. For more than 30 years, Andy Rooney has brought his signature crabbiness to the tail-end of many '60 Minutes' broadcast, but he's filed his final complaint.

At 92-years old, the journalist and writer promises he's not retiring, but he will be leaving the airwaves and signing off for the last time. But while he was heartfelt, gracious and appreciative of all the success he's found in his life and career, it wouldn't be Andy Rooney if he didn't offer a few complaints.

He hates it when people shout 'Hey Andy!' in the streets, and after saying thank you to all his fans, he left them with one piece of advice. "If you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner."

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Nancy Grace Nip Slip, Urkel in the 'House' & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 2nd 2011 1:30PM


This week in TV clips was at times horrifying, but ended on a positive note. Last week's 'X Factor Flashing' gave way to the Nancy Grace nip slip. And then Andy Rooney retired, which inspired outpouring of mash-ups saluting his career in grumpy old man musings. Both Ed Helms and Seth Rogen got Jersey Turnpiked by the 'Jersey Shore.' But then Jaleel White came back into our TV lives and set everything back right in the world.

Check out some of our favorite clips from the week that was in TV and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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Andy Rooney's Endearing Grumpiness Remembered by CBS (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 28th 2011 12:40PM
Andy Rooney has been providing endearingly grumpy commentary on '60 Minutes' for over 30 years. In the wake of yesterday's announcement that the 92-year-old newsman would be stepping away from his post following this Sunday's show, 'Early' (weekdays, 9AM ET on CBS) payed tribute to Rooney with a montage that was filled with his patented observational gripes.

In the clip, Rooney laments the need for warnings not to eat detergent and crusades against the cotton balls that come packaged in pill bottles. He proudly states that he'll never trim his eyebrows and wonders just how varied mix nuts are. All in all, it's a great reminder of what made Andy Rooney America's slightly perturbed next-door neighbor.

"I've tried to correct what's wrong with the world over the years, and it's discouraging to note what little effect I've had," Rooney observes. "They're still putting cotton in pill bottles."

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Andy Rooney Stepping Down From '60 Minutes' Post

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 5:16PM
Andy RooneyAndy Rooney is leaving his '60 Minutes' commentary post.

Rooney, 92, will make his formal announcement on Sunday. It will be his 1097th 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney' commentary.

Prior to his farewell segment, Rooney will look back on his career in a retrospective with Morley Safer.

"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be," Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and '60 Minutes' executive producer, said in a statement. "He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original. His contributions to '60 Minutes' are immeasurable; he's also a great friend."

Rooney will probably not be replaced and '60 Minutes' will always welcome him back.

"It's harder for him to do it every week," Fager said. "But he will always have the ability to speak his mind on '60 Minutes' when the urge hits him."

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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'CMT's Next Superstar' Gets Season 2, '60 Minutes' Stands by Lance Armstrong Story and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 2nd 2011 12:00PM
Kristin Chenoweth'CMT's Next Superstar' -- which hasn't finished Season 1 yet -- has been renewed for Season 2.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth will perform live during the June 10 finale. The singing competition series comes from 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' producer Nigel Lythgoe and his son Simon.

"Unlike other talent shows, we will continue to push for the entire package," Nigel Lythgoe told EW. "We were so thrilled to see the talent on the first season really step up and tackle each week's challenges. We can't wait to see just how far the finalists on season two are willing to go for the chance at superstardom."

Look for the new season of 'CMT's Next Superstar' to debut either later this year or in 2012.

In other TV news ...

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Tyler Hamilton Accuses Lance Armstrong of Doping on '60 Minutes' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 23rd 2011 1:31AM
Tyler Hamilton, '60 Minutes'Cyclist Tyler Hamilton is a key witness in the case accusing Lance Armstrong and others on his team of using performance-enhancing drugs. He went on '60 Minutes' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) and repeated some of the same statements he made in front of the federal grand jury.

"There was EPO. There was testosterone. And I did see a transfusion," Hamilton said, before clarifying it as "A blood transfusion." Transfusing, or blood doping, was used more before the performance-enhancing drug EPO came into vogue.

When asked how Armstrong could get away with being "a cheat and a liar," Hamilton replied simply: "There's a lot of other cheats and liars out there, too, who've gotten away with it. It's not just Lance."

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CBS Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 18th 2011 9:20AM
Person of InterestIt's CBS's turn to shake things up with its fall schedule, which the network just announced this morning.

'CSI' is finally getting the boot from its longtime Thursday night time slot in favor of the J.J. Abrams-produced 'Person of Interest,' while 'The Good Wife' is getting transferred from Tuesdays at 10PM to the highly competitive Sundays at 9PM slot.

The network's two new comedies will both get their shots after established shows, with '2 Broke Girls' airing after 'How I Met Your Mother' on Mondays and 'How to Be a Gentleman' landing post-'Big Bang Theory' on Thursdays. Interestingly, 'Rules of Engagement' is being pushed to Saturday nights.

CBS is saving the Robert De Niro-produced cop drama 'The 2-2' for mid-season (hopefully with a better name).

The full fall schedule is after the jump.

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Joseph Wershba, TV News Pioneer, Dies Aged 90

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 17th 2011 6:45AM
Joseph WershbaTV news pioneer Joseph Wershba, an Emmy-winning CBS News producer and reporter, whose work helped to bring the McCarthy witch hunts to an end, has died at the age of 90.

The Associated Press reports that Wershba, who was one of the original '60 Minutes' producers, died at his home at Long Island, New York of complications from pneumonia.

In a statement, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said, "Joe Wershba was a wonderful man who was a pioneer of broadcast journalism, without the notoriety of his more celebrated colleagues Ed Murrow and Don Hewitt. ... Almost everything he touched became part of the foundation for CBS News, including '60 Minutes.'"

In 1954 Wershba led a report on Sen. McCarthy for Edward R. Murrow's CBS TV news segment, 'See It Now.' The exposé helped discredit McCarthy, and was one of the inspirations for the movie 'Good Night and Good Luck,' in which Wershba was played by Robert Downey, Jr.

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