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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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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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60 Minutes goes behind the scenes of Guiding Light

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 17th 2009 10:28AM
No, Morley Safer didn't go behind the scenes of the CBS soap with a hidden camera to find some scandal or catch someone doing something illegal, he talked to the cast and crew because the show is ending tomorrow after 57 years on the network.

There are interviews with the producers and writers of the show as well as a few cast members, along with scenes from the final episodes.

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What You Missed Last Night: Morley Safer is not impressed by the fashion world

by Bob Sassone, posted May 18th 2009 2:44PM
60 MinutesI don't usually write about the world of high fashion, but I was interested in the interview with Anna Wintour on 60 Minutes last night. For one, she's a mysterious women we only hear about from other people. Two, The Devil Wears Prada is on TV every single week and I have to watch it whenever it's on. The best part of this piece is the really funny, sarcastic digs that Morley Safer gets in about this fashion world.

(The video is after the jump because it's one of those videos that plays automatically.)

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60 Minutes won't replace Bradley, until they do

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2006 12:59PM

Ed BradleyOdd headline over at the Asbury Park Press. It says ""60 Minutes Has No Plans To Replace Bradley," but then in the article there's a quote from the show's executive producer, Jeff Fager, where he says "It's a long-term project to find the next full-time person who can show the abilities that are expected of a 60 Minutes correspondent."

Sounds to me like they do have plans to replace Bradley, but not until next season.

But what's the big deal here? Did we really expect that 60 Minutes can just lose a top reporter and not replace him? And I hate the word "replace" anyway, like he just kept a spot warm and now they're throwing another person in there to take up the spot. Bradley himself won't (and can't) be replaced, he was unique. It's his duties that will be done by someone else.

[via TV Newser]

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Ed Bradley dead at 65 - BREAKING NEWS

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2006 12:45PM

Ed BradleyKatie Couric just broke into CBS programming with the shocking news that longtime 60 Minutes journalist Ed Bradley died this morning of leukemia. He was 65.

I use the word shocking because I don't think there was any public indication that Bradley was sick from leukemia.

At the time of his death, Bradley was still working on 60 Minutes, and stories that he was working on still remain to be aired at a later date. He had been with 60 Minutes for 26 years and won several awards, including an Emmy, a Polk, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and a duPont citation.

Bradley was married to artist Patricia Blanchet.

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Ed Bradley leaving 60 Minutes?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2006 12:48PM
Ed BradleyPossibly. Sources say that the veteran newsman isn't happy with the way CBS execs are handling his contract negotiations, and he has told people he's "on strike." Not literally on strike, just not happy with the way things are going. Then again, he told the New York Daily News that he's honoring his contract, there has been no work slowdown, and he even taped a new opening for an old piece (the show is in summer reruns right now).

My guess? There are contract negotiations going on, but I'm sure Bradley is working the same way he always has, and the press is just trying to find juicy stuff to tease with about a longtime TV personality (shocking the press would do that, I know). The NYDN even tries to get him to talk about his contract, and he says he doesn't discuss his contract with anyone. I think that's the right response to that question no matter what the situation. I really doubt Bradley is walking around the CBS offices with a donut, talking to people in their cubicles, not doing any work, going back to his office to pout and play solitaire on his computer until producers give him more money.

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Mike Wallace in the hot seat on 60 Minutes

by Anna Johns, posted May 19th 2006 10:43AM
mike wallace; 60 minutes; cbs; newsIn-your-face television journalist Mike Wallace answers some tough questions on this Sunday's edition of 60 Minutes. The 88-year-old news veteran is retiring from the program and revealing a lot about his personal life, including the revelation that he attempted suicide 20 years ago. He had a roundtable discussion with fellow 60 Minutes jouralists Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft, Leslie Stahl and Morley Safer, who got his old friend to open up about his battle with depression. Wallace also says that, since his suicide attempt, his life has been better. It's not clear whether he admits how he tried to kill himself.

The retrospective, called I'm Mike Wallace, airs Sunday at 7 pm on CBS. It also includes clips of some of his most memorable interviews.

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Colbert's 60 Minutes interview on YouTube

by Adam Finley, posted May 2nd 2006 11:03AM

stephen colbertI've held, for some time, a big admiration for Stephen Colbert. Not the fake Stephen Colbert who channels Bill O'Reilly and others and mocks political on The Colbert Report, but Colbert the comedian who so inhabited his roles on shows like Exit 57, Strangers with Candy, and The Daily Show that it's impossible to see through the guise to the real Stephen Colbert. Of course, if anyone can try to coax Stephen out of his comedic shell it's 60 Minutes. If you didn't happen to catch his appearance on the show last Sunday, YouTube has the entire interview, split up into three parts. Based on interviews I've seen with him, Colbert is one of those creative people who wants merely to make people laugh without over-analyzing his methods for doing so. In this age when everyone wants to be visible in every possible way, I find that extremely refreshing. Nevertheless, Morley Safer's interview does reveal some interesting things you may or may not have known about the man.

Oh yeah, since this is YouTube and clips like this sometimes have a tendency to disappear, you can at least catch snippets of the interview here and here.

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