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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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Today's 'Duh' Moment: Men Are Distracted By Sexy Anchors, Study Says

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 25th 2011 7:00PM
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jamie Colby and Megyn Kelly of Fox NewsEvery so often, you hear about a study whose results are so obvious, you just have to smack yourself in the head and wonder how the researchers were able to ask for funding with a straight face.

Today, Miller-McCune.com published the results of one such study, conducted by two researchers at Indiana University. The researchers found that men, when they watch a newscast with an attractive, provocatively-dressed female anchor, are more likely to remember the image of the person reading the news than the news the person was reading.

Well, of course they are.

That's what the networks count on.

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Mike Bloomberg Doesn't Want to Be President; He's Happy in N.Y. (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 13th 2010 10:30PM
During an appearance on "Meet the Press," (Sundays 9AM ET on NBC) host David Gregory confronted Mike Bloomberg with the ever-present rumors that the billionaire is exploring an independent bid for the presidency in 2012

"No, I'm not looking at the possibility of running," the mayor of New York stated, bluntly. "I've got a great job and I'm going to stick with it."

So why do rumors of his candidacy continue to swirl?

"Most of this is just because the press wants something to write about,'' Bloomberg speculated.

Really? The press would hype up a potential presidential candidate just to give them something to write about? Hmm, could that apply to a certain somebody from Alaska, too?

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No Matter What CBS Does, It'll Still Come in Third in the Mornings

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 1st 2010 11:30AM
Jeff Glor, Erica Hill, Chris Wragge and Marysol Castro are the new CBS 'Early Show' teamThe CBS morning news timeslot reminds me of a highway-side retail location that changes tenants every few years. First it's a clothing store, then a sushi restaurant, then a gym, then a pizzeria. All the plans are ambitious, but nothing ever sticks.

So the news that the Eye network is shaking up their 'Early Show' crew, jettisoning Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price and installing the team of Chris Wragge, Erica Hill, Jeff Glor and Marysol Castro (the new team is pictured to the right), isn't a huge surprise. In fact, the comments by executive producer David Friedman in the wake of the shake-up make perfect sense: the team that was in place didn't have the same chemistry as the team that they're inserting, especially Wragge and Hill, who have been paired on the Saturday 'Early Show' for a couple of years.

But the Eye Network could have Sarah Palin and Tiger Woods doing the news in the mornings and they'll still come in third place. Not that making changes aren't merited, but it sometimes feels like the folks at Black Rock are doing no more than shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Note to the Networks: William and Kate Won't Be As Big as Chuck and Di

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 18th 2010 5:30PM
Prince William and Kate Middleton in their first interview after announcing their engagement
As the morning news shows breathlessly came on the air Tuesday morning with their "Breaking News" about the engagement of England's Prince William to his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton, I got an eerie feeling. I flashed back to 1981, when the engagement of William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, sent shock waves throughout both the US and the UK.

I was only ten years old at the time, but it's not hard to recall how captivated the US was by the couple, and by the prospects of viewing a royal wedding on live television. The country was going through a rough time; a divisive president was in the White House, the country was in the throes of a recession, and the country was under constant threat of attack.

Sound like a familiar scenario? It does to the news divisions of the various broadcast networks, because they're hoping against hope that the William/Kate wedding will be as big or bigger than the Charles/Di wedding, which drew an estimated 750 million viewers worldwide. "I think this (wedding's audience) is going to be close to (the Charles/Di audience). Maybe bigger," 'Good Morning America' executive producer Jim Murphy told the New York Post yesterday.

But it's not 1981 anymore. Which makes me wonder if the network's overheated coverage of this engagement is just an exercise in wishful thinking on their part.

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Matt Lauer Doesn't Need to Lower the Hammer on George W. Bush Tonight

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 8th 2010 2:00PM
Matt Lauer talks to George W. Bush in 'Decision Points' Monday 11/8 at 8PM on NBC
It's an axiom that's as old as television itself (maybe even older), but it's true: former presidents are much better interviews than sitting presidents. The reason isn't rocket science: an ex-president doesn't have to watch what he says, he doesn't have to worry about being re-elected or burning political bridges.

This is the big reason why I'm looking forward to Matt Lauer's interview with George W. Bush tonight, which airs at 8PM ET on NBC. It's Dubya's first interview in support of his memoir 'Decision Points,' which will be released tomorrow. From what I've read and seen in various sneak peeks, it's going to contain some interesting admissions from one of the most polarizing Chief Executives this country's ever had.

But, according to Brian Stelter in The New York Times, Lauer will not be grilling Bush on what went on during his eventful presidency. "The tone of the prime-time special is conversational, not prosecutorial," wrote Stelter, "and for that reason, "Lauer/Bush" is not likely to join "Frost/Nixon" in the public imagination."

That's absolutely OK, though; Lauer doesn't need to lower the hammer on Bush in order for this to be an effective and fascinating interview to watch, for a number of reasons:

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Martin Bashir Leaving 'Nightline' and ABC for MSNBC

by Gary Susman, posted Jul 22nd 2010 4:02PM
Martin BashirIt's musical-chairs time in network news.

Martin Bashir, who's been one of the three co-anchors of ABC's 'Nightline' for the past five years, has announced he's leaving the show and the network to take a job at NBC and MSNBC. Replacing him alongside 'Nightline's' Terry Moran and Cynthia McFadden will be Bill Weir, the weekend co-anchor of ABC's 'Good Morning America.'

Bashir's new gig, starting in September, will see him anchoring an afternoon broadcast at MSNBC. He'll also be a contributor to the parent network's 'Dateline NBC.' In this, he's following in the footsteps of Kate Snow, who left ABC News in May for a 'Dateline' correspondent job.

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CNN at 30: A Look Back, Ahead

by Gary Susman, posted Jun 3rd 2010 9:00AM
CNN logoCNN turns 30 this week. Usually, by age 30, people know what they want to be when they grow up. Cable news channels, apparently, aren't so sure.

CNN launched 30 years ago with its first news broadcasts on June 1, 1980, anchored by David Walker and Lois Hart. For a long time, Ted Turner's brainchild seemed a crazy idea. Within a few years, however, it was indispensable, allowing viewers to keep track of such breaking news as the Challenger disaster or the onset of the Gulf War. For the first half of its existence, it also had the field to itself.

Over the last decade and a half, however, it's had to compete with Fox News and MSNBC, as well as countless competing news sources on the Internet. As CNN turns 30, without much festivity or fanfare, the network is still trying to react to the changed media landscape, struggling to survive and to define its mission.

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10 November News Headlines That Ought to Be TV Movies

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 30th 2009 5:39PM
It's no secret that there are little to no original ideas left in Hollywood, as we're overrun week after week with sequels and seemingly endless remakes. The question is: Why? Don't movie executives and screenwriters read the news?

The everyday world is filled with strange and bizarre occurrences that are a thousand times more original -- and entertaining -- than a lot of what Hollywood is churning out these days, from a hopeful reality TV star crashing a White House dinner to a seven-day search in the woods for an engagement ring that fell from a hot air balloon.

Here are 10 news headlines from November 2009 that would make great TV movies, complete with our ideal casts. Don't be surprised if you see some of these show up on Lifetime, Hallmark or even HBO sometime in the near future.

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So what are you watching tonight?

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 14th 2009 2:01PM
LenoWe'll have a lot of season premieres coming up in the next few weeks, but I would say that tonight is a big night, too. Not only do we have the season opener of Gossip Girl on The CW, we also have the long-awaited debut of The Jay Leno Show on N "we don't have scripted shows at 10 anymore" BC.

What are you going to watch? Lincoln Heights and Greek? Monday Night Football? One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl? Or are you going to watch something on cable or the news? Or maybe DVDs/DVR stuff you haven't watched yet? Will you give Leno a try?

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Odd TV news clip of the week: woman can MSNB-See (but not hear)

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2009 2:31PM
I haven't watched MSNBC since my cable company took it off the basic digital package I have, and between the bizarre Keith Olbermann/Chris Matthews feuds and stuff like the video below, I might have to upgrade. It's from yesterday, when David Shuster and Tamron Hall were interviewed by a New York reporter about a story she wrote. It gets very odd. If she couldn't hear them, how did she answer so quickly? And if she was reading the screen and answering some questions, why not answer the others?

[via TV Newser]

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What You Missed Last Night: The Daily Show on mindless news overkill

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2009 3:24PM
Yesterday we had a poll asking you what your favorite news channels/news sources are, and a few readers wondered why we didn't include The Daily Show and/or The Colbert Report as a poll option. Well, I could say it's because, well, they're comedy shows and you still have to know the news to get the jokes, but the truth? I kinda forgot.

So here's a clip from last night's Daily Show, with Jon Stewart talking about the crazy media overkill when it comes to covering Obama's first 100 days. (Video here if you can't access what's below.)

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Ladies and gentlemen, the best of Shepard Smith

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 23rd 2009 3:27PM
Shep Smith is one of my favorite people on television. He's always entertaining, informative, fair, and (yes) balanced! He's also a great source for those priceless "live news" moments that make for great video fodder. Here are a few of my favorites, including a new one where the F-bomb is launched (PopEater has even more Shep goodness).

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Tracy Morgan's real-life WGN interview to be shown on 30 Rock - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2009 5:36PM
Tracy MorganTracy Morgan's real-life antics have been well-documented and have even made it onto 30 Rock itself. At one point, Tracy Jordan was wearing a ankle monitoring bracelet just like Morgan had to. Now another real-life episode is going to make it onto a 30 Rock episode, and this time there's video.

In 2007, Morgan appeared on WGN to not only plug his show but also a stand-up performance he was going to be doing in Illinois. I have no idea if he was buzzed or if he was...well, just Tracy being Tracy, but it's funny. The clip is going to be shown on the April 23 episode of the NBC show. They probably won't show the whole thing but it will be edited to fit into what I'm sure will be a crazy plot involving Tracy Jordan.

Please note that at one point, Morgan crawls up on the anchor desk in front of the news team, lifts up his shirt and makes his stomach go up and down.

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Hey news, we get it! There's a recession. Thanks.

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2009 5:01PM
The Early ShowThis morning, for some reason, I had the CBS Early Show on. I wasn't watching it per se, until I started noticing a somewhat disturbing trend. I'd picked up on it during my local news broadcasts as well, but this was the first national news program I'd seen it on (no I don't watch Katie Couric or Brian Williams, that's what the internets are for). Every single story or topic they covered involved some mention of the bad economy and the recession.

It started with a segment about singles finding love. Harmless enough. "In these tough economic times, is it possible to find love without spending a lot of money?" "Oh yes" blah blah blah. That went on for way too long talking about budget dating and how you can't judge a person for being unemployed and it's about their heart not their wallet. Okay, fair enough. But then we lead to the next segment. Cooking with Chef Boy-R-Dee or whatever and it's how to make meatballs on a budget. Because in these tough economic times who can possibly afford meat and pasta sauce?

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