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Chelsea Clinton Makes Her Debut as an NBC Special Correspondent (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 13th 2011 7:35AM
Chelsea Clinton on 'NBC Nightly News'Last night Chelsea Clinton made her debut as an NBC News special correspondent. The former First Daughter appeared on 'Nightly News With Brian Williams' to introduce her 'Making a Difference' segment, which aired in full later on 'Rock Center.'

So, how did she do? Pretty well, as it turned out. Chatting to Williams she was poised and confident, with perhaps just a hint of nerves underlying her banter.

Clinton's report featured the work of Annette Dove, who helps underprivileged children in Pine Bluff, Ark. With food, shelter and tutoring, Dove provides a safety net for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Check out Clinton's debut after the jump. And listen closely: When she said, "Thank you Brian, I'm very happy to be here," did somebody in the studio clap?

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Brian Williams Reads the News Through Fire Alarm (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 30th 2011 11:45AM
Few things are as awkwardly entertaining to watch as when live TV goes wrong. Tuesday night on 'NBC Nightly News,' a fire alarm went off in the middle of the broadcast as Brian Williams was reading a report about American Airlines' bankruptcy. Williams handled the distraction like a pro, pressing on to deliver the news over the noise. It was almost disappointing that he kept his composure and didn't melt-down into a "We'll do it live!" moment, but the video is still oddly hilarious to watch anyway.

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Brian Williams Previews 'Rock Center' and His After-Hours Sardonic Style (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 31st 2011 6:45PM
Brian Williams' news magazine 'Rock Center' premieres Monday night at 10PM ET, and to celebrate the occasion, Williams gave Al Roker a tour of his new set, built conveniently a few steps away from the set of his other gig, 'NBC Nightly News.' Williams, in his after-hours slightly sardonic style, showed Roker his "conversation nook" and described what the tone of the new show will be.

As Roker sat on his couch and immediately began talking about his first career TV appearance. Williams flashed the dry sense of humor that may come to define 'Rock Center,' and asked "How much of this is gonna be about you, and how much, by percentage, will be about our new broadcast?"

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Gabourey Sidibe Hits on Brian Williams (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 28th 2011 3:15PM
Gabourey Sidibe's propensity for hitting on older men ran into Brian Williams' awkward mojo Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). As the gang was talking about the scene in 'Tower Heist' where Sidibe flirts with Eddie Murphy, and Al Roker brought up the fact that Sidibe was standing next to one of her real-life crushes, Williams.

"I'm so embarrassed by this," Sidibe said. But Williams stepped in to save her, saying, "We've done a few charity events together, we've had our moments in the past, we've admitted this publicly." After they kissed on the cheek, Roker ended the segment with an apt sign-off. "Can't wait to see 'Rock Center,'" he said, in his best Quagmire from 'Family Guy' voice. Neither can we, Al.

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Ted Koppel Joins Brian Williams' 'Rock Center'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 13th 2011 4:00PM
Legendary journalist Ted Koppel is joining Brian Williams' new NBC primetime newsmagazine 'Rock Center' as a special corespondent.

"A pioneer of broadcast journalism, Ted has touched every major news event spanning nearly 5 decades," Steve Capus, president of NBC News, said in a statement. "And not only does he bring a tremendous amount of experience to the broadcast, he is a tireless advocate for quality journalism, and is one of our profession's premiere storytellers."

Williams added, "My goal has been to make 'Rock Center' the Cooperstown of our craft. Ted is a consensus Hall of Famer, joining the best team of men and women on the air today. While his place in the history of television journalism is already established, his work here is just beginning."

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NBC Cancels 'The Playboy Club'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 1:22PM
The Playboy ClubNBC has pulled the plug on 'The Playboy Club.' It's the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will be replaced by Brian Williams' new newsmagazine series 'Rock Center' starting Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Variety reports that repeats of 'Prime Suspect' will air in the Mondays at 10PM timeslot until 'Rock Center' debuts.

'The Playboy Club' debuted to 5 million viewers and has fallen dramatically since. Its most recent Monday night episode was seen by about 3.4 million viewers. It starred Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard and told the story of the Playboy club in 1960s Chicago.

In addition to the low ratings and a poor critical response, 'The Playboy Club' was also targeted by the Parents Television Council for being indecent. One NBC affiliate even refused to air the series.

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Brian Williams Has Great Hair, But Terrible Eating Habits on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 4th 2011 3:00AM
Brian Williams, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Brian Williams was looking particularly dapper for his 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) appearance, thanks apparently to the marmoset. According to the 'NBC Nightly News' anchor, his newest hair product is made from them, and more importantly, it doesn't show roots.

After he left, David Letterman let us know that he was headed back to his regular job over at 30 Rockefeller Center, which is only a few blocks away. So for fun, Letterman put a camera on to watch him making his way back to work.

The footage caught Brian Williams stopping off at a dumpster and taking a sandwich out of him. We know he's a hard-working man, but he doesn't have time to stop at a sandwich place, or at least a street vendor?

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Hannibal Lecter TV Series In the Works, TBS Buys Conan O'Brien Comedy Pilot & More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 12th 2011 7:00PM
Bryan FullerHannibal Lecter: TV star? Maybe, just maybe.

According to Deadline, 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller is at work on a one-hour drama series about the famous cannibal. 'Hannibal' will focus on Lecter's relationship with a young FBI profiler named Will Graham. Lecter's foil Graham is haunted by his knack for empathizing with serial killers. Fuller is executive producing with Martha De Laurentiis, producer of 'Hannibal,' 'Red Dragon' and 'Hannibal Rising.'

The 'Hannibal' project is part of the recently launched Gaumont International Television, run by NBC's former had of drama, Katie O'Connell. In addition to 'Hannibal,' the company is working on 'Madame Tussaud,' a six-hour miniseries from 'The Tudors' creator Michael Hirst.

Over in comedy land, TBS has ordered a pilot from Conan O'Brien. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the multi-camera comedy follows a centers a family man who leaves his day job and returns to his childhood neighborhood. While at home, the character reunites with his old best friend. O'Brien will serve as an executive producer.

In other TV news ...

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'Access Hollywood Live' Looks at the Final 'Lopez Tonight' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 12th 2011 3:45PM
Eva Longoria and George Lopez on the Final 'Lopez Tonight' on 'Access Hollywood Live'Thursday night marked the end of the line for George Lopez on 'Lopez Tonight,' and Friday, 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) devoted a considerable amount of time to clips from the show. The main guest on the final 'Lopez Tonight' was Eva Longoria, and she and Lopez had a loose and open conversation about the end of the show. After the clips, Brian Williams gave his opinion on who might replace Lopez in the late night slot.

Lopez asked Longoria about her "wardrobe malfunction" on Letterman in April, when a button popped loose on an already revealing top. Nothing improper actually got shown, but Longoria said it was the most downloaded video of the month. "Maybe if I did that here, we would still be on," said Longoria. Lopez suggested in might not be too late. Longoria also noted that when the show started, she and Lopez were both employed and married, and now they are both divorced and jobless.

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Brian Williams Describes Flying in a Rickety Private Plane With Regis Philbin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 26th 2011 10:00AM
Brian Williams, 'Late Show with David Letterman'When you think of a private aircraft that a celebrity might use, you're probably imagining a little slice of luxury in the sky. So was Brian Williams when he agreed to travel with Regis Philbin to an awards ceremony.

As he told David Letterman on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), the reality was quite a bit different.

"We get on and ... the pilots board first and then instruct you in how to close the ... You have to close yourself inside the thing," Williams said.

As a journalist, though, Williams appreciates the value of a picture and so we saw a darkened shot of him and Philbin. It looked like they were packed in the back of a shipping crate, with one small bulb illuminated above them.

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The CW to Pick Up New Reality Series 'H8R,' Russell Hantz Gets A&E Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 11:15AM
The CW logoThe CW has reportedly ordered a new reality series for the fall called 'H8R.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, the show features celebrities trying to win over their biggest detractors. Hosted by Mario Lopez, the first episode of the show features Snooki and Kim Kardashian. 'H8R' will likely be paired with 'America's Next Top Model' on the network's fall schedule.

Meanwhile, the deal to bring Sarah Michelle Gellar to the network with 'Ringer' is done. The network will officially announce its lineup on Thursday morning.

In other TV news ...

Russell Hantz might not have won 'Survivor: Redemption Island,' but the reality star has landed a new series on A&E. 'Flipped' will see Hantz and his family buying and selling houses in the Houston area. [EW]

NBC is still working on that primetime Brian Williams-fronted newsmagazine show. The network president said he'll debut the show once it's fully developed. [THR]

Speaking of NBC, the network's orders for new mid-season comedies 'Bent' and 'BFF' were for six episodes each. Though it'll be harder for the shows to earn loyal audiences from just six episodes, it's worked in the past for peacock comedies like 'The Office.' [Deadline]

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Behold the Power of Oprah: Daytime Queen Gets NBA Game Rescheduled and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 13th 2011 11:30AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is flexing her muscles in an odd way. The exiting queen of daytime talk shows has gotten an NBA game rescheduled. Why? Because she's filming one of her final shows at the United Center, the arena where the Chicago Bulls were supposed to play the Miami Heat.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the game was supposed to take place on Tuesday, but because of Winfrey's shoot it has been postponed until Sunday.

"We just got the e-mail saying we were supposed to start next Tuesday, but Oprah has it then," Charles Barkley said on ESPN Radio. "So they said, well let's do it Monday. Oprah is having one of her last shows, so she's got the United Center locked up.

"They're going to set up Monday and tape her show Tuesday. So they just sent out an e-mail and said prepare to go to Chicago and start Game 1 Sunday afternoon," he said. "They're going to move it up three days, for Oprah."

The game is the first of NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

Winfrey reportedly wants to give Maria Shriver her own show. According to RadarOnline.com, Shriver is said to have been approached by Winfrey earlier this year, but now that Shriver has separated from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Winfrey is pursuing Shriver harder.

In other TV News ...

Brian Williams will host a new primetime news magazine on NBC. Reports indicate exiting 'Today' anchor Meredith Vieria will also contribute to the new series. [Deadline]

Syfy is prepping a spinoff of 'Warehouse 13.' The new show will feature the H.G. Wells character. [THR]

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Brian Williams and David Letterman Talk Osama Bin Laden Killing (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 2:56AM
Brian Williams, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Like most of us, Brian Williams was at home when the news came down the wire that Osama Bin Laden had been killed late Sunday night. He got a phone call tipping him to the news story, which was enough to get his wife up and moving, according to the story he told on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

By the time he got off the phone, she had the car running and aiming for the road so he could get to 30 Rock and get on top of the story right away. Now that's devotion!

David Letterman asked about speculation that the Pakistani government knew Bin Laden was in their country, and Williams said he would answer the question with one of his own.

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'30 Rock' 100th Episode Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 22nd 2011 10:45AM
Alec Baldwin, '30 Rock' - '100th Episode'['30 Rock' - '100th Episode']

'30 Rock''s little show-within-a-show is reaching 100 episodes. So's the show about a show, and I've gotta say that I am absolutely exhausted after sitting through that hour of television. Exhausted in a good way.

When '30 Rock' is firing on all cylinders (like on last night's show), it does fast-paced nonsense and throwaway gags at an 'Airplane'-like pace. Add an actual story that made sense, liberally sprinkled with flashbacks and guest stars recalling the past five years, and this is one of the most satisfying 100th episode celebrations of a series I've ever seen.

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Brian Williams Notices Jimmy Fallon Has 'A Little Political 'Tude Coming Out' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2011 2:58AM
Brian Williams, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Jimmy Fallon has a lot on his mind these days, and he decided to unload a bit of it on guest Brian Williams on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC). After all, the 'NBC Nightly News' anchor is well-versed in politics and the happenings of the world. It is kind of his job.

So Jimmy decided to talk about the political climate right now. "It feels like President Obama is playing soccer in Rio with kids and Hillary Clinton seems to be weirdly stepping up, almost like she's being very presidential," he said.

He couldn't understand why Obama was in South America with everything that's been going on the past week or so.

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