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Ryan Seacrest to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:15AM
Ryan SeacrestIt's been reported that Ryan Seacrest is in talks to replace 'Today' anchor Matt Lauer if he steps down from the NBC morning show next year. 'The Wall Street Journal' first reported that Seacrest met network executives for preliminary talks earlier this week to discuss him joining the show.

That report has since been confirmed by 'The Hollywood Reporter,' which spoke to multiple sources who said that the meeting did indeed take place, but that it was part of ongoing discussions with Seacrest.

Executives who reportedly attended the meeting included 'Today' executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News President Steve Capus and senior vice president for marketing and communications Lauren Kapp.

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Katie Couric Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane With Regis Philbin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:00AM
Regis Philbin & Katie Couric, '20/20'If there was one thing you could take from Katie Couric's little video trip down memory lane with Regis Philbin on 'A Special Edition of 20/20' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) honoring his retirement, it might be that she seems to have a bit of a crush on him.

She spotlighted a video of him stripping down to a speedo and dancing with other male dancers. Another had him taking his shirt off, to which he retorted, "See what age does to you!"

"I think you look pretty good," Couric told him. And then, when a clip of him kissing Alicia Keys played, Couric said she was a bit jealous.

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Katie Couric Still Wants to Be on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2011 11:20AM
Katie CouricIn the latest "I want to be on 'Dancing With the Stars'" news, Katie Couric has taken to Twitter to voice her desire to do the rumba on live TV.

"DWTS is my guilty pleasure!," she tweeted. "1 day hope I'll be on it...b4 I'm using a walker! Ha! But there might not be enuf anti perspirant on the planet!" [sic]

However, this isn't the first time Couric has spoken up about wanting to join the dancing competition. In September 2010, Couric said wanted to cha cha cha for the mirrorball trophy.

"My secret fantasy, sadly, is to be on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" she told UsMagazine.com. At the time she said she'd be worried about "those skimpy outfits!"

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Kathy Griffin Goes Public With On-Camera Pap Smear

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 15th 2010 4:03PM
kathy_griffin_the_advocate_coverLately, television has been getting more and more open and even invasive when it comes to keeping some things private. On VH1's E!'s 'Pretty Wild,' for instance, you can see the breasts of the ladies completely exposed with only the nipples blurred (as if that's the part that's not allowed on television!). On all the forensic dramas, the 'CSI's' and 'House,' getting inside the body is a regular, CGI-created event.

But for the really, really inside stuff, we've seen CBS's Katie Couric and Harry Smith having colonscopies on camera to illustrate the importance of the test in diagnosing colon cancer. And now Kathy Griffin will be the latest celebrity to lift the veil of privacy when it comes to the pap smear. On Wednesday, Kathy tweeted the news -- and invited the world: "Um, I'm getting a public pap smear, on camera, poolside @ The Palomar Hotel in LA Friday."

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Tiny Fey Does Sarah Palin on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 11th 2010 11:15PM
Tina Fey Does Sarah Palin on 'SNL'Comedienne Tina Fey does such an excellent job of parodying Sarah Palin that sometimes, it's tough to tell the difference between them. On the latest episode of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), Fey announced the creation of the fictional "Sarah Palin Network." And one of the new shows on the fictional network was: "Hey Journalist, I Gotcha!" In the show, Palin/Fey strikes back against the journalists who roasted her during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Katie Couric Silences Dave Price During 'Early Show' Colonoscopy (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 10th 2010 2:30PM
Remember, there's nothing funny about colonoscopies, especially if they happen on live television. Weatherman Dave Price attempts a bit of humor by forecasting a "full moon" during co-anchor Harry Smith's live colonoscopy on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), but Katie Couric fires back with a retort that firmly puts him in his place.

"I heard when they did your colonoscopy they actually found your head," Couric said to Price. "Is that true?"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Is Anderson Cooper Headed to CBS?

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 1st 2010 10:46AM
Anderson CooperIf Sarah Palin decides to run for President in 2012, those tough questions about newspapers and Supreme Court cases may be coming from Anderson Cooper instead of Katie Couric.

According to the NY Times, CBS reportedly met with the popular CNN host a few months ago to discuss potential anchor opportunities at the network. Although full details about the meeting have yet to be revealed, the timing is nonetheless interesting, considering that Couric's five-year contract with the network ends in mid-2011.

Cooper is already a familiar face to Eye viewers as a contributor to the prime time news program '60 Minutes.'

UPDATE: A rep for CNN has since denied the report.

For more on this story, visit PopEater.

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Why Was the Tiger Woods Speech Treated Like a Presidential Address?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 19th 2010 12:41PM
Tiger Woods speechIf you're looking for analysis of the Great Tiger Woods Apology of 2010, you've come to the wrong place. Our friends at TMZ, PopEater, and Fanhouse will have it all broken down from a personality, gossip, and sports perspective. No, what I'm here to talk about is the TV aspect of the coverage, and all I have to say about it is... it's troubling.

Why? Think about what happened this morning: all four networks interrupted their regular programming to show the speech. There was pre- and post-speech analysis from sports reporters as well as the news folks. There was a podium and a blue curtain. If you didn't know that Tiger Woods was about to speak, you might have thought that President Obama was about to step out and address the nation. Instead, we got Tiger talking over and over about how he's failed himself, his wife, his friends and his family.

I'm not sure what made me feel dirtier: the fact that the networks made it seem like a presidential address, or that I was actually watching it. Video and more after the jump.

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Diane Sawyer's Ratings Success at ABC's 'World News': Lessons Learned

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 27th 2010 2:30PM
While NBC has been mired in a public bloodbath over job changes among some high-profile employees, ABC has quietly and smoothly managed the job transition between two of its biggest on-air personalities, Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer. Not only did Sawyer's replacement of Gibson last month as anchor of 'World News' occur with a minimum of fuss and strife, but it also has met the network's goal, at least so far, of a ratings boost for the nightly newscast.

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'World News' Ratings Up Under Diane Sawyer

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 30th 2009 11:15AM
Things are looking up for 'World News' anchor Diane Sawyer -- at least in the ratings.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sawyer averaged 8.6 million viewers and a 1.8 rating (adults 25-54) in her first three days on the job, up 6 percent from where Charles Gibson was last year. In doing so, Sawyer helped 'World News' post its highest audience gain over CBS' 'Evening News With Katie Couric' (6.2 million) in 11 months.

That said, Sawyer still has her work cut out for her. Although 'World News' has pulled ahead of CBS' 'Evening News,' it still trails NBC's 'Nightly News With Brian Williams' (9.4 million) by about 800,000 viewers.

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Diane Sawyer Begins at ABC's 'World News'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:40AM
Diane Sawyer, ABC World NewsWith very little fanfare, Diane Sawyer debuted on ABC's 'World News,' taking over the anchor desk as if she'd been doing it forever. With a quick "Good evening, and it is so good to be here with you tonight," she immediately launched into news about health care reform, stranded travelers, and a new storm headed into the nation's midsection.

Unlike when Katie Couric took over the anchor desk for CBS Evening News, Sawyer's debut was low key and uneventful. She wore a dark suit with a white top and white earrings. She made the most of her conversational style by chatting with correspondents George Stephanopoulos, Dan Harris, David Muir and others reporting on various news items.

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Katie Couric vs. Diane Sawyer: Who Will Be The Ratings Winner?

by Liane Bonin, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:00AM
Diane Sawyer and Katie CouricAs you've undoubtedly heard, Diane Sawyer has ditched 'Good Morning America' to take over 'World News' from Charlie Gibson (her gig began yesterday). And while plenty of people are wondering how George Stephanopoulos will fare in her stead, what we're far more interested in is seeing the bloody ratings catfight that will now be taking place nightly at 6:30 p.m., as Sawyer goes up against Katie Couric over at 'CBS Evening News.'

Sure, it's a battle for second place (the multi-talented and funny Brian Williams is a consistent winner with 'NBC Nightly News', one of the few bright spots in NBC's schedule). But it's one that has the potential for major upheaval (Couric's contract is up in 2011). So, who will win? Right now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.t now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.

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Brian Williams on Tiger coverage, his funny self, and what's on his iPod

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 17th 2009 2:03PM
Brian WilliamsWhen NBC was promoting Brian Williams' fifth anniversary as anchor of the NBC Nightly News, I figured it was a good opportunity to ask him a few questions. After all, with two wars, a lousy economy, the health care debate, and Tiger Woods, there's lots of news going on right now.

And, in such a relatively short period of time, the news landscape has changed on both the broadcast and the cable fronts, including the fact that on Monday, when Diane Sawyer takes over ABC's World News, he'll be the only male evening news anchor left.

Williams (or as he's been called lately, BriWi) was nice enough to answer some questions via e-mail about his new competition and how he lets his famous sense of humor come through during a serious newscast. Finally, he gives me some insight into what he's listening to right now (if you've seen previous interviews with him, he leans more towards the college radio side).

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Charles Gibson to Leave 'World News' Dec. 18

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 2nd 2009 12:15PM
Including tonight's broadcast, Charles Gibson will occupy the anchor's chair at 'World News' just 11 more times before signing off permanently on Dec. 18, according to Variety.

In a statement posted on ABC's blog, 'The World Newser,' Jon Banner, executive producer of 'World News,' lauded Gibson, who has anchored the program since 2006. He noted how ABC is "preparing to see our very good friend and anchor off as he begins a new journey."

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Sarah Palin Snubs CBS During Book Tour

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 24th 2009 1:45PM
Alas, there will be no WWE-style rematch between Sarah Palin and Katie Couric. ("Palin vs. Couric II: This Time, It's Personal!")

According to the National Journal's Hotline On Call blog, Couric's producer has sent two interview requests to Palin's camp for sit-downs during the former Alaska governor's current book tour (pictured), but Palin will be snubbing not just Couric but all of CBS.

Not that anyone should be surprised. Palin's chat with Couric during last year's presidential campaign, in which the vice presidential hopeful was unable to name any newspapers or magazines she read, is widely believed to have contributed to the McCain-Palin ticket's electoral defeat. And CBS is also the home of David Letterman, who incurred Palin's wrath this summer when he told an off-color joke about one of her daughters.

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