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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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Bob Costas Says Jerry Sandusky Interview Was Unplanned (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 7:50AM
Monday night Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky about his alleged inappropriate contact with young boys and the subsequent 40-count criminal indictment he now faces. The interview on NBC news magazine show 'Rock Center' took many by complete surprise, including Costas.

Speaking on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Tuesday, Costas said that he was in a Manhattan TV studio prepping for an interview with Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, when, "no more than ten, fifteen minutes before the cameras were to roll, Amendola says, 'What if I can get Sandusky on the phone?'"

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Jerry Sandusky Tells Bob Costas: 'I Shouldn't Have Showered With Those Kids' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 15th 2011 6:55AM
'Rock Center'Last night while ABC aired its exclusive interview with Gabrielle Giffords, NBC's 'Rock Center' aired its own exclusive as Bob Costas talked to former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky and his attorney. Discussing allegations against him of sexual abuse dating back to 1994, Sandusky -- who has been charged on a 40-count indictment -- protested his innocence.

The interview made for uncomfortable viewing at times, with Sandusky admitting that he had, at least, made some highly questionable choices in his interaction with children. When Costas asked if he was "completely innocent and falsely accused in every aspect?" Sandusky replied "I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their leg. Without," he added, "intent of sexual contact."

Watch the interview after the jump.

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Chelsea Clinton Joins NBC News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 10:15AM
Chelsea Clinton NBC NewsGet ready to see more Chelsea Clinton on your TV.

Clinton has joined NBC News as a full-time special correspondent. She'll start work immediately.

Her first assignments will be part of Brian Williams' 'Rock Center' and 'NBC Nightly News' series "Making a Difference."

"People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me," Clinton said in a statement. "I hope telling stories through 'Making a Difference' -- as in my academic work and non-profit work -- will help me to live my grandmother's adage of 'Life is not about what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.'"

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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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Hugh Hefner and the PTC Speak Out on 'The Playboy Club' Cancellation

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:00AM
'The Playboy Club' castAs was widely expected, NBC's new drama, 'The Playboy Club,' has gained the dubious distinction of being the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will reportedly be replaced with repeats of 'Prime Suspect' until Brian Williams' news magazine series 'Rock Center' starts on Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Now 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner says he thinks he knows why 'The Playboy Club' struggled in the ratings and failed to ignite with audiences.

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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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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.

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