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Patrick Tutwiler

Weekend Show Preview, 4.18 – 4.20

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), TIME‘s Michael Duffy, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, Peggy Noonan from WSJ, John Dickerson of CBS, more guests possible…

“Fox News Sunday”: Russian Ambassador to US Sergey Kislyak, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, George Will, Rana Foroohar of TIME, WaPo‘s Robert Costa, Evan Bayh, President of Mount Vernon Estate Curtis Viebranz

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Chuck Todd of NBC, David Brooks of NYT, Radhika Jones of TIME, David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Author Jo Becker, Kevin Tibbles of NBC

ABC’s “This Week“: Anchored by Martha Raddatz, Rep. Michael McCaul, Fmr. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Donna Brazile, S.E. Cupp of CNN, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Jeff Zeleny

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Guest Host María Elena Salinas, Venezuelan oppo politician Henrique Capriles Radonsky, Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union, Katherine Vargas from the White House, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), writer Martín Caparrós

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Stu Rothenberg, the DNC’s Mo Elleithee, the RNC’s Sean Spicer, Tom Tarantino of IAVA, Sen John Walsh (D-MT), Iraqi Ambassador to US Lukman Faily, Australian Ambassador to US Kim Beazley

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Lara Spencer to Co-Host GMA

Hot off the presses! Newly minted ABC News President James Goldston sent a memo to staff minutes ago with a big announcement:

A key member of our on-air team, Lara Spencer, rejoined ABC three years ago – bringing her style, humor, sunny confidence,  wonderful journalism and storytelling to GMA. Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George. 

Read the whole memo after the jump…

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Sunday Show Ratings, 4.13.14: CBS Still on Top

CBS’s “Face the Nation” drew the most viewers last Sunday, with 3.03 million total. ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in 2nd and 3rd place with 2.29 million and 2.23 million viewers respectively.

CBS also won the key 25-54 age demographic, with 894,000 viewers, while NBC was next and then ABC. These latest ratings represent a holding pattern for the top three networks. “Face the Nation” has been the most watched Sunday show for the past 5 weeks, while “This Week” and “Meet the Press” have been duking it out for runner up.

Overall and in the demo, this was a down week for ABC, NBC and Univision. Each of those networks had their worst week of the year, losing an average of 18% of their viewers compared to last week. Meanwhile, CBS and Fox had 4% and 14% increases, respectively, over last week.

The numbers for April 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.03M 894K
ABC
“This Week” 2.29M 638K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.23M 677K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.27M 420K
Univision “Al Punto” 563K 236K

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

More from our sister site, TVNewser, after the jump…

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Aronofsky Joins CAP to Talk Faith and Environment

In a move that will surely only increase the heated rhetoric around his latest film, Noah director Darren Aronofsky will visit the Center for American Progress on Wednesday to discuss “the nexus of faith and environmentalism.” The film has come under attack from some religious groups for being little more than a thinly veiled political film that doesn’t even mention the word “God.” Aranofsky characterizes himself as a humanist, but says that stewardship of the Earth should be a priority for all people of faith.

The panel will feature Aronofsky, Noah Producer Ari Handel, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, as well as various folks from CAP. If you wanna check it out (it’s open to the public or you can live stream it), the deets are after the jump:

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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 87 (GalleyCat)
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday. He was 87 years old. Time The Nobel Prize-winning author was hospitalized for nine days in late March for an infection in his lungs and urinary tract. He had been recovering in his home in Mexico City since April 8. NYT His death was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and a mass audience. The Guardian Journalists gathered outside García Márquez’s house in Mexico City in the hope that one of the family members who was reportedly at his side would emerge. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressed sadness at the death of “one of the greatest writers of our time,” in the name of Mexico, the novelist’s adopted home. Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda was quoted by the Mexican newspaperReforma as saying that he was “the most important writer in Spanish of the 20th century.” WSJBorn in the sleepy town of Aracataca, Colombia, García Márquez was best known for his 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In a career spanning more than 60 years, García Márquez wrote some of the Spanish language’s most revered books, many of which became best sellers in the U.S. They included Autumn of The PatriarchChronicle of A Death ForetoldLove in The Time of Cholera and The General in His Labyrinth. García Márquez was also an accomplished journalist, whose lyrical, deeply reported stories first caught the eye of readers in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, in the early 1950s. He later became renowned not only his profiles of presidents and despots but for the real-life close ties he cultivated with leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton to François Mitterrand.

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In Case You Missed It

Afternoon Lede Check, 4.17.14

A tentative deal is struck between Russia and Ukraine; 8 million people have signed up for healthcare in the exchanges so far; oh, and Chipotle is raising their prices. EVERYBODY PANIC!

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Obama Presser: 8 Million+ Healthcare Sign Ups, a Deal on Ukraine Emerges

President Obama announced today in a press conference that more than 8 million people had enrolled in healthcare exchanges this year. That is 1 million more than initially predicted by the administration and 2 million more than a revised CBO estimate. He also said Democrats should “forcefully defend” Obamacare in the midterm elections and compared GOP resistance to the law to the 7 stages of grief. Republicans have gone through denial and anger, he explained, but “we haven’t reached acceptance yet.”

The President also lauded an emerging deal between Ukraine and Russia, and expressed cautious optimism that a civil war could be averted there.  Earlier today, diplomats in Geneva came to an agreement wherein eastern Ukraine will enjoy more autonomy from Kiev and Russia will agree to pull back troops back from its border. Obama said that while it was difficult to trust Putin given his past actions, the United States had “no stake in hurting ordinary Russians just for the sake of it,” and that he wanted normalize relations with Russia.

 

Malone Leaves American Prospect for New Yorker

clare maloneToday is Clare Malone‘s last day at The American Prospect, according to the Twitters. Malone had been the Web Editor at the Prospect for more than two years. Now, she will be taking up residence in NYC to become a fact checker for the New Yorker. Prior to her career in journalism, Malone worked for Export Now, a Chinese e-commerce site, and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Congrats on the new gig Clare!

Newsweek Cover: The Age of Biometric Surveillance

“The outcome was pure Kafka, with innocent people being caught in the surveillance dragnet. In fact, in attempting to find faces, the Pentagon’s Optic Nerve program recorded webcam sex by its unknowing targets—up to 11 percent of the material the program collected was “undesirable nudity” that employees were warned not to access, according to documents. And that’s just the beginning of what face recognition technology might mean for us in the digital era.”

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