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ICYMI: Miles O’Brien Reunited with CNN; Big Changes at Discovery

CNN Signs Miles O’Brien as Aviation Analyst for Two Weeks by Josh Feldman at Mediaite:

Former CNN anchor/reporter Miles O’Brien will be temporarily returning to the network, a CNN source said. O’Brien has been signed for two weeks as an aviation analyst amid the network’s coverage of the ongoing search for the missing MH370 flight. O’Brien worked at CNN from 1992 to 2008, and being a pilot himself, he covered aviation issues and several plane crashes during his initial tenure.

Discovery Founder John Hendricks Retiring as Chairman of Board by Michael O’Connell at THR:

John Hendricks is officially departing Discovery Communications. The 61-year-old founder of the massive media company, who stepped down as CEO in 2004, will retire from his role as chairman of the board of directors and director of the board this spring. He will remain in the position through the May 16 annual meeting of shareholders.

Discovery Names COO of International Networks by Francesca Bacardi at Variety:

Discovery Communications has promoted Doug Baker to chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Discovery Networks Intl. He previously served as exec VP and CFO. In his new role, Baker will be responsible for oversight of strategy and research for Discovery’s 100-plus international outlets, in addition to leading all financial aspects of Discovery Networks Intl. finance and marketing.

(h/t Matt Neufeld)

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ICYMI: Sadness Prevails -Facebook, Leno, and Sochi

Okay, so maybe you think the Facebook Look Back movies are lame, but this one might change your mind. – by David Cohen at AllFacebook.

While many Facebook users are suffering from overexposure to its recently introduced A Look Back videos, the social network honored a special request by St. Louis resident John Berlin, who wanted to see his deceased son’s video…Berlin’s video of his tearful plea to Facebook went viral, with more than 950,000 views at the time of this post, in just two days.

Which sad penis wished Jay Leno a fond farewell? Find out by watching his last opening monologue. – by Josh Feldman at Mediaite.

Leno referenced the last time he parted ways with the Tonight Show, saying, “I don’t like good-byes. NBC does, I don’t care for them.” He vaguely acknowledged the Conan O’Brien fracas that ensued by clarifying, “Tonight is our last show for real. I don’t need to be fired three times. I get the hint.”

Sochi. Is. So. Gross.  - by Chris Ariens at TVNewser.

Between the missing shower curtains, brown tap water and computer hacking affecting journalists covering the Sochi Games, NBC’s Bob Costas might have it the worst. He has an eye infection.

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Afternoon Reading List 11.06.13

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Rand Paul speeches to use Chicago Style citations?: According to a UPI post on Breitbart, Rand Paul has become so aggravated with the accusations of plagiarism in his speeches, an opinion article, and book that he will start footnoting his writings. This decision was made in the aftermath of Rachel Maddow calling Paul out on his prolific use of the “Gattaca” Wikipedia page in one of his recent speeches. This controversy has led to TWT cancelling his weekly column.

Why you should read it: To remember to attribute information where it’s due, and to justify all of those hours spent scanning Wikipedia in the middle of the night for no reason. Read more here.

Epic burn on CNN: Late last night, Mediaite’s Josh Feldman posted about Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd‘s burn on CNN. As the Terry McAuliffe HQ watched the election results on that network last night, they missed out on the news that McAuliffe actually won the election. Todd and Maddow goofed on their competitor, and Maddow even suggested that Todd change the channel. He said ““If they choose to get slower news, what are we supposed to do? I think word will trickle in that maybe they ought to change the channel if they want to know who won the Virginia governor’s race.”

Why you should read it: The phrase “If you’re not first, you’re last,” was made popular by the Will Ferrell movie “Talladega Nights,” and outside of stock car racing and reporting, that phrase means nothing. Inside, it’s everything. Read more here.

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Quotes of the Day

“There will be sex.” — Creative Coalition member Tim Daly on what’s to come on his ABC drama, Private Practice, where he plays Pete, the doctor having marital troubles with his TV wife, Violet. Daly told us this Thursday night at the Elle/Lani Hay shindig at The Ritz, but couldn’t elaborate much on what will happen with the storyline, saying he could land himself in hot water for spilling.

Dana loves ‘Scandal’

“Hanging w/ the sweet & talented @kerrywashington Star of my new favorite show ‘scandal.’ it’s a must watch.” — CNN’s Dana Bash who attended TIME/People party last night at the St. Regis. In the TV drama, Washington plays hot shot lawyer Olivia Pope, who has an ongoing liaison with the President of the United States.

Cupp has arrived

“Touched down in DC, where I will sleep before reports from nerd prom festivities later.” — Conservative Commentator and GBTV host S.E. Cupp.

Uh Oh.

“#WHCD tomorrow, and with me stuck in DC I need to have a deodorizer handy to remove the powerful stench of pretentiousness…” — Josh Feldman, who contributes to Mediaite.

Boybander tries to flirt with Elizabeth Banks

Actress Elizabeth Banks of Hunger Games fame: “Excited to watch 30 Rock Live show tonight. Writers and cast skillz on full display.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: “Are you going to be in the audience?” Banks: “I will be on my couch, in my slanket, eating Girl Scout cookies.” Much to our horror, Hayes continued, “Elizabeth Banks, was hoping you’d be at 30 Rock, so I could meet you in person and fanboy out a bit.” She did not reply. Sorry, Hayes, doesn’t sound like she’s an Upper.

One of our favorite partygoers, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, showed up to a number of parties last night, namely Funny or Die. “Met Danny Strong at the #FirstAmendmentParty. My weekend’s pretty much sorted,” he wrote.

Charlize in the flesh

“Charlize Theron. Just as beautiful in person. #funnyordie.” — Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett at Funny or Die.

The perpetual cold shoulder

“Not at all sure what Richard Kind is doing right now. He was definitely just jokingly freaking out and then on his knees “proposing.” #WHCD” — The Washington Examiner‘s gossip columnist Nikki Schwab, out and about at parties last night, commenting on Twitter on the douchebag D-lister actor, Kind, who pinched a woman’s behind at the Elle/Lani Hay dinner Thursday night. Schwab’s been rather cold to FBDC as of late. So this weekend we’re implementing an ice thermometer rating scale for just how cool she is at each party where we encounter her. For a Thursday night sighting we give her an eight ice cube rating for making a round of hellos in a line and blatantly icing us out. Remember, it was last year at this time when we (and fellow FishbowlDC readers) helped her pick out dresses for prom. My how times have changed.

Journos covering WHCD take note…

“TWILIGHT – Actor Robert Pattinson was spotted at Washington Dulles Airport this evening, look for him at the WHCD #DMV” — DC Celebrity.

Whoa! On a journo’s salary?

“10% of my income goes to the church. Period. If I see someone in need, I help. I donate 2 causes I believe in. Thats personal responsibility.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jason Howerton.

A reporter writes to FBDC late night: “OMG did you open it? I like the glittery hair stuff, the chocolate and the soy candle. ” The journo is referring to the TIME/People gift bag that we lugged out of the St. Regis along with other partygoers struggling to carry such a jumbo gym bag of gifts. NYT Washington Bureau Chief Carl Hulse was noticeably carrying two gift bags. A bystander whose name rhymes with Latt Bornic joked with him about it. To which he responded, of course I get two, we’re the NYT. Hulse added that he was, of course, joking. He was carrying the bag of goodies for a friend.

Hitting on married dinner guests: Good idea or bad idea?

“Follow @ryanngro as she live tweets me awkwardly hitting on Paul Rudd at the WHCA dinner even though he’s totally married to Diane Wiest.” — Jessica Stephens, who has worked as an editorial intern at The American Prospect.