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Mr. Colbert Comes To Washington

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Brace yourselves GW students… Mr. Stephen T. Colbert will be returning to Lisner Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 8th for one of the final tapings of The Colbert Report.

With only 11 episodes of the Emmy-winning show remaining, Stephen has chosen to grace us with his witty, satirical brand of humor before he moves to CBS’ Late Show in 2015.

“Washington has been the Report’s second home, and I will be returning on Monday to show it the same affection the British did in 1812,” he said.

Lisner has hosted the satirist in the past, when he discussed his book “I am America (And So Can You!) with NBC’s Tim Russert, back in 2007.

Fun fact: Stephen was born in Washington, DC and lived in Potomac, MD before he and the rest of the Colbert clan moved to South Carolina at around the age of 2.

Welcome back to your second home, Stephen!

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Chuck Todd Announces Luke Russert as ‘Meet the Press’ Regular Contributor

s-LUKERUSSERT-largeNBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd this afternoon emailed colleagues to confirm that Luke Russert will join the program – that his late-father Tim Russert hosted for 17 years – as a regular contributor. He’ll contribute both on Sundays and online throughout the week.

“Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat,” wrote Todd and acting executive producer John Reiss to “MTP” staff. “He’ll continue in his current role reporting for the network and MSNBC, but he’ll also branch out to take on new projects specifically for us.”

Russert joins “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, BuzzFeed’s Washington bureau chief John Stanton, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson as regular “MTP” contributors.

In an email to FishbowlDC, NBC again reaffirmed that rumors Russert was given a $500,000 bonus for joining the program are untrue.

Todd and Reiss’ note to staff after the jump. Read more

NBC Denies $500k Bonus Rumors for Luke Russert Joining ‘MTP’ as Regular Panelist

s-LUKERUSSERT-largeLuke Russert, son of the late moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Tim Russert, is rumored to have earned a $500,000 bonus for joining the Sunday morning show as a regular panelist, a claim NBC has shot down.

It was first made by Washington Gadfly Evan Gahr, who quoted an anonymous source as saying, “The crew at NBC [meaning engineers and cameramen] have been talking about this since last week. There are no secrets in the building.”

Yesterday, NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall responded to The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein, saying, “We don’t typically comment on contracts, but in this case we feel it’s warranted: This is absolutely untrue.”

The story was also covered today by the New York Post’s Page Six.

UPDATE: Luke Russert dismissed the rumors Wednesday, tweeting:

Joe Scarborough to Join NBC News as Senior Political Analyst, ‘MTP’ as Regular Contributor

Meet the Press - Season 67In its continued revamp of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and the network’s political coverage, NBC News today announced that “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough will join the peacock network as a senior political analyst and regular contributor to “MTP” while remaining a co-host Mika Brzezinski at MSNBC. In addition, the former Florida Republican Congressman will join NBC’s election coverage team and offer political news analysis across network programming.

“Joe has one of the best political minds in the NBC family,” said NBC News political director Chuck Todd, in advance of his first Sunday as moderator of “Meet the Press.” “His love of politics and passion for debate will guarantee the kind of robust conversation that has always been a hallmark of ‘Meet the Press,’ and I look forward to the reported analysis he’ll bring to the table.” Read more

Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough to Join ‘Meet the Press’ as Regular Panelists

s-LUKERUSSERT-largeLuke Russert, who’s father Tim Russert served as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” for 17 years, will join the Sunday morning show as a regular panelist, “Page Six” reports.

The New York Post also reports that “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough “is taking on a larger role within NBC News as a senior political analyst and would be one of the regular Sunday panelists.”

The news comes days after NBC News SVP Alex Wallace announced that John Reiss would join NBC’s “Meet the Press” as acting executive producer, replacing Rob Yarin.

This Sunday, Chuck Todd takes over as moderator, replacing David Gregory, who was ousted last month.

Chuck Todd Gets Advice from Sen. John McCain on ‘Meet the Press’ Hosting Duties

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.58.26During his final week as host of “The Daily Rundown” before taking over as “Meet the Press” moderator, Chuck Todd‘s Rundown has featured surprise guests coordinated by producers including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this morning.

McCain, the most popular “MTP” guest in terms of his number of appearances, was on hand to offer advice to Todd in his new role.

Asked by Todd what he thinks the role of “Meet the Press” has been and should be in Washington and for America, McCain responded, “I think it has been not just the oldest, but the premier Sunday encounter that the American people can have with leading figures in the political world. I would suggest that rather than try to expand it and do all kinds of different issues and subjects and kind of cute little anecdotes, that we really do what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country, which then means, ‘What are our policies. What are the dynamics’.” Read more

‘Meet the Press’ Host David Gregory Rumored to Have Met With CNN Last Thursday

Gregory_1.22While questions have been raised whether NBC “Meet the Press’ ” David Gregory will remain host of the Sunday morning show, “Page Six” reports Gregory met with CNN on Thursday.

The New York Post piece goes on to explain Gregory and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s decades-long professional relationship and personal friendship and quotes a source saying that “CNN is ‘currently testing for a prime-time pilot that could be perfect for David’.”

“Page Six” reported last month:

“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.”

For more, click on over to Page Six.

Will David Gregory Soon be Replaced as Host of ‘Meet the Press?’

Gregory_1.22David Gregory‘s tenure as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” may soon be coming to an end.

According to the New York Post’s ”Page Six,” Gregory could be replaced following November’s Midterm Elections.

A “Page Six” source from NBC said, “The discussion is whether to make a change before or after the midterm elections. Just after the midterms would give the new moderator time to settle in.”

“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ and ABC’s ‘This Week’ in the second quarter of 2014,” according to the report.

For Gregory’s potential replacements as host of the nation’s longest running television program, click here.

NBC Leads 6.15.14 Sunday Show Total Viewer and A25-54 Ratings in DC Market

On Sunday, June 15, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the most watched Sunday Show in the DC market, with more total viewers than CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” combined, according to Nielsen Media Research. Although down 42% in P2+ versus the same Sunday last year (6/16/2013), the NBC program with David Gregory hosted Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, whom hosted the program for 16 years and passed away six years ago the Friday before the Father’s Day Sunday Show airing.

“FOX News Sunday” clocked in a with 43,000 total viewers in the Washington market – second to that of NBC which had 51,000 total viewers in the market – more than doubling its audience from the same week last year (up 59% in P2+). It closed out with Robert De Niro on a collection of paintings by his late father and his HBO documentary “Remembering the Artist.” Read more

NBC’s Luke Russert Remembers His Late Father Sunday at Politics & Prose

20140615_130815On Sunday – Father’s Day – NBC correspondent Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert – spoke to an audience at Politics & Prose on his new preface to his father’s book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life that pays tribute to Tim’s father, a World War II veteran.

In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary since its initial publication, Luke’s added introduction explores his father’s legacy and the lessons of his grandfather, Tim’s father.

“I wrote the preface in one sitting. I took 6.5 – 7 hours at my kitchen table in one night and just started going. All of these ideas flowed out, and it was a very cathartic experience and one that I’m really glad and fortunate I was able to do. It allowed me to compose my thoughts on how I felt as his son and what he meant to me, and put it into coherent terms.”

Russert went on to add how important it was that his father gave him as much time as he did. Read more

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