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TVNewser: Aaron Sorkin can do no wrong. So his new HBO drama The Newsroom has to be a sure-fire hit, right? Well, not according to several media critics. ABC’s Jake Tapper for The New Republic calls the show “sadly disappointing.”  Don’t polish those Emmys just yet.

TVSpy: Did you hear the one about the weatherman who lost it on the air? Our friends at TVSpy have the video of the Cleveland meteorologist, less than thrilled with Lebron James, winning his first NBA title with the Heat.

All Twitter: Euro 2012 moves into the quarterfinals and soccer fans around the world can get instant updates on Twitter.

Lebron and Co. Lift WABC to Winning Week with NBA Finals

With the storyline of Lebron James gunning for his first NBA title, the Finals took the Top 3 spots for the week.

Game 1 of ABC’s coverage between the Heat and Thunder had estimated 1.4 million Channel 7 viewers, according to Nielsen, with a 7.1 rating.

Game 2 also performed well with 1.2 million fans and a 6.4 rating. Sunday night’s Game 3 had a slightly smaller audience with 1.2 million viewers and a 6.1 rating.

No basketball for ABC Friday, but the network still scored a big win, thanks to Nik Wallenda. His exhilarating walk above Niagara Falls on a wire was number four with 722,000 people watching the two-hour live broadcast. The special presentation managed a 3.7 rating.

CBS made it’s first appearance on the survey with 60 Minutes at five (626,000/3.2), while NBC cracked the Top 10 with America’s Got Talent (614,000/3.1) in sixth place.

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(Video) 71st Annual Peabody Awards Recap; Stephen Colbert, Parks and Recreation

The Peabody Awards honors the best in electronic media. Winners for the 2011 awards were handed out this week at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Among the 38 recipients were some of TV’s most familiar faces.

Stephen Colbert earned his second Peabody as host of the satire, Colbert Report.

Alex Trebek and Jeopardy! earned their first Peabody. The classic game show returned to the air with Trebek in 1984. (Watch the video below)

CNN was recognized with three trophies, including its coverage of the Arab Spring. Anderson Cooper was on hand to accept the honor.

PBS was selected for three awards, one given to the acclaimed series American Experience.

On a lighter note, NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation was victorious, along with the HBO medieval fantasy Game of Thrones. After the jump, watch a clip with actors from both shows.

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Watch: New York Editor Frank Rich Discusses His Role in Making HBO’s ‘Veep’

Longtime political columnist Frank Rich, now an editor at New York, recently sat down for an interview with mediabistroTV and discussed his role in the making of the new HBO series “Veep.”

“Veep,” which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the U.S.’s flustered second-in-command, includes a character whose “Beltway Butcher” nickname is an homage to Rich’s reputation as the “Butcher of Broadway” during his time as chief theater critic for The New York Times (video below).

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times and New York Magazine
Part 3: New York‘s Frank Rich Breaks Down 2012 Presidential Election, Talks Media Bias

Former KCBS Anchor Now the Voice of Boxing

Local media junkies might remember Jim Lampley‘s stint as the co-anchor of the KCBS nightly news in the late ’80s. During that same time, Lampley accepted a job with HBO to call boxing and Wimbledon for the cable network.

Little did anyone know that the 63-year-old would go on to become the voice of boxing for today’s generation.

“My boxing career is my most significant broadcasting accomplishment,” Lampley said prior to this Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. That’s saying something considering he’s called a record 14 Olympics and the first ever college football sideline reporter.

We will have more from Lampley about his time in Los Angeles during an interview for FishbowlLA next month, but in the meantime, you can check out my exclusive “So What Do You Do?” interview.

HBO Releases New Trailer for The Newsroom

A promising second trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO drama The Newsroom premiered Sunday night prior to Game of Thrones. The show stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, a network news anchor struggling to honor journalistic ethics in the face of soulless corporate demands, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, and Jane Fonda as the scary media mogul who owns their asses.

HBO’s Luck Suspends Filming with Horses

HBO’s Luck has suspended filming with horses after a third horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday at Santa Anita Park during production of the hit drama.

“The horse was on her way back to the stall when she reared, flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the ground,” Dr. Gary Beck, a California Horse Racing Board veterinarian, said in a statement. The horse was later euthanized.

The first two horse deaths occurred in 2010 and 2011 during filming of the first season.

“We are also insisting that this stoppage remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation,” the American Humane Association said in a statement.

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Game Change Premiere Hits NYC

Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks
Julianne Moore and Tom Hanks (Credit: StarPix)

Game Change, HBO’s much buzzed-about film based on the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 book of the same name, held its premiere party at Ziegfeld Theatre last night.

Just a few of the celebs FishbowlNY spotted in attendance and on the red carpet: Julianne Moore, who does a spot-on, yet subtle portrayal of Sarah Palin; Sarah Paulson, who plays senior McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace; the film’s executive producer, Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita WilsonJeff ZuckerArianna HuffingtonMonster’s Ball producer Lee Daniels; and just about every political pundit in town.

Unlike the book, which focused on all the candidates in the election, the movie zeroes in on John McCain‘s choice (or should we say, his advisers’ decision) to pick Palin as his running mate. And, while many are praising Moore for the way she humanized the Alaskan governor, Ed Harris brought his A-game too. Everything from his mannerisms to his posture were so McCain-like, it was eerie.

Game Change premieres this Saturday, March 10 on HBO. If you don’t mind a spoiler, head over to our sister blog TVNewser for a full review and peep more photos from the event after the jump.

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Grantland Wants to Know the Greatest Character on The Wire

We learned last week on Bill Simmonspodcast that President Barack Obama‘s favorite character on The Wire is Omar Little.

Now, the folks at Grantland have set up a tournament to determine the greatest character on the cult HBO series.

The 32-person tournament kicks off Monday and a few things immediately stood out in the seedings:

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Jersey Shore Takes Number One Again in Weekly Ratings

MTV’s Jersey Shore continues its dominance with another week atop the prime time ratings. An estimated 881,000 viewers watched the August 18th episode from Italy with a 4.4 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

The New York Jets preseason game on WCBS/Channel 2 finished second for the week (744,000/3.7).

America’s Got Talent held down the third slot on WNBC (563,000/2.8). It tied with True Blood on HBO (558,000/2.8) and an August 18th New York Yankees game on WWOR/Channel 9 (557,000/2.8).

Talent also had a tenth-place finish for the week (484,000/2.4). 

The Yankees grabbed sixth and seventh place (tie) for games on WWOR and the YES Network, averaging 518,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating.

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