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John Walsh Back on ‘The Hunt’: ‘Television is Still the Most Powerful Medium’

John Walsh CNNWhen John Walsh‘s new CNN show, “The Hunt,” debuts Sunday night, it will be the latest chapter in Walsh’s life’s work: to catch the bad guys.

“I was on that painful journey for 27 years waiting for justice for my son. I know what it’s like. I will always be the father of a murdered child. I will always be that angry, driven guy,” the former “America’s Most Wanted” host told a group of reporters, including TVNewser, over lunch this week. “I just figured out one thing I can do really well  … I’d learn how to catch guys. I got better at it than any police agency because I had the public help.”

In the 26 years that “America’s Most Wanted” was on the air, Walsh’s profiles of fugitives led to the capture of 1,231 of the “biggest, rottenest, bastards on the planet,” as he describes them. Walsh, who has taken time off since Fox canceled “AMW,” was lured back to television by his longtime friend Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide.

“Television is still the most powerful medium. Yes, we have all kinds of digital platforms. We’re teaming up with Facebook, Twitter, all of them are so excited about the show,” Walsh said. “But the bottom line is I caught 99 percent of the guys I caught because I caught them off the television.”

“The Hunt” will not be another version of “America’s Most Wanted,” however. Read more

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 9

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 235 | MSNBC: 94 | CNN: 88 | HLN: 110
  • Primetime: FNC: 435 | MSNBC: 153 | CNN: 151 | HLN: 145

4p: 5p: 6p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

108

TheFive:

251

Baier:

293

Greta:

315

O’Reilly:

472

Kelly:

468

Hannity:

362

O’Reilly:

248

Kelly:

212

MSNBC
Wagner:

79

EdShow:

66

Sharpton:

91

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

138

Maddow:

194

O’Donnell:

127

Hayes:

58

Maddow:

79

CNN
Tapper:

21

Blitzer:

48

Blitz/Cross:

68/59

Burnett:

101

Cooper:

153

Bourdain:

170

Tonight:

131

Cooper:

94

Bourdain:

141

HLN
Now:

74

Files:

80

Files:

65

Jane:

94

Grace:

150

Dr.Drew:

113

Files:

172

Files:

205

Files:

207

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In Profile: Hemmer Pitches, Hasselbeck Swishes, Hannity Dishes

  • Cincinnati native Bill Hemmer talks to Cincinnati Magazine before throwing out the first pitch at the Reds game this weekend. Hemmer predicts his news team would be victorious in a Fox News/MSNBC game. “Top to bottom, you won’t find bigger names in cable news than here. That game is a blowout.”

  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck reveals eight things you might not know about her to Family Circle Magazine. Among them: a killer 3-point basketball shot and go-to relaxation techniques. “My ultimate stress relievers are a nice run, a hug from my kids and good ol’ prayer.”

  • Sean Hannity invites People Magazine into his kitchen for a feature on his culinary skills. Hannity, a short-order cook in his youth, now delegates weekend cooking to his children. “I’m the breakfast guy. For years I would cook on Sundays, but I’ve turned it over to them.”

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The Afternoon Ticker: Blitzer, Aereo, O’Brien

  • Wolf Blitzer will anchor “The Situation Room” from Israel tonight. He will interview Dan Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in the 5pmET hour.

  • Aereo filed a letter yesterday in the U.S. District Court of New York saying it intends to continue “as a cable system.” TVSpy has more.

‘NY Med:’ Behind the Numbers

NY MEDWhat’s it take to turn real-life medical drama into a weekly TV show?

The producers of ABC News’s “New York Med” have added it up.

The third episode of the show’s second season airs tonight on ABC. Since filming began, crews have shuffled between 14 hospitals, interviewing 1,823 patients — all of whom signed consent forms — and recording 96 surgeries.

“Most of these statistics don’t surprise us because we’ve made a hospital series on this scale before,” EP Terry Wrong tells TVNewser, who oversaw ABC’s “Boston Med” in the summer of 2010. “However,” Wrong adds, “we have never seen or imagined a patient surviving 12 bullet wounds with almost no damage apart from holes that needed stitching. This series always reminds not just how fragile but how resilient the human body is.”

Some other noteworthy  numbers after the jump… Read more

Rosie O’Donnell Returning to ‘The View’

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View” as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter a short time ago. ABC says O’Donnell will be a co-host of the show joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The show is looking for at least two other co-hosts, who may come from the cable news ranks.

O’Donnell left the show in 2007 after an infamous spat with former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Last night, O’Donnell responded on Twitter to comments Hasselbeck made about her. On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Hasselbeck said Barbara Walters‘ farewell show in May was really O’Donnell’s “hello show.” A Rosie fan chimed in:

The Daily News reports O’Donnell’s return might mean the departure of co-executive producer Bill Geddie. Rosie’s response to that:

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The Morning Ticker: Clinton, Comcast, CNNx

  • NBC News contributor Chelsea Clinton earns $75,000 per appearance on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. “100 percent of the fees are remitted directly to the foundation,” says her spokesperson. Clinton last appeared on NBC News June 21.

  • Discovery Communications has hired a lobbying firm to assure the FCC is giving proper scrutiny to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. This follows Dish Network’s urging of the FCC to block the deal.

  • CNN will demo its CNNx app at the TV Critics Association tour today. Introduced in beta in April, the app is now live in up to 85 million homes.

Bourdain, ‘Sixties,’ Net Emmy Noms for CNN

BourdainEmmyThe Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. Some of the usual suspects have been given nods, including Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Claire Danes for Homeland, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep. Full list here.

CNN was the only news network to make the cut, picking up several nominations for informational and documentary series.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” is nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and 5 other awards. “The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy” is up for two awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

“We are extremely proud of the superb storytelling, highest-level production and singular voices of CNN’s Original Series,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “They’ve clearly connected with viewers and critics alike and we are honored that the Television Academy has recognized their work.”

The 66th Primetime Emmys will air Monday, August 25 on NBC, moving from the usual Sunday airing to accommodate Sunday Night Football.

CNN Original Series’ nominations include:

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Howard Kurtz: Folks at MSNBC Not Getting ‘Thrill Up the Leg’ Anymore for Obama

KurtzOn the O’Reilly Factor last night, Howard Kurtz suggested MSNBC is no longer favoring President Obama.

“Even the folks at MSNBC not getting the thrill up the leg anymore,” Kurtz said, referencing Chris Matthews‘ now infamous “thrill up my leg” sound bite from 2008. “And the liberal commentators, they’re disillusioned, they’re bummed, they’re depressed, they need medication…this is their guy.”

O’Reilly disagreed about MSNBC: “I haven’t seen that on MSNBC. They still either avoid the issue or throw out rank propaganda.”

WATCH:

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Lisa Myers Agrees With Sharyl Attkisson: Media Less Eager to Hold Obama Admin Accountable

lisa myers_304x200In an NPR interview earlier this week, former NBC News senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers seemed to agree with former CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that the media hasn’t covered the Obama administration aggressively enough.

“Overall, the mainstream media has been less eager to hold this administration accountable than the Bush administration,” Myers, who left NBC in January after 33 years, said.

On the issue of investigative reporting on the evening news, she added,  “You have to be able to lay out the facts to make the case, and that requires time. And time was an increasingly precious commodity on a network television broadcast. That’s just a reality.”

(h/t Newsbusters)

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