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‘Nightcrawler’ Explores Strange World of Overnight TV News Stringers

In theaters today, another movie about the TV News business. In “Nightcrawler,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays a morally-challenged on the verge of psychotic overnight TV news stringer and Rene Russo plays a hard-charging “if it bleeds it leads” TV news manager.

Critics are loving it. So are some TV news anchors, including Fox News’s Steve Doocy. “I got to go to a special screening,” Doocy said yesterday on “Fox & Friends.” “I talked to [Gyllenhaal] about it because he has all of these little psychotic things in it. And he said to this day he’ll remember one of them and recite it to himself.”

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In Profile (FNC Edition): Kelly, Hannity, Cavuto

Megyn Kelly is in the latest issue of Fortune magazine in a feature titled “Best Advice From CEOs,” in which CEOs, EVPs, company founders, and one cable news anchor, share their secrets to success:

My boss told me, “People will imitate you. They will try to do what you do. Never worry about them, because there’s only one you. So whatever you’re doing that makes you special, they can imitate it. But they can never be the same person, with the same delivery, with the same gifts and so on.”

Sean Hannity talked to Reuters about his new “jiu-jitsu” regimen, his matchmaking skills, and his politics: Read more

Final ‘Colbert Report’ is Dec. 18

You’ll only have about 7 more weeks of “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, which is probably just fine with Sean Hannity.

“On December 18, my show is ending,” Colbert announced last night, just before a bit on voter apathy about the midterms, which included George Takei. “The 2014 midterms are the most expensive ever, costing $4 billion, and nobody is watching. It’s like the ‘Lone Ranger’ of elections.”

Colbert takes over for David Letterman when Letterman steps down from CBS’s the “Late Show” expected to be in May.

TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

David Folkenflik on Fusion: ‘One of the Most Interesting Experiments…Since Fox News’

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NPR’s media correspondent David Folkenflik talked to “Here and Now” host Jeremy Hobson about Fusion, the just-turned-one year old TV network that brings together Univision and ABC. “I think what they are looking to do here is one of the most interesting experiments we’ve seen in television in a very long time, perhaps since the emergence of Fox News in 1996,” Folkenflik said.

Folkenflik recently toured Fusion’s Miami headquarters, and talked about the quality of the hires the network has made in its first year:

“You’re talking about, I think, a stockpiling of an incredible amount of talent in the social media world – Felix Salmon, Margarita Noriega, and many others – who I think are trying to put Fusion on the map in the social media world as a way of, I guess, doing well by doing good — that is by doing really good work, by doing stuff that is compelling, telling stories… they’re trying to figure out new ways to approach stories about politics, or sports, or foreign affairs or what have you, in a way that works in a vernacular of social media and has credibility with younger viewers and consumers and I think they see that as a sort of viral marketing technique as well as a way of doing solid, but digital journalism.”

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The Evening Ticker: Vieira, Díaz-Balart, Arrarás

  • Meredith Vieira‘s syndicated show has been picked up for a second season on the NBC Owned Television Stations. The show, which debuted just last month and currently airs in 98% of the country, is produced by NBCU at 30 Rock.

  • José Díaz-Balart is adding another hour to his MSNBC day. The Telemundo anchor will take over the 9amET slot left vacant when Chuck Todd moved to “Meet the Press.” Díaz-Balart currently anchors the 10am hour. The 2-hour “Morning Rundown” debuts Nov. 17 at 9amET.

  • Telemundo’s late afternoon news and entertainment program “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” is moving from 5pm to 4pm on Monday. The re-tooled show will include special “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” segments, on-screen reunions and investigative reports.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 277 | CNN: 120 | MSNBC: 75 | HLN: 74
  • Primetime: FNC: 404 | CNN: 129 | MSNBC: 105 | HLN: 74

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

172

TheFive:

341

Baier:

317

Greta:

344

O’Reilly:

488

Kelly:

421

Hannity:

303

O’Reilly:

269

Kelly:

221

CNN
Tapper:

108

Blitzer:

148

Blitzer:

147

Burnett:

129

Cooper:

132

Rowe:

145

Tonight.:

111

Cooper:

102

Rowe:

67

MSNBC
Wagner:

41

EdShow:

82

Sharpton:

104

Matthews:

142

Hayes:

101

Maddow:

87

O’Donnell:

127

Hayes:

69

Maddow:

90

HLN
Now:

14

WWYD?:

21

Files:

28

Files:

77

Grace:

88

Dr.Drew:

66

Files:

69

Files:

141

Files:

210

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Maddow, Matthews to Host MSNBC’s Election Night Coverage

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MSNBC will turn to Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to host coverage of the midterm elections, under the title “Vote 2014!” Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Steve Kornacki, Chuck Todd, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Kasie Hunt. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will handle exit poll results throughout the evening.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Ari Melber and Krystal Ball will co-host MSNBC.com’s “Digital Decision 2014″, with reporting from correspondents in the key battleground states, and live interaction with viewers.

Navy Seal Under Criminal Investigation Following ’60 Minutes’ Interview

PelleySeal2Mark Owen — not his real name — is under investigation by the government for telling “60 Minutes” the story of the 2011 mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Owen talks to CBS again, this Sunday, about how the government has come after him in the two years since his interview aired.

Owen says his then-lawyer advised him he did not need to clear his book, “No Easy Day,” or his “60 Minutes” interview, with the military. But eight weeks ago, as part of a newly-opened investigation, Owen was questioned for 10 hours by government investigators.

“I would go back overseas today and deal with fighting ISIS rather than deal with the last two years,” Owen tells Scott Pelley.

In the end, Owen is apologetic about how things played out. “I did not set out to bypass any rules. I felt that I was doing everything the right way, legally. Obviously that was a mistake…I’m very sorry about that.”

The make-up artist used to disguise Owen’s appearance for his first “60 Minutes” interview was used again for Sunday’s sit-down.

TVNewsers, It’s Now Safe to Talk On Air About Tim Cook’s Sexuality

cook30f-2-webIn his Bloomberg Businessweek column today, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that yes, he is gay. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he writes. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

When something is not quite a secret, but also never confirmed as fact, it can present pitfalls to people who talk about CEOs on television, like Simon Hobbs, the CNBC anchor who accidentally outed Cook on air in June. Hobbs was part of a panel discussion with New York Times columnist Jim Stewart, who’d just written a story about the small number of openly gay CEOs–and how those believed to be gay declined to talk about it for his story:

“I got an extremely cool reception,” he recalled, adding that “not one would allow to be named at all.”

“I think Tim Cook is open about the fact he’s gay at the head of Apple,” Hobbs said. “Isn’t he?”

An awkward silence followed as Hobbs quickly realized his snafu.

“Hmm, no,” Stewart said shaking his head.

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