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There She Is….

MissOklahomaFinal preparations are underway in Atlantic City this afternoon for tonight’s Miss America Competition, where you’ll be seeing several familiar TV News faces. ABC’s coverage begins at 8pmET with an ABC News special “Countdown to Miss America.” Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization told our sister site TVSpy what to expect for tonight’s 60th anniversary show.

“20/20″ is doing an hour-long special on Miss America, [hosted by "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach]. So we’ll be expanding our reach and it will essentially be a 3 hour event. We’ve got Chris Harrison from The Bachelor hosting with Lara Spencer, plus Gretchen Carlson will giving us behind the scenes coverage. It’s going to be a great show.

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Ken Burns On How To Make History ‘Not Homework’

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With the debut of Ken Burns‘s latest documentary, “The Roosevelts,” tonight on PBS, we take a look back at Burns’s First Big Break, when he brought The Brooklyn Bridge to life. Burns has not forgotten what the success of that first documentary has meant for all the award-winning work he’s produced since: “The real thing is what you put into the film, not what kind of glory comes afterwards.”

James Brown: ‘I Challenge the NFL Community and All Men’ to Confront Domestic Violence

BrownDuring the pregame to CBS’ first NFL Thursday night game this week, studio announcer James Brown had a message for both the NFL and men in light of the ongoing Ray Rice suspension fallout.

“I challenge the NFL community and all men to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence,” Brown said during CBS’ pregame show.

“This problem is bigger than football…but wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, can be channeled, to truly here and address the long suffering cries for help of so many women, and as they said, do something about it?”

Brown went on to address longstanding discriminating sports vernacular against women, like, “you throw the ball like a girl,” as being part of the problem (watch after the jump). Brown, a longtime sports broadcaster, recently shared with us his first big break in the business.

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Steve Capus: Not in Scott Pelley’s ‘DNA’ to Simply Show Up and ‘Have Presence’

PelleyScott Pelley was the only evening news anchor to report from Iraq this week as President Obama announced his plans for action against terror group ISIS. And “CBS Evening News” executive producer Steve Capus says Pelley’s reporting helps separate CBS News from the rest of the pack.

“When I first started talking about taking over this job,” Capus told us Friday, “Scott said to me the commitment to first hand reporting is what stands out at CBS News, and it’s a differentiator for us.”

That reporting found Pelley in Kurdistan, a northern region in Iraq, right in the middle of the Kurdish military’s fight with ISIS. He also interviewed a man who narrowly escaped being murdered by ISIS, escaping from a mass grave (watch after the jump). “When I was hit [by ISIS bullets], I didn’t want to make a sound, because anybody that made a noise, they’d come over and shoot them in the head,” Sayid told Pelley. “When it was all over, Sayid crawled out of the grave,” Pelley said.

“We can see speeches from Washington DC, we can have reporters standing on the lawn of the White House giving us reporting, but the real context is going to come from the people who make the commitment to cover the stories,” Capus continued. “Scott’s a reporter, and that’s what brought him to this job in the first place. It’s not in his DNA to simply show up and ‘quote unquote’ have presence on the scene.”

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This Week’s TV News, From Instagram

The things you see on Instagram. Here are a few stories we came across this week that popped up on the social media service. In Italy last weekend, Beijing-based CBS News correspondent Seth Doane married his partner Andrea Pastorelli. via @derrickshore:

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In New York, Barbara Walters was fashionably early at the Oscar De La Renta show on Tuesday.
via: @niquepeeks:

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The Saturday Ticker: Weather, Russert, Tapper

  • Two of the the Weather Channel’s three owners may be looking to sell. Blackstone Group and Bain Capital acquired the company, along with NBCUniversal, in 2008. The deal could see the TV channel and the company’s weather data service sold separately, Bloomberg reports.

  • Luke Russert is joining “Meet the Press.” “Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat,” moderator Chuck Todd wrote in a memo to staff. Russert, the son of the late “MTP” moderator Tim Russert, will contribute both on-air and on the “MTP” digital platform.

  • CNN’s Jake Tapper will be honored with the “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism today in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tapper’s award comes for his book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which tells the story of a deadly American battle in Afghanistan.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, September 11

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 290 | MSNBC: 119 | CNN: 139 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 426 | MSNBC: 131 | CNN: 175 | HLN: 74

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

214

TheFive:

281

Baier:

310

Greta:

276

O’Reilly:

450

Kelly:

469

Hannity:

358

O’Reilly:

285

Kelly:

185

MSNBC
Wagner:

55

EdShow:

53

Sharpton:

64

Matthews:

112

Hayes:

116

Maddow:

158

O’Donnell:

118

Special:

201

Special:

CNN
Tapper:

156

Blitzer:

193

Blitzer:

205

Burnett:

207

Cooper:

231

Cooper:

176

Tonight:

114

Cooper:

88

CNNI:

74

HLN
Now:

26

Files:

29

Files:

47

Jane:

58

Grace:

47

Dr.Drew:

46

Files:

131

Files:

155

Files:

150

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Dateline NBC Produces Web-Only Oscar Pistorius Special

PistoriusOscarAs we reported yesterday, several networks have specials planned for tonight on the Oscar Pistorius verdict. NBC wasn’t one of them.

With a 2-hour “Dateline NBC” already in the can, the network just announced it has produced a full-length original documentary exclusively for the web — its first ever. The Dateline digital documentary, “Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict” will tell the entire story of the murder case against the Olympic sprinter, from the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed to today’s courtroom events.

The original documentary will go live on DatelineNBC.com tonight at 7pmET, and will be available online only.

Tom Cibrowski Will Wake Up Later on Monday

Today was Tom Cibrowski‘s final day as Senior EP of “Good Morning America.” Cibrowski moves upstairs at ABC News to the position of senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. Michael Corn, below with Cibrowski in Amy Robach‘s Twitter montage, takes over as EP of “GMA.” Corn had been EP of “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

 

Rosie O’Donnell: Look for a More ‘Objective’ View

TheNewViewRehearsals continued today for the new “View,” which debuts Monday. Returning host Rosie O’Donnell says the audition process for the new season, “was very much like the ‘Hunger Games.’”

“I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test,” O’Donnell tells Variety. “I don’t know if there’s a way to test that. It felt very negative and competitive.” Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace made the cut.

And Rosie still hasn’t buried the hatchet with one of her former co-hosts, “Fox & Friends’” Elisabeth Hasselbeck:

O’Donnell regularly clashed with former exec producer [Bill] Geddie and Hasselbeck, who exited in 2013. “Elisabeth would go into the dressing room with (Bill) and go over Republican talking points that are sent out every day, and then come out and recite what she had ingested,” O’Donnell says. “I tried to get her to talk more about her own self and how she felt rather than being a robotic pundit.”

Hasselbeck has chosen not to comment on Rosie’s latest comments about her. As for how the new season will compare to seasons’ past:

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