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Alissa Krinsky

Ron Burgundy’s ‘Highly, Highly-Anticipated Autobiography’

As the wait continues for the December premiere of  “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”, so does the string of entertaining, pre-release morsels being thrown to us news junkie fans in the meantime. 

Now the first trailer for Ron Burgundy‘s autobiography, a tome the anchor describes as “highly, highly-anticipated.” Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings, out November 19, is being marketed as the book ”every true American has been waiting for: a shockingly candid and raw confessional from a national treasure…This book deserves a real shot at a Pulitzer Prize. In fact if it doesn’t win one then we will finally have proof that the Pulitzer is rigged.”

“Turns out I’m a great book writer,” Burgundy adds. WATCH:

What Do Prince George and Chris Cuomo Have in Common?

As you may have noticed in his christening photos, His Royal Highness Prince George wore a lace and satin Communion gown for his big day, an exact replica of the one worn by a royal predecessor in 1841.  For Brits, it’s a sign of tradition.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo, though, had more of a meh reaction.  “Its a boy,” said Cuomo on morning program ‘New Day’ today, “and he’s in a dress.”

Takes one to know one, though, according to one expert: Cuomo’s mom. Chris called up his mother, Matilda Cuomo, who confirmed that baby Christopher also wore a traditional gown for that special event.

“Why did you put me in a dress?” Cuomo asked his mother. WATCH:

This Week in Ron Burgundy News

Scotchy-Scotch-ScotchAs news junkies across the country await the release of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” on December 20, we’ll happily play along and keep you updated on efforts by Paramount Pictures to hype the film.

First, is this week’s announcement with Ben & Jerry’s introducing a new Ron Burgundy-inspired ice cream flavor, Scotchy Scotch Scotch, described as “a creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl.”  Sorry, newsdrunks, no real Scotch is to be found as an ingredient.

“Scotchy Scotch Scotch is a delicious ice cream and I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions,” Burgundy says in a press release. “Malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet.”

Supermarkets will be stocking up over the next few weeks.

In other “Anchorman 2″ news, the studio has released a new trailer, which shows the fab four moving to New York to join GNN. That’s the Global News Network, of course.

Dan Lothian Leaving CNN

DanLothianFirst on TVNewser:  CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian is leaving the network, a CNN source confirms to TVNewser. Lothian is a ten-year veteran of the cabler, and has covered the administration for nearly five years.  Previously he was with NBC News out of its Los Angeles bureau.

This is the second departure of a D.C.-based CNN correspondent in a little more than one week. TVNewser broke the story on October 9 that Jessica Yellin‘s tenure at the network had come to an end.

Remembering Jessica Savitch, 30 Years After Her Death

SavitchJessicaIn the early 1980s, with cable in its infancy and network anchors dominating the airwaves, one of the most identifiable, and beloved, was NBC’s Jessica Savitch.

A pioneering woman in broadcasting, Savitch was only 30 when, in 1977, fresh from local TV news jobs in Philadelphia and Houston, NBC News hired her to cover Congress.  Savitch went on to be the first woman to anchor a weekend newscast for NBC, and perhaps was best known for her highly-visible primetime ’news capsule’ updates. Her rocky personal life made headlines too.

But it all came to an end on a rainy autumn night in 1983, when the car Savitch was in plunged into a Bucks County, Pennsylvania canal, killing her and the car’s driver, 34-year-old Martin Fischbein, a vice president at the New York Post.

As we approach the thirtieth anniversary of that day – October 23 – TVNewser reached out to friends, family, and colleagues for their memories of Jessica Savitch, who was just 36 when she died.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “Jessica Savitch was a warm-hearted, caring person and a pioneer in broadcasting who lost her life tragically just as she was soaring to new  heights. She was my friend at KYW in Philadelphia and my office mate at NBC in Washington. I was privileged to know her and mourn her loss, along with friends and family, so many years later.”

Former KYW Co-Anchor Mort Crim, who delivered the eulogy at Savitch’s funeral: “Her untimely passing was a loss to me, personally, and to the world of TV journalism. I’ve worked with many talented people, but none who could surpass Jess for a combination of ability, sensitivity and drive…An agent for Will Farrell contacted me a few weeks ago as Anchorman II was nearing completion to remind me that Jess and I had been the inspiration for the first Anchorman movie…Jess was 25 years old when we first shared an anchor desk.  But the years fly by swiftly and she would now be 65, something I can hardly believe. I still miss her.”

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: “It was such a sad, even tragic ending, to a life that was the classic American success story. Jessica had a wide following of admirers, first in Philadelphia and then on the network – and just when she seemed to have found personal happiness, the untimely end.”

After the jump, thoughts from Sue Simmons, Fred Francis, and Linda Ellerbee…plus Lori Savitch on the journalism scholarships that honor her sister thirty years later.

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Jessica Yellin Leaving CNN

JessicaYellinBreaking: TVNewser has learned that CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin is parting ways with the cabler. CNN shuffled its DC correspondent lineup in August sending Yellin from the White House beat to domestic affairs correspondent.

Yellin has been with CNN for 6 years. Previously, she worked at ABC News and at MSNBC.

Lee Woodruff: ‘I Can Take or Leave Sex, and Mostly I’d Rather Leave It’

In the October issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, “CBS This Morning” contributor Lee Woodruff gives readers a rather intimate peek into her marriage to ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff.

Titled Let’s Talk About Sex (And Why I’d Rather Just Go To Sleep), her column is blunt: “Okay, I’ll say it. After four kids and 25 years of marriage, it’s not easy to get in the mood for sex.  My husband would disagree.”

She continues:

Somewhere between the midnight feedings and work deadlines, the chasm grew between my husband’s needs and my desire. He once joked that he has the strength of 10,000 men after sex, and it seems to be true. So, like many a wife before me, I am not beneath doing it even when I don’t feel like it just so he’ll use some of that postcoital power to get the household chores done. (Unclogged drain joke, anyone?) There have been times I’ve even faked my own pleasure (oh, please, we’ve all done it) so I can just go to sleep already….

We are road-tested now, grayer, and more wrinkled. Marriages have seasons. And while there’s something sexy about conjuring up the old us, there’s a peace in accepting that we are past the “skyrockets in flight” period.

What do you think of the column? Is it TMI? Feel free to weigh in with comments.

Jim Sciutto On His Return to Reporting: ‘I Think I’m More Fearless, Because I Know More’

With foreign affairs continuing to dominate headlines in September, these are heady days for reporters who thrive on covering global policy matters. Count among them Jim Sciutto, who returned to TV news last week as CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent.

“Not a bad day to start, in the middle of a debate about military attacks on Syria,” Sciutto tells TVNewser, reflecting on his first day on air for his new employer.

Sciutto stepped away from television for nearly two years. In late 2011, he left longtime home ABC News to work abroad as chief of staff and senior adviser to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke.

Beijing was a good fit, Sciutto says, given his longtime fascination with the country. He majored in Chinese history at Yale, and is proficient in Mandarin.

The job was meaningful as well, he explains, because “I’d long had a dream of doing public service, and I’m glad I did it.”  The diplomatic role, he stresses, is distinct from having worked in a political position or having taken a lucrative government-related consulting gig.

Still, Sciutto’s journalism homecoming prompted a difference-of-opinion debate on Twitter just last night.

“Turns out, it was a waste of US taxpayer $$ to move @jimsciuttoCNN to China to work for Obama. He didn’t stay long & now ‘reports’ for CNN,” tweeted media critic and Fox News contributor Richard Grenell.

Sciutto responded with a tweet of his own, inviting Grenell to “watch my reporting” and that ”my record stands.”

In an interview earlier this week, Sciutto told TVNewser he wouldn’t think twice about tough coverage of the administration’s handling of foreign policy. “I think I’m more fearless because I know more. I got a real education in so many of the national security issues, and foreign policy issues. It makes your questions smarter, and your stories smarter.”

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Think TV Jobs are Tough? Former ABC’er Interviews the Men Who’ve Run the White House

It’s a rare look into how presidential administrations really work: this week, Discovery Channel is airing interviews conducted by longtime ABC Newser Chris Whipple, now an independent producer who sat down with all twenty living former White House Chiefs of Staff.

The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, a four-hour series, continues tonight at 9pET with its second installment, featuring Chiefs ranging from Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to Rahm Emanuel and Leon Panetta.

The official Gatekeepers party was held Tuesday in Washington, with five Chiefs in attendance: Jim Jones (Lyndon Johnson), Jack Watson (Jimmy Carter), and John Sununu (George H.W. Bush) – all pictured above — along with Ken Duberstein (Ronald Reagan) and Josh Bolten (George W. Bush).  Various other politicos and newsers also were there, including ABC’s Political Director Rick Klein.

Tuesday turned out to be a big night for television launch events in DC, with CNN also holding a bash to celebrate the new Crossfire.

Jim Sciutto Returning to TV News, Joining CNN

Jim Scuitto the former ABC News foreign correspondent who left the news business less than two years ago, is joining CNN, TVNewser has learned. An announcement on his role is to be announced later today from CNN’s Washington Bureau.

Sciutto departed ABC News in 2011 after 13 years with the network, spent mostly in international hotspots. He left the business altogether moving to Beijing where he was Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Walking away from news “will be really difficult, even for a couple of years,” Sciutto told TVNewser in January 2012. “I love the business. It’s the only job I’ve done for nearly 20 years. I still consider it a mission.”

Sciutto has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia and defied government restrictions to report from Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Iran. In 2008 Sciutto wrote about the perception of America in the Middle East in his book “Against Us.”

Confirmed: Sciutto will be CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent. Press release after the jump…

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