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Earlier this week TVNewser caught up with real Piers Morgan and talked to him about his year-long coverage of the gun debate and his firmly held beliefs on the subject: “My position is purely based on trying to stop so many Americans from being killed by guns, that’s all it’s about.”
We’ll have more from Morgan on the subject next month, first WATCH the SNL clip from last night:
“My dear, dear, dear friend, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, is running for reelection, and I hold him in the highest regard…he is the best!”
“He’s a controversial figure,” O’Brien shot back.
“Controversial cause he’s so damn honest, yea,” Burgundy said. “Outstanding individual…he’s asked me to sing the campaign theme song for his reelection.”
Stephen Colbert took on the “Today” show this week, mocking Matt Lauer and Al Roker‘s on-air prostate exams as a sweeps stunt. Declaring he would not “be out-sweep-swept by the ‘Today’ show,” Colbert brought out John Lithgow, the Black Keys and former “Today” host Katie Couric — who underwent an on-air colonoscopy after her first husband died of colon cancer — to help him with his very own “November Sweeps Prostacular.” Watch:
With the “Anchorman 2″ release drawing closer, the search is on for the next Ron Burgundy. EPIX and Paramount Pictures are holding a contest this month to find the next “Anchorman” — and the winner will get to anchor EPIX’s red carpet coverage of the movie’s New York City premiere.
Submissions will be accepted in one of two ways: via a 15 second Instagram video uploaded with the hashtag #IAmRonBurgundy, or by visiting one of the local promotion spots taking place in one of nine cities around the country. One finalist will be chosen from the Instagram submissions and nine more will be selected from the in-person auditions, with local anchors in each market making the final picks.
TVSpy has more details, including the dates and locations of the screen-tests.
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:
Fox’s “The Simpsons” poked fun at the cable news landscape in last night’s episode. A scene features local anchorman Kent Brockman heading to Fox News in New York City. As he get’s off the subway into “cable news alley,” he sees the Fox News ticker, reporting dinosaurs are dying from over taxation.
Brockman then turns his eyes toward MSNBC’s headquarters, with a childish slogan draped over their building:
Next the camera pans to CNN’s studio, with a marquee you wouldn’t normally associate with the self-proclaimed most trusted name in news:
Last, but certainly not least, the acclaimed animated series teases print journalism, asking a street vendor if he sells the New York Times. The vendor’s response: “Sir, we are the New York Times.”
There was also another TV host featured in this episode, a real one. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow makes a cameo that is highlighted by a conversation she has with Brokman. WATCH:
After last year’s on-air parties were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween was back in full swing today on the morning shows. On “Today,” Al Roker was Mr. T from “The A-Team,” Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales were Laverne and Shirley, Matt Lauer and Willie Geist were the lifeguards from “Baywatch” and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were The Flinstones. Lauer made a particularly memorable Pamela Anderson-like entrance onto the plaza (video after the jump).
On “GMA,” Robin Roberts was Oprah, Dan Harris was Ryan Seacrest, Lara Spencer was Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty” and Josh Elliot was Abe Lincoln. The anchors also did costume changes: in the second round, Spencer was Miley Cyrus, George Stephanopoulos was George Clooney from “Gravity,” Elliott and Sam Champion were Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone and Roberts was Olivia Pope.
“Fox & Friends” got in on the Halloween action, too: the “F&F” team dressed up as “Duck Dynasty” for the last segment of the show.
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After eating chicken heart on the “Today” show yesterday morning, Savannah Guthrie flew out to Los Angeles for an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Guthrie told a funny story about a recent mistake Matt Lauer made, calling it “the greatest moment of my life.”
“Matt is such a maestro at the job, when he makes a mistake … oh boy, do I drag it out!” she told Leno. Watch:
On the Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart discovered a trend on CNN wherein the anchors put a choice to their guests, whether something, anything — the Washington Post being sold, a bank takeover, Casey Anthony on the stand — is “a good thing or a bad thing.”
“Everybody plays along, everybody except Carol Costello, the rebel.” Watch:
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