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NBC News is the news division of NBC, a division of NBCUniversal LLC, a Comcast company. Programs include “Today,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and “Dateline.” “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting history, debuting on November 6, 1947. Deborah Turness is the president of NBC News.

It’s Homecoming Week at ‘Today’

Pauley Brokaw 304As Savannah Guthrie continues her maternity leave, “Today” is calling up some other NBCNewsers to fill in. As we’ve reported, Meredith Vieira subs tomorrow, the same day her syndicated show debuts.

Brian Williams pulls double-duty on Tuesday anchoring in the morning and “NBC Nightly News.” On Wednesday, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will have an earlier call time as they join Matt Lauer. On  Thursday, Tom Brokaw returns to the “Today” anchor chair. Brokaw (above, with Jane Pauley) co-hosted the show from 1976-1981.

On Friday, Maria Shriver will be behind the desk. Shriver co-anchored the “Today” Sunday edition from 1987-1990. NBC is calling this “Homecoming Week” on “Today.”

Chuck Todd’s First ‘Meet the Press:’ ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’

MTPToddChuck Todd opened his first “Meet the Press,” surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia Malika Henderson of the “Washington Post,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report.

Said Todd: “Obviously it’s a pretty big honor for me to be sitting in this chair as the 12th moderator of this program following in the footsteps of the likes of Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak, Tim Russert and, of course, David Gregory.”

“As you can see, we’re making a few changes around here. As I like to say, we’re living in a house as we remodel it, so the program in this studio will continue to evolve over the coming months.”

Todd began the show with his one-on-one with Pres. Obama on the issue of ISIS. He then got reaction from his guests. The second segment included Todd’s Obama interview as it pertained to domestic issues, and again, analysis from the press, including Walter and Stanton, who, like Todd, sports facial hair: “because we didn’t have enough goatees,” Todd joked.

The next block included a new segment called “Who needs Washington?” Kevin Tibbles reported on how Oklahoma City is just one city moving forward without much help from Washington, DC, followed by in-studio interviews with the mayors of Oklahoma City, Tacoma and Pittsburgh — a republican, an independent and a democrat, respectively.

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Joan Rivers Specials Watched by 10M Viewers

Rivers2020A pair of Joan Rivers specials drew more than 10 million viewers Friday night. NBC’s “Dateline” special at 9pmET was watched by 4.77 million viewers, while ABC’s “20/20″ at 10pmET drew 5.34 million. “20/20″ was the number one show of the night in the A18-49 demo, with a 1.0 rating/4 share. “Dateline” won its hour in viewers and tied with ABC’s “Shark Tank” in the demo (.9/3). Rivers died Thursday a week after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure.

At 8pm, the big four broadcasters, along with about 20 other cable networks, carried the one-hour Stand up to Cancer telethon. On ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, the special was watched by a combined 8.8 million viewers.

Networks to Pay Tribute to Joan Rivers

JoanRiversFNC304Networks will remember legendary comedian Joan Rivers this weekend.

Tonight, the newsmagazines pay tribute. At 9pmET, NBC’s “Dateline” will present “Celebrating Joan Rivers.” The hour-long special, co-anchored by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, will feature tributes from Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, and Gilbert Gottfried.

An hour later at 10pmET, ABC’s “20/20″ will air “Joan Rivers: Living for the Laugh.”  The special, anchored by David Muir, will feature reporting from Barbara Walters, John Quinones, and Chris Connelly.

And on Sunday night, Fox News presents “Geraldo Rivera Reports: Joan Rivers” at 9pmET. Rivera will interview various guests close to Rivers and show clips from her comedy career. Rivers died yesterday at 81 a week after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure.

Josh Elliott Makes ‘Today’ Debut

ElliottOver five months after he left ABC News for NBC Sports, Josh Elliott made his first appearance on “Today” yesterday.

“Welcome to the ‘Today’ show,” Matt Lauer said, introducing Elliott for his first segment. Elliott reported live from CenturyLink Field in Seattle to preview the NFL season ahead of the opener between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. That contest turned into a 20-point home-team blowout.

And this morning, Elliott reported from Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado, interviewing a local high school football coach about his team’s community service during training camp. He also spoke to former NFL great Terrell Davis .

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Joe Scarborough Named NBC News Senior Political Analyst, ‘Meet the Press’ Contributor

scarboroughAs NBC News gears up for election season and “Meet the Press” starts its Chuck Todd era, viewers will be seeing more of Joe Scarborough.

The “Morning Joe” co-host has been named Senior Political Analyst for NBC News and a regular roundtable contributor for “MTP,” the network announced today. Scarborough will also join the network’s election coverage team and contribute to “Today.” He will continue co-hosting “Morning Joe.”

“Joe has one of the best political minds in the NBC family,” said new “MTP” moderator Chuck Todd. “His love of politics and passion for debate will guarantee the kind of robust conversation that has always been a hallmark of Meet the Press, and I look forward to the reported analysis he’ll bring to the table.”

What’s More Humbling: Hosting Your First ‘Meet the Press,’ or Watching the Packers Lose?

ToddObamaChuck Todd‘s first guest on his first “Meet the Press” is Pres. Obama. The two will sit down at the White House tomorrow just as the president returns from Europe. This morning on “The Daily Rundown,” fill-in host Peter Alexander (Todd gave up the show last week) asked him, “What part blew your mind most?” The fact that Bob Costas promoted the Obama interview during halftime of the NFL Kickoff Packers-Seahawks game last night, or that Todd’s team, the Packers, were losing at halftime — and would go on to lose the game.

“The fact that the Packers couldn’t score 21 points, I’m going to say that,” Todd joked. “Look. It’s all surreal. It’s nerve-racking, it’s humbling, it’s all the things. When you get an opportunity to do one of the dream jobs in journalism, of course you’re excited.”

‘NBC Nightly News’ Gets a Studio Refresh

If you watched “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” tonight, you may have noticed a few changes to the broadcast. “‘Nightly’ is making a few updates within Studio 3B to better take advantage of our space and graphics capabilities,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. Among the changes, the show open and story introductions make use of studio monitors — and wider camera shots —  rather than over-the-shoulder graphics.

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This is the first update since “Nightly” moved into Studio 3B in 2011. The studio was built at the time to house both “Nightly News” and “Rock Center, ” which was canceled last summer. We’re told the show will be experimenting with other camera angles and styles over the coming weeks. The “Nightly” updates come during the same week that ABC’s “World News Tonight” gets a new anchor in David Muir.

John Reiss Named Acting EP of ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2First on TVNewser: “Meet the Press” isn’t just getting a new moderator, a new Executive Producer is joining as well.

John Reiss, who has been EP of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” for the last 7 years, has been named acting EP of the show just as Chuck Todd takes over as host. Before MSNBC, Reiss spent two years as EP of “NBC Nightly News.” He’s been with NBC News since 1994, joining as a producer for “Dateline.” Before that, Reiss spent 11 years at ABC News as a writer and producer.

Reiss replaces Rob Yarin who joined the Sunday public affairs show last summer. Yarin will stay on with the MTP, overseeing ongoing projects including its digital presence. On Friday, Betsy Fischer Martin, who spent 11 years as MTP EP, and 23 years in all with NBC, left the company.

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: Details in a note from NBC News SVP Alex Wallace

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Who Is Chuck Todd Anyway?

This morning, “Meet the Press” introduced viewers to Chuck Todd, with reflections from his mother, his wife, Tom Brokaw from Montana and Brian Williams at the Jersey Shore. Todd and substitute host Andrea Mitchell discussed the legacy of the show and the coverage of politics today. Todd then got the signature last word, “If it’s Sunday. It’s Meet the Press.” Todd takes over as host next Sunday.

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