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5 Questions With… Jacob Soboroff, Who Just Had His Show Canceled

JacobWe had an interview scheduled with Pivot’s “TakePart Live” co-anchor Jacob Soboroff this week, but his show was unexpectedly and abruptly canceled before we could actually get together. We spoke with Soboroff anyway, to get talk about his future plans and what he’ll miss about the short-lived nightly news program.

TVNewser: We’re sorry to hear “TakePart Live” has been canceled, how does this experience shape your career?

Soboroff: Hey thanks! It was unreal, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I got to host a live, nightly news and talk show that put Larry King and T-Pain together to auto tune the news and quiz people inside my 2000 Florida recount voting machine on Hollywood Boulevard! Yes, I own a voting machine. I’m a civics nerd.

The cherry on top is working with some of my idols in the industry: Participant Media, a company that cares as much about social change as it does the bottom line, and our production company Embassy Row, the folks behind “Watch What Happens Live” and “Talking Dead,” two shows I love. I think I felt like Kobe must have playing for Phil Jackson in the triangle offense. Or CP3 playing for Doc. Yes, I’m a Clippers fan.

TVNewser: We recently had 5 Questions for your “TPL” co-anchor Baratunde Thurston and he seemed very optimistic about the future of the show. What happened?

Soboroff: I love Baratunde. And Meghan McCain, our third co-host. I’ll miss hanging out with them nightly. I think we made such a fun show, and a different kind of news show. One that put the audience first and was entertaining. I mean we highlighted veterans issues by having me body slammed by a pro wrestler. After hosting “YouTube Nation” this year for YouTube and DreamWorks, and “HuffPost Live” before that, I have seen incredible communities form around news and information shows online. I think it’s harder, but not impossible, to build that kind of interactive community through TV. Also, maybe I should have gotten a haircut. But my wife would not be into that.

TVNewser: So, will you be staying with Pivot in some capacity or moving on? Any projects lined up? Read more

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Casting Call: Who Should Play TV Morning Stars in ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie?

Now that Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning” is being made into a Lifetime TV movie, it’s your chance to cast the characters who will play TV morning news’ biggest stars. 

For the rest of the week, we’ll be asking you to cast the actors you want to portray the biggest names in TV morning news.

First up: Matt Lauer.

How Well Do You Know Your Network News Anchors?

One of our mediabistro.com colleagues pointed us to this quiz on Sporcle.com. The quiz has 20 photos of U.S. network news anchors, past and present, and you have three minutes to type in their names. Give it a try, and tell us how you scored in the comments section below.

FNC #3 Last Week in Cable Prime

Buoyed by political coverage that included a forum, a debate, and New Hampshire primary coverage, Fox News Channel was the third ranked cable channel in prime time last week. FNC was 5th in Total Day based on Total Viewers.

CNN ranked 13th in Prime and 21st in Total Day.

MSNBC ranked 28th in Prime and 31st in Total Day.

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Questions: About CNN’s Morning Changes

Have answers, or more questions? Drop them in the tip box…

> A tipster asks: “Why was Miles O’Brien’s agent was looking for another network anchor position for him over the past couple of weeks?…”

> “Maybe I’m reading too much into this amid all the excitement,” an e-mailer says, “but did you find it strange Soledad got her own personal press release and Miles didn’t?…”

> Is Roberts re-locating to New York City?…

> Who will replace Roberts on This Week At War?…

> Is there any chance that CNN will hire Chetry’s husband and former Fox weathercaster Chris Knowles?…

> Remember the last time CNN hired away a Fox anchor to host American Morning? Her name was Paula Zahn

Questions: About Kaplan At CBS, Couric’s Primetime Specials, Paula, Mike & Juliet…

Have answers, or more questions? Drop them in the tip box…

> Will Rick Kaplan be doing some pruning of the CBS Evening News staff in the weeks to come?…

> Katie Couric “is at work on a prime-time special for May, with plans to do a couple more in the next year,” TV Week reports. What’s the topic of her next special?…

> We’ve been asking this question for so long. A tipster wondered again yesterday: “When is CNN going to cancel Paula Zahn Now?,” saying it’s “bringing down the primetime schedule.” A tipster says Lou Dobbs specials are airing all next week in the time slot; is it the beginning of the end?…

> Is Greg Kelly the new full-time host of Fox & Friends Weekend? He recently moved to NYC…

> Does The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet have a new senior producer? Update: 4:56pm: No, a spokesperson says. Is Tom Mazzarelli still the EP? Update: 4:56pm: Yes, a spokesperson says. A tipster says the show’s staff is going through a lot of changes. Update: 4:56pm: “The show is on its third director,” an e-mailer says…

Anna Nicole: Which Morning News Show…

A network insider asks:

“Which morning news show encouraged their producers to pose as ‘friends of the family’ to weasel their way in to Anna Nicole Smith’s private funeral as ‘guests’ of Virgie Arthur?”

Page Six Wants To Know…

In today’s Page Six: “Which married-with-children network anchorman is in trouble again with his wife? Someone tattled, and she learned he misbehaved with a comely co-worker at the office Christmas party.”

Does anyone have an answer? Use the tip box…

Questions: About Grace, Steve & Olaf, MSNBC’s Move, NBC’s Burbank Bureau…

Have answers, or more questions? Drop them in the tip box…

> Has Nancy Grace been approached about hosting a crime and justice radio talk show?…

> An e-mailer asks: “What’s the latest on Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig? When and where do they go back to work?…”

> Is Good Morning America losing three important behind-the-scenes staffers? According to a tipster, “the head of live ops, the production manager, and head of the tape office are all leaving…”

> What does this tipster mean?: “Just wait until the next on-air shuffle at Fox News. It’s going to blow you away…”

> Why are the rumors continuing to swirl about MSNBC’s move to 30 Rock and Englewood Cliffs?…

> What’s Robert Dembo up to? Is NBC making moves in its Burbank bureau — perhaps something along the same lines as Dallas?…

> And here’s a final question from a snarky e-mailer: “Lou Dobbs never shuts up about broken borders. Why doesn’t he just quit CNN and build a fence?…”

Questions: From E-Mailers About 30 Rock, FNC, Morning Talent, & Wald

> Are NBCers expecting a big change on the third and fourth floors of 30 Rock? Who’s moving to Englewood Cliffs?

> “…With forthcoming new assignments for Martha MacCallum and Jane Skinner, could more on-air changes be in the works?”

> “Will Meredith Vieira‘s success drive Diane Sawyer into early retirement? Will it also drive Campbell Brown to another network when her contract expires in early summer 2007?”

> “If Jonathan Wald‘s in charge of fixing CNBC, does that mean he’s about to clean house?”

> Speaking of Wald, is this true?: “CNBC staffers are aghast at the palatial office that Wald has custom built for himself. With NBC hemmoraging money, a hiring freeze in effect and layoffs looming, Wald has spent tens of thousands of dollars gutting his office and installing more than half a dozen plasmas and expensive custom made furniture and carpeting.”

> Update: 3:49pm: CNBC says “Wald occupies the former office of David Friend. Wald succeeded Friend as Senior Vice President, Business News, CNBC. Nothing in it is ‘custom made.’ Furniture is inexpensive and there have been no renovations. Jonathan Wald runs a television news operation and there is nothing unusual whatsoever about the television sets he has in his office.”

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