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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.

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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

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> 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…

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> 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.”

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

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> 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.”

Questions: About Dan Abrams, Budget Cuts At NBC, World News Now, Gretchen…

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> Is Dan Abrams still micromanaging his poor producers at MSNBC? His dearth of management experience is apparently painfully obvious in Secaucus…

> Is NBC about to make some major budget cuts? Last week FTVLive said they’re coming soon, and a tipster says Jeff Zucker may be about to sell off some of NBC’s sat trucks…

> With Ron Corning gone, who will sit next to Taina Hernandez on World News Now? Hari Sreenivasan filled in this morning…

> Would a fourth hour of the Today Show dilute NBC’s morning show brand? (And what would it mean for ‘Martha?’)

> An e-mailer asks: “What is FNC going to do about the amazing Gretchen Carlson? She’s too good for just subbing.” She’s been getting a lot of A.M. airtime lately…

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