Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown” hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila.
“20/20″ and “Dateline” split the wins on Friday night. NBC was the #1 newsmagazine in viewers while “20/20″ was #1 in the younger demos. “20/20″ was #2 for the night, behind “Shark Tank,” in the A18-49 demo. Both shows were bested in total viewers by CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”
CBS’s Scott Pelleytalks about his reporter “must haves,” including his 20-year-old shortwave radio that’s been around the world. “Someday when I hit the ‘on’ button, the screen won’t come to life, and it’ll break my heart.”
Season four of the Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” starts tonight at 9pmET/PT. Bourdain takes viewers on a tour of Shanghai. Immediately following, CNN premieres “This is Life with Lisa Ling” at 10pmET/PT.
FBN’s Deirdre Bolton will be taking her show on the road to San Francisco tomorrow. Bolton talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about her TV style in NY vs. SF. “Normally in New York, I would not do a Mark Zuckerberg jeans and a hoodie,” she says.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski will be in Philadelphia Monday to speak at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon of the group City Year Philadelphia, which taps 200 people between ages 17-24, to be mentors and tutors for the city’s public school students.
FishbowlDC drops by FNC’s DC HQ to chat with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “It is such a privilege and a responsibility to have the opportunity for an hour every week to question the most powerful people in the world,” Wallace says.
Rena Popp joins CNN as EP of “New Day Weekend” based in Atlanta. Popp joins from HLN where she was a EP of daytime programs. Popp joined HLN in 2012 from the “Wendy Williams Show.” Before that she was a manager in several local TV newsrooms.
ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity got a big thank you from coal miners in Virginia who now may be able to collect benefits because of the award-winning “Out of Breath” reports from ABC News Investigative Reporter Brian Ross and team.
Smithsonian Channel will begin re-airing “CBS Sunday Morning” Sundays at 2pmET, after the program has cleared CBS affiliates. The network will also re-air the show up to four times later in the week. Smithsonian Channel is co-owned by CBS Corp. and the Smithsonian Institute.
Rachel Nichols gets the first extensive interview with LeBron James since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, airing tomorrow on CNN. James talks about his extreme weight loss and how he did it: “No carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no refined sugar… Meat. Fish. Veggies. Fruit.”
ABC’s Ann Compton was feted last night at the Newseum for her 41 years of service to ABC News. ABC VP of public affairs Robin Sproul threw the bash which was attended by dozens of ABCNewsers including a host of executives and former “World News” anchor Charles Gibson.
Sean Hannity’s expose on Spring Break in Panama City may result in a less-raucous Spring Break 2015. The city council votes tomorrow on new ordinances related to alcohol-sale hours, ID checks and curbing of special events, which were spurred on, in part, by Hannity’s reports.
The AP released a report looking at the importance of video news in the Middle East and North Africa. “The big ‘ah-ha’ moment for me was the realization that news junkies see video as an essential part of their daily news fix,” says Sue Brooks, director of international for AP.
The latest CNN Digital Studios production will feature celebrity chef Roy Choi. “Street Food” dips into the lives of cultural tastemakers to get their perspectives on how everyday trends and cultural movements are born. Here’s a preview.
ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and her husband Mike Nichols hosted a screening last night for “Two Night Stand” – the film directing debut for Mike’s son, Max Nichols, (right). Max Nichols’ wife, CNN sports anchor Rachel Nichols, was among the attendees.
MSNBC will air the first-ever live broadcast of the Global Citizen Festival Saturday. The Central Park concert, featuring JAY Z, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, and more will be carried on MSNBC, while NBC News will air a primetime special at 9pmET hosted by Tamron Hall.
Before leaving for New York for the U.N. General Assembly this morning, Pres. Obama spoke from the South Lawn of the White House about last night’s airstrikes on ISIS and Khorasan militants in Syria. All the broadcast networks aired a special report. The president did not take questions.
Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register have entered into a new polling partnership. The two outlets will jointly produce the Iowa Poll. This is the first time the storied Des Moines newspaper has fully partnered with a national TV outlet on the Iowa poll.
Fusion is partnering with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to offer recent graduates several working fellowships specializing in digital storytelling, investigative reporting and documentary production.
For its U.N. Climate Week coverage, The Weather Channel is airing a special tonight at 7pmET called “Weather 2050″ asking a series of “What if?” questions. The network has also produced a forecast for Sept. 23, 2050, which includes Jim Cantore, looking very 2014, but holding a futuristic forecasting device.
Venezuela’s President is threatening legal action against CNN en Espanol, among other news outlets, for spreading what he said were false health rumors. Nicolas Maduro has ordered an investigation into coverage of a possible outbreak of a tropical disease.
Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today as the U.N. General Assembly begins in New York. Secretary Kerry will be live in studio at 7:30am to discuss Iraq, Syria, and how to handle ISIS.
There won’t be a “Meet the Press” next Sunday because of the Ryder Cup, but on yesterday’s show Chuck Todd announced, “With a bit of luck, we’re going to have a shiny new set,” when the show returns Oct. 5.