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Archives: December 2007

Did Cooper Want To Return For NYE?

He left for Pakistan Thursday night. And by tonight, Anderson Cooper will be in Times Square for CNN’s New Year’s Eve special. But would he have preferred to stay in Pakistan and report on the Bhutto assassination? From today’s NYPost, a quote from Cooper in Paper magazine:

“Each year it gets worse and worse, and then I always think it can’t get any worse, and then it always does. No matter where you go, I think everyone is having a bad time on New Year’s. There’s so much pressure. It’s like amateur night.”

In his autobiography, Dispatches from the Edge, Cooper writes about covering the CNN festivities just days after the South Asian Tsunami in 2004. “There’s been talk of canceling the celebrations, but in the end it’s decided that the show will go on. I’ve always hated New Year’s Eve,” Cooper writes.

>Update: Cooper posted a blog entry late this morning about looking forward to tonight’s New Year’s Eve special:

“As a kid I was never a big fan of New Year’s Eve. There always seemed something slightly menacing about the event. New York City streets are packed, people are drunk, it always kind of freaked me out. Then as an adult, I didn’t like it much because there was always so much pressure to have a good time, and you can never find a cab to go home in when you realize the party you’re at is lame. Now I really like New Year’s Eve because I’m working and Times Square is actually a really fun place to be.”

Also, CNN tells us the quote from Cooper in today’s NYPost is actually several years old.

Group Calls on MSNBC to Host GOP Candidates Left Out of FNC Forum

A political blogger is calling on his readers to press MSNBC to host a roundtable discussion with two GOP presidential candidates who are being left out of a Fox News-sponsored forum. For the past several days, a blogger named Big Louie of Nolan Chart, has been criticizing FNC for not inviting Rep. Ron Paul to be a part of the forum. Now, he’s calling on his readers to email MSNBC and ask that they host a roundtable with Dr. Paul and Rep. Duncan Hunter, that would run opposite the FNC program.

The 90-minute FNC forum, announced last Thursday, will be moderated by Chris Wallace one week from tonight. Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson will all take part.

Yesterday in New Hampshire, Paul told a crowd that FNC was, “scared of me.” They “don’t want my message to get out, but it will,” Paul said.

>More: A few of you have emailed to say this story is a hoax. The Nolan Chart even updated their story with the headline: “Ron Paul NOT excluded from Fox debate.” That’s true in the sense that there is no debate, but rather a forum to which Rep. Paul still remains uninvited. There is a NH debate the night before on ABC, but the “debate hosts” will not decide who will participate until Friday.

Click continued to read the press release from Fox News about their GOP NH forum scheduled for January 6, one week from tonight…

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Katie Couric’s Year

Couric_1230.jpgThe NYPost sums up Katie Couric‘s first full year at CBS: “…more than 1.1 million viewers have tuned her out over the last 12 months. That’s as if 100 percent of the households in Los Angeles had watched her last year and every last one of them shut their sets off last week.”

While that’s a dramatic analogy, it does not take into account that Couric’s numbers have risen this fall. The broadcast is averaging 6.61M Total Viewers over the last four weeks. That’s up from the 5.46M Total Viewer low point Evening News earned during the week of Sept. 3.

Former NBC Producer Returns, As Guest

Champagne_1230.jpgEd Deitch, who announced last week that he was taking a buyout from his job as a senior producer of NBC Nightly News, was back with the network this morning, as a guest on Weekend Today.

Deitch, who is an award-winning wine columnist for msnbc.com was talking with anchors Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe about choosing the right champagne (or sparkling wine) for New Year’s Eve.

Bill Kristol Joins The New York Times

Kristol_1229.jpgConservative writer and TV commentator Bill Kristol is joining The New York Times. Kristol will write a weekly column for the Op-Ed page while continuing as editor of The Weekly Standard. In its story about the hire, The Times writes, Kristol “has been a fierce critic of The Times. In 2006, he said that the government should consider prosecuting The Times for disclosing a secret government program to track international banking transactions.”

Kristol will also continue his appearances on Fox News Channel. He was a regular panelist on ABC’s This Week in the late 1990′s.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 27

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 279 | CNN: 276 | MSNBC: 151 | HLN: 106

Prime: FNC: 441 | CNN: 362 | MSNBC: 226 | HLN: 156

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC BigStory: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  249 393 385 459 434 429 271
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  356 350 336 328 385 375 257
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Special: Investig.: Special:
  221 147 146 296 130 251 224
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  200 103 143 232 128 126 152

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 26

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 249 | CNN: 162 | MSNBC: 124 | HLN: 94

Prime: FNC: 327 | CNN: 233 | MSNBC: 269 | HLN: 186

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC BigStory: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  243 383 367 371 284 324 227
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: iReport: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  196 122 165 177 289 233 142
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Reports: Investig.: Special:
  107 76 136 196 197 414 241
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  102 131 98 290 104 177 197

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What Is It Good For? A Year In Review, Of Course

The year-in-reviews have begun. Last night, 20/20 aired “the most talked about and most viewed videos of 2007.” Tonight, CNN’s This Week at War becomes This Year at War. CNN’s “team of correspondents from critical locations around the globe will discuss topics ranging from the war in Iraq, the threat of a nuclear Iran, U.S. politics, the ongoing war on terrorism, the Middle East peace process and the impact of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto‘s assassination.”

See it tonight at 7pmET on CNN or again tomorrow at 1pmET.

Anderson Cooper Live From Karachi

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Anderson Cooper has arrived in Pakistan, and will anchor AC360 there tonight live at 10pmET (or 8amET Karachi time). He just spoke with Wolf Blitzer at the top of The Situation Room’s 6pmET hour.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser that Cooper will also anchor a special live 360 tomorrow night at 8pmET.

There is still no word on whether Cooper will be back in New York to host CNN’s New Year’s Eve special.

>Update from an emailer: “Cooper just said at 10:21pm (Friday night) that he will be back in NY on Monday night for New Year’s Eve.”

NH Debates Won’t Air on ABC in Little Rock

Broadcasting & Cable’s Michael Malone writes that Little Rock’s ABC affiliate KATV will not be airing the back-to-back Republican and Democratic Presidential debates Jan. 5, and will instead air a local college basketball game. The debates will air on MyNetworkTV affiliate KWBF, instead. The 90-minute debates are being moderated by ABC’s Charles Gibson, and come just days before the New Hampshire primary.

Considering one of the front-runners is a native son, the GM of KWBF might have a ratings winner on his hands (or not). “KWBF is very excited to be able to provide the Democratic and Republican presidential candidate debates live to central Arkansas,” Bill Maples said.

Turns out KATV was contractually obligated to run the basketball game.

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