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Archives: February 2011

What Charlie Sheen Said to NBC and ABC

This morning NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” ran clips from their network’s respective “exclusive” interviews with “Two and a Half Men” actor Charlie Sheen.

As we reported over the weekend, ABC News got the first interview, and scheduled it for primetime on Tuesday, with NBC later securing its own interview, which ran this morning.

ABC opted to air an extended segment on Sheen this morning, in advance of the Tuesday special. In it, Sheen says he will sue CBS:

On NBC, Sheen says he “at war” with CBS execs, adding “They picked a fight with a warlock.”
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What Anderson will look like: ‘We’ll use all the tricks of the trade. We’ll shoot stuff. We’ll go places.’

If Anderson Cooper were a car, he’d be a classic American convertible.

“Maybe it’s the silver hair. Maybe it’s the kind of work he does. I don’t think he’d be a Porsche,” says Jim Murphy, executive producer of Cooper’s upcoming daytime show. “He’s going to cover a lot of space and be very open to people watching.”

Murphy knows about covering space. Prior to joining ABC in 2006 as senior executive producer of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ he did two e.p. stints at CBS, with ‘Evening News’ under Dan Rather, then Bob Schieffer; and ‘CBS This Morning.’

Murphy jumps to the syndicated ‘Anderson’ in mid-March. The talk show launches Sept. 12, replacing Oprah Winfrey in some markets. (No pressure.)

Though Murphy and Cooper barely know each other, in Murphy’s words, they have several mutual friends. “The funny thing is, they’ve said to both of us over the years that we’d make a really good team,” Murphy says. “I’ve admired the guy for a hell of a long time.”

As it turns out, the timing was perfect. Murphy, who turned 50 last year, was burning out and needed a change. He went to new ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who had been Murphy’s predecessor on ‘GMA.’

“I was honest with him and he was honest with me,” Murphy says. “Morning TV is very hard, very competitive, very high pressure. You can only do this job for a certain amount of time – it’s definitely like dog years.

“This [‘Anderson’] was out there. Nothing else at ABC was as interesting or challenging. We agreed to part amicably.” Murphy was released from the remainder of his contract.

Given that Cooper will continue his nightly show at CNN as well as his occasional pieces for CBS’s ’60 Minutes,’ the big question is this: What happens to ‘Anderson’ when Cooper is called away for big breaking news anywhere on the planet?

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ESPN's Howard Bryant Arrested For Domestic Assault

ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant was arrested on Saturday and was charged with assaulting his estranged wife and hitting a police officer who tried to subdue him in Buckland, Mass.

Five witnesses gave statements that claimed Bryant was arguing with a woman and eventually choked and pushed her into a car. After the police arrived, Bryant reportedly struck an officer in the chest with his elbow. It took four police officers three minutes before they could subdue Bryant.

“We are gathering information about it,” spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Jeanette DeForge of The Republican.

Bryant was released on $5,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Greenfield District Court.

The former Washington Post writer was hired by ESPN in 2007 and is a contributor to and ESPN the Magazine.

NBC News gets Charlie Sheen interview; will air ahead of ABC’s 20/20 special

NBC has scooped competitor ABC by getting an interview with troubled actor Charlie Sheen and airing it first — or at least at about the same time.

NBC’s press release, sent earlier this evening claims this is Sheen’s “first television interview since his contentious public comments against CBS and “Two and a Half Men” co-creator Chuck Lorre.” NBC’s Jeff Rossen sat down with Sheen for an interview that will air Monday on “Today.”

As we reported yesterday, ABC’s Andrea Canning, has already interviewed Sheen for a “20/20″ special which will air in primetime Tuesday night, with excerpts airing Monday and Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”

It’s a coup for “Today” and could take some of the wind out of the sails of “GMA”‘s post-Oscar telecast, which could be the show’s greatest chance of getting close in the ratings to #1 “Today,” if only for a day.

So far tonight during the Oscars telecast ABC is promoting “Good Morning America,” but with news from a different star: “Britney Spears, with the announcement that has everyone talking,” goes the promo.

Adam Carolla on Piers Morgan: ‘We have chubby guy in his 50’s who we have never heard of fever!’

Comedian Adam Carolla appeared on Los Angeles station KTLA last Thursday, and talked to the hosts about CNN’s Piers Morgan‘s interview with Larry King.

“Who is Piers Morgan by the way and who decided in advance we are all in love with this limey?… Hey, we have chubby-guy-in-his-50’s-who-we-have-never-heard-of fever!”

The comments did not get by Morgan, who tweeted:

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MSNBC’s Bill Wolff Asks Politifact For a Correction Over ‘Misrepresented’ Fact Check

MSNBC VP of primetime programming and executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff, sent a letter to Politifact asking for a correction to a post on the organizations “Truth-O-Meter” blog.

Wolff argues that Politifact ascribed comments to Maddow that were never made, or taken out of context, with regards to the budget shortfall in Wisconsin:

In your effort to challenge a Capital Times editorial you have mistakenly ascribed the argument therein to Rachel Maddow. In so doing, you have half-quoted her in one instance, misquoted her in another, and misrepresented her overall.

Ms. Maddow is well aware of the Wisconsin budget shortfall. She said so just a few sentences after the line you decided to single out for “truthometry”:

Politifact responded Friday, saying that a correction was not warranted:

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John Stossel Takes On Hollywood, ‘The King’s Speech’

Tonight, ABC will televise the Academy Awards, and one of the front-runners for Best Picture is The King’s Speech. That film is about King George VI, who was a stutterer.

On his Fox Business network program this week, John Stossel set his sights on Hollywood, and The King’s Speech in particular:

Stossel, you see, was once a stutterer himself.

He spoke to the Chicago Sun Times about the film, and his own experiences:

“That method is accurate and works, but that delayed auditory feedback approach could have been employed whenever the king had to give a speech — given it was over the radio. But that wouldn’t have given us much of a dramatic movie, would it?” said Stossel with a laugh.

Stossel also says he saw a pro-libertarian message in the film:

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ABC to air special 20/20 with Charlie Sheen interview

CBS’s loss is ABC’s gain.

You won’t see Charlie Sheen in a new episode of “Two and a Half Men” this week — or maybe ever.  But you will see him on “20/20″ Tuesday night.

ABC News correspondent Andrea Canning, who’d been texting the star in recent days about the personal and very public drama which lead to his hit CBS show being shut down last week, got an interview with Sheen which will be a part of a one hour “20/20″ to air Tuesday at 10pmET. And ABC will get the most of the interview airing excerpts on Monday and Tuesday’s “Good Morning America.”

Christiane Amanpour to host ‘This Week’ from Tripoli, Libya

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour is the latest Western journalist to make it in to the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Amanpour will host “This Week” from the city tomorrow. Tonight on “World News” she reported by videophone, “We came into the city. It’s calm. The roads were clear. We’ve heard tiny amounts of sporadic shooting.”

CNN’s Nic Robertson also reported from Tripoli today. As we reported yesterday, CBS News producer Ben Plesser was the first Western journalist to report from the city as the

CNN producer loses battle with cancer

CNN Senior Producer Hunter Waters lost his battle with esophageal cancer this morning. Waters was the lead political producer for CNN’s “Larry King Live” and as CNN’s Sam Feist writes on, Waters “produced interviews with the top people in American politics, from Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton to candidates for the White House and beyond.” Waters worked at CNN for more than 10 years, starting as an intern. He met his wife, Kris Coratti, a spokesperson for The Washington Post, while both worked in CNN’s Washington bureau.