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Archives: April 2011

What brought Sarah Palin and Matthew Morrison to the same event?

Sarah and Todd Palin along with Greta Van Susteren and Bill Press.

Last year at the annual pre-White House Correspondents Dinner Garden Brunch, Greta Van Susteren brought Kim Kardashian as her guest. This year, Greta looked beyond Hollywood and headed straight for Alaska bringing along Sarah Palin who really had brunch-goers turning their heads.

Tammy Haddad‘s annual brunch — which has outgrown its original location in Haddad and husband Ted Greenberg‘s backyard — was held this year at the historic Beall – Washington House, with its expansive yard, larger patios, and multiple watering holes. Haddad, a former MSNBC, CNN and NBC executive and producer shuttled the A-listers around the event — which is always a diverse mix of politicians, actors and journalists.

In addition to Palin, “Glee”‘s Matthew Morrison dropped in, as did Jesse Tyler Ferguson, of “Modern Family” and Chace Crawford of “Gossip Girl.”

We chatted up ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Chris Wallace of Fox News, Pete Williams of NBC News, and Ed Henry and Jessica Yellin of CNN and also spotted MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, FNC’s Bret Baier, CNN’s Dana Bash and Suzanne Malveaux (and twin sister Suzette) and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

Susan Axelrod, wife of Obama adviser David Axelrod, and Wendi Murdoch, wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch (both right, with Matthew Morrison) co-chaired the event which was a fundraiser for CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy).

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TVNewsers take TIME to Party

Last night People & TIME hosted their White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party at the St. Regis in DC. The event drew a mix of celebs and media.

Several tvnewsers from ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and FNC showed up including: Norah O’Donnell (below, left with Arianna Huffington, Savannah Guthrie (below, right), Ed Schultz, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Kelly O’Donnell, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Susteren, Betsy Fischer, Kelly O’Donnell, Ann Compton, Michelle Jaconi and Sam Feist.

(Photos: Getty)

From Southern Storms to Royal Wedding, a Friday Night of News

The broadcast networks devoted a significant chunk of time last night to news programs. CBS produced an hour on the Royal Wedding at 8pm, while NBC and ABC went head-to-head with two hour specials from 9-11pm. The first hour of “Dateline” was anchored by Brian Williams and was devoted almost entirely to the storms in the south, while ABC’s 2-hour “20/20″ was devoted almost entirely to the Royal Wedding.

“20/20″ drew 6.7 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating/5 share in A18-49. The Barbara Walters-hosted special drew 1.8 million more viewers than “Dateline” and by +33% in the A18-49 demo.

“20/20′s” second hour, which included a report from Jim Avila in storm-ravaged Alabama, saw its audience grow in Total Viewers and was #1 at 10pm in the A18-49 demo.

Presenting: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

As we reported in March, actress Julianne Moore has been tapped to play former Republican Vice Presidential nominee and current Fox News Channel contributor Sarah Palin in the HBO movie “Game Change.”

This week People got a first look at Moore-as-Palin:

What do you think? Is Moore a convincing Palin? Or should HBO call up Tina Fey?

Experian Hitwise: Chris Matthews Plays Hardball

The top two cable-news-show websites for the week ending April 23 were unchanged from the previous week — Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show — while third place on the Experian Hitwise charts went to MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, which bumped Fox News’ America’s Newsroom off the list.

The late-night talk-show website order was unchanged from the week ending April 16: Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, trailed by NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The morning news shows finished in their usual order: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

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‘Today’ Meets ‘Fear Factor’

Before the Royal Wedding on Friday, the NBC “Today” team followed in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton, checking out some of their favorite places in London.

One of those places was a restaurant that specializes in… unusual… cuisine.

In the video below, Meredith Vieira and Natalie Morales are the brave ones. Among their eats: chocolate-covered grasshopper, along with roasted scorpion.

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Roger Goodell Understands Why He Was Booed At NFL Draft

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the series of boos he heard Thursday night at the 2011 NFL Draft.

“It’s the fans’ frustration, and I understand that,” Goodell said Friday. “They want football, you want football and I want football. I think everyone’s frustrated by the circumstance, and I think that was a clear indication of it. I understand their frustration with me not being able to solve that. That’s my job and that’s my responsibility, and I accept that.”

As soon as fans at Radio City Music Hall find out the NFL lockout is back on, Goodell can expect another round of boos.

 

Roger McDowell Placed On Administrative Leave

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been placed on administrative leave while they investigate allegations he made homophobic comments and sexual gestures towards fans at AT&T Park in San Francisco last weekend.

General manager Frank Wren hopes to conclude the team’s investigation this weekend. Manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t think McDowell will lose his job as a result.

“In my opinion, it shouldn’t. It really shouldn’t,” Gonzalez said. “I’m sure there’s some hoops he’s going to go through, some apologizing, which he should have to go through. But for a person to lose their job, I wouldn’t think so. I hope it doesn’t.”

 

 

Video: Soccer coach fired one day after hitting reporter

Danish soccer coach Ove Christensen has been fired one day after hitting a reporter who asked him whether he could stay on as coach following a 4-0 loss. Below’s the clip of Christensen belting the reporter on the arm and then trying to play it off like it was a congratulatory pat for asking good questions.

Believe it or not, the team he coached, Randers, said Christensen was not fired for hitting the reporter, but for poor team play. So if he smacked the reporter following a 4-0 win, Christensen would still be coach…

 



(Source: CBS News)

WrestleMania 27 Reaches 1 Million Pay-Per-View Buys

While it might have been a dud to wrestling fans, WrestleMania 27 reached its goal of 1 million pay-per-view buys.

Last year’s WrestleMania scored 885,000 orders, which was down from 960,000 in 2009. According to World Wrestling Entertainment, pay-per-view buys are up 30 percent in North America and up 15 percent overseas. The final numbers are still being tallied.

With The Rock vs. John Cena already set as the main event for WrestleMania 28, the WWE can pencil in another 1 million pay-per-view buys for next year.

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