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Archives: July 2011

Networks Go Live Sunday Evening As President Announces Debt Deal

The last time President Obama spoke late on a Sunday evening back in May, he came bearing important news about foreign policy. Tonight, he had some important news about the economy. Democratic and Republican lawmakers brokered a deal to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts.

The big three broadcast networks interrupted their normal Sunday evening program just after 8:40 PM ET to cover President Obama’s comments on the deal. Russ Mitchell anchored for CBS, George Stephanopoulos for ABC, and Brian Williams–who was already in 30 Rock for “Nightly” and the “Inside Congress” special–anchored for NBC:

As you would expect the three general cable news channels also took the comments live after an afternoon and evening of special coverage:

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Seahawks Take Out Seattle Times Ad To Thank Matt Hasselbeck

Classy move by the Seattle Seahawks organization to take out a full-page ad in the Seattle Times to say goodbye to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who signed with the Tennessee Titans last week.

[H/T The Big Lead]

ABC, NBC Anchors Take to Washington Sunday and Monday as Debt Deadline Looms

You already heard about CBS’ plans for this weekend and Monday, now NBC and ABC have revealed their plans.

Brian Williams will be anchoring “NBC Nightly News” tonight, in advance of the 7 PM special taking viewers inside Congress. A preview of that special is below.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos co-anchored “GMA” and “This Week” this morning, and will also co-anchor “ABC World News” this evening. He will also anchor “GMA” from DC Monday morning. Diane Sawyer will anchor “World News from DC Monday.

David Gregory Hosting Roundtable Discussion on God for Discovery Channel

Politics it aint, but that won’t stop NBC “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory from moderating a roundtable discussion on Discovery Channel. The subject? “Did God Create the Universe?”

As Michael Schneider at TV Guide notes, the special is slated to run August 7 at 9 PM, following the debut episode of Discovery’s series “Curiosity.” The debut episode focuses on renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his views on God and the universe.

NBC’s Peacock Productions is producing the special, hence Gregory’s involvement.

Al Roker, Jim Bell Make THR’s ‘Philanthropy Issue’

NBC “Today” executive producer Jim Bell and weather anchor Al Roker get profiled in The Hollywood Reporter‘s new “Philanthropy Issue.” The reason for the accolades? Roker’s “Lend a Hand” series on “Today.,” which helps those in need.

For 10 years, Roker has spearheaded Today’s annual weeklong Lend a Hand tour, crisscrossing the U.S. in a truck filled with millions of dollars worth of supplies — everything from food to clothes to cars are donated by businesses — for needy charities. “He has not forgotten where he came from and considers himself to be the luckiest guy. He loves giving back,” says Today exec producer Bell.

CNN Launching Civil Rights Forum Series

CNN, along with the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, are joining forced to launch a series of dialogues addressing important issues of the day.

Dubbed the CNN Dialogues, the inaugural discussion will focus on the U.S. Census and the change demographic face of America. Wolf Blitzer will moderate the panel, which will be held in CNN’s backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information, after the jump.

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After 50 Years, CBS Set Designer Bids Farewell

CBS News bid farewell last week to Victor Paganuzzi, the creator of CBS Sunday Morning set. Paganuzzi is retiring after 50 years with the network.

Paganuzzi began his career with CBS Television in December of 1962, assisting the set designer of “The Jackie Gleason Show.”

In 1974, Paganuzzi began a 25-year run at CBS News designing sets for primaries, elections and inaugurations. The most enduring and recognizable design appears every Sunday morning on CBS — the plexiglass flats and accompanying sun logo, which have remained unchanged since the show’s premiere in 1979.

On Wednesday, Paganuzzi went on “The Early Show” — the set for which he also created — to talk about his half-century at CBS.

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Stephen Colbert Chastises Don Lemon For Not Calling Out ‘Vampire’

CNN anchor Don Lemon has had quite a week comedy-wise. First he was the focus (in a very positive sense) of a segment on “The Daily Show,” and then he was featured on “The Colbert Report,” where he was called out for, well, not calling out a “vampire.”

Check out Lemon in the Colbert bit, below, and look out for a guest appearance from Dan Rather.

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: BBC, Disney/ABC, Discovery

This week, BBC is on the hunt for a network operations supervisor in Silver Spring, Md., while Disney/ABC is searching for a marketing manger in its digital and sponsorships division. Discovery Communications is hiring a digital associate producer, and HGTV needs a supervising producer in its creative services department. Get all the details on these jobs and more below, as well as on mediabistro.com.

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