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Archives: April 2012

ABC News and Yahoo! WHCD Cocktail Party

Sophia Vergara and Diane Sawyer

ABC News and Yahoo! were among the media entities hosting cocktail parties tonight ahead of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner at the Washington Hilton. ABC’s primetime stars mingled with ABC Newsers, many of whom arrived just a few hours earlier. TVNewser hears the 2pm Delta shuttle from New York brought several ABC News anchors to D.C. including Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric (who was actually on the way to her brother’s wedding) and Cynthia McFadden as well as NBC’s Harry Smith, and others. Here are a few pictures from the ABC News/Yahoo cocktail party:

Al Roker, George Stephanopoulos and wife Ali Wentworth

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News DC bureau chief Robin Sproul and "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet

More pictures after the jump…

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NBC Revives The ‘Huntley-Brinkley Report’ For ’30 Rock Live’

NBC comedy “30 Rock” had its annual live episode Thursday night, and as was the case last year the cast performed two different versions for the east and west coast audiences. This year, one of the scenes was a recreation of the “Huntley-Brinkley Report,” NBC’s flagship evening news program from 1956-1971.

Alec Baldwin played Chet Huntley, but David Brinkley looked decidedly different in both telecasts. See if you can spot the differences. One thing both telecasts had: sexism and cigarettes (though one of the Brinkley’s didn’t want to be seen holding one).

On the west coast, Huntley bore a striking resemblance to NBC News anchor Brian Williams:

On the east coast, he seemed hunky in a” Mad Men-esque” sort of way:
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TIME & People Throw WHCA Cocktail Party

The parties are underway in Washington D.C. ahead of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Last night at the St. Regis, TIME and People threw a cocktail party with drop-ins from a bunch of boldface tvnewsers all enjoying custom flavored custards by Shake Shack.

TIME‘s Managing Editor Rick Stengel (below with Savannah Guthrie) along with and DC bureau chief Michael Duffy, People‘s Managing Editor Larry Hackett, and DC correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall hosted the party.

Spotted at the party: Gayle King (below with Andrea Mitchell), Chris Matthews, Julie Chen and hubby CBS CEO Les Moonves (right with Wolf Blitzer), Greta Van Susteren, Wolf Blitzer, , Thomas Roberts, Kelly O’Donnell, Ed Henry, Willie Geist, Dana Bash, Erica Hill, Chris Wallace, Tamron Hall, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Donna Brazile; ABC News president Ben Sherwood, NBC News president Steve Capus, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and “Face the Nation” EP Mary Hager also CNN execs Mark Whitaker and Sam Feist.

(Photos: Getty Images)

Happy 30th Birthday Weather Channel

On Wednesday, the Weather Channel turns 30 years old.

The first network dedicated to around-the-clock weather forecasting and severe weather coverage debuted May 2, 1982. And to mark the occasion the fine folks in Atlanta sent the TVNewser crew a flashback care-package: Rubik’s Cubes with one side carrying The Weather Channel logo, pop rocks (which DID NOT lead the death of Mikey from the LIFE commercial), Billboard’s biggest hits from 1982, some assorted Wonka candies and a few “Frankie Says Relax” t-shirts. The shirts had us scratching our heads. I’m the only one in our group old enough to remember them — but didn’t. It took our editorial assistant, who wasn’t born until the late 80s, to recognize it. She’d seen it in an episode of “Friends.” Anyway, here’s the story of 80s band Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the t-shirts.

As for Weather Channel, they have some big plans for their 30th birthday next week. More about that tomorrow.

The CNN Ticker: iReport, Gupta, ‘Anderson’

  • iReport wants to have its own Presidential debate. Starting now and running until May 4, the CNN user-generated content site will be seeking submissions on what issues are important to voters. The top 20 will then be put up to a vote, with users able to rank them on importance. iReporters will then be asked with defending or critiquing each side of the top 20 issues, with the end goal of having he candidates respond to the issues.
  • Sanjay Gupta, MD” is getting a new timeslot on Saturdays. The program will move to 4:30 PM ET, with “CNN Saturday Morning” taking over its previous 7:30 AM timeslot. “Gupta MD” will remain in its 7:30 AM timeslot on Sundays.
  • Johns Hopkins University asked Wolf Blitzer who his “dream interview” would be with. Check out his response below.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 370 | MSNBC: 146 | CNN: 102 | HLN: 94
  • Primetime: FNC: 437 | MSNBC: 314 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 122

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
443 422 374 497 424 390 427 425
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
124 170 215 244 368 326 216 192
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
87 61 63 93 135 160 94 104
HLN Special: Prime: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
44 68 67 135 131 105 83 77

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It’s Official: Ryan Seacrest Tapped as NBC ‘Today’ Correspondent As Part of Overall NBCU Deal

As expected, Ryan Seacrest is joining NBC News as a “special correspondent” for NBC News, including on “Today.”

Seacrest will continue as the managing editor of E! News, as well as E!’s red carpet host, though his regular hosting duties will likely be cut back. Instead, Seacrest will serve as a “special correspondent” for “Today” and “contributes to NBC primetime news and produces and contributes to NBC entertainment programming.” He will also–as previously announced–serve as a correspondent during NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

Seacrest’s deal is so big, that NBCU CEO Steve Burke was the one quoted in the press release.

“Ryan is an extraordinary talent who has been an important part of the Comcast family for a long time,” Burke said in a statement. “We look forward to his continued role on E! and to having him appear on many new places across NBCUniversal, including the TODAY show and at the Olympics. This is a great example of how NBCUniversal is able to provide the perfect home for some of the best people in the business.”

Last year, the rumor was that Matt Lauer was going to leave “Today,” and Seacrest came up as a possible replacement. As we reported at the time, he was widely expected to land some sort of role on the NBC morning show, even if it was not as an anchor.

More information below.

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Brian Williams on Watching Daughter Allison in ‘Girls’

Vulture caught up with Brian Williams at the TIME 100 Gala the other night. The mag asked the NBC News man what it’s like to watch his daughter Allison during steamy scenes of her HBO show “Girls.”

What is it like watching Girls for you? Are you covering your eyes?
No, no. It’s kvelling, pride. It’s incredibly great. Her co-creator and I have known always that she was going to be an actress. So it’s fantastic.

You’re fine with the awkward sex scenes?
Unmitigated joy.

Not sure if Allison also inherited the sarcasm gene …. but now that you know about her first big break, have you seen how her dad got his? Here’s the video.

‘Good Morning America’ Leading ‘Today’ for the Week

With Thursday’s fast-national Nielsen numbers now in, “Good Morning America” is in a position to win the week. This comes as “Today” regained the top spot last week. As of Thursday’s show, “GMA” has a 236,000 total viewer lead for the week. “Today” is still leading with younger viewers. If “GMA” takes the week it will be a “clean” win as both show’s primary anchors were in. When “GMA” won the week of April 9, Matt Lauer was on vacation.

There is one exception: today. Viewers may have been asking ‘where in the world is Matt Lauerthis morning? Well, he had the day off, and Carl Quintanilla was sitting in. The May sweeps period began Thursday and, while it’s happened before, it’s unusual for anchors — and just about anyone who works at a local news station — to take off during Sweeps. Meanwhile, at GMA, Robin Roberts Tweeted that she flew to Los Angeles on assignment after yesterday’s show and took the red-eye back to be on this morning.

Greta Van Susteren Responds to Criticism From Jimmy Kimmel, Meghan McCain

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is responding to criticism from Jimmy Kimmel and Meghan McCain over her role in ousting comedian Louis C.K. from the Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in June.

“I’m trying to get over being mad at Greta Van Susteren,” Kimmel, who is headlining tomorrow night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, told Politico. “How dare she? With the people that that she interviews, she would boycott Louis C.K.?”

Meghan McCain also added her thoughts via Twitter. “Greta Van Susteren is bringing Lindsay Lohan to the WHC Dinner but has a moral offense to Louie C.K.?” the MSNBC contributor wrote yesterday.

“I read what Meghan McCain and Jimmy Kimmel said,” Van Susteren told our sister site, FishbowlDC. “I wasn’t bothered by it because I am sure they don’t know what Louis C.K. really said. No one (including McCain and Kimmel) — other than apparently Louis C.K. — would pick on a disabled child who can’t fight back. Here’s a sample of what he said about Trig: ‘Palin had a retard making c***.’ This is way past edgy.”