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Archives: November 2013

Erin Burnett Gives Birth to Baby Boy

EBurnettWeddingIt’s an 8-pound, 10-ounce bundle of blue for CNN’s Erin Burnett and  husband David Rubulotta.

“Dave and I welcomed a healthy, happy baby boy at 9:47 p.m. Friday November 29th,” the ‘Outfront’ anchor tells People magazine, which broke the news. “Seeing him for the first time was the most awe-inspiring, joyful moment of our lives.”

There’s no word yet on the baby’s name. It’s the first child for the couple, who married in December of 2012. CNN confirmed Burnett’s pregnancy to TVNewser in June.

 

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‘Dateline’ Has Most-Watched Show All Season

Screen Shot 2013-11-30 at 9.56.38 PMLast night “Dateline NBC” had its most-watched show since the start of the 2013-2014 season in September. With 7.2 million viewers, “Dateline” won the 8pmET hour among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in total viewers and was #2 in all key demos.

The episode, “A Killing in Cobb Country,” reported by Andrea Canning had the highest ratings in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos since Oct. 25. “Dateline” was up +32% week-to-week in viewers and also up in both younger demos.

At 10pm, a “20/20″ special hosted by Barbara Walters which included a look back at her interviews with past presidents and First Ladies drew 5.04 million viewers.

Brian Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Debut Pushed Back

brian stelter_304x200Brian Stelter’s debut as host of “Reliable Sources” has been moved back a week to December 8.

No word from CNN on the reason for pushing Stelter’s debut back, but the “Reliable Sources” twitter account tweeted its replacement for this Sunday:

Stelter was named CNN’s senior media correspondent and host of “Reliable Sources” on November 12 after guest hosting the show frequently over the summer following Howard Kurtz’s exit for Fox News.

His first week on-air for CNN was busy, reporting on both Lara Logan’s leave of absense from “60 Minutes” and the parting of ways between MSNBC and Alec Baldwin.

We’d expect both stories to be on the rundown for his first show hosting next Sunday.

Brian Williams Has a Special Request For Space Station Astronauts

This week on “Nightly News,” Brian Williams had a special message for some faraway viewers of NBC News. During a segment about a house in Australia decorated for the holidays with a half million Christmas lights, Williams said: “Since we have reason to believe our friends on the International Space Station are watching this broadcast, if you guys ever take requests, can you please take a photo of this house from space?”

The following day, Williams got a response from one of the astronauts via Twitter:

Williams noted on “Nightly” that the ISS flew over Australia this week, “so our hopes are high.”

Weekend Growing Pains For MSNBC’s ‘Disrupt’

KarenFinney6Longtime MSNBC contributor Karen Finney took the helm of “Disrupt With Karen Finney” in June as the lead-in for then-weekend host Ed Schultz, but six months later, the show struggles in the ratings.

Airing on Saturday and Sunday at 4pmET, “Disrupt” is delivering 192,000 total viewers and 39,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo for the month of November, the latter demo number serving as an all-time low for the show. Sunday, November 17 was a low point, with just 14,000 viewers in the demo tuning in. That show featured Finney speaking with former Congresswomen Gabby Giffords‘ husband Mark Kelly about gun control as well as a panel on the JFK assassination anniversary.

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CNN to Debut First ‘Heroes’ Documentaries

cnn heroesCNN is adding to its “Heroes” franchise, creating original documentaries telling the stories of past winners: 2009 and 2010 top 10 heroes Doc Hendley and Dan Wallrath.

“Operation Finally Home: A CNN Heroes Special Presentation” airs next Sunday, December 8 at 8pmET, and follows Wallrath as he builds homes for the families of two returning disabled veterans.

“Having the opportunity to film the CNN Heroes documentary was very moving and rewarding for us at Operation FINALLY HOME,” Wallrath tells TVNewser. “This is a huge opportunity for us to get our mission out and have the rest of America understand what wounded service members, their families and the widows of the fallen are facing when returning home.  We would not be were we are at as an organization without CNN Heroes!  God bless them!”

“Wine to Water: A CNN Heroes Special Presentation” debuts Sunday, December 15 at 8 pmET, and follows Hendley’s journey from a refugee camp in Uganda to an impoverished Colombian village, where he tries to save the lives of children and their families.

“After showcasing these extraordinary individuals for seven years, I am thrilled that we are going in-depth for an incredible journey with two of our most compelling Heroes,” said Kelly Flynn, CNN Heroes senior executive producer.

This year’s CNN Heroes airs Sunday night at 8pmET.

Press release after the jump.
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Bryant Gumbel: ‘Today’ Had ‘A Lot of Missteps’ With Ann Curry Transition

Among the topics that came up when former “Today” host Bryant Gumbel appeared on Katie Couric‘s talk show this week was the drama surrounding Ann Curry‘s exit from the “Today” show. Gumbel said “there were a lot of missteps,” noting that in his opinion, Matt Lauer shouldn’t have gotten the blame.

“I don’t get why it’s such a big deal when somebody in this business is let go. As you know, it happens to all of us at some point,” Gumbel said. “It’s a big boy league and you move on.” Watch:

[h/t Huffington Post]

CNN Correspondents Race From NYC to DC

CNN has been reporting on holiday travel, which was snarled by a very large storm making its way across the country. Yesterday they put the three major transportation modes to the test, asking three correspondents to leave New York City at noon and make it to Washington, D.C. in time for “The Situation Room” at 5pmET. Lisa Desjardins took a train, Nic Robertson took a plane and Brian Todd drove. So who made it to D.C. first? Watch and find out:

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s Kathie Lee and Hoda Taking Cover From a Live Turkey

Live animals and morning shows usually make for entertaining outcomes, and some pre-Thanksgiving festivities on “Today” were no exception: Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb had a visit from a live turkey, who got a little scared as a result of all the attention. Hilarity ensued. Watch:

Fusion CEO Lauds Network’s First Month, Tells Staff to Reach ‘Beyond the Conventional’

Fusion304x200Fusion launched one month ago today, and TVNewser has obtained an internal email network CEO Isaac Lee wrote to the staff praising while urging continuing innovation.

“Our content continues to drive a national conversation,” Lee wrote. “Fusion is already playing a prominent role in shaping our nation’s dialogue.”

Fusion, which is not in enough homes to be publicly rated by Nielsen, is depending on Web traffic. Lee’s email highlights Fusion.net’s traffic—half of which comes from mobile devices—as well as Fusion TV’s headline-grabbing interviews.

Some of those interviews Lee refers to were “Glee” star Alex Newell taking on Bill O’Reilly for calling him “dopey” and an on-air feud between hosts Alicia Menendez and Leon Krauze over who gets to interview actress Jennifer Lawrence first — neither has so far.

He also warned employees to not pat themselves on the back too much:

“We must remember we are one month into a very long journey and we cannot stop here.  The challenges we faced in the days and weeks leading up to launch have not gone away, but the last month has shown me that we are more than ready to tackle them.”

Lee’s email after the jump.

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