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George Stephanopoulos Runs a Jeopardy! Category

GeorgeJeopardyOn Jeopardy! last night, ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos was the focus of an entire category. In the category, “A Visit with George Stephanopoulos,” the “GMA” and “This Week” host played the part of Alex Trebek reading all the clues. Most of them were about interviews Stephanopoulos has conducted. However, “Who is Diane Sawyer?” was the $400 clue.

Stephanopoulos taped them a few months ago on the “World News” set in New York. Insiders tell us anyone who attended the taping had to sign confidentiality agreements not to discuss it until the show aired. Jeopardy! producers didn’t ask for input on questions nor did they run them by Stephanopoulos’ team beforehand. Still, some of the clues were reworded during the taping, but without changing the substance.

Two different contestants answered all of the clues correctly.

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‘The Five’ Turns the Tables on Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek was the one in the hot seat during an appearance on “The Five” last night. The “Jeopardy!” host answered a round of questions from the Fox News hosts, revealing a few secrets of the show and weighing in on Arthur Chu, the recent winner who employs a controversial game theory strategy to win. Watch:


The PM Ticker: Malala, B&C HOF, Vine

  • CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will interview Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot by the Taliban for trying to get an education. The interview will be conducted live at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and will air as a special called The Bravest Girl in the World on CNN Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7PM.

  • The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame has lined up former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl as the co-hosts for this year’e event. The honorees include “Live! with Kelly and Michael and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • NowThis News has hired Cody Johns as a videojournalist reporting exclusively for Vine, Twitter’s six-second social video service. Johns has amassed more than one million followers on the service. Watch the announcement (via Vine, natch) below.

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The Morning Ticker: Stahl, Zakaria, Amanpour

  • “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl will host this year’s Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 28. Among the inductees, Univision CEO Randy Falco, TIVO CEO Tom Rogers and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • The Clinton Global Initiative returns to New York next week. Ahead of the annual gathering, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sits down with Pres. Clinton to talk Syria, the budget and his wife’s 2016 presidential ambitions. The interview airs on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” Sunday at 10amET.

  • Next week is also the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is getting the first interview with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his trip to New York.

The Ticker: ABC/Clear Channel, Morley Safer, Wapner’s Cooking Chops

  • ABC and Clear Channel have struck a wide-ranging partnership that will bring ABC programming like “Good Morninf America” to IHeartRadio. Check out the full announcement after the jump for more details.

  • CNBC’s Scott Wapner doesn’t just grill business executives, he is also a master griller in the backyard. CNBC’s Brian Steel interviews Wapner as part iof a new video series for the channel. Watch below.

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Soledad O’Brien to Executive Produce and Moderate the National Geographic Bee

Soledad O’Brien has been tapped as the new moderator of the National Geographic Bee, TVNewser has learned. An announcement is expected Wednesday morning.

O’Brien will take over moderating duties from Alex Trebek who has hosted the Bee for 25 years.

The contest, which uses materials from the National Geographic Society, is designed to increase public awareness about world geography. Trebek is hosting the 25th annual event this week. The finals are set for Thursday night and will air on PBS at a later date. O’Brien takes over for the 2014 edition and her Starfish Media Group will produce the event in which thousands of schools compete for scholarship money.

O’Brien has another connection to Trebek. She was a guest on Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2009 competing against Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Michael McKean.

Trebek has said he will also leave Jeopardy! after the 2015-16 season. Notable TV news names who’ve been floated as possible replacements include Brian Williams, Matt Lauer and Anderson Cooper.

What Does The Future Hold For CNN’s Anderson Cooper?

CNN’s Anderson Cooper has long been called “the face of CNN” inside the halls of the CNN Center in Atlanta, and Time Warner Center in New York. His show “AC360″ is on twice in primetime (though probably not for too much longer), and he has become the face of CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcasts alongside comedienne Kathy Griffin.

Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva, well-sourced in the TV world, reports that Cooper was recently approached by NBC about potentially replacing Matt Lauer on “Today” when the anchor’s contract expires. He also taped a pilot for CNN–just yesterday–with Griffin, effectively taking the New Year’s Eve concept and making it a more regular thing.

Regular readers may also recall that Cooper’s name came up as a potential replacement for Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!, although that is still a few year’s off.

One thing is clear: the next few months will likely decide Cooper’s fate at CNN. With the cancellation of his daytime talk show, Cooper is believed to have more flexibility in his contract, potentially allowing him to look into other opportunities. That said, and as the pilot indicates, CNN executives do not want to lose the anchor, whose name has become synonymous with terrific field reportage. “CNN does not want to lose Anderson, he is the best thing they have going right now,” one staffer told TVNewser.

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Matt Lauer And Anderson Cooper: Jeopardy! Hosts?

The New York Post‘s Michael Shain has a doozy of a report this morning: Sony Pictures Television is quietly putting out feelers for potential replacements for Alex Trebek at “Jeopardy!,” and Matt Lauer and Anderson Cooper are two names on the list.

Trebek’s contract is up in 2016, while Lauer’s current NBC deal expires in 2015, and Cooper’s ends next year.

But one source says that Cooper — who hosted a competitive reality show on ABC called “The Mole” before his CNN days — knows that “Jeopardy” wants to talk and “he likes the idea.”

Hosting a show like “Jeopardy” is not nearly as time-consuming as a daily show like “Today.”

There are some issues of course: while it is certainly possible to host a syndicated game show alongside a news program, it helps to be in the same city. Both Cooper and Lauer live in New York, and neither are said to be keen on leaving anytime soon. “Jeopardy” shares studio and office space with game show sibling “Wheel of Fortune” in Culver City, California. It is unlikely the show would move, so it would be the anchor who would need to make the switch.

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Last Night On Jeopardy!: Chris Matthews Fumbles, And Robert Gibbs Eeks Out A Win

Last night was night one of “Jeopardy!” “Power Players” week, which features Washington politicos, influencers and TV news personalities competing for charity.

The contestants were MSNBC host Chris Matthews, CNN aviation and regulation correspondent Lizzie O’Leary and former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Notes and observations:

Chris Matthews should stick to political talk shows. Matthews had a lot of trouble with the “Jeopardy!” format. After selecting the category “New York Times Crossword Clues ‘E,’” Matthews answered the first question as such: “At ease, soldier, what is at ease soldier, ease soldier!” In fact, all he had to say was “What is ease?”

Matthews also answered a question about geography (“Beirut!”) before Trebek called on him, allowing Gibbs to get the point by buzzing in first. Finally, a question about espionage led Matthews to answer “Who is Gary Powers?” host Alex Trebek responded that they needed the full name, and Matthews replied by saying “Who is GARY POWERS!” O’Leary stole the cash by answering correctly, “Who is Francis Gary Powers?”

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The Ticker (Fox Edition): Claman, Kilmeade, Wallace

  • What has FBN’s Liz Claman learned from her experience interviewing Warren Buffet? “Learn how to communicate,” she tells Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. “This helps us not only in saving, but in all aspects of our lives!”
  • “Fox & Friends” celebrated Brian Kilmeade‘s birthday with a cake on the show this morning. “We have no plans for my birthday,” Kilmeade told his co-hosts. “I just want to get through it.”
  • The “Power Player of the Week” on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday was “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. “Yes, I have been thinking about retiring,” he told Chris Wallace. “But I’m torn, because I enjoy doing the show so much.”

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