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‘Peter Pan Live’ Viewership Half That of ‘Sound of Music Live’

PeterPan2The 3-hour “Peter Pan Live!” on NBC last night averaged 9.12 million viewers in its live airing. Its biggest half hour was its first with 11.36 million tuning in. It petered out with just 6.99 million in the last half hour. The telecast averaged a 2.4 rating in A18-49 viewers.

That pales in comparison to last year’s “Sound of Music Live!” which drew 18.47 million viewers and a 4.3 in the A18-49 rating.

NBC had stiff competition last night from comedies on CBS, breaking news on cable and the Chicago Bears-Dallas Cowboys game in the 3rd and 5th largest TV markets, respectively.

Playing Peter Pan was Allison Williams, daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams who told TVNewser yesterday that he and his wife were watching from “an undisclosed location — close enough to the production as to burst through the stage door the moment the credits roll.”

More data: according to Nielsen, 5.3 million people saw one or more of the 475,000 tweets about last’s night broadcast. More than 147,000 Unique Authors sent tweets, which were seen 106.9 million times. By comparison, last year’s “Sound of Music Live!” tweets were seen 68.7 million times.

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NBC News Produces ‘Peter Pan’ Special

PeterPanNBC News’ Peacock Productions has produced a behind-the-scenes look at next’s week’s “Peter Pan Live!”

“The Making of Peter Pan Live!” airs tonight at 8pmET/PT and takes viewers behind the preparations the special, which stars Allison Williams, daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, as Peter Pan.

Williams and Christopher Walken prepare for the Dec. 4 television event by learning the art of swordplay and singing classics such as as “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Never Never Land” and “I’ve Gotta Crow.”

When Allison Williams was cast back in July, Brian Williams said on “Nightly News,” “family members confirm she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of three.”

Overturned Evening News Win Gets Personal

From the interesting tweets department this afternoon, College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen tweeted at ABC News anchor Dan Harris, wondering if he was going to correct a comment about David Muir‘s “amazing win.” That win, as we reported earlier, has been overturned following Nielsen’s restated data. Why does Van Veen care about the evening news race? Well, his father-in-law to be is “NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.” Van Veen is engaged to actress Allison Williams, Brian’s daughter.

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Brian Williams Reports Allison Williams ‘Peter Pan’ Casting News

WilliamsPeterPanWithout actually reavealing that he’s her father, Brian Williams reported a news story on his daughter, actress Allison Williams, cast as Peter Pan in a live presentation of the musical on NBC this fall. On “Nightly News” last night, Williams simply said, “Family members confirm she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of three, and they look forward to seeing her fly. WATCH:

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The Morning Ticker: Playing Peter, Signing Erin, Hiring Fusion

  • Erin Burnett has signed a contract extension with CNN which will keep her “OutFront” at 7pmET. She’ll also develop a program for CNN International, debuting later this year.

  • Cheri Ehrlich Eisen is joining Fusion as Senior Director of Human Resources. The Disney/ABC alum will lead the network’s efforts to hire, keep, and develop talent.

Illinois Man Cleans Up at Star-Studded CNN Heroes

BanfieldLemonRomansA man who has dedicated his life to cleaning up the Mississippi River is the CNN Hero of the Year. Chad Pregracke of East Moline, Illinois received the honor last night at the event which was recorded for a CNN special to air Sunday, Dec. 1.

TVNewser was on the red carpet, which was swarming with both CNN and entertainment stars.

Piers Morgan told us how refreshing it is to cover everyday heroes vs. A-list celebrities: “They’re real people, and real people are always much more heroic than celebrities in my experience.  They’re not surrounded by entourages, money, or glamor…they have to rely on their own big hearts and selflessness.”

Ashleigh Banfield said “Heroes” proves good news works on TV. “We’ve heard forever good news doesn’t sell… it clearly sells. This has done well for years, people love it…and it feels great.”

HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell told us the inspiration Heroes provides is like therapy for her: “We do see the worst in humanity so often…this is more of a reflection of what humanity really is. This restores my faith in humanity.”

We caught up with CNN anchor Don Lemon and asked him what to expect from his new limited run show at 11pm: “It’s going to be amazing. You’re going to want to watch it,” he said, adding “to have any time slot on CNN is a pretty big accomplishment.”

Rachel Nichols talked about the positive response she’s received on the return of sports to CNN via her show “Unguarded.”

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Brian Williams’ Daughter Allison on Watching ‘Girls’ Sex Scenes With Her Dad

On his daytime talk show today, Anderson Cooper asks “Girls” actress Allison Williams what it’s like to watch the show’s sex scenes with her dad, NBC’s Brian Williams (an experience the “Nightly News” anchor once jokingly described as “unmitigated joy”).

Calling the experience “unique,” Williams said she’s very close with her parents and watches all the “Girls” episodes with them. She noted that they’re usually prepared for what’s coming because she lived with them last year while filming the show’s first season. “I’d come home from work and be like, this is what I did today,” Williams said. “How was the news, Dad?” Watch:

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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.

Sex, Single ‘Girls’ and Their News Dads

Former CBS News president Andrew Heyward with daughters, Emily (left) a marketing executive, and Sarah, a writer for HBO's 'Girls'

Actress Allison Williams, daughter of NBC anchor Brian Williams, isn’t the only one with paternal news cred on HBO’s new comedy, “Girls.”

Story editor Sarah Heyward also has a famous news-dad — former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. Both Heywards are Harvard grads; only one of them is certifiably funny. (Guess which one?)

“Girls,” which debuted Sunday, follows a quartet of 20-something girlfriends in New York as they explore sex, adulthood and the meaning of life, in no particular order. It’s already been renewed for season two.

Heyward, 27, earned an MFA in fiction from the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. She joined “Girls” for the pilot as a personal assistant to co-executive producer Jenny Konner, whom she identifies as “my best friend from college’s ex-sister-in-law.” (Got that?)

After reading one of one of Heyward’s short stories, “How to Lose Your Virginity,” Konner accidentally/on purpose left her printout on a director’s chair on set. Lena Dunham, ‘Girls’ creator and writer, picked it up and two weeks later, Heyward was hired as a staff writer.

Heyward and Williams, a Yalie, met at the “Girls” auditions. Williams read for Marnie, the roommate and best friend to lead character Hannah, played by Dunham.

“Allison killed it,” recalls Heyward. “It felt like we probably saw every young actress in L.A., of which there are many. She was amazing.” The two “made a connection quickly,” Heyward says, and have since become friends. Both their fathers attended the New York premiere.

To Heyward pere, the sexual graphicness of “Girls” was less upsetting than was the lovelessness of the encounters.

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‘Girl’ Talk with Allison Williams on ‘Today’

Describing her as the “It Girl,” NBC’s “Today” show had on the daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams this morning. Allison Williams is one of the stars of “Girls” which debuts on HBO Sunday night.

In a chat with Ann Curry and Carl Quintanilla, Williams describes the show as “an accurate depiction what it’s like to be in your early 20′s in New York.”

As for the “adult themes” of the HBO show, Williams says mom and dad are cool with it. “They lived through the filming of it with me and every time I’d read a new script I’d come home so excited. And I think they’re very proud.”

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