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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.”

Watch, after the jump…

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Brian Williams’ Daughter Got the Funny Gene

In addition to that Olbermann guy, Allison Williams was on “Late Show” last night. Williams, who is staring in the upcoming HBO show “Girls” is the daughter of NBC Newsman Brian Williams. “He is a wonderful dad. It’s been very cool to have him as a dad. A Newsman is a very cool job, I think,” said Williams, who also revealed the family kitchen comes equipped with a police & fire scanner.

Keith Olbermann Gets Serious on David Letterman

After his appearance on the ”Late Show with David Letterman” this evening, Keith Olbermann Tweeted: “Lots of fun w/the best interviewer in the business – including when it gets serious.” Presumably this means Olbermann opens up his departure from Current TV last week. Interestingly, also on Letterman tonight, Allison Williams, the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who is staring in the new HBO show “Girls.” (Allison, not Brian).

Back to Olbermann. Earlier today, the New York Post published parts of internal emails between Current TV president David Bohrman Olbermann’s manager, Michael Price, in the weeks leading up to Olbermann’s dismissal from the network.

[T]he final straw came … when the “Countdown” anchor threatened to take off the day before the all-important Super Tuesday primaries on March 6. Price was so adamant about getting his boss his precious vacation day that Bohrman was reduced to begging. “The night before Super Tuesday is a BIG night for us … I would hate to have our main anchor off on such a night. Can we slip this please?” Bohrman pleaded. Price then nagged the former CNN executive, asking him why it was so important for an anchor with a $50 million contract to broadcast during a major political event. “Please indicate, with specificity, why Keith is essential to that day,” Price taunted Bohrman.

More of Olbermann’s side of it tonight on “Late Show.” Speaking of which, it was also announced today that Letterman and “Late, Late Show” host Craig Ferguson have extended their CBS contracts for another two years – through 2014. Both series are produced by Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, Inc.

Brian Williams, and daughter, hit Nantucket

Brian and Jane Williams with daughter Allison Williams at the Nantucket Film Festival

The Williamses have taken Nantucket. Brian Williams and daughter Allison Williams jetted to the island for the Nantucket Film Festival this weekend. Reports the Daily News:

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor had the crowd at the at the ‘Sconset Casino in stitches Saturday night when he moderated the Screenwriters Tribute to filmmaker Paul Haggis and opened by noting that the once-down-to-earth festival now had acquired a sheen of East End glitz. “For starters, the official car when I got involved was a ’78 Chrysler LeBaron,” said Williams, who’s a festival board member. BMW is now a sponsor. Plus, he added, “There are liquor women. Spokesmodels. It’s like a Hamptons ferry has careened into Nantucket.”

The Boston Herald caught up with Allison Williams on the red carpet at the weekend festival. The Yale graduate will star in an upcoming HBO series “Girls,” about a group of 20-somethings living in Brooklyn.

“Yes, I’m reporting live from this phase of life,” Allison told the Herald. “But I think it’s going to be all right.”

Meanwhile, back on the mainland, Williams will be honored tonight as Broadcaster of the Year by the New York State Broadcasters Association.