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CNN Adds Jay Leno at 10pm… One Night Only

ObamaLenoCNN is producing another news-focused entertainment special, this time on Jay Leno.

Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy” airs Friday night at 10pmET. CNN’s Nischelle Turner hosts the half-hour special which looks back at how Leno went from comedy clubs to succeeding the legendary Johnny Carson. Leno hosts his final “Tonight Show” (for the second time) Thursday, Feb. 6 on NBC.

Jay Leno at 10pm? Where have we heard that before?

In recent weeks, CNN has produced half hour specials on Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

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About Those CNN Layoffs

CNN304x200The Financial Times is getting around to reporting layoffs that occurred at CNN toward the end of last year. At the time of the layoffs — which number in the dozens — a source told TVNewser there would be no reduction in headcount in the cities most affected: Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC.

Our source says changes in Los Angeles are related to a planned expansion of the entertainment unit. In recent weeks CNN has churned out entertainment focused specials, including an hour on Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and has increased awards season red carpet specials. This Friday, the network will produce a special report called Bieber’s Troubles, following the pop star’s run-in with Miami Beach police overnight.

As for the layoffs last year, FT reports one of those laid off was “a pregnant producer who was two weeks away from giving birth to twins.”

But departing staff have expressed concern. “It makes you wonder what direction CNN is going in,” said Kim Segal, a supervising producer who left CNN recently after a long career when the network asked her to choose between a cut in pay and a severance package.

Ms. Segal supervised much of CNN’s coverage of the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, a ratings winner for the network, as well as Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration. “For 24 years there was nowhere else I wanted to be because of the 24-hour platform we had at CNN,” she said. “I would hate for other programming to get in front of that.”

Newsers Prep for TIME 100 Gala

The TIME 100 gala is tonight at Time Warner Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The annual list celebrates those the magazine has deemed the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Among them Matt Lauer who will be in attendance tonight. Other tvnewsers scheduled to attend: Ann Curry, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Ann Coulter, Arianna Huffington, Willie Geist, Jane Pauley, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Ayman Mohyeldin. They’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of honorees Chelsea HandlerKristen Wiig, Jeremy Lin, and Victor Cruz. And we’ll let you know if attendee Greta Van Susteren will have a chance to chat with comedian and honoree Louis C.K., considering their stormy past.

FishbowlNY will be on the red carpet so look for a report tomorrow.

(Photo: Gillian Laub for TIME)

Sarah Palin’s News Conference, Starring Tina Fey

Palin_10.17.jpgWell, she did it.

Gov. Sarah Palin appeared during the opening sketch of tonight’s Saturday Night Live. Without going in to too much detail Tina Fey, playing Palin, holds her first news conference, telling the fake assembled press, “I just want to say how excited I am to be in front of both the liberal elite media as well as the liberal regular media.”

Waiting in the wings, the real Sarah Palin talking with SNL EP Lorne Michaels. Palin gets escorted to the news conference by Alec Baldwin, who’s told by Palin that Stephen is her favorite Baldwin brother.

Real Palin walks by fake Palin, (without acknowledging each other) makes her way to the podium and tells the fake press, “I’m not going to take your questions, but I do want to take this opportunity to say, ‘Live from New York it’s Saturday Night.’”

Again, much funnier with the video. We’ll have it tomorrow. It’s after the jump…

> Update: Palin also appeared on Weekend Update, where a very pregnant Amy Poehler rapped in Palin’s honor, sort of…

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