MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts flanked by Fox News anchors Kimberly Guilfoyle and Jamie Colby
TVNewser headed out last night to the annual NLGJA “Headlines & Headliners” fundraiser hosted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts. More than 400 attendees packed the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store in Soho for the event.
We chatted with ABC’s Andrea Canning, about getting the first of the Charlie Sheen interviews, and about her competitor and friend, NBC’s Jeff Rossen who got the second, and third and fourth. Canning told us even as the story has died down, she’s still getting press requests to talk about it.
FNC’s Jamie Colby, who anchors weekends for Fox, told us about her news-filled Saturdays of late — Libya last weekend, Japan the weekend before. “And the Gabrielle Giffords shooting happened on our watch.”
Curry shared with us her experience in Japan last week, which turned dangerous for those covering the story as the threat from the Fukushima nuclear plant grew. “I’ve taken our crews
Charlie Sheen is news. That much is clear. And now the TV news interviewers who spent time with the troubled sitcom star this week, are talking about how newsworthy he is.
NBC’s Jeff Rossentalked with the AP’s David Bauder about his extensive interviews, on and off camera, with Sheen. The aggressive New York-based correspondent began covering the Sheen saga when the “Two and a Half Men” actor trashed his hotel room at the Plaza Hotel last October. By the time their first interview had wrapped, Sheen referred to Rossen as a “rockstar” calling his interview “pure gold.”
Rossen told Bauder, “I told him from the very beginning I’ll make no agreements. I’m going to ask you whatever I want to ask you. The questions will be tough. Sometimes they will be uncomfortable. What I promise to you in return is that I will keep your answers in context. I’m not going to have any clever, tricky endings. I’m going to let you explain.”
Rossen’s interviews began last Sunday, aired all week on “Today” and culminated — for now — with a Dateline special Friday night.
ABC’s Andrea Canning was the first to interview Sheen, last Saturday at his home. She was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning and talked about how her time with Sheen almost ended on a very abrupt note.
ABC’s Andrea Canning interviewed Sheen Saturday and clips aired Monday and Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” NBC’s Jeff Rossen interviewed Sheen four days in a row — beginning Sunday and through to his live interview today. Here are the Nielsen fast nationals for Monday and Tuesday.
“Today” – 5.97M total viewers / 2.74M A25-54
“GMA” – 5.95M total viewers / 2.30M A25-54
“Today” – 5.91M total viewers / 2.80M A25-54
“GMA” – 4.85M total viewers / 1.90M A25-54
An estimated 9.3 million people watched the ABC News “20/20″ special last night, featuring an interview with “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen.
The program placed first in its time period in the two key TV demos: adults 25-54 and adults 18-49. The interview placed second in total viewers behind CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
Sheen seemed to be doing everything in his power to undermine what was supposed to be an exclusive with ABC, granting three separate interviews to NBC’s “Today,” as well as to CNN’s Piers Morgan, TMZ.com and Howard Stern.
Got to hand it to Piers Morgan. After Charlie Sheen gave living room interviews to ABC’s Andrea Canning on Saturday, NBC’s Jeff Rossen on Sunday and a backyard interview with TMZ.com today, Sheen headed to CNN’s Hollywood studios for a sit-down with Morgan tonight.
Rossen interviewed Sheen again today for a new interview which will air tomorrow on “Today.” Then there’s the “20/20″ special tomorrow night. Had enough yet?
On his first day as EP of “Good Morning America” the show got scooped by cross-town rival NBC News. Here’s how it all went down.
ABC’s Andrea Canning got an interview with troubled actor Charlie Sheen at his LA home on Saturday. Canning paved the way for an interview by exchanging texts with Sheen last week about what led to the shut-down of his hit CBS show “Two and a Half Men.” And not long after crews packed up their gear, ABC began promoting the interview as part of a Tuesday night “20/20″ special with excerpts airing today and tomorrow on GMA.
But by that time, NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen was on his way to Los Angeles with hopes of getting an interview with the CBS star. The Sheen folks agreed to an interview Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon, Rossen was at his front door. The NBC News PR department went into high gear calling their sit-down Sheen’s “first television interview since his contentious public comments against CBS and “Two and a Half Men” co-creator Chuck Lorre.” Which isn’t accurate since ABC’s interview was 24 hours before of NBC’s.
Anyway, we wondered if this is a story of two highly competitive, rival network correspondents. It’s not so much.
You won’t see Charlie Sheen in a new episode of “Two and a Half Men” this week — or maybe ever. But you will see him on “20/20″ Tuesday night.
ABC News correspondent Andrea Canning, who’d been texting the star in recent days about the personal and very public drama which lead to his hit CBS show being shut down last week, got an interview with Sheen which will be a part of a one hour “20/20″ to air Tuesday at 10pmET. And ABC will get the most of the interview airing excerpts on Monday and Tuesday’s “Good Morning America.”
ABC News correspondent Andrea Canning welcomed daughter Charlotte Brewster Bancroft to the family yesterday morning along with her husband USMC Major Tony Bancroft. A spokesperson tells us: “Charlotte was born at 7:21 am, May 19th (watching ‘Good Morning America’).” George Stephanopoulos and company congratulated Canning on “GMA” this morning:
TVNewser dropped by ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross‘ book party last night at ABC’s Times Square studios. “The Madoff Chronicles” hit store shelves this week and many of Ross’ colleagues were on hand to congratulate him last night.
ABC News President David Westin described Ross as “The premier investigative reporter working today,” and said, “I think it’s also a bigger occasion to celebrate the work, in general, that you do with all of your colleagues. We at ABC news couldn’t be prouder of the work that you do.”
Ross also addressed the crowd and thanked Westin and everyone who helped him along the way including senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz and the rest of her team. He also added, “Finally, we have to thank Bernie and Ruth.”