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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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The Guy Who Tweeted Former CIA Director’s Conversations ‘Won’t Be Doing Any Fox News’

MatzzieMSNBCTom Matzzie, the former DC director of Moveon.org, has already talked with CNN and MSNBC today, but he won’t doing Fox News.

Not that they asked.

Matzzie, whose tweets became news yesterday, tweeted this afternoon, “I won’t be doing any Fox News.”

To get you caught up, Matzzie was on a DC-to-NY Acela yesterday when he encountered “the loud guy on the train” sitting two rows behind him. That guy turned out to be former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden who was giving off-the-record phone interviews, details of which Matzzie began to tweet.

After Hayden’s associates started seeing Matzzie’s tweets, they called the 4-star Air Force General (ret.) who then approached Matzzie. “At that point I clenched myself,” Matzzie told MSNBC’s Peter Alexander. But it all ended well enough. Matzzie even got this photo with his new train buddy.

In her interview this morning (after the jump) CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield challenged Matzzie that as a former Moveon.org director “you have a bigger role in public interest than perhaps you let on…”

As for Fox, Tom Fitzgerald, a reporter at Fox5 in Washington, DC is appealing Matzzie’s no Fox rule. Matzzie is putting it to his Twitter followers to vote on whether he should do the interview.

 

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The Evening Ticker: Banfield, Lawsuit, ‘CTM’

  • Toyota has signed on as a presenting sponsor of “CBS This Morning.” The automaker will sponsor the “Eye Opener” segment, and is also lending its name to the show’s signature glass green room, now called the “Toyota Green Room.”

Cablers Break Into Afternoon Programming To Cover ‘Whitey’ Bulger Guilty Verdict

Just after 2 PM, the jury in the “Whitey” Bulger trial in Boston revealed their verdict, and it appears as though the former Massachusetts Mob boss will be spending the remainder of his life behind bars.

Bulger was found guilty on multiple counts of racketeering and conspiracy, as well as number of murders… though not all of the murders he was charged with.

The first of the verdicts was reported at 2:03 PM on MSNBC and FNC, according to TVEyes, with CNN less than 30 second later just after 2:04 PM. CNN also brought in “Legal View” anchor Ashleigh Banfield to discuss the case. Banfield’s new legal-focused show started this morning at 11 AM. Martha MacCallum anchored for FNC, and Thomas Roberts was on MSNBC.

CNN Rebranding 11 AM Hour As ‘Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield’

CNN is rebranding the 11 AM hour of “CNN Newsroom” as “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield” starting Monday, August 12, TVNewser has learned.

Banfield has been anchoring the 11 AM hour for over a year, but the new branding will let her put her own stamp on things. The logline for the hour will be “Ashleigh Banfield tackles the day’s most compelling legal stories.”

The move is consistent with other changes CNN has made to try and refresh the lineup. At 12 PM, “CNN Newsroom” switched to an international news focus, and was re-named “Around the World” earlier this year. Wolf Blitzer will be taking over the 1 PM hour, and Jake Tapper has his own hour at 4 PM. In other words, CNN has been moving away from the generic “Newsroom” title, and moving toward hours branded around the anchor and content.

Ratings: HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Steady In Season Two Premiere

Season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom” returned to HBO Sunday night. The show that TV news staffers love to hate is back with an overarching plot surrounding a lawsuit, and Occupy Wall Street as the news item du jour. Dan Rather is once again reviewing the episodes for Gawker.

The season premiere drew 2.2 million viewers, with an additional 400,000 watching the replay later in the evening.

For comparison, the series debuted last June to 2.1 million viewers, with the season finale drawing 2.3 million viewers. In other words, “The Newsroom” looks to be picking up right where it left off.

Of course, HBO notes that last season a cumulative total of 7.1 million people watched each episode (HBO sees a lot of replays and on-demand viewing), so the numbers are slightly better than your typical cable drama.

“The Newsroom” relied on a number of high-profile consultants for season two, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and S.E. Cupp.

Chris Matthews And Ashleigh Banfield Among ‘The Newsroom’ Paid Consultants

With season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom” right around the corner, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that HBO and Aaron Sorkin put together an all-star list of paid consultants to help make the show as “real” as possible.

Among the notable names: MSNBC host Chris Matthews (whose son Thomas Matthews is an actor on the show), CNN anchors Ashleigh Banfield and Natalie Allen (CNN is a sister network to HBO), MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp and Alex Wagner and former CNN and MSNBC president Rick Kaplan. The full list is here.

“I’ll be coming to you for everything from simple research questions to: ‘What kinds of conversations would there be about how to cover Trayvon Martin? Sandra Fluke? The contradictory stories about the circumstances under which Bin Laden was shot?’” he wrote in a lengthy welcome note to the group last fall.

THR also wrote a lengthy cover story about season two of “The Newsroom.” You can read it here.

Stroumboulopoulos Meets Stephanopoulos Ahead of CNN Debut

CNN’s new talk show host, George Stroumboulopoulos, made the TV rounds on his new channel and elsewhere this week to promote his new series “Stroumboulopoulos.”

First, the important thing: Stroumboulopoulos finally went face to face on “Good Morning America” with a certain American news anchor with a very similar name: George Stephanopoulos.

He also appeared on CNN’s “Starting Point,” where he says he grew up a big sports fan, and started his career as a sports reporter:
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Nancy Grace, Ashleigh Banfield And The Case Of The Parking Lot Liveshot

The sleuths at The Atlantic Wire have uncovered a cable news conspiracy of massive proportions. Earlier today Ashleigh Banfield interviewed Nancy Grace about the rescued women in Cleveland. The video certainly appeared as though Banfield and Grace were in different locations–if not different cities entirely–during the conversation.

But all was not as it seemed. As Dashiell Bennett and Philip Bump discovered, Banfield and Grace were talking to one another from the same parking lot in Phoenix, mere feet away from each other. The proof is in the GIF:

The pair are there to cover the verdict in the Jodi Arias trial, which will happen when the jury decides her fate. We can only assume that some sort of obstacle (perhaps a parked car, or a row of shopping carts?) prevented Grace from joining Banfield on the same set.

One thing is certain: we will never view a liveshot the same way again.

Zucker: ‘Parts Unknown’ ‘The True Measure of What We Want This Network to Be’

Calling it a “huge part of what CNN is going to to be,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker welcomed hundreds of guests to Porter House at Time Warner Center for a launch event for the network’s newest show hosted by Anthony Bourdain. “Parts Unknown” debuts Sunday night at 9pmET/PT.

CNN is, in fact, venturing into parts unknown with what Bourdain is cooking up. Bringing in a well-known non-news talent for a weekly one-hour travel/food/cultural awareness show is a departure for the network. Still, Zucker calls “Parts Unknown,” “the true measure of what we want this network to be.”

“We have a true television star in our midst,” said Zucker, who was quickly reminded of the dozen other on air talent in the room. “Not that we don’t have great television stars at CNN …Brooke Baldwin,” said Zucker, noticing the daytime anchor in the crowd, “You’re a television star.” We also spotted Anderson Cooper, (who dropped in before his show) Piers Morgan, Ashleigh Banfield, A.J. Hammer, Christine Romans (above with Bourdain and Baldwin) and John Berman.

Zucker heaped praise on CNN’s SVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra, SVP of development and acquisitions, who began courting Bourdain a year ago. Bourdain had hosted “No Reservations” on Travel Channel since 2005.

“I’m grateful to be with CNN,” Bourdain told the crowd. “I got my official CNN ID today so I guess the cavity searches are over.”

The first of 8 original episodes airs Sunday. A second season is set for the Fall. The network is also developing a show with documentarian Morgan Spurlock, and this week announced it would add a Friday night studio audience talk show with CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos.

More pictures from last night after the jump…

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