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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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MSNBC, ‘Anderson Live’ Vets Tapped As EPs Of ‘Bethenny’

“Bethenny,” an upcoming talk show starring former “Real Housewives of New York” star Bethenny Frankel, is adding a veteran TV news producer and a former EP of “Anderson Live,” Telepictures has announced.

MSNBC senior EP of dayside programming Meghan Schaefer Spielberg is joining “Bethenny” as an EP, as is Terence Noonan, who served in that same capacity for “Anderson Cooper‘s daytime talk show “Anderson Live,” which will not be returning in the Fall.

Schaefer Spielberg has been with MSNBC for 17 years, and was there when the network launched back in 1996. During that time she served as EP for “Ashleigh Banfield On Location” and “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” among other programs. Noonan was a producer for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” among others.

As “Katie,” “Anderson Live” and now “Bethenny” clearly show, there is life after TV news, particularly during the day and in syndication.

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Snowmaggedon Sounds So Much Cooler Than Nemo

So Nemo, is what we’re calling this? This storm will sound nothing like Ellen DeGeneres as a clownfish (oh wait, she was Dory). Anyway, maybe the Weather Channel can come up with more daunting names next year. Remember Snowpacalyse which hit three years this week? Also Snowmaggedon?

So, what are the networks planning? The Weather Channel had already blown out their reality shows in primetime last night with storm prep coverage. The news and business networks have reporters out in the field.

CNN is planning to be live overnight tonight and into Saturday covering the storm. Chad Myers and Jen Delgado will monitor the storm’s movement from the CNN Weather Center. Reporters and anchors including Jason Carroll, Susan Candiotti, Poppy Harlow, Ali Velshi, Ashleigh Banfield, Zain Asher, Alison Kosik, Mary Snow (appropriately), Gary Tuchman and Brian Todd will be out and about.

Brooke Baldwin anchors overnight coverage from balmy Atlanta. “This is when you know there’s a serious breaking news story,” said Baldwin during 2pmET coverage, “Look at all the pizza boxes at CNN.”

On Fox News, Anna Kooiman and Molly Lyon will report live. The storm has pushed the Saturday morning business block to the afternoon, from 2-4pmET. Kelly Wright and Jamie Colby will continue with live coverage from 10-Noon.

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