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Rachel Maddow & Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell Awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow was among the recipients of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance. Maddow was honored for her “passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics.” Maddow spoke of faith, politics, and challenging extremism at the event on Sunday.

Past honorees include Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, George Clooney, Judy Shepard and Larry King.

The award ceremony had several famous guests in attendance: Mr. Cronkite’s son, Chip Cronkite and his wife, the actress Deborah Rush, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Bill Wolff, the executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The official press release is after the jump…
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What’s Eliot Spitzer Worth to CNN?

spitzer_parker_7-21.jpgPage Six got their hands on some salary details for CNN’s soon-to-be-launched 8pm show. The gossip column claims Eliot Spitzer is set to make an annual salary “closer to $500,000 than $1 million, as is his co-host, Kathleen Parker.”

Insiders say CNN isn’t spending a lot on talent for the 8 p.m. show because its chances for success are slim.

There is still no EP for the show, but insiders tell TVNewser MSNBC’s Bill Wolff was wooed by CNN for the job. But we’ve learned Wolff is this close to signing a new deal to stay at MSNBC where he’ll continue to oversee “The Rachel Maddow Show” and remain VP of primetime programs for the network.

Tonight is also Campbell Brown‘s final night as a CNN anchor. She announced in May she’d be leaving the network. Brown left NBC for CNN three years ago this week.

Rachel Maddow Is Not Running for Senate

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has explained that, contrary to a suggestion in a note to potential donors from Sen. Scott Brown, she is not running for Senate. (Sorry, Brookline.)

Last night on her show, Maddow stepped aside for five minutes and EP Bill Wolff sat-in as anchor for a tongue-in-cheek segment and interview. The lower-thirds are pretty good.

TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2010: EP Edition

tvnchallenge_3-19.jpgIt’s time for some College Basketball March Madness and while you’ve been asking your colleagues (or are being asked by your colleagues) to join a bracket pool, we’ve been asking your bosses (or your favorite show’s bosses) to join ours. In this, the second annual TVNewser Bracket Challenge, we’ve asked executive producers from all networks to submit their picks. We’ll be keeping tabs on the results as the rounds go by and will eventually crown a 2010 TVNewser Champion, or, as we are unofficially calling it, a 2010 “boss of all bosses.”

Here are this year’s entrants:

Amy Sohnen, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Betsy Fischer, “Meet the Press”
Bill Wolff, “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Bob Epstein, “NBC Nightly News”
Carin Pratt, “Face the Nation”
Chris Licht, “Morning Joe”
David Friedman, “The Early Show”
David Tabacoff, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Gary Schreier, Fox Business Network
Jon Banner, “ABC World News”
Kim Rosenberg, “FOX Report”
Matt Quayle, “Squawk Box,” “Squawk on the Street”
Alex Crippen, CNBC and CNBC.com
Michael Kane, CNN Money Unit
Ramona Schindelheim, CNBC Business Day
Regina Gilgan, “Mad Money”
Rome Hartman, “BBC World News America”
Sanford Cannold, “Power Lunch,” “Street Signs”
Stephanie Todd, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell”
Tom Cibrowski, “Good Morning America”

And now, to get you in the mood:

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Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Tie the Knot

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Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach had a pretty special birthday yesterday — she got married. Robach married “Melrose Place” actor Andrew Shue.

The ceremony and reception, at The Lighthouse on Manhattan’s west side, was attended by about 120 friends and family.

Some of the tvnewsers in attendance, Robach’s “Today” show colleagues Meredith Vieira, and Ann Curry, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, who Twitpic’d the night away, Alison Stewart and husband MSNBC VP Bill Wolff. Robach’s former MSNBC anchor Randy Meier flew in for the ceremony, while her “Today” co-anchor Lester Holt was already in Vancouver for the Olympics. Also, “Today” show senior producer Don Nash, publicist Megan Kopf and former supervising producer Javier Morgado attended.

Shue’s sister, actress Elisabeth Shue was also in attendance.

Robach and Shue met last Spring and got engaged in September.

Who’s on Maddow Tonight: Carrie Prejean? Levi Johnston?

“The Rachel Maddow Show” EP Bill Wolff (Mr. Alison Stewart) divines the guests for tonight’s show:

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Willie Geist Gets His Own MSNBC Show…Really Early in the Morning

Geist_5.26.jpgFirst on TVNewser: MSNBC’s Willie Geist is getting his own daily program on the network. The half-hour show will lead in to Morning Joe, on which Geist will continue to contribute.

Insiders tell us Geist’s show, as yet unnamed, will launch June 29, the same day several other new programs are added and the day the network goes HD.

The new show will be an extension of what Geist has been doing for MSNBC for the last four years – a satirical look at the news of the day and, in many cases, the news stories you may not have heard about.

Geist’s show will push First Look off the schedule once again as the network looks for the best possible lead-in for Morning Joe.

Geist joined MSNBC in April 2005 as a senior producer of The Situation with Tucker Carlson. Carlson’s EP, now primetime VP Bill Wolff, put Geist on the air where he began hosting end-of-show segments with a comedic spin on the day’s news.

Geist also hosts the Web show Zeitgeist on msnbc.com.

Look who Jumped on the Rachel Maddow Show Conference Call

“The Rachel Maddow Show” EP Bill Wolff got the birthday surprise of his life yesterday when someone joined the show’s morning conference call.

“You have no idea how humongous that is and the fact that he was ripping our show, is the greatest thrill of my life,” said Wolff.

Let’s watch…

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Wiretap Theater, On The Rachel Maddow Show

maddow_12-10.bmpWith all the cablers covering the same, albeit multilayered, major news story last night, each show had to find a way to make their Gov. Rod Blagojevich coverage distinct.

Rachel Maddow had a unique method — “the first ever Rachel Maddow Show Enhanced History Reenactment Event.”

“You are innocent until proven guilty, but I’ve gotta tell you, looking at the transcripts doesn’t read like it’s lawful,” said Maddow. “Maybe it sounds more lawful then it reads?”

What followed were several of the more…colorful passages from the affidavit, with a Chicago-ish accent and all. We’re told EP Bill Wolff provided the voice acting for Blagojevich, as well as his wife.

Click continued to see the segment…

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Alison Stewart to Guest Host Maddow

huffington_11-18.jpgMSNBC alum, and all-around TV sweetheart Alison Stewart (so says Chris, who worked with her too) will be guest hosting The Rachel Maddow Show tonight and tomorrow night. This comes after some not-so-great reviews for Arianna Huffington‘s guest hosting last night.

TV Guide gives a “cheer” to the hour — but it’s not what you think. “Cheers to Arianna Huffington for giving us one more reason to appreciate the genius of Rachel Maddow,” writes Bruce Fretts. Gawker puts together a montage of all the Huffington-esque pronunciations. Greeks. We’re headed to a luncheon which is being moderated by Huffington, so we’ll ask Arianna about Arianna. (Her interview with Bill Maher, after the jump).

As for Stewart, who at one time was Keith Olbermann‘s regular fill-in, is closer to the Maddow show than you might think — she’s married to Maddow EP/MSNBC VP Bill Wolff. Maddow returns Thursday.

Olbermann is also off this week, taking his first vacation in more than a year. David Shuster is filling in all week for Olbermann.

> Update: We caught up with Huffington this afternoon, here’s what she had to say about her Maddow experience: “I love her team, it’s a fabulous team. I think the fact that her team works so well together is reflective in the show, and it starts at the top.”

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