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Anderson Cooper ‘Hoping for the Best’ on NYE When It Comes to Kathy Griffin

Anderson Cooper Times SquareFamiliar faces will host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage for the eighth consecutive year. “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” airs Dec. 31 from 9pm to 12:30amET as 2015 is celebrated from NYC’s Times Square.

Expecting her usual high jinks, Cooper said, ”I’ve given up asking Kathy to watch what she says. There’s no point. I’m just hoping for the best.”

Kathy Griffin added, “I’m sorry to report Anderson Cooper will not be my attaché for New Year’s Eve this year on CNN. His vulgarity and crossing the line humor has proven to be too much for my virgin ears.”

CNN correspondents will also report live from celebrations across the globe, including London, Moscow, Beijing and Calcutta. Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon will be live from New Orleans Pamela Brown from Memphis, Gary Tuchman will cover the Crab Drop in Easton, MD and Richard Quest has the tough assignment of reporting from a cruise ship off Bahamas.

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Emotions Take Over During Assisted Suicide Interview

Beyond ISIS, Ebola and the midterms there’s another story playing out this week: the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard who plans to end her own life on Nov. 1. Maynard has stage four brain cancer. Doctors says she has 6 months to live. Maynard and her husband moved from California to Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal.

This afternoon on CNN, an emotional Brooke Baldwin talked with Stan Curtis, an Oregon man whose wife chose to end her life 5 years ago. As the interview shows, whether you believe a person should be able to choose the date of their death or not, it’s an agonizing decision for all involved.

Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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In Atlanta Town Hall, Zucker Pushes Back that NYC is Becoming CNN’s ‘Creative Nucleus’

jeff-zucker-cnn-embedCNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker held another of his town hall meetings Wednesday, this time with employees at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.

An insider tells us Zucker laid out the top strategic priorities for CNN, the highest being covering breaking news. Developing and acquiring CNN original series programming and the growth of digital are the other two top priorities.

Zucker said he hopes the Turner 2020 plan will be resolved in the next 4-6 weeks, saying there will be layoffs, but where the cuts will come from is still being determined.

Zucker pushed back when someone pointed out that CNN’s New York operations seem to be becoming the “creative nucleus” of the company. Zucker said while two CNN anchors — Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello – were moved two New York over the summer, their shows are still produced in Atlanta. He also pointed out that CNN en Espanol, CNN International and HLN are all based in Atlanta.

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Kate Bolduan About to Experience the Ultimate New Day

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Today was Kate Bolduan‘s final “New Day” before maternity leave.

Bolduan, seen above with senior EP Jim Murphy and most of the CNN “New Day” staff, as well as co-anchors Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira off to the left, was given a surprise baby shower yesterday.

Various anchors will be filling in over the next few months. Next week Brooke Baldwin and Brianna Keilar will fill in. Pereira is off as well.

Bolduan, who is having a girl, is part of a first-time tvnewser baby boom: “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gave birth to a baby girl Aug. 14. and Fox News anchor Jenna Lee gave birth to a baby boy Sept. 3.

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Brooke Baldwin Gets the Last Laugh

Brook 2CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was the last TV news comic standing yesterday. The CNN host won the ninth annual New York’s Funniest Reporter show.

Baldwin’s five-minute comedy act joked about the differences between living in Atlanta and New York City. Baldwin and Carol Costello made the move to NYC this summer.

Fox News contributor Tamara Holder came in second. The contest raises money for the Humane Society of New York.

CNN’s Christi Paul Recounts Abusive Relationship

BrookeChristiDuring a segment on CNN this afternoon about the Ray and Janay Rice domestic violence case, “New Day” weekend anchor Christi Paul discussed her own past.

“I never went through anything like that,” Paul told Brooke Baldwin. “I was never hit like that. Mine was more verbal, emotional, a little bit of physical, but nothing … I was never knocked out, nothing like that.”

Paul wrote about her experience in the 2012 book Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt. Paul never identified her abuser, but it’s believed to be her first husband, former local TV news reporter Rob Koebel. Koebel resigned from his job at WTMJ TV in Milwaukee following a disorderly conduct arrest. Koebel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “what really set me off in a three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” were two interviews that Paul gave promoting her book. At the time, the couple had been divorced 11 years.

Cable News Covers Wayward Plane with ‘Unconscious and Slumped Over’ Pilot

ScottCable news networks have been covering the story of an unresponsive single-engine turboprop plane that eventually crashed near Jamaica.

Two F-15 fighter jets scrambled over the Atlantic Ocean trailing the plane, which U.S. officials said was being flown by a pilot “unconscious and slumped over” in the cockpit. The plane departed Rochester, NY this morning heading to Naples, FL. It was last heard from at 1oamET, flying off course and into Cuban airspace, ultimately crashing in the ocean just north of Jamaica.

Fox News’ Jon Scott, a licensed pilot, first reported the news at the top of “Happening Now” at 1pmET. Scott went to former pilot and Fox News correspondent Leland Vittert for a report on the plane, later talking to another former pilot, correspondent Trace Gallagher. Wolf Blitzer first reported the news at 1:14pmET, speaking with Aviation Correspondent Rene Marsh. Ronan Farrow reported the news at 1:20pmET. Scott also first reported the plane’s crash at 2:37pmET. Joy Reid reported the news at 2:46pmET; Brooke Baldwin reported the crash at 2:51pmET. The cause of the crash is unknown at this point.

‘CNN Newsroom’ Moves to New York, But Atlanta’s Still in the Picture

Today is Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin‘s first day anchoring their respective hours of “CNN Newsroom” from New York — but the shows may not look that different. As an eagle-eyed CNN viewer points out, while Costello may be in NYC, the shot in the big monitor behind her today was of Studio 7 in Atlanta.

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A CNN spokesperson tells us that this shot is part of the standard “Newsroom” graphics package, which has an update in the works. Baldwin’s first NYC edition of “Newsroom” (from 2-4pmET) will also have its usual graphics look today.

The Ticker: CNN’s Simulcast, Bolton’s Audience, Tower’s Retirement

  • Fox Business anchor Deirdre Bolton describes her target audience to PRWeek: “Everyone who wants to make money, make more money, or keep what they have. We all work hard for our money, so it’s good to be aware of a strategy that helps you save or make a little bit extra.”

  • Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV is taking down its broadcast tower, once billed as the tallest man-made structure in the world. TVSpy has details.

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