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Steve Doocy to Joe Scarborough: ‘What Are You Doing On The Curvy Couch?’

ScarboroughFandFJoe Scarborough has been making the off-network rounds this week promoting his new book, “The Right Path.” He’s been on the “Today” show, Charlie Rose‘s PBS show, “CBS This Morning,” and today he went across the street appearing on rival Fox News getting cozy on the “Fox & Friends” couch.

“What are you doing on the curvy couch?,” Steve Doocy asked. Said Scarborough, “If you want to sell books about the Republicans you have to come to the mother ship.”

Will Scarborough be getting back in to politics? See what he told Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. WATCH:

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Chris Christie is Dressing Up as Savannah Guthrie for Halloween

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the morning show rounds to talk about his state’s storm recovery progress. On “Today,” Christie also talked about Halloween, which he will celebrate this year for the first time in two years, joking with Matt Lauer, “I’m actually going as Savannah Guthrie … I figure if I pick Savannah, I will endear myself to the people of my state, because they love her here.” Watch:

On “Good Morning America,” Christie carefully addressed a possible Presidential run, telling George Stephanopoulos that he’s committed to being New Jersey’s governor for “as long as I can possibly do it,” but adding “neither one of us have a crystal ball and know what’s going to happen in the future.” Watch it, as well as Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose‘s “CBS This Morning” interview, after the jump. Read more

Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Cable Covers 11th Hour of Debt Deal, Government Restart

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.22.43 PMThe president appeared in the White House briefing room this evening following the Senate vote, but before the House vote, on a budget deal that reopens the government and raises the debt ceiling. “I want to thank the leadership for coming together and getting this done. Hopefully next time, it won’t be in the 11th hour,” said the president.

As the statement came at 8:30pmET, during TV’s primetime in the Eastern and Central time zones, the broadcast networks did not produce special reports. The remarks, as well as near non-stop coverage of the debt deal, is being covered on cable news and business channels. Bret Baier took over coverage on Fox News from Bill O’Reilly around 8:20pm. CNN’s Anderson Cooper anchored from Washington and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes anchored coverage during his show. Fox News is planning live coverage into the night with live editions of “Hannity” at 10, Baier will be back at 11 and Megyn Kelly at Midnight.

CNN’s Piers Morgan was attending his own book party on the Upper East Side of Manhattan this evening, before shuttling back to host his show at 9pmET and another live edition at Midnight. Guests included ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Charlie Rose, NBC’s Matt Lauer and CNN’s Chris Cuomo. Morgan wasn’t the only cable anchor holding court tonight. Across town, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was late for his own book party as the votes were being cast, and he was still taping “Hardball.” We’ll have coverage from both events tomorrow on TVNewser.

> More: The broadcast networks updated the evening newscasts for the West Coast. Also, at 10:18pm ET, NBC News provided a brief special report on the House vote. Brian Williams anchored live from New York.

Review: ‘Up Late with Alec Baldwin’

AlecBaldwinThe debut of MSNBC’s “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” last night made for compelling television – if you happened to be a New Yorker obsessed with the city’s mayoral race.

Everything about the show was New York-centric. The open: black-and-white photographs of the city, backed by cool jazz. The set: an intimate, wood-paneled faux diner with spectacular views of the skyline. The host: a Long Island native who beats up New York paparazzi.

Given Baldwin’s star power and the amount of hype for “Up Late,” however, I hardly expected the guest for the premiere to be a New York City politico. But there he was, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, front and center for the next hour.

The presumptive mayor, while charismatic, holds little interest for viewers outside the five boroughs. Regardless, Baldwin, a self-proclaimed de Blasio man, practically tossed rose petals at the candidate’s feet.

What transpired could hardly be called an interview. Baldwin’s softball questions were setups for de Blasio’s long, uninterrupted stump speeches, disguised as responses. Job creation, affordable housing, economic inequality, early childhood education. All that was missing were the balloons.

As the show went on, some of the topics got more interesting – stop-and-frisk, for example. There were moments, but only moments, when Baldwin acted (no pun intended) more like a news network host and less like de Blasio’s campaign manager.

Then there’s the issue of Baldwin’s hair.

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This Week In Lists: Eligible Bachelors, Biggest News Stories

MuirGotham Magazine counts down New York’s 100 most eligible bachelors. Among the TV news personalities recognized: ABC’s David Muir, Fox’s Rupert Murdoch, CBS and PBS anchor Charlie Rose, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith and ESPN’s Nate Silver. See all of the eligible bachelors, here.

Meanwhile, TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio counts down the 60 biggest news moments of all time. The assassination of JFK, the Moon landing and the 9/11 attacks all made the list, but there are some other surprises. Read the full list here.

Morning Shows Go Pink to Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and anchors and correspondents across the morning shows were decked out in pink this morning for the cause. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Charlie Rose and Nancy Cordes, Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and ABC’s Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach and Jennifer Ashton all participated. On “Good Morning America,” which kicked off a monthlong series of ABC News reports on Breast Cancer Awareness this morning, Robach, 40, got her first mammogram (video is after the jump).

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Interviewing Assad. Then Interviewing the Interviewer

Now that the two cable news media criticism shows go head-to-head we’re starting to see some of the same coverage on each show, even at the same time. An interesting thing happened yesterday during week two of Howard Kurtz‘s MediaBuzz on Fox News. At 11:08am, as Kurtz was talking about Charlie Rose‘s big get last week with Bashar Al-Assad, his old show, “Reliable Sources,” was talking to Rose. Politico’s Patrick Gavin hosted “Reliable Sources” and interviewed Rose.

As for interviewing Assad, the NYT’s Brian Stelter has an interesting story about how Assad’s advisers are carefully choosing his interviewers. Last Monday, four days after Rose’s interview, George Stephanopoulos traveled to the region to interview Assad.

But Mr. Assad must have had a change of heart, because once Mr. Stephanopoulos was in Beirut, the interview was called off. Mr. Stephanopoulos returned to the United States empty-handed. (On the bright side, he quickly scored another big interview, this time for real: he sat down with Mr. Obama in Washington on Friday.)

Mr. Stephanopoulos’s 11,000-mile journey demonstrated the Syrian government’s sometimes-effective, sometimes-confounding strategy toward communicating with the West through major news media outlets.

Checkpoints, Armed Guards, Bullet-Proof Vests for Charlie Rose on the Road to Damascus

Charlie Rose was back in the anchor chair of “CBS This Morning” today talking about how he landed that wide-ranging interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As we reported yesterday, Rose and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, Rose’s producer for the interview, traveled to the region late last week and secured the interview Sunday morning.

“I must say that Jeff and I found them, once we got there, they didn’t make any effort to change content, there was nothing off the record. There was no sense of, you can’t talk about this. None. I said, “This is going to be a very tough interview.” And they said “The president would like you to be that way.”

Rose says they crossed several check-points driving from Beirut to Damascus and had bullet-proof vests, but did not wear them. “But we didn’t have armed guards and all those kinds of things,” he told colleagues Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

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Coverage Plans for President Obama’s Speech

The broadcast and cable news networks have planned special reports ahead of President Obama’s primetime address tonight. Here’s what they have planned for the speech, which is scheduled for 9pmET.

NBC News: Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 9pmET.

CBS News: Scott Pelley will anchor live coverage of the speech, with chief White House correspondent Major Garrett contributing.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer will anchor coverage beginning at 9pmET.

PBS: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor. They will be joined after the speech by “NewsHour” analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks.

Fox Broadcast NetworkShepard Smith will anchor beginning at 9pmET. Read more

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