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Matt Lauer Talks with a ‘Calmer, Mellower’ Charlie Sheen

NBC’s Matt Lauer sat down with Charlie Sheen yesterday in New York as part of Sheen’s redemption tour. The interview will air on “Today” Friday. Six months after network correspondents and camera crews tripped over themselves to document Sheen’s latest bad-boy behavior, Lauer finds out how he’s doing now.

Lauer: I got the sense the last time we spoke, and that I was watching you on these other interviews, that you were a bit manic, and I don’t mean that as a diagnosis.

Sheen: Sure.

Lauer: I mean that more as an adjective. A manic period, you were running in a hundred different directions, physically and emotionally. So how would you describe your emotional state now?

Sheen: It’s a lot calmer. It’s a lot mellower. Yeah, um that was a time when what happened…I don’t really know what happened. It was one of those things where the planets were aligned, perfectly or imperfectly. I said some stuff and then it caught such traction globally and instantly that I couldn’t really put out the fire. I had to keep fueling it.

Sheen will also go on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Monday, the same day his roast airs on Comedy Central. Check out the Martin and Charlie “Sheenpocalypse” preview of the roast, below:

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Gold Cup Final Sets Audience Record On Fox Soccer

Mexico’s 4-2 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final drew 954,00 viewers, the most-watched soccer match in Fox Soccer history.

The previous Fox Soccer record for viewers was 418,000 for Chelsea vs. Liverpo0l on Feb. 6.

Saturday’s 1.43 household rating was the first Fox Soccer telecast in the network’s history to break a 1.0 – nearly doubling the previous HH rating of 0.77 for the 2009 Gold Cup final between Mexico and the United States.

“The US-Mexico CONCACAF Gold Cup final was a must see event for American sports fans,” said FOX Soccer general manager David Nathanson. “Breaking our viewership record twice in one year speaks to not only the growth of soccer in the United States, but also to the destination FOX Soccer has become in carrying the world’s biggest soccer events.”



How Piers Morgan Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Live TV

When CNN prepared to launch “Piers Morgan Tonight,” host Morgan and EP Jonathan Wald made a point of highlighting the fact that they would try to pre-tape as many interviews as possible, ensuring meaty interviews and plenty of opportunity to promote them with clips.

They were also completely open to doing live shows, but said they would not do “Live for live’s sake.” Now, nearly six months in, nearly two thirds of Morgan’s shows have been live, including the much-talked-about discussion with Charlie Sheen when the CBS comedy star was the talk of Hollywood for his outbursts.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan uses the Sheen interview to reflect on going live:

Morgan: For sheer live drama excitement and also because by then I’d been getting a bit fed up with the fact that he doesn’t do them all live. Two-thirds of my show so far have been live, and I love live TV. Most of Got Talent ends up being live in the summer. Having Charlie walk in and go live for an hour was electrifying.

THR: How do you make the decision between what goes live and what is taped?

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NBA On TNT Scores Record Ratings During 2010-11

During the 2010-11 regular season, the NBA on TNT averaged a 1.6 U.S. household rating (+45 percent from a 1.1 in 2010), 2,453,000 total viewers (+42 percent vs. 1,723,000), and 1,826,000 households (+39 percent vs. 1,315,000).

This season’s audience was 30 percent larger than Turner’s second-best regular season audience from 1,885,000 in 1995-96 and scored growth in all key demos:

A18-34 +49% (810,000 vs. 544,000)

A18-49 +47% (1,378,000 vs. 937,000)
A25-54 +42% (1,221,000 vs. 857,000)
M18-34 +43% (567,000 vs. 396,000)
M18-49 +45% (970,000 vs. 667,000)
M25-54 +40% (855,000 vs. 609,000)

42.3 Million Viewers Watch All-Or-Part Of CBS Sports' Masters Coverage

An estimated 42.3 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched third and final-round coverage of the 2011 Masters on CBS Sports, making it the second largest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of the network’s weekend coverage in 10 years.

Saturday’s third round was watched in all-or-part by 21.2 million (Persons 2+) and Sunday’s final round was watched in all-or-part by 35.8 million viewers (Persons 2+).

Dan Rather: ‘I felt like hell, of course I did’ After CBS Didn’t Renew His Contract

Mother Jones magazine has a wide-ranging piece on former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather and his current employer Mark Cuban.

Rather and Cuban get profiled, of course, but the most interesting section comes when Rather talks about the split between him and CBS. In particular when he claims that the reason why so few of his story ideas ended up on “60 Minutes” after he left the evening newscast were because Viacom was trying to curry favor with the Bush Administration.

New CBS News chairman, and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager responded to that claim with a vehement denial:

“The fact that he keeps making these claims is outrageous,” says Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer, who keeps pictures of Rather on his office wall even though the two have barely spoken in years. (Rather sued CBS, in part to unearth evidence of Viacom’s political meddling, but his case was dismissed in January 2010.) “I think he was distracted, and it was hard for him to focus on just doing stories,” Fager adds. “There might be something to his crusade, that the conglomerates in media don’t want to take the chance of investing in reporting because it is risky. But not this company.”

Rather responded to Fager’s comments by saying:

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Jeff Rossen and Andrea Canning talk about their Charlie Sheen Week

Charlie Sheen is news. That much is clear. And now the TV news interviewers who spent time with the troubled sitcom star this week, are talking about how newsworthy he is.

NBC’s Jeff Rossen talked with the AP’s David Bauder about his extensive interviews, on and off camera, with Sheen. The aggressive New York-based correspondent began covering the Sheen saga when the “Two and a Half Men” actor trashed his hotel room at the Plaza Hotel last October. By the time their first interview had wrapped, Sheen referred to Rossen as a “rockstar” calling his interview “pure gold.”

Rossen told Bauder, “I told him from the very beginning I’ll make no agreements. I’m going to ask you whatever I want to ask you. The questions will be tough. Sometimes they will be uncomfortable. What I promise to you in return is that I will keep your answers in context. I’m not going to have any clever, tricky endings. I’m going to let you explain.”

Rossen’s interviews began last Sunday, aired all week on “Today” and culminated — for now — with a Dateline special Friday night.

ABC’s Andrea Canning was the first to interview Sheen, last Saturday at his home. She was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning and talked about how her time with Sheen almost ended on a very abrupt note.

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Mika Brzezinski: ‘Morning Joe’ EP

Wednesday on MSNBC, “Morning Joe” executive producer Chris Licht was out of town, so co-host Mika Brzezinski took to the control room.

While everyone wanted to talk about Charlie Sheen, Brzezinski wasn’t really having any of it:

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Which Charlie Sheen interview did you watch?

We’ve told you about the ratings, and we even shared with you what Charlie Sheen thought about his sit-downs. But did you catch any of Sheen on TV this week? And if so, which one of the exclusive interviews did you watch? You can vote for more than one:

As for our last poll, about which cable news network you thought was doing the best job covering the Wisconsin protests: the results after the jump…

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Hey Reuters. That would be "F-R-Y-E"

At least they got his name right in the body text?