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Networks to Pay Tribute to Joan Rivers

JoanRiversFNC304Networks will remember legendary comedian Joan Rivers this weekend.

Tonight, the newsmagazines pay tribute. At 9pmET, NBC’s “Dateline” will present “Celebrating Joan Rivers.” The hour-long special, co-anchored by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, will feature tributes from Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, and Gilbert Gottfried.

An hour later at 10pmET, ABC’s “20/20″ will air “Joan Rivers: Living for the Laugh.”  The special, anchored by David Muir, will feature reporting from Barbara Walters, John Quinones, and Chris Connelly.

And on Sunday night, Fox News presents “Geraldo Rivera Reports: Joan Rivers” at 9pmET. Rivera will interview various guests close to Rivers and show clips from her comedy career. Rivers died yesterday at 81 a week after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure.

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‘Good Morning America’ Heading to The Oscars

GMA OscarsThe 86th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday night at 8:30pmET, with red carpet festivities beginning at 7pmET.

Sunday morning’s “Good Morning America” will air reports from ABC News entertainment correspondents Chris Connelly and Rachel Smith from the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre.

On the big night, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will co-host “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” alongside PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle and TV host Tyson Beckford.

The morning after, “Good Morning America” will air live from Los Angeles, recapping the night’s highlights and big winners. Musician John Legend will be performing live on the show.

ABC’s sister-network Fusion is also getting in on the Oscars action, with Alicia Menendez hosting Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party red carpet.

Not to be outdone, NBC’s “Today” will be covering the big awards ceremony, with Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford split hosting from Los Angeles on Monday morning. The duo will highlight the night’s biggest moments and best fashion as well as air their interviews with celebrities from the red carpet.

Joining them will be the Olympic duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky, who will also be contributing to NBC’s “Access Hollywood” from the red carpet. Weir and Lipinsky just got back from contributing to NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage.

Thomas Roberts: If NFL Can Overlook Alleged Murderers, Why Not ‘Nice, Clean-Cut Gay Guy’

Thomas Roberts 304Football and TV news personalities alike have been responding to the first potentially gay NFL player after Missouri lineman Michael Sam came out on Sunday in interviews with The New York Times and ESPN.

Sam’s interview with the Times appears to have been pre-produced well ahead of time with a companion video with Sam opening up about his sexuality: “I didn’t want anyone to break a story without me telling it…I want to tell it the way I want to tell it.”

Speaking with ESPN’s Chris Connelly, Sam revealed what coming out to his college teammates was like: “They took it great. They rallied around me and supported me. I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

And on “Morning Joe” this morning, openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts expressed support.

“If the league can overlook alleged murderers, wife beaters, and people who don’t pay child support, I don’t think letting in a nice clean-cut gay guy is going to hurt anybody.”

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CBS Sports Names 140 Must-Follow Athletes on Twitter

CBS Sports has compiled an interesting list of the 140 must-follow athletes on Twitter, tweaking the definition of “athlete” to include most people in the sports world, including coaches, owners and Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Is Upton an athlete? Uh, do you really want to quibble? Just follow her and be quiet.

To make this list of must-follow athletes, the tweeter needed to be interactive, informative, charitable, funny and (for the most part) not oblige his or her followers’ requests for retweets because the athlete is the “fan’s favorite player.” Athletes, coaches, and owners were eligible to make the list.

Al Davis of the Raiders did not make the cut. Jameson Fleming, who compiled the list, does a commendable job of selecting representative tweets from many of the athletes and explaining the reasons why they’re worth a follow. Sports media personalities like Bill Simmons and Jason Whitlock were not included, which is fine because Upton was included.

20/20 produces hour on Bin Laden death

A week after producing two hours on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the ABC News magazine team is producing tonight’s “20/20″ all about the death of Osama bin Laden. ABC is saying the show will give viewers “the most complete picture yet … from inside the situation room in Washington, DC to inside the compound in Pakistan to inside the minds of the brave men who stormed it.” Expect reports from Chris Cuomo, Elizabeth Vargas, Chris Connelly, Martha Raddatz and Nick Schifrin. “Kill Shot: The Story Behind bin Laden’s Death” airs tonight at 10pmET/PT on ABC.

Networks Prep Specials for Michael Jackson Death Anniversary; NBC News Licenses Non-NBC Interview

MJ_6-22.jpgThis Friday, ABC, NBC, and CNN will all have special coverage commemorating the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing.

NBC will air a special “Dateline” titled “Michael Jackson: A Mother’s story at 9pm Friday night. The special, which is reported by Josh Mankiewicz, will feature an interview with Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, that was licensed by NBC and conducted by a woman named Sonia Lowe. Roger Friedman reported today on Showbiz 411 that the interview was produced by former MJ business partner Marc Schaffel and is “the only one with Mrs. Jackson made for the anniversary of Michael’s death.”

The only information we’ve been able to find about Lowe is that she’s the co-creator of “Never Can Say GoodBye: The Katherine Jackson Story” a coffee table book which was co-written by Mrs. Jackson.

TVNewser wondered if NBC is risking any credibility by giving up a portion of a primetime broadcast to a non-NBC journalist — who has a business relationship with the subject — to get a high profile interview? A network spokesperson tells us, “Our special will meet NBC News standards, and we will disclose to viewers the circumstances in which the interview took place.”

It’s not entirely uncommon for the news networks to air licensed interviews done by non-staffers for specials like these, but it is rare.

In addition, ABC and CNN will both also have specials on Friday evening:

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Tiger Woods Delivers First Public Statement: ‘I’m Deeply Sorry’


Tiger Woods delivered his first public statement today from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida and addressed the recent scandal surrounding his personal life that forced him to take a leave of absence from professional golf. “For all that I have done, I am so sorry,” Woods said. “I have a lot to atone for”

Woods denied that there were any episodes of domestic violence in his marriage and said part of his recovery will involve a return to Buddhism, which “teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security.” Woods faith was the subject of a controversy involving FNC anchor Brit Hume last month.

Woods gave some rationale for his decision not to take questions: “I understand people have questions. I understand the press wants me — wants to ask me for the details and the times I was unfaithful… Please know that as far as I’m concerned every one of these questions and answers is a matter between Elin and me.”

He also took the opportunity to criticize the way he had been treated by the press: “My behavior doesn’t make it right for the media to follow my 2 1/2-year-old daughter to school and report the school’s location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.”

Only two pool cameras were present. It appears the feed from the main camera was lost during the statement and the secondary feed, which showed Woods’ mother and other family members, had to be used for the conclusion.

> 11:30am: While the cable networks continue coverage, the broadcast nets did limited analysis. NBC, with Matt Lauer anchoring from Vancouver with analysis from NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts, wrapped up at 11:21. ABC was next to wrap up at 11:22, as George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts analyzed the remarks with entertainment reporter Chris Connelly. CBS, with Katie Couric and CBS golf analyst David Feherty, from the site of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, wrapped up at 11:23. And FOX coverage, anchored by Rick Folbaum with analysis from FOX Sports’ Chris Rose wrapped up at 11:23.

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Good Morning America Cancels Adam Lambert Concert

adam_lambert_11-24.jpgFirst on TVNewser: American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert won’t be appearing on “Good Morning America” tomorrow.

TVNewser has learned ABC News canceled the concert after Lambert’s sexually charged performance at the American Music Awards Sunday night. Lambert led men on leashes, dragged a woman by her foot, and smashed a man’s head into his crotch, all while singing his new single “For Your Entertainment.”

ABC, which aired the awards show, received about 1,500 phone calls from people complaining about the performance, a number ABC calls “moderate.”

An ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “given his controversial live performance on the AMAs we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning.”

Lambert performed as part of GMA’s summer concert series in August, and it was in a “20/20″ interview that Lambert came out, telling Chris Connelly, “I am gay, and I’m very comfortable with it.”

> Update / 1:13pmET: Almost as quickly as GMA canceled Lambert, the CBS Early Show added him to the lineup. Lambert will discuss the controversial AMA appearance and will perform live tomorrow morning.

> More: PRNewser: Who’ll Face a Bigger PR Storm: Lambert or ABC?

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More Michael Jackson on ABC

Tonight, ABC News’ “Primetime: Crime” reports the latest on the investigation surrounding the death of Michael Jackson, and how his passing has shined a light on celebrities’ drug use and the doctors who enable them.

The hour will examine Jackson’s physician Dr. Conrad Murray and searches of his home and offices have revealed. Chris Connelly, Jim Avila and Mary Fulginiti will contribute to the program tonight at 10pmET/PT.

ABC News’ Michael Jackson Special Takes Third to All-Star Game, ‘Law & Order’ Re-Run

After spending $200,000 for year-old video of Joe, Katherine and several third generation Jacksons, ABC News’ “Primetime: Family Secrets – The Jackson Family: Life After Michael” finished third in its time slot last night, averaging 6.1M Total Viewers. A “Law & Order SVU” rerun on NBC came in second at 10pmET with 7.2 million. The MLB All-Star Game on FOX won the night.


The special used about 10 minutes of up to 40 hours of video recorded for a Jackson reality show that never materialized. ABC paid $200,000 to license the video from Xonger Global Entertainment Network, to whom ABC gave an on air credit just about every time the video appeared. Anchor Chris Connelly also got a new sit-down interview with Joe Jackson late last week which ABC News has been airing on several programs.

The “Family Secrets” special added 4 million viewers from its lead-in and topped its newsmagazine competition, CBS’ “48 Hours Mystery,” by 9% in Total Viewers and by 29% in A18-49. The special also added nearly 1M viewers from its first half-hour to its second (5.6 million to 6.5 million).