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CNN Shoots Another Pilot With Soledad O’Brien

CNN shot another pilot with anchor Soledad O’Brien in the “Piers Morgan Tonight” studio yesterday. Inside Cable News has a rundown of what happened, including the addition of a live studio audience. Donald Trump had a contentious interview, and other segments talked about Libya, Malcolm X and the upcoming Royal nuptials.

Elsewhere, the NY Post‘s Page Six reports that CNN is interested in adding an African American presence to its lineup, and name-dropped comedians Chris Rock and Aisha Tyler as possibilities.

A source familiar with Rock’s business affairs dismissed the report as “laughable,” while emails to Tyler’s spokesperson were not returned as of writing.

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“Black in America 2″ Live from Times Square

Wednesday evening, CNN held a special live event in Times Square entitled “Moment of Truth: The Countdown to Black in America 2.” The event, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, was designed to help promote and lead-in to CNN’s new miniseries and featured guest appearances by D.L. Hughley, Roland Martin, Tom Joyner, and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates among others.

We hear some audience members were lined up hours in advance and were greeted by Martin who spent time talking with the crowd around the perimeter. One estimate had the headcount at around 500 people.

The NYTimes reviewed “Black in America 2″ earlier this week.

Here’s a photo from the evening showing Soledad speaking with Gates:

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D.L. Hughley Breaks A Wide Range of News

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News features two very different interviews tonight. Former Dallas Morning News journalist Michael Precker talks about the decision to go from working in a newsroom…to running a strip club. Also on the show will be former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who says “We were wrong,” about WMD’s in Iraq. The CNN program airs at 10pmET tonight.

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Click continued to see both interviews…

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D.L. Hughley Offers Blago a Job

BlagoDL_1.29.jpgAs he made the rounds in New York earlier this week, Gov. Rod Blagojevich stopped in at CNN to chat with D.L. Hughley. Despite his ouster from office yesterday, the interview will still happen on Hughley’s show tomorrow night. Insiders tell us producers will make clear the interview took place before Blago’s impeachment and removal from office.

As for the interview, Hughley sipped from his “I Love Blagojevich” coffee cup while Blago drank form his “Me Too” mug. Hughley then offered Blago a job:

Hughley: We’re not gonna give up either, and if I don’t work out there I promise you can always come work with me. You can be my correspondent…

Blagojevich: I appreciate it – I’ll do it for free, man, you’re a special guy.

Earlier this week, CNN also released the ratings for D.L. Hughley Breaks News. For the month of January, the 10pmET telecast came in first in A25-54 demo viewers, and second in Total Viewers.

Check out the CNN promo, after the jump…

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TVNewser Challenge ’09 Poll Results

With more votes cast this year than last year, the TVNewser Challenge ’09 has come to an end. Let’s take a look at the results:

In two repeat votes from last year, 68% thought the Today show would “maintain its dominance” in the year ahead and 59% picked the NBC Nightly News to be the #1 evening newscast. The morning show vote was similar to last year, but ABC World News and NBC were tied in the voting in 2008. The other repeat vote, if FBN would make up any ground on CNBC, finished almost identical to last year’s tally, with 53% predicting FBN would end the year “not even close” to CNBC in the ratings.

Glenn Beck was the choice by 35% as the most successful new anchor, followed by John King with 22%. “D.L. Hughley Breaks The News” was predicted by 50% to be canceled this year.

55% had it right about Chris Matthews — that he’d be staying at Hardball.

Despite a change in moderator, 43% thought NBC’s Meet the Press would “remain comfortably #1″ in ’09.

And finally, 48% picked Sarah Palin as the next big crossover political-TV star, followed well behind by Mitt Romney with 13%.

Last year’s results

Click continued to see the complete results this year…

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Is Howard Dean Bitter About Not Being Obama’s Chief of Staff?

Dean_12.4.jpgTVNewser has the transcript from tomorrow night’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News”. DNC Chairman Howard Dean was Hughley’s guest and they got to talking about Dean’s successful 50 state strategy, and how one person was not so keen on the idea.

Dean: You gotta go to everyone to ask for the vote and if you don’t do it you’re not likely to win so we just went everywhere… People use to make fun of the fact that we went to Alaska to get them organized but now we have a United States Senator from Alaska… So I think it worked out alright.

Hughley: You had a lot of detractors… many people thought that it wouldn’t be successful, including Rahm Emanuel… How do you feel? Do you feel vindicated?

Dean: No… Rahm ended up as chief of staff to Barack Obama so I don’t feel too vindicated.

Hughley: You were right… but it was amazing…

Dean: Ah, D.L., I might have been right but I’d rather be chief of staff…(laughter)

> Update: DNC national press secretary Stacie Paxton responds to TVNewser, “Dean was clearly joking. As he’s said previously, Dean has a lot of respect for Rahm Emanuel and thinks he’ll do a great job as Chief of Staff.”

The segment airs on “Hughley” tomorrow night at 10pmET on CNN.

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Hughley: “I Think We’re Breaking Convention”

hughley_11-15.jpgFollowing its premiere less than a month ago, CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks The News” has garnered much attention and response. After the first episode, which included a news-breaking interview with former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan, reviews were mixed.

And some of the negative reaction came from the African American community. Advertising Age’s Pepper Miller wrote earlier this month, “As it stands now, none of this works for D.L., the CNN brand or the Black community.” But she did have a suggestion: “CNN should keep D.L. I say get a newsy format but allow D.L. to be his authentic self. He’s hot, engaging, raw and relevant when he’s sharing his opinions one-on-one or in a group discussion.”

“If you get what I’m doing and dig what I’m doing, keep watching,” Hughley tells TVNewser. “If not, I hope you check it out and watch us evolve.

“I’m three weeks into this thing. Before people judge me too harshly I’d like a chance to develop and see what it is we turn it into.”

A tipster tells us there are rumblings Hughley is not happy with the state of the show, and that the “relationship with CNN isn’t quite what he expected.”

Hughley calls talk of unhappiness the “silliest thing I’ve ever heard” — although the reason may be because of the unexpected nature of the partnership.

“I don’t have an office, I don’t have craft services I don’t have a writers room, but I’ve never had more fun,” he says. “Never.”

He says the idea of leaving the show is “like leaving a party to go check out another party.”

“I think we’re breaking convention,” he says. “It’s an idea that I would have never conceived of. But it is a seamless transition.”

Hughley says he recently got a call from CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein saying how “great we’re doing.” Last week’s program was the 2nd highest-rated prime time show in the A25-54 demo.

Click continued to see a segment from last night’s show — a discussion with Republican strategist Bay Buchanan

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From “Best Political Team” To a “King of Comedy”

hughley_11-10.jpgThree days after TVNewser was in the CNN Election Center studio on Election Night, we were back in a drastically changed environment. Gone were the BPTOT, in was a studio audience. Temporary walls blocked off the studio from the rest of the newsroom. And the man at the helm was not anchor Wolf Blitzer but an Original King of Comedy.

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News is CNN’s newest, and most unique, programming. The 10pmET show airs Saturday and Sunday, and moves between serious interviews and lighter ones, comedy sketches and more serious monologues by Hughley.

During Friday’s taping, the usual exit poll location for Soledad O’Brien and Bill Schneider was replaced with a green screen and an actor dressed as George Washington for a fake hologram segment. Interviews ranged from a group of Kenyan comedians, to actor/comedian Tim Reid to Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Within the interviews there were serious and comedy elements — amid Jackson, Jr.’s answer about how he’d be “honored” to named Pres.-Elect Barack Obama‘s replacement for U.S. Senate, he joked, “I’m willing to bet I’m one of the few United States Senators, if appointed, to ever be willing to even do your show!”

hughleyshow_11-10.BMPThe show is taped in segments, which leads to a portion of downtime. Comedian Corwin Moore warms up the crowd between blocks. “It’s bizarre, but its fun and exciting,” he says of working on the CNN show. “It’s not one thing for me. I’m just amazed to see his face on the monitor.”

Hughley, who called Tuesday’s election “the most emotional thing I’ve ever been a part of,” is relishing the opportunity. “I enjoy it a lot. As long as people are watching we’re going to keep doing it,” he said.

And people are. The show regularly gets more than 600,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo and 1.4 million Total Viewers, putting it in competition on a nightly basis as the top prime time weekend program.

“For an organization not build to do a comedy show, CNN has been fantastic,” says the show’s EP, Mitch Semel.

It does have its critics as well, with some saying it “reinforces black stereotypes.” Semel says it’s not for everyone. “Good comedy doesn’t do that,” he said. “It’s very much like him doing his act on stage. Just remember, it’s a comedy show.”

(pictured top right: comedian/actor Donnell Rawlings (who appears on the show), Hughley and stage manager Bruce)

Click continued to see the interview with Jackson, Jr. from last weekend’s show…

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“Is The Line Separating News and Entertainment Not Blurry Enough?”

hughley_11-8.BMPHoward Rosenberg writes in the Los Angeles Times’ about two of the new, and unique, programs on cable news: CNN’s D.L. Hughley Breaks The News and FNC’s Huckabee.

Rosenberg says Hughley’s show is “CNN’s only acknowledged comedy,” and writes about the “faux” and “legit” interviews that make up the show. “Hughley is likable enough and may get funnier, but that isn’t really the point,” writes Rosenberg.

He calls Mike Huckabee‘s program “un-Foxy” and notes the large number of guests “from the left” that appear on the show. “He wraps himself in the kind of earnestness that has helped make him a formidable political figure, turning the other cheek enough times to give you motion sickness,” he writes.

Related: The photo is from the taping of Hughley’s show yesterday, which TVNewser attended. It airs tonight at 10pmET. Check out the full story on Monday.

CNN’s Times Square Viewing Party

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D.L. Hughley is among the 3,000 visitors to the CNN viewing party in Times Square tonight. He’s taping interviews (and being interviewed himself) for his show this weekend. Attendees are watching election returns form the steps/seating area of the newly refurbished Duffy Square. There are also two iReport kiosks for visitors to record up to 60 seconds of video.

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