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TV, Wall Street Bigwigs Fete Erin Burnett at CNN Launch Party

Mark Whitaker, Jim Walton, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan and Ken Jautz

Last night CNN feted its newest anchor, Erin Burnett, at Robert restaurant at The Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle, just a few hundred feet from CNN’s NYC headquarters. Overlooking Columbus Circle and the southwest corner of Central Park, guests watched the city fade into night, while clips of Burnett preparing for her show played on a loop on TV sets spread throughout the space.

Just after 7:30 PM, CNN/U.S. executive VP Ken Jautz and CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker made some brief remarks. Jautz commented that Burnett is extremely passionate about news, and that anyone expecting a curt reply when asking her what she is working on is in for a long conversation.

Burnett then addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support. Her manager John Ferriter was in attendance, as was her fiancee David Rubulotta. Jautz and Whitaker got shout-outs, as did CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton and CNN ad sales chief Greg D’alba, both of whom were working the room.

The party also drew a packed room of boldface names:

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Al Sharpton to host ‘PoliticsNation’ on MSNBC

He’s been hosting the 6pm hour for the better part of the summer, now Al Sharpton becomes the permanent host of the hour, which is also getting a new title: “PoliticsNation.”

“I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement. “I’m thrilled that he’s now reached a point in his career where he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show.”

The announcement comes a month after Cenk Ugyur, who had been filling in on the 6pm hour since January excoriated the network for not making him the permanent host.

A presence on television for more than two decades, mostly for his work as a civil rights activist, this will be Sharpton’s first regular TV hosting job. But he does not come without baggage (but then, neither did this guy).

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Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of Murder

“You are seeing the inside of a stunned courtroom.” Those were Nancy Grace‘s first words following the not guilty verdict against Casey Anthony in the murder of her daughter Caylee Anthony.

Geraldo Rivera on Fox News called it, “an absolutely breathtaking reversal of fortune” for the 25-year-old Anthony.

More than half dozen cable networks carried the verdict live, including HLN, truTV, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNN International, and Fox Business.

ABC News produced a special report that went from 2:15pmET to 2:24pm with George Stephanopoulos and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams.

CBS News did a squeeze back of programming with the verdict as a crawl. The verdict, which came down during a live edition of CBS’ daytime chat show “The Talk,” brought host Julie Chen to tears. “We are in a very somber mood right now because the verdict in the Casey Anthony…. help me out here… so the verdict has come down in the Casey Anthony trial….” Holly Robinson Peete had to jump in to read the verdicts. “Our justice system works for a reason,” said Robinson Peete, choking up, “And as upset as I am right now, you just got to say to these jurors, you know, they had a job to do.”

So now, the 3-year-long mystery of who killed Caylee Anthony will remain just that.

The judge recessed the case at 2:27pmET. Casey Anthony was found guilty on four counts of making false statements to law enforcement. She will be sentenced on those counts on Thursday.

ABC’s Dan Abrams, HLN’s Nancy Grace Get Testy in ‘GMA’ Discussion of Casey Anthony Trial

ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams and HLN host Nancy Grace got into a heated–but cordial–debate on “Good Morning America” today while discussing the Casey Anthony trial.

Both Abrams and Grace are lawyers, though they come from very different backgrounds and points of view:

“You guys are talking about this like you are out driving your Porsche on Park Avenue and you are going to just shift gears and go into second gear,” Grace said. “It’s not like that!”

“Tell me how it works Nancy, I have been waiting to learn how it works,” Abrams responded. Grace and Abrams also debated the case on last night’s “Primetime Nightline” special.

(h/t Mediaite)

Eliot Spitzer: ‘I sympathize with Anthony Weiner’

Mediaite founder Dan Abrams — also a reporter and legal analyst for ABC News — turned the tables on CNN’s Eliot Spitzer last night. Abrams was on to talk about the media coverage of Weinergate, but mid-way through the conversation, he said to the former New York Governor who resigned office after his own sex scandal: “Let me ask you, I’ll turn the table on you… just quickly… I would think that this is something that you know about.”

Spitzer, caught off guard by Abrams, responded: “I sympathize with Anthony Weiner. I know he is going through torment like virtually no other, but his greatest sin from the perspective of the public was not being truthful at the moment of crisis.”

ID Unveils Slate as Paula Zahn Premieres Season Four

Investigation Discovery announced its 2011-2012 programming slate at its upfront presentation in New York yesterday afternoon. The announcements came just days before former CNN and Fox News anchor Paula Zahn premieres season four of her ID series “On the Case with Paula Zahn.”

“On the Case” debuts its new season Sunday, April 17 at 10 PM.

Zahn was at the after-party yesterday, joined by fellow ID personalities, including former boxer Butterbean, crime author Aphrodite Jones, NBC News anchor Lester Holt and ABC’s Dan Abrams.

Holt and Abrams anchor a pair of primetime newsmagazines for ID, made up of repurposed Dateline segments. ID also has “48 Hours on ID” and “60 Minutes on ID” from CBS News, “20/20 on ID” from ABC News.

New shows include “Real Crime/Reel Story,” which has host Erin Brockovich exploring the real stories behind popular films and “Hunting Justice with M. William Phelps,” which sees crime author Phelps piece together criminal profiles.

ID is also slating an investigative journalism series “ID Investigates,” as well a a documentary film label ID Films.

More info on other new series and specials from ID, after the jump.
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AMC taps ABC’s Dan Abrams for crime series

Beginning tonight, ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams will host a series of 3-5 minute documentary-style vignettes for AMC. The stories will air each night, featuring an unsolved mystery and lead up to Sunday’s premiere of the new drama “The Killing.” The six unsolved crimes include the 1996 murder of Jon Benet Ramsey, the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway and the crimes committed by The Zodiac Killer.

Dan Abrams Makes His ABC News Debut

Former MSNBC host and GM and NBC News legal analyst Dan Abrams made his ABC debut on “Good Morning America” this morning.

As was the case on seemingly every other TV news program over the last couple of days, the topic of discussion was Charlie Sheen:

Dan Abrams (Officially) Signs with ABC News

Mediaite founder and former MSNBC host, GM and NBC legal analyst Dan Abrams is joining ABC News.

As we reported in January, Abrams will become a legal analyst for “Good Morning” America, while also serving as a substitute anchor on the weekend edition of the program, and contributing additional pieces.

The ability to work on stories that are not just law-related was part of the reason why Abrams jumped to ABC, someone familiar with the matter tells TVNewser. The move also reunites Abrams with ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who he worked with when they were both at “NBC Nightly News.”

“I’ve known Dan since the start of his successful network career,” wrote Sherwood in an email to staff this morning. “An insightful lawyer, he is also a high-impact broadcaster, commentator, analyst and entrepreneur.”

Abrams’ first appearance will be tomorrow.

Sherwood’s note, and a quote from Abrams, is after the jump.

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Dan Abrams In Talks To Join ABC News as Legal Analyst For ‘GMA’

After a long negotiation with both NBC News and ABC News, NBC legal analyst and former MSNBC host and GM Dan Abrams is closing in on a deal that would have him joining ABC News as a legal analyst, multiple people familiar with the situation tell TVNewser.

We hear that Abrams is in talks to become a legal analyst for “Good Morning America,” and would also contribute other pieces for “GMA,” as well as do some substitute anchoring on the weekend edition of the program.

Abrams would be a part of the legal unit  led by Chris Cuomo, joining Terry Moran and Pierre Thomas.

Politico first reported the talks were happening.

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