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Correspondents’ Dinner: Who’s Funnier Betty White or Rahm Emanuel?

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Katie Couric and her special guest Betty White at the CBS cocktail party ahead of the Correspondents’ Dinner.

Katie Couric arrived with two multi-generational funny ladies for tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner: Chelsea Handler and Betty White. Handler, author of “Are you There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea,” asked Evening News E.P. Rick Kaplan if he was taking drink orders — she found the bar all on her own. (We spotted FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein chatting up Chelsea, so look for that interview later on FBDC).

Dave Price got his picture taken with White, thanks to D.C. colleague, White House Correspondent Chip Reid and his Blackberry.

Other CBS Newsers we spotted: Rita Braver, Anthony Mason, Bob Orr, and execs Sean McManus, David Friedman, and Friedman pere, Paul, talent exec Barbara Fedida nd DC Bureau Chief Chris Isham.

CBS News contributor Ayla Brown along with her dad Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), and her mom and sister made the rounds at the CBS fete.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) rounded out the politico showing.

More photos after the jump…

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CBS Announces Guest List for WHCA Dinner

CBS News has announced their guest list for Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. In addition to anchors/correspondents Katie Couric, Harry Smith, Dave Price, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Bill Plante and execs Sean McManus, Paul Friedman, Rick Kaplan, David Friedman, and Chris Isham here are CBS’s special guests:

Morgan Freeman
Julianna Margulies
Betty White
(one week before her SNL hosting gig)
Chelsea Handler
Ayla Brown, daughter of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
Attorney General Eric Holder
HHS Secy. Kathleen Sebelius
Energy Secy. Steven Chu
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

• TVNewser will be in D.C. for the weekend. We’ll be attending the annual Saturday garden party at Chez Haddad, the Dinner parties — pre- and post- and Sunday morning’s brunch and tour of the new “Meet the Press” studio. Check back with FisbowlDC and TVNewser all weekend for coverage.

Rome Hartman Crowned TVNewser EP Bracket Challenge Winner

bossofbosseshartman_4-5.jpgThree weeks ago, we challenged executive producers from all the news networks to take part in our NCAA basketball tournament bracket challenge.

At the time, “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman told us that he was “constitutionally incapable of picking against Duke even if my head tells me not to.” As one of his staffers put it, “there rests the fate of BBC World News America pride.”

After nearly everyone lost their champion pick, Kansas, in the first few days, the competition remained tight. David Friedman (“The Early Show”) led for much of the way, until David Tabacoff (“The O’Reilly Factor”) took the lead.

While Hartman was out of the top five for most of the tourney, his stubbornness about sticking with his alma mater ended up launching him to first pace when all was said and done, which means he’s officially crowned the 2010 Boss of All Bosses champ. Congratulations, sir.

MSNBC’s Chris Licht (“Morning Joe”) is the first runner up followed by Tabacoff, Amy Sohnen (“O’Reilly Factor”) and a three-way tie for fifth between Bob Epstein (“NBC Nightly News”), Kim Rosenberg (“FOX Report”), and your TVNewser editor.

Here’s Hartman’s winning bracket and check out the full standings after the jump.

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Bracket Challenge Elite 8 Update

Well, this year’s TVNewser Bracket Challenge has gone from a “Boss of All Bosses” competition to a “Last Boss Standing” contest.

“Early Show” EP David Friedman, who has led the way since the first days of the tournament, slid back to 5th with losses by Kentucky and Baylor this weekend. “O’Reilly Factor” EP David Tabacoff jumps into first, while “Nightly News” EP Bob Epstein and your own TVNewser rocketed from outside the top ten into a three-way tie for second place with “FOX Report” EP Kim Rosenberg. MSNBC’s Chris Licht and “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer also made their way into the top ten.

With late-round wins carrying more weight, the sleeper right now is “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman who is the only competitor left with their National Championship selection, Duke, still in the running.

Here are the top half of the standings following the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen games showing the current and best-possible scores:

Rank Name Score Correct Best
Score
Best
Correct
Champion
1 David Tabacoff 75 39 91 40 Kansas
2 Bob Epstein 68 34 84 35 Kansas
2 Kevin Allocca 68 35 84 36 Kansas
2 Kim Rosenberg 68 37 84 38 Kansas
5 David Friedman 67 41 67 41 Kansas
5 Gary Schreier 67 36 67 36 Kansas
7 Tom Cibrowski 66 37 66 37 Kansas
8 Chris Licht 65 35 81 36 Kansas
9 Betsy Fischer 59 33 75 34 Kansas
9 Stephanie Todd 59 35 75 36 Syracuse

> Update after the first two rounds
> List of competitors

EP Bracket Challenge Update

What a weekend of unexpected upsets in college basketball. It’s time to see who survived in our TVNewser 2010 Bracket Challenge, where we asked executive producers from all the networks to submit their predictions for March Madness.

Through the weekend, CBS “Early Show” EP David Friedman held a firm grip on the lead, but “O’Reilly Factor” EP David Tabacoff, “Face the Nation” EP Carin Pratt, CNN’s Michael Kane, and “Fox Report” EP Kim Rosenberg are not far behind.

14 out 21 competitors (including TVNewser) lost their national champion pick, Kansas on Saturday. Losses by Villanova and Georgetown also threw a wrench into plenty of brackets. Since more points are awarded for correct picks later in the tournament, it’s still anyone’s to win.

Here’s the top half of the rankings as of Sunday night showing the current and best-possible scores:

Rank Name Score Correct Best
Score
Best
Correct
Champion
1 David Friedman 47 36 111 46 Kansas
2 David Tabacoff 43 33 107 43 Kansas
3 Carin Pratt 42 32 94 40 Kansas
4 Michael Kane 41 32 105 42 Kansas
5 Kim Rosenberg 40 32 96 40 Kansas
6 Gary Schreier 39 30 107 41 Kansas
6 Stephanie Todd 39 31 135 40 Syracuse
8 Amy Sohnen 38 30 142 40 Syracuse
8 Bill Wolff 38 30 70 36 Kansas
8 Rome Hartman 38 30 130 40 Duke
8 Tom Cibrowski 38 31 102 41 Kansas

TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2010: EP Edition

tvnchallenge_3-19.jpgIt’s time for some College Basketball March Madness and while you’ve been asking your colleagues (or are being asked by your colleagues) to join a bracket pool, we’ve been asking your bosses (or your favorite show’s bosses) to join ours. In this, the second annual TVNewser Bracket Challenge, we’ve asked executive producers from all networks to submit their picks. We’ll be keeping tabs on the results as the rounds go by and will eventually crown a 2010 TVNewser Champion, or, as we are unofficially calling it, a 2010 “boss of all bosses.”

Here are this year’s entrants:

Amy Sohnen, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Betsy Fischer, “Meet the Press”
Bill Wolff, “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Bob Epstein, “NBC Nightly News”
Carin Pratt, “Face the Nation”
Chris Licht, “Morning Joe”
David Friedman, “The Early Show”
David Tabacoff, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Gary Schreier, Fox Business Network
Jon Banner, “ABC World News”
Kim Rosenberg, “FOX Report”
Matt Quayle, “Squawk Box,” “Squawk on the Street”
Alex Crippen, CNBC and CNBC.com
Michael Kane, CNN Money Unit
Ramona Schindelheim, CNBC Business Day
Regina Gilgan, “Mad Money”
Rome Hartman, “BBC World News America”
Sanford Cannold, “Power Lunch,” “Street Signs”
Stephanie Todd, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell”
Tom Cibrowski, “Good Morning America”

And now, to get you in the mood:

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CBS News Doc Delivers The Body Scoop for Girls

GalleyCat covers last night‘s book party for CBS News medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton. The whole “Early Show” team was there: Maggie Rodriquez, Harry Smith and Dave Price, and the big bosses: Sean McManus, Paul Friedman, Barbara Fedida, Linda Mason, Rick Kaplan and David Friedman.

Mazzarelli Upped at ‘The Early Show’

Veteran morning show producer Tom Mazzarelli has been promoted at CBS’ “The Early Show”, from senior producer to senior broadcast producer reporting to EP David Friedman. Mazarelli joined CBS in July 2008 after launching “Mike and Juliet” on FOX. Before that, he was a senior producer on the “Today” show from 2003-2006. Mazarelli joined “Today,” from MSNBC, in 2000 where he worked with former NBCer Friedman.

Erica Hill Joins Weekday CBS ‘Early Show’

ericahill_1-13.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Erica Hill will join the CBS “Early Show” as the program’s news anchor, the network will announce. She will start on Monday.

Hill takes the place of Russ Mitchell who leaves the program this week for new duties as a correspondent for CBS News.

As we reported first on Friday evening, Hill announced she was leaving CNN, where she had been since 2003, and her role on “Anderson Cooper 360″ for new opportunities at CBS News. An announcement about her expanded role at CBS had been expected this week.

Hill has been an anchor for the Saturday edition of “The Early Show” since 2008. She will continue to co-host that program with Chris Wragge and will also contribute to other CBS News broadcasts. The newsreader switch is the first major change since new EP David Friedman joined the program.

Russ Mitchell Leaving ‘Early Show’ to Become CBS Correspondent

After over three years as news anchor with the program, Russ Mitchell is leaving CBS’ “Early Show” on Friday to become the national correspondent for the network.

As the NY Times reports, this is the first change to the program since new EP David Friedman arrived at the program, though Times sources say the decision was made before Friedman came on board.

Mitchell was the anchor of the Saturday edition of “The Early Show” for 10 years (1997-2007). He will continue to host the Sunday edition of “Evening News.”

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