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Joe Scarborough: Most Interesting Morning TV Anchor in The World?

Dos Equis“Morning Joe” revealed an exclusive “Super Bowl” commercial this morning featuring the most interesting morning TV anchor in the world: Joe Scarborough.

The commercial trails Scarborough in the morning before showtime, sleeping through alarm clocks, showering with clothes on, debating Paul Krugman, eating McDonald’s while lying on the street, and commuting to work via wooden motorboat.

“I don’t wake up on time often, but when I do, I’m on ‘Morning Joe,’” Scarborough says, signing off: “Stay sleepy my friends.”

Donny Deutsch claimed The Dos Equis beer spoof was made possible by MSNBC’s president.

“It’s amazing, Phil Griffin. emptied the piggyback. Two thirty second spots, eight million dollar expenditure for the world’s most interesting morning talk show host,” Deutsh said. “Go Phil Griffin.”

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms the segment was sarcastic, and this commercial won’t be running during the big game Sunday… or maybe not anywhere. WATCH:

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Like Mother, Like Daughter. Mika and Emilie Hit the Town

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TVNewser attended a charity auction and benefit hosted by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and her teenage daughter Emilie Hoffer last night for the Global Medical Relief Fund. The fund helps children around the world who are missing or have lost the use of their limbs or eyes. Emilie, who is very active with the charity, presented a video where — taking after her mom, and dad — she interviewed charity executives and children who have received aid from the Fund.

It was a power-packed crowd, with “Morning Joe” regulars Donny Deutsch and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, as well as Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King in attendance.

Fighting Words: ‘Brian Lewis No Longer Has Any Confidentiality Obligation to Roger Ailes’

Brian Lewis is not going down without a fight. Lewis, whose firing as Fox News Channel’s top communications executive last month (which came to light last week) has hired pit bull attorney Judd Burstein. Gawker obtained this statement from Burstein:

I have just been retained and am still plotting our course of action. But two things are very clear to me. First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date. Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.

Just last week, Lewis seemed to take the high road about his dismissal, telling TVNewser: “I will say it has been an honor and privilege to work for Roger Ailes the past 20 years and I wish nothing but the best for him and the great people at Fox News.”

Burstein’s past clients include Donny Deutsch, Donald Trump and boxers Oscar de La Hoya and Lennox Lewis. Clearly, he’s looking for a fight.

The Sunday Ticker: Piers, Politico, PBS

  • CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Al Jazeera America White House correspondent Michael Viqueira and NBC News House of Representatives producer Frank Thorp have landed on Politico’s annual “50 Politicos to Watch” list. See the full list here.

  • PBS’ “NewsHour” will highlight three California initiatives as part of its ongoing series, “The Gun Debate: Stopping the Violence,” next week. Ray Suarez will report on Monday, Spencer Michels on Tuesday and Kathryn Olson on Wednesday. “NewsHour” will also host at Twitter LiveChat on the topic Thursday.

Mika Brzezinski Reveals Food Obsession, Gives Away Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you watch “Morning Joe” you may already know this, but Mika Brzezinski is obsessed. Now she’s written a book — her third — about one particular obsession: America’s food addiction, and her own.

Brzezinski was feted at a book launch event last evening overlooking Central Park, where her morning partner Joe Scarborough described the root of Mika’s obsession: “If you know the Brzezinski family, you know why she has the issues she has,” Scarborough joked. “They are crazy, brilliant, and always striving for perfection.”

In “Obsessed” Brzezinski describes her history of food obsession, distorted body image and her struggle to be thin. It is dedicated to her two teenage daughters, Emilie and Carlie. “Girls, this book is for you,” Brzezinski said in her remarks as she asked them to “get off Snapchat and come forward.”

“I don’t want it to take 30 years for you to realize what it has taken me to realize.”

In the crowed, we spotted NBC’s Willie Geist, iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, CBS’s Leslie Stahl, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. The “Morning Joe” crew was there including EP Alex Korson and former EP, now CBS News VP of programming Chris Licht. Also, Donny Deutsch, Joy Behar, Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans.

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CNN Adding ‘(Get To) The Point’ Panel Show at 10 PM

CNN is finally getting around to taking advantage of the 10 PM slot, currently occupied by a replay of “AC360.” Starting this week the channel will be airing “(Get To) The Point,” a panel show featuring a rotating list of hosts (sound familiar?). With the move the replay of “AC360″ will shift to 11 PM, and the replay of “Erin Burnett Outfront” will be off the air until the normal schedule resumes.

“The Point” is being described as “a week of special programming,” and not as a permanent 10 PM program, but let us not forget that another cable news panel show, “The Five,” began life as a replacement program as well, and is now one of Fox News Channel’s highest-rated shows.

Among the hosts are ad-man and NBC regular Donny Deutsch, CNN contributor Margaret Hoover, ESPN’s Rick Reilly and ESPN’s Jason Taylor. Given the presence of Reilly and Taylor, look for plenty of sports talk, including promotion of the NCAA March Madness tourney, which has been boosting CNN sister networks TruTV and TBS.

CNN already has a Twitter account associated with the show:
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Roger Ailes, George Stephanopoulos, Tom Brokaw and Arianna Huffington Turn Out for CURE

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod spent his final night with his mustache at New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant raising awareness — and money — for epilepsy research. Axelrod and his wife Susan hosted many Manhattan luminaries at the CURE New York reception at which Mayor Mike Bloomberg was presented an award for his support. In his brief remarks, Bloomberg caught sight of NBC’s Tom Brokaw in the crowd: “There’s Tom Brokaw. He’s my neighbor …. and my golf partner. Maybe he’ll even give me a few strokes next round.”

TVNewser spotted Fox News chairman Roger Ailes giving a warm hello to Susan Axelrod and Arianna Huffington as David Axelrod gave his remarks. The Axelrods established CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy as the family struggled to come to terms with their daughter Lauren’s epilepsy. Now 31, Lauren experienced her first seizure at seven months old.

We chatted with “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose, who, with his co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, is treating the “This Morning” staff to a holiday party next week. “It takes two jobs to be able to do it, but we’ll do it,” joked Rose, who also hosts “Charlie Rose” on PBS and Bloomberg TV.

Also at the event, organized for the most part by Tammy Haddad: “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos and his wife Ali Wentworth, ABC political analyst

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‘CBS This Morning,’ ‘Today’s Professionals’ Talk Anderson Cooper

Two of the morning shows have acknowledged Anderson Cooper‘s gay acknowledgment.

“CBS This Morning’s” Erica Hill, a friend of Cooper’s from her days at CNN, discussed his coming out with country music artist Chely Wright, who revealed two years ago that she’s gay. Video after the jump.

ABC’s overnight show “World News Now,” which Cooper once anchored, gave it a mention as did the pre-GMA show, “America This Morning.” “Good Morning America” didn’t.

On NBC’s “Today,” Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talked about it on the 4th hour. “He is a sweet guy,” said Gifford. “We just wish everybody to be happy.”

It also was the subject earlier on “Today’s Professionals.” The panelists, Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, all seemed to take the cynical route, arguing that Cooper made the announcement for some sort of ratings gain. They seemed to be unaware that his daytime talk show is on hiatus, and that Cooper is in Africa on assignment, not hosting his CNN program.

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Early Risers’ Late Nights

A Page Six item today:

It was a media powerhouse at Upper East Side Italian restaurant Elio’s on Wednesday night. At one table, “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose, Donny Deutsch, Piers Morgan and Morgan’s executive producer, Jonathan Wald, gathered for dinner, while “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and Bloomberg CEO Andy Lack, who was formerly president of NBC News, sat a few tables over. Observers in the room were waiting to see which of the morning show personalities would leave first, given their early morning call times. Lauer was first to call it an early night at 9 p.m., but stopped by the other table to say goodbye. Rose, Morgan and Wald left an hour later.

Hmmm… We wonder who the Post’s source is on that one….

Survey Says? NBC Wants To Know What You Think About ‘The Professionals’

The third hour of NBC’s “Today” show was devoted to a full hour of “Today’s Professionals” where Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman discuss and opine about general news topics.

There has been discussion about developing “Today’s Professionals” into its own series. And now, TVNewser has learned that NBC wants to know what viewers think of that idea. A source tells us a News: VIPs survey is being conducted. “It was a very detailed survey on the 9 am hour that aired today and covered everything,” says the source. “It covered the on-the-road makeover segment, the one-on-one segments, the audience questions segment, the first panel discussion and the final rountable discussion.”

The survey asked for viewer opinion on the talent, Jones, Snyderman and Deutsch, as well as anchors Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie and their chemistry. The survey asked if the hour needed changes and, if so, what kind of changes they would like to see. And it went into detail about the length of the segments and about the show’s overall pacing.

“Sounds like the kind of survey one puts out if one is looking to make changes,” figures our source.

What do you think? Should “Today’s Professionals” be its own regularly-scheduled hour?

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