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Connecticut School Shooting: Saturday Coverage Plans

Coverage of Friday’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, will continue Saturday on the broadcast and cable networks.

On ABC, weekday anchor George Stephanopoulos will anchor “Good Morning America” from Newtown. Elizabeth Vargas will join him from New York. ABC’s Josh Elliott, Amy Robach and Dan Harris will report from the scene in Newtown.

NBC’s “Today” will also have the weekday team in, with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring from Newtown. Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Ann Curry and Willie Geist will contribute to the program.

Anthony Mason and Rebecca Jarvis will anchor “CBS This Morning Saturday” from Newtown. CBS will also preempt “48 Hours” Saturday night for a special report on the shooting at 10pmET.

Fox News will be live at 5amET with “Fox & Friends First.” An expanded edition of “Fox & Friends” will air from 6-10amET, and will be simulcast on FBN. The 10am-noon business block will be preempted for live coverage anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee. Scott will also host an expanded two-hour “Fox Report” beginning at 6pmET. Mike Huckabee‘s program will be live from NYC at 8pmET and Jeanine Pirro and Geraldo Rivera will host their primetime shows from Newtown.

MSNBC will focus on the shooting during regularly-scheduled programming and will be live until at least 7pmET Saturday night.

On CNN, Ali Velshi and Jon Berman will anchor from 6-9amET. Soledad O’Brien will anchor from 9-11amET, Wolf Blitzer will anchor from 11am-1pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 1-3pmET. O’Brien will anchor from 3-5pmET, and Blitzer and Kate Bolduan will anchor from 5-8pmET. Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-9pmET,  Lemon and O’Brien will anchor from 9-10pmET, and Cooper will take over again from 10-11pmET.

On HLN, Nancy Grace will host a special on the shooting tonight at 8pmET. Dr. Drew Pinsky will host a special live hour at 9pmET.

Reporter Who Lost Job Following Public Urination, Blames, in Part, Ex-Wife, HLN Anchor

Rob Koebel, a reporter for WTMJ TV in Milwaukee who resigned his job following a disorderly conduct arrest, which included urinating outside the Apple Store at a mall in Glendale, WI, in part blames his ex-wife, Christi Paul, an anchor on HLN.

Paul wrote Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, detailing the “emotional abuse heaped on her by her first husband whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth, and nowhere to turn for help.”

Koebel tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “what really set me off in a three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” were two interviews that Paul gave promoting her book. The couple have been divorced for 17 years.

Koebel called the book “accurate to a degree and, then again, very misleading.” He said the book “destroyed my life.”

He was “very hurt she would share my alcoholism on TV,” including in an appearance on Drew Pinsky‘s show on HLN.

March & Q1 2012 Ratings: HLN Up in Total Viewers, But Down in the Demo

While Fox News, CNN and MSNBC were down year-to-year, HLN saw growth in its primetime: up +4% in Total Viewers and flat in A25-54 viewers. In Total Day viewership, HLN was down -4% in Total Viewers and down -8% in A25-54 viewers.

The ratings for March, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 378K total viewers / 116K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 258Ktotal viewers / 94K A25-54

For the quarter, HLN was up +8% in Total Viewers and down -6% in A25-54 viewers in Total Day. In Primetime, the network was up +7% in Total Viewers and flat in the demographic.

The ratings for Q1, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 390K total viewers / 117K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 264Ktotal viewers / 96K A25-54

Compared to the year-ago quarter, HLN’s daytime programming is down -11% in Total Viewers and down -23% in the demo.

Things are not much better in the later hours. Jane Velez-Mitchell at 7pmET hour, Nancy Grace at 8pmET and Dr. Drew Pinsky at 9pmET are all down in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers compared to Q1 2011.

The 5pmET hour of “HLN Special Report” is up +7% in Total Viewers and down -23% in the demographic compared to the year-ago quarter. “Prime News” at 6pmET shows a similar trend, up +13% in Total Viewers and down -20% in A25-54 viewers.

HLN Shines A Light On The Trayvon Martin Case… With The Exception Of Nancy Grace

As we noted earlier this week, the sad case of Trayvon Martin has become a national story. For crime and justice-centric HLN, it would appear to be right in its wheelhouse. Indeed, the Martin case has been discussed on nearly every HLN show, with host Jane Velez-Mitchell sporting a hoodie on her program in solidarity:

But while most of HLN has made the Martin case a priority, its most popular host has been silent on the subject: Nancy Grace.

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‘World News’ to Run Extended Portions of 2002 Whitney Houston Interview

The coverage of the death of Whitney Houston continues on TV today. The latest news coming from WNBC is that Houston’s funeral will be later this week in Newark, NJ.

On “Good Morning America” Diane Sawyer talked about her 2002 interview with Houston — which drew 21 million viewers to ABC as well as Houston’s shaky 2009 concert carried on GMA when Sawyer was co-anchor of the broadcast. At one point during that Central Park concert, Houston hugs Sawyer, telling the crowd: “One of my dearest friends is right here next to me.”

“It was really her talent as her torment,” Sawyer told Robin Roberts this morning. “She had to come out and tear a hole in the sky with her voice and she wasn’t always sure it was going to be there.”

Sawyer will play extended portions of her 2002 interview with Houston tonight on “World News.”

HLN’s Robin Meade, who attended the Grammys last night, reported on the mood at the Staples Center during “Morning Express.”

All of HLN’s preimtime will originate from Los Angeles tonight. Jane Velez-Mitchell will be live from Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Nancy Grace, who has been anchoring from LA since last week, will have a report from the Beverly Hilton hotel, and LA-based Dr. Drew Pinsky, who was a part of CNN’s coverage Saturday night, will look at those who enable celebrities, including doctors.

> Earlier: 39 Million Watch Grammy Awards, with Tribute to Whitney Houston, on CBS

For 2012, HLN Planning to Focus on the People Behind the Politics

Think HLN will be forgoing political coverage in 2012? Think again.

“We are definitely focused on that story, because that is going to be driving the news water cooler in this country in 2012,” HLN executive VP Scot Safon tells TVNewser.

HLN is planning to cover the 2012 elections from a decidedly different angle than the other cable news outlets however. The channel is planning to focus on the people behind the politics, by telling viewers more about the politicians themselves, as well as their families and staff.

Safon points to the recent interview Herman Cain gave to Robin Meade, as well as the follow-up stories from the channel, as what they were looking to accomplish:

As an example, Safon mentioned HLN’s 9 PM host Dr. Drew Pinsky, and how he might approach coverage of politicians:

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Dr. Conrad Murray Trial The Next Court Case to Get HLN Treatment

In June and July, HLN saw record ratings as it covered the Casey Anthony trial. HLN’s strategy was to have essentially every show cover it, from its dayside programming to Nancy Grace to Dr. Drew Pinsky and Joy Behar.

Now the cable channel is looking to repeat that success with across-the-board coverage of the Dr. Conrad Murray trial. Murray is the man accused of causing the death of Michael Jackson.

Every one of HLN’s signature shows will feature Murray trial-related programming starting next Tuesday, September 27. HLN will also debut a two-part documentary “The Death of Michael Jackson: Dr. Conrad Murray on Trial” on Saturday September 24, hosted by Grace and featuring her HLN colleagues.

The move is part of a plan by HLN to “own” coverage of events and trials that are in its wheelhouse. By having every program cover the event at least in part, it ensures some flow between programming. In the case of Casey Anthony, it broke ratings records for the network.

More information, including full coverage plans, after the jump.

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Maria Menounos Inks Telepictures Deal

In news about entertainment TV news: NBCUniversal’s Maria Menounos, who has been a regular correspondent for “Today” and “Access Hollywood,” has inked a deal with Telepictures. Menounos will become co-host of entertainment news show “Extra,” and will become a contributor to Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s upcoming talk show on The CW, “Dr. Drew’s Lifechanger.” Menounos will also develop and host new show concepts for Telepictures.

For HLN, Amy Winehouse is the Big Story Monday

HLN, which dedicated nearly all of its programming to the Casey Anthony trial in recent months, is trying the same tactic with a much more immediate story: the death of pop star Amy Winehouse.

“Showbiz Tonight” will speak to former child star and addict Danny Bonaduce about his experiences, as well as actor Val Kilmer, who played Jim Morrison in the movie “The Doors.” Kilmer will talk about the supposed “27 Curse” that is said to afflict talented musicians. Dr. Drew Pinsky will also appear.

On Dr. Drew’s show at 9 PM, the host will put together a panel of former addicts, counselors and music industry insiders to discuss the incident. On “Joy Behar” at 10 PM, the subject will be comedian and actor Russell Brand‘s letter about Winehouse, and whether the music industry enabled her addiction.

Bristol Palin Talking to HLN’s Dr. Drew Pinsky

Update: The term “exclusive” may not apply, as Palin was on FNC’s “Hannity” three weeks ago. Original: Former Alaska first daughter Bristol Palin is out promoting her book, and she is giving an exclusive cable news interview to HLN’s Dr. Drew Pinsky to talk about it, according to the channel. Sarah Palin‘s daughter has been making the rounds, though her only national TV appearance in recent weeks was on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” Palin and Drew will discuss “what she considers her biggest regret, how she betrayed her family, her relationship with her mother, her new look, and if she thinks abstinence can really work.” The interview will air Thursday, July 21.

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