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Robin Roberts, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper on the OUT Power 50

OUT50Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:

35. Suze Orman
27. Don Lemon
14. Anderson Cooper
10. Robin Roberts
3. Rachel Maddow

Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.

(Image via OUT)

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The Saturday Ticker: Bream, O’Brien, ‘Late Show’

  • Fox News’ Shannon Bream will interview Jeb Bush tomorrow during “America’s News HQ” at 1pmET. Bream will speak to the former Florida governor about the 25th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s presidency and the 2016 presidential election.

  • Soledad O’Brien pens an essay in Essence about the decision to focus on her production company after leaving CNN: “Two hours of anchoring and reporting news and conversation five days a week was fun but exhausting. When my show ended, I feared losing the ability to effect change and create an impact,” she writes.

Oscar Viewership Hits 10-Year High

ellen oscars selfieABC’s broadcast of the Oscars averaged 43 million viewers and delivered a 12.9 rating in the A18-49 demographic, making it the most-watched broadcast of the Academy Awards since 2004, according to Nielsen Fast National ratings. It was TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast since the series finale of “Friends” on May 6, 2004.

The broadcast was up +4% in total viewers compared to last year. With Ellen DeGeneres hosting, the show hit a seven-year high in the A18-34 demographic, delivering an 11.4 rating.

ABC’s “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live,” hosted by “Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, was up compared to last year for all three half-hour segments of the show. The final half-hour pulled in 27.6 million viewers.

Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer Back for Oscars Red Carpet Special

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer along with Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of “People” and “Entertainment Weekly” will be back to host ABC’s pre-Oscar special “Red Carpet Live.” The show airs on ABC at 7pmET, immediately before the Oscars telecast on March 2, this year hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. This is the fifth time Roberts has hosted the pre-Oscars special on ABC. Last year, she’d just returned from medical leave in time to host (below).

The Ticker: CNN.com, Moonves, Lauer

  • The relaunch of CNN.com has been delayed, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports. The $15 million project, scheduled to be unveiled this fall, has been pushed to an early 2014 launch.

Maddow, Cooper on Out‘s Annual Power List

Out Magazine has published its seventh annual “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America” list. Apple CEO Tim Cook tops the list for the second year running, but television news is well-represented in the top five, with syndicated talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at #2, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow at #4 and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at #5.

Maddow and Cooper both move up a spot from last year’s list. CNBC’s Suze Orman and Bravo’s Andy Cohen are also on the list for the second year running, at #28 and #14 respectively.

Rachel Maddow Nominated For Grammy Award

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Maddow is a nominee for the audio version of her book Drift in the “Spoken Word Field.” She is up against some steep competition, including President Bill Clinton and comedian Ellen Degeneres.

The awards will be handed out Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS. The full list of nominees is here.

The Week in Talk Show Appearances: Maddow on ‘Ellen,’ O’Reilly on ‘The View’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly both made appearances on the talk show circuit this week. Maddow appeared on “Ellen” Wednesday and O’Reilly appeared on “The View” Tuesday.

Maddow’s appearance on Ellen DeGeneres‘ show was mostly politics, with few dance moves thrown in:

On “The View,” O’Reilly recapped his debate with Jon Stewart. “Stewart’s in the hospital, by the way. We wish him the best,” O’Reilly quipped, adding, “It was funny. He’s a solid guy. I like him.” Watch the interview here.

Between the Morning and the Evening, Katie Couric Settles In to Her Comfort Zone

If today’s long-awaited debut of Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show resembled an infomercial for Weight Watchers, that’s because it was.

The first three segments of Couric’s Disney chatfest were devoted almost entirely to guest Jessica Simpson’s post-partum weight loss — thanks to Weight Watchers. There were so many rhapsodic plugs, I kept waiting for the 800 number and my free ginzu knife.

Simpson gushed about her new role as a Weight Watchers poster girl. Then came a sneak preview of her Weight Watchers ad, followed by a full segment joined by her Weight Watchers coach. The capper was a free two-week Weight Watchers membership, via ‘Katie’s’ website.

To be kind, Jessica Simpson was no Sarah Palin, but Couric appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the absence of heavy lifting. After her hellish tenure as anchor of ‘CBS Evening News,’ ‘Katie’ must feel like a fabulous, all-expenses paid vacation. Hey, if Anderson Cooper did it, why not Couric?

Call it ‘Today Extra Lite.’

As has become the fashion, ‘Katie’ opened with a cutesy taped bit. More than a little derivative, given that she did the same thing for her guest-hosting stint on ‘Good Morning America’ in April.

She wakes up from a weird dream and proceeds to tell it to a mystery person in the other twin bed. (An homage to ‘I Love Lucy?’) “I dreamed I left ‘Today’ to anchor the evening news, and I did it for five years, and then I dreamed I was going to be hosting my own daytime talk show!”

Peeling back the covers, a jammies-clad Matt Lauer says: “That wasn’t a dream, and the talk show starts right now!” Cue hilarity.

After almost a full half-hour of Jessica Simpson and Weight Watchers, however, I was reeling from estrogen-induced boredom. Thankfully, the next guest, Sheryl Crow, who composed ‘Katie’s’ up-tempo theme song and is a good friend of the host, had some interesting things to say.

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Les Moonves: ‘Partisanship is Very Much a Part of Journalism Now’

The LATimes writes up Pres. Obama’s LGBT fundraiser in Los Angeles last night attended by about 600 supporters including Ellen DeGeneres, Cher and her son Chaz Bono. Another boldface name in the crowd: CBS Corp. CEO and chairman Les Moonves and his wife, “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen, who, in the past, anchored CBS News’s “The Early Show.”

Before the event began, a long line of partygoers waited on the sidewalk outside the hotel to check in. CBS chief Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, waited patiently for their wristbands. Obama, Moonves said, “has shown great leadership” on the issue of gay marriage.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Wonder how this is going over in the CBS Newsroom. We’ve got a call in to find out.

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