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Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Mitt Romney Getting a Little More Personal With Reporters, Starting With ‘Fox News Sunday’

Mitt and Ann Romney eat pancakes with Chris Wallace

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has been a bit more accessible in recent weeks with interviews, but now it looks like his campaign is going into the next phase: meet Mitt Romney, the person.

It starts this Sunday morning, when “Fox News Sunday” interviews Mitt and Ann Romney from their home in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. Moderator Chris Wallace sat down the Romney’s over pancakes (see picture above) to talk about their lives outside the campaign trail. Wallace will also have a sit-down with Romney one on one to talk about more substantive policy issues.

Wallace had the first Sunday show interview with Mitt Romney, and recently returned from an Italian vacation with George Clooney.

Later that evening, CNN’s Romney documentary, subtitled “Family, Faith and the Road to Power” will also feature a heavy dose of Romney’s personal life, with interviews with Ann and son Tagg. Likewise MSNBC’s Romney doc will give viewers a look at Romney’s early political life.

Chris Wallace Regales Brian Kilmeade With Tales From His Lake Como Vacation With George Clooney

Earlier this week we told you about “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and his recent vacation at George Clooney‘s villa in italy. Wallace appeared on fellow Fox News host Brian Kilmeade‘s radio show, where he went into detail about the vacation, which sounds, well, rather fun.

“Let me tell ya, it was great. He is a nice man, a smart man, and he has this gorgeous villa. We ate great Italian food and drank great Italian wine and talked about his business and my business,” Wallace said.

Wallace noted that he had received emails from people asking how he could spend so much time with Clooney, given the actor’s political persuasion, but he brushed them off

“If you were invited to spend four days with George Clooney in his villa in Lake Como, who on earth would say no?” he said, adding a message to Clooney: “Please have us back, we would love to go back.”

Which Sunday Show Anchor Vacations with George Clooney?

George Clooney‘s Italian villa in Lake Como attracts a steady stream of high-profile guests during the Summer months. (Last year, CNN political analyst David Gergen recalled skinny dipping in the lake as “very dark, a little cold, but terrific.”)

Clooney was there this past weekend with his girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, and the pair went for a spin on the lake with a Sunday show anchor. Which one was it? Find out after the jump….

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Tom Brokaw: ‘It is Time to Rethink’ the Celebrity-Studded White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Tom Brokaw says there’s good reason why most Americans feel the national media is out of touch, most recently exemplified by the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. Brokaw, a charter member of the organization, was part of the “Meet the Press” roundtable yesterday. He says, “It is time to rethink” the celebrity-studded nature of the event.

“If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people that they’re supposed to serve, symbolically, it’s that one.”

Without mentioning the network by name, Brokaw called out MSNBC which had its after-party at the Italian Embassy.

“I think George Clooney is a great guy. I’d like to meet Charlize Theron. But I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where all the talk is about Cristal champagne, taking over the Italian Embassy, who had the best party, and who met the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing.”

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Ann Curry’s Reports From Sudan Air This Week

Ann Curry is back from another reporting trip to the Sudan region of Africa, this time focusing on the atrocities taking place in the Nuba Mountains. Curry’s reports will air on “Nightly News” this week as well as on “Rock Center” Wednesday night. This is Curry’s seventh trip to the region, the first was nearly six years ago.

During trips in 2009 and 2010, her reporting got some star power as she met up with George Clooney. “I want these people to be seen and heard,” Curry told MediaDecoder last week upon her return from this most recent secret trip.

The Common Thread of ‘Person to Person’ and ‘Rock Center’

The NBC and CBS news divisions each programmed an hour of primetime Wednesday night to mixed viewer results.

On CBS, it was the return of “Person to Person,” the iconic interview program hosted first by Edward R. Murrow and later by Charles Collingwood. The new iteration pairs Charlie Rose and Lara Logan (shouldn’t it be ‘People to Person’?) and last night featured interviews with George Clooney, Warren Buffet and Jon Bon Jovi.

On NBC at 9pm, the new day and time for “Rock Center,” a blockbuster interview with one-time White House intern Mimi Aflord who discussed it great — and at one point not-safe-for-primetime — detail, her affair with Pres. John F. Kennedy, including rubber duckies and fixing eggs. The interview by Meredith Vieira — in her debut on the show — took up most of the hour. According to the overnight ratings:

  • At 8pm “Person to Person” came in third in its timeslot drawing 6.02 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/6 share in households. The show was up against “American Idol” (17.91M viewers) and sitcoms on ABC (7.88M). The CBS News show outperformed sitcoms on NBC.
  • At 9pm “Rock Center” built on its lackluster sitcom lead-in, drawing 5.28 million Total Viewers and a 3.7 rating/5 share in households, but came in 4th in the hour behind, CBS, ABC and FOX.

If you caught the “Rock Center” interview you might have noticed an interesting parallel between it and “Person to Person.” The “Rock Center” story included a clip from an interview done 50 years ago this month, on February 14, 1962, when First Lady Jackie Kennedy took Collingwood on a tour of the White House. The hour was produced by CBS News but also aired on NBC, and, four days later, on ABC.

The Museum of Broadcasting said the Collingwood report, “was the first primetime documentary to explicitly court a female audience.” Sort of what “Person to Person” and “Rock Center” went for last night.

‘Person to Person’ Returns with George Clooney, Warren Buffett, Jon Bon Jovi

Almost 60 years after Edward R. Murrow took viewers into the homes of icons like John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, and Elizabeth Taylor, CBS News’ “Person to Person” is back as a television special airing Wednesday, at 8pmET/PT.

The modern day hosts, Lara Logan and Charlie Rose get a tour of George Clooney‘s Los Angeles home. Warren Buffett opens up his Omaha office, and Jon Bon Jovi welcomes the show to his New Jersey mansion.

“What sets our broadcast apart is the unique access,” says Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky.

“When someone opens their home, they’re sharing a part of themselves that traditional interview programs can’t reach,” adds Co-EP Judy Tygard.

“Person to Person” debuts on the same night that NBC’s “Rock Center” moves to its new night, Wednesday’s at 9pmET/PT.

Which Hollywood Star Had Bloomberg TV Staffers Starstruck?

George Clooney dropped by the Bloomberg studios this week for a taping of “Charlie Rose.” Clooney, who is a close friend of Rose’s, was in town promoting his new movie, “The Ides of March,” which opens this weekend. Clooney’s appearance caused quite a stir among Bloomberg staffers, who lined up outside the studio and peered inside, hoping for a glimpse of the star (see more pictures, after the jump).

Rose’s interview with Clooney lasted almost 40 minutes and spanned several topics — from the movie, to politics, to the now-infamous skinny dipping at Clooney’s Lake Como house. “I am frequently mistaken for you, that’s a fact,” Rose told Clooney. “Do you get the same thing?”

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Which CNN Political Analyst Went Skinny Dipping With George Clooney at His Lake Como Villa?

A CNN political analyst recently spent some time at Lake Como, Italy with actor George Clooney, filing this report about late night shenanigans that took place at Clooney’s villa:

I lost track of time, but by 2 a.m. or so — when I was hammered and was reasonably certain that others were, too — we had become raucous. Out of nowhere, Clooney jumps out of his chair and starts climbing a fence that overlooks the lake below. From the top, fully clothed, he counted, One… two… and jumped. I heard three just before hit the water. Within seconds, he was challenging our masculinity. Okay, guys, let’s see your stuff. One other guest was next up and jumped. Hell, I thought, I have an early morning plane and I don’t want wet clothes. So… what choice did I have? I stripped down to my skivvies, climbed that darn fence…. And whoa, it seemed like I was 30 feet above the water. One… two… I was in the water by three. It was very dark, a little cold, but terrific. So we kept jumping.

Eventually we repaired to his kitchen in bathrobes, trying to warm up. Out came a bottle of limoncello, and the conversation flowed on until I finally crawled up to bed at 4:30.

Who was it? Find out, and read about a practical joke Clooney played on Walter Cronkite, after the jump.

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