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Bill Geist Gets Star on Walk of Fame

A big honor this afternoon for CBS News “Sunday Morning” correspondent Bill Geist. He got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His son, MSNBC anchor Willie Geist spoke at the dedication ceremony. (The honor was mentioned this morning on “Way Too Early,” with Peter Alexander filling in.)

Bill Geist is being honored for his 25 years of entertaining and informing TV viewers.

In addition to Willie Geist, his sister Libby Geist, a two-time Peabody-award winning producer (take that Willie!) at ESPN Films was also there; also Geist’s CBS colleagues EVP and Chief Communications Officer Gil Schwartz, Geist’s producer Amy Rosner and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison. Geist’s CBS colleagues back in New York are able to watch the ceremony on an in-house channel.

“I wasn’t sure how I felt about getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Geist after the ceremony. “It’s really cool!”

Willie Geist added, “We’re all thrilled for my dad. He’s always viewed himself as the Clark Gable of off-beat news. Now it’s official. He’s a star.”

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Miami-Boston Most Watched Regular Season NBA Game In Cable Television History

The official numbers are out and last night’s Miami-Boston game was the most watched regular season NBA game on cable of all-time (topping Chicago-LA Lakers on Feb. 2, 1996), earning a 4.6 US rating with 7,433,000 total viewers in 5,339,000 households.

Despite the late tip-off, Rockets-Lakers delivered a 2.4 US rating with 3,719,000 total viewers in 2,823,000 households, making it the most watched NBA Opening Night doubleheader (averaging 3.5 US rating, 5,493,000 total viewers and 4,025,000 households) for Turner Sports in their 27 years of tipping off the NBA season. Read more

With Layoffs Abound, CBS Finds Time to Celebrate

cbs.jpgTVNewser attended one of the few holiday parties still on the calendar. Producers, anchors and executives from CBS News and CBS Radio, and those of us who cover them, packed the 35th floor of CBS’s Black Rock headquarters last night.

We talked with The Early Show’s Julie Chen as she arrived, before telling us, “Okay, I’ve gotta go say hi to my husband.” Her husband, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves was a few feet away chatting with CBS PR honcho Gil Schwartz.

The rest of The Early Show team was in attendance too — Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Dave Price and Saturday anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge. Hill told us she is excited about her new CBS gig, while still contributing to CNN’s AC360. Wragge’s WCBS anchors were also there — Kristine Johnson, formerly an MSNBC anchor and weather guy Lonnie Quinn.

Katie Couric
arrived after the Evening News. “How are things in TVNewser-land?” she asked us. “Great,” we said. We congratulated her on her ratings last week. “Oh, I don’t pay attention to those things,” she said motioning to CBS News president Sean McManus and Moonves who were a few feet away. Couric said, “As long as they’re telling us we’re doing okay.”

We chatted up CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace, whose husband Matt Saal works across the street, almost literally, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

Charles Osgood, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, and Troy Roberts, worked the crowd. And 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky told us, despite the media gloom and doom, she’s actually hiring for upcoming prime time projects.

And along with the holiday cheer, there was a lot of layoff talk, including someone who covers the industry…

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