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Which News Anchor Is This On The Set of ‘Murphy Brown’?

Below, a 1991 photo from the set of the CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown.” Do you know who the newsman in is in the photo? Find out after the jump.

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The Evening Ticker: Joe, Scott, Candice

  • Scott Pelley anchors the “CBS Evening News” tonight from CBS station WBZ in Boston. Crews replicated the “Evening News” set in the WBZ newsroom. Pelley is in Boston for a WBZ Business Breakfast tomorrow.

  • Fake TV reporter Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) talks with real TV reporter Harry Smith on Thursday’s “Rock Center.” Bergen will look back on her breakout role as Brown, the tough investigative reporter in the 1990s CBS sitcom.

 

Anderson Cooper is in Demand

CNN’s Anderson Cooper continues to be a hot topic in the media this week. First the New York Times cited a CBS News executive as being a big fan, and now Kelly Ripa says that he was her favorite guest co-host on “Live with Kelly.”In addition, on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last night, Cooper overwhelmingly won a very special viewer poll ( see right). Sorry Piers and Wolf, maybe next time.

The CNN anchor hosted a book party for WWHL host Andy Cohen over the weekend. Attendees included “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King and NBC’s Harry Smith.

Cooper has his own daytime talk show now, so he won’t be replacing Regis Philbin, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a connection between him and Ripa. Watch Ripa explain, after the jump.

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Titans, Moguls and a Presidential Candidate Pay Respects to Mike Wallace

If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.

That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.

Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”

Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for  six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.

“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.

Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.

“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.

“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.

“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”

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One Year Later: Special Coverage of the Killing of Bin Laden

One year after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, there will be special coverage this week of the anniversary.

In what NBC is calling a “first for network television,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams” takes viewers inside the White House’s Situation Room. Airing Wednesday at 9pmET/PT, the program features interviews with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other top administration officials.

Discovery Channel presents “Secrets of Bin Laden’s Lair,” a one-hour special that will feature what the cabler says is the “very first comprehensive television report” of classified intelligence seized during the Abbottabad compound raid.  Among many other topics, that intelligence gives insight as to Bin Laden’s opinions on American media, including the cable wars between CNN, FNC, and MSNBC. Produced by Peacock Productions, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith narrates the program, Tuesday at 10 pmET/PT.

(Photo: White House/Pete Souza)

ABC News and Yahoo! WHCD Cocktail Party

Sophia Vergara and Diane Sawyer

ABC News and Yahoo! were among the media entities hosting cocktail parties tonight ahead of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner at the Washington Hilton. ABC’s primetime stars mingled with ABC Newsers, many of whom arrived just a few hours earlier. TVNewser hears the 2pm Delta shuttle from New York brought several ABC News anchors to D.C. including Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric (who was actually on the way to her brother’s wedding) and Cynthia McFadden as well as NBC’s Harry Smith, and others. Here are a few pictures from the ABC News/Yahoo cocktail party:

Al Roker, George Stephanopoulos and wife Ali Wentworth

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News DC bureau chief Robin Sproul and "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet

More pictures after the jump…

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NBC News Makes Pitch to Advertisers, As ‘Rock Center’ Hits New Viewership Low

Matt Lauer and Steve Capus at the NBC News/MSNBC upfront.

NBC Newsers always like to say they are part of one big family. But in a family that big, with several making millions of dollars a year — even a select few in the double-digit millions — there is bound to be sibling rivalry. And so it was on display Thursday as NBC News held an upfront presentation at the event space 583 Park Avenue. Matt Lauer tweaked Brian Williams for his run-on questions; Williams took a shot at Willie Geist: “I just found out he had a show;” who had fired first: “Brian is the caregiver for our parents and grandparents at 6:30 every night.”

 

Kidding aside, the event was all business: a gathering of sales teams, planners and agencies in an effort to get advertisers excited by what NBC News — the #1 news network — and MSNBC have to offer. At one point, Williams mentioned “the elephant in the room.” While some may have thought he was talking about his primetime newsmagazine’s ratings — “Rock Center” hit a new viewership low drawing just 2.6 million viewers Wednesday — the newsman-comedian was actually taking a jab Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

“Hods and Kathie Lee are just baked. Permanently hammered,” said Williams of the fourth hour “Today” team. He referred to Ed Schultz as “a big bowl of humanity. His head alone is bigger than my first apartment in New York.” And after Al Roker revealed he and Williams “spooned” in a tent

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CBS This Morning Launches on Facebook

“CBS This Morning” now as a Facebook page. It went up yesterday. Go ahead. Like it. You know you want to.


You may recall CBS “Early Show” fans turned to Facebook around this time last year. They created a page to save the then-current “Early Show” team of Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price. It didn’t work out so well, but the page got up to 1,540 likes and has a wall post as recent as last week.

Will The Third Time (in a year) Be the Charm for CBS Morning News?

When CBS recently announced that Charlie Rose and Gayle King would headline its revamped ‘Early Show,’ Rene Syler got slammed with tweets asking for her reaction.

“It’s interesting that people think I’m interested,” says Syler, an ‘Early Show’ anchor from 2002 to ’06. “I’m not in that world anymore. To be honest, I don’t have much of a reaction.”

She may be the only one. Most observers predict that the unlikely combination of the cerebral Rose, who turns 70 next month,  and the chatty King, 56, will do nothing to break CBS’s unabated string of failures in a franchise that dates back to 1954, with host Walter Cronkite.

“It has no shot, in the slightest,” says network-news analyst Andrew Tyndall.

“I don’t get it…. Charlie Rose won’t play in the morning. Of all the timeslots for TV news, morning shows skew the youngest. It’s completely counter-intuitive to hire someone that old.”

When the show launches Jan. 9, the plan is for Rose to handle the 7 a.m. hour and King the 8 a.m., with holdover Erica Hill contributing to both. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager says the new broadcast will do nothing less than “redefine the morning television landscape.”

Is that all? Heady stuff for a show in its third incarnation since last December; its eighth since ’99.

Having essentially two different programs will be too disruptive to morning viewers accustomed to a more discernible flow, according to Tyndall. “There is such a sharp break between what Rose

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