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NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC All Particpating in NBCU’s 2011 ‘Earth Week’

The networks of NBC Universal, including CNBC, MSNBC and NBC News, are all lining up green-themed programming for the 2011 installment of the company’s Green is Universal “Earth Week” April 17-24.

On “Today” Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will reveal the winners of the “Art of Reuse” contest, which they helped judge. The contest saw people reuse material to make handcrafted items. The duo will also take part in an interactive green-themed game with the audience, and the program will televise eco-focused feature pieces.

“NBC Nightly News” will be focusing on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, one year later. “Nightly” will originate from  Venice, Louisiana on Monday, April 18.

On MSNBC, Jeff Corwin will present a week-long series examining the after-effects oil disaster, while “Your Business” focuses on environmentally-friendly small businesses.

CNBC will premiere a documentary, “Fuel” focusing on the history of energy in America, with additional green programming appearing on “The Suze Orman Show,” “Mad Money and “Fast Money.”

More green-themed programing from the other NBCU networks, after the jump.

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‘GQ Brigade’ Deployed to the Gulf Coast

Daily Beast’s Rebecca Dana writes today about ABC News’ crew of male “talent” covering the oil spill in the gulf:

This summer, the network has sent a boy band’s assemblage of bright-eyed, sharp-tongued correspondents to the Gulf Coast, where they’ve broken news, landed big-get interviews and done it all in impossibly tight T-shirts. Other outlets fielded their own formidable crews to cover the oil spill, but only ABC fielded a lacrosse team.

Based on this TVNewser collage, that could be hard to argue:

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Dana singles out David Muir, Matt Gutman, Jeffrey Kofman, Ryan Owens, Sam Champion and Chris Cuomo, but what about the men from other networks that got left out?

After the jump, see the other male correspondents and anchors rocking the smoldering GQ look.

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In Oil Spill Coverage, Reporters See Their Profiles Raised

Gutman060910.jpg The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about television news reporters and contributors getting more airtime due to the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stelter discusses CNN contributors Amber Lyon and Philippe Cousteau diving under the oil slick, and Jeff Corwin, who recently joined NBC News as its science & wildlife expert.

Then there is ABC News Radio’s Matt Gutman, whose work in the Gulf has not gone unnoticed:

Matt Gutman, a radio reporter for ABC News, is suddenly a high-profile reporter on television too, having filed nearly two dozen reports for ABC’s flagship “World News” since mid-May, according to The Tyndall Report, which tracks the content of evening newscasts.

“He most definitely does not have a face for radio, as the saying goes,” said Andrew Tyndall, who compiles the report.

And of course there are the efforts by Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, FNC’s Steve Harrigan and Kris Gutierrez and Kelly Cobiella and Mark Strassmann from CBS News. Strassmann in particular has been present:

Mr. Strassmann, for instance, has filed about 38 reports for the “CBS Evening News” since the spill started, according to The Tyndall Report, almost as many as he filed in the previous 12 months combined.

Jeff Corwin Is NBC/MSNBC’s New Wildlife & Science Expert

corwin_6-9.jpg“Animal Planet” host and general environment expert Jeff Corwin has joined NBC News as NBC/MSNBC Wildlife & Science Expert, TVNewser has learned.

Corwin has been doing live reports from the Gulf Coast for MSNBC during daytime programming since Monday. An MSNBC spokesperson tells us Corwin started with the network this week and will be helping with coverage of the oil spill’s impact on the coastal region. He will be appearing across both MSNBC and NBC broadcasts.
corwincbs_6-9.jpgInterestingly, Corwin had just been reporting as a CBS News Special Contributor from Mississippi on “The Early Show” in the beginning of May, just after the oil spill began. (Video here.)

Corwin created a documentary called “100 Heartbeats” for MSNBC in November as a part of the “Future Earth” series. At the time, he told TVNewser he hoped it would lead to more opportunities with the network.

MSNBC Debuting More Sunday Docs

msnbcdocs_12_6.jpgOver the next two weeks, MSNBC is debuting two new, original documentaries on consecutive Sundays.

First up is “Talhotblond” (12/13 10pmET), depicting “the true story of a tumultuous online romance turned chilling real-life murder.” “Talhotblond” won the grand jury prize at the Seattle International Film Festival this summer.

The following week, the network will air the third part of its “Future Earth” series, titled “Future Earth 2025″ (12/20 10pmET). This one focuses on the future of our water supply as its affected by global warming and population booms.

The final part of “Future Earth” is scheduled for broadcast in April.

The second part, “100 Heartbeats,” aired in November and was hosted by Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet fame. TVNewser spoke with Corwin about the production and why he preferred working on docs with MSNBC as opposed to CNN.

Jeff Corwin Explores Cable News Jungle

corwin_11-19.jpgAnimal Planet veteran Jeff Corwin admits that when he started work on his new documentary with MSNBC, he got some puzzled looks from MSNBC staffers as he first walked through the hallways.

“100 Heartbeats” is the first in MSNBC’s “Future Earth” series and it examines endangered species and explains how humans impact their survival.

“MSNBC’s never done anything really quite like this,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin told the audience prior to a screening of the documentary earlier this week. “But it’s a big thing. It’s about something that’s going on now, and that’s where we want to be.”

Corwin pitched the doc directly to the network. To understand how the host from Animal Planet ended up pitching the documentary to MSNBC, you have to go back to his last cable news project.

“What made me say MSNBC? Cuz…it wasn’t CNN…?” Corwin joked.

“I came up with an idea called ‘Planet in Peril’ and pitched it to CNN,” Corwin told TVNewser, “And I very quickly realized they had their own machine for doing things.”

Corwin said “Planet in Peril,” the 2007 series on CNN hosted by Anderson Cooper, “kind of got buffered, softened” from the story he wanted to tell. “That’s a place that I left with very mixed feelings,” he said. “I wanted to be able to have some control over the project and be a true partner in the project. I’m very proud of what ‘Planet in Peril’ was for CNN, but I never felt like a true partner in it.”

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Earth Week Ends On Ice

As the culmination of NBC Universal’s Earth Week, MSNBC premieres the first of four new documentaries in a series they’re calling “Future Earth.”

“Journey to the End of the World” follows an Arctic expedition meant to determine how fast the North Pole is melting. The scientists who made up the TARA expedition let themselves get trapped in floating ice packs before ultimately becoming frozen solid in an ice sheet.

NBC’s Lester Holt narrates “Journey” which premieres tomorrow night at 10pmET. Three more documentaries will follow later this year, including the final installment hosted by wildlife expert Jeff Corwin.

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