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  • Fox News has a new special report airing this weekend hosted by Chris Wallace. “Fox News Reporting: Iraq and the Rise of a Terrorist State” airs first tonight at 10pmET, with encores tomorrow night and Sunday night.
  • On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, guest host Jeffrey Toobin will talk about the significance of the anchor change at ABC “World News” this week, and the future of the evening news, with former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather.

  • Monday night on NBC, Meredith Vieira hosts “Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley,” an NBC News primetime special produced by Peacock Productions. Universal Orlando Resort and NBC News share the same parent company.

  • CNBC’s David Faber has a new, one-hour documentary debuting Sunday night at 9pmET. “Amazon Rising” tells the story of a visionary named Jeff Bezos who bet his fortune on the internet and created one of the most admired and feared companies in the world.

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Snuggie, Jealousy, and a Weed Limousine Invite: CNN’s Anderson Cooper Birthday Tribute

Anderson BirthdayJudging by last night’s on-air tribute for Anderson Cooper‘s 47th birthday, one can only wonder what CNN will do in a few years for the big 5-0.

Just a few seconds into Cooper delivering a typical “Ridiculist” segment, Wolf Blitzer popped up on screen, beginning a video montage of CNN personalities wishing Cooper a happy birthday.

Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin pointed out the lack of buzz around his birthday two weeks ago. “Did I get an on-air tribute from Wolf Blitzer? I don’t think so…what is the big deal, is this kindergarten? Everyone has a birthday.”

Randi Kaye, whose reporting for “AC360″ left her slightly high earlier this year, had an interesting gift idea. “I heard about these really cool limo tours in Denver, in Colorado. Really cool, if you know what I mean,” Kaye said, referencing a limousine ride she took with “ganjapreneurs” smoking marijuana.

And John Berman donned his “AC360″ snuggie. “When you fill in for Anderson, they actually give you one of these AC360 snuggies. My understanding is he’s worn every one of them, so before you get it, Anderson has to wear it…I can smell him in it.”

The star-studded tribute after the jump.

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Why’s Everybody Picking On Piers Morgan?

From news reports and criticisms from American media, to jokes at his expense coming from the UK, Piers Morgan has been on the receiving end of a lot of unfriendly fire since news of his show’s cancellation broke.

The New York Daily News reports Morgan’s own staff is happy to see him go, with his makeup artists leading the parade.

“He was always such an a—— to people working for him,” one insider says of the bombastic Brit. Morgan’s last show is likely to be this week, but no specific date has been set. We hear it was low ratings and a bad attitude that killed it, and the decision was made by network boss Jeff Zucker. “The makeup girls suffered the worst — he was rude and belligerent,” says our source. “The general feeling is Morgan didn’t show any respect to anyone working under him — the people who were trying to make him look good.”

On that front, Morgan went after the Daily News on Twitter this morning.

Morgan’s British cavalry also came to lend support: his former warm up act from “Britain’s Got Talent,” Ian Royce, blogged in Piers’ defense.

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Cable Networks Cover George Zimmerman’s Return to Court

George Zimmerman is in a Florida court again this afternoon, facing charges of felony aggravated assault after he allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend. The cable networks all took the short court appearance live.

Fox News has Phil Keating outside the courtroom and brought Geraldo Rivera in for analysis after the hearing wrapped. Kerry Sanders reported from Sanford for MSNBC. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer talked with senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. And on HLN, which saw a major boost in ratings during Zimmerman’s trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, Susan Hendricks talked with Vinnie Politan and Tiffanie Henry.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Accuses Jeffrey Toobin of Bias, Demands Apology

ToobinRFKRobert F. Kennedy stood up for his cousin, Michael Skakel on CNN last night, then faced off with CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin was “stunned and amazed” that a Connecticut judge ruled Skakel is eligible for a new trial. Toobin thinks Skakel, convicted in 2002 for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, could be out of prison by the end of the week.

The judge ruled that Skakel had an inadequate defense attorney in Mickey Sherman. Before he was sent to prison for tax evasion in 2011, and released in 2012, Sherman was a regular talking head on cable news. Sherman is married to Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl.

As for Kennedy said Toobin, there’s a long history attached to this case. Kennedy said Toobin has been biased against his cousin from the start, then demanded an apology for “besmirching” the name of another Kennedy cousin, Tommy Skakel. WATCH:

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‘AC360′ After Dark? CNN Plans 10 PM George Zimmerman Trial Specials

CNN is planning specials every night at 10 PM this week, focusing on the George Zimmerman murder trial.

The specials– titled “Self-Defense or Murder? The George Zimmerman Trial”– will be hosted by Anderson Cooper. Every night, Cooper will be “joined by Mark Geragos, Marsha Clark, and Jeffrey Toobin will condense that day’s opening statements, testimony, and analysis,” CNN says.

There will also be special guests. Tonight they include the Martin family attorney, and a linguistic expert whose testimony was thrown out over the weekend. The format sounds similar to the “AC360″ round-table editions that CNN experimented with at 10 PM earlier this year.

CNN president Jeff Zucker said network executives were “very pleased” with how those programs turned out.

It also bears a striking resemblance to “HLN After Dark,” which joined that channel’s lineup during the Jodi Arias trial, and will be getting a permanent spot on the channel’s primetime roster.

Anderson Cooper Experimenting With New Panel Format For ‘AC360′

All this week, Anderson Cooper will be pulling double-duty, not only hosting “AC360″ at 8 PM, but new editions of “AC360″ at 10 PM… with an entirely different format.

The 8 PM show stays the same, but the 10 PM editions of the show will utilize a panel format through Thursday night, with Cooper serving as the host. CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin will be guests all week, as will Amy Holmes from TheBlaze. Every day there will be a different guest joining the panel as well. For Monday’s show, the guest was blogger Andrew Sullivan, a good friend of Cooper’s. Cooper, you may recall, formally “came out” as gay in a post on Sullivan’s “Daily Dish.”

CNN has been using 10 PM as a testing ground for new shows in recent weeks. First it tried out panel show “(Get To) The Point,” and then announced plans to re-run Jake Tapper’s afternoon show in the slot. The Boston bombing changed coverage around, but now the channel is back to experimenting.

One thing seems certain: the 10 PM re-run of “AC360″ will not be sticking around much longer. Whether it is replaced by a new format “AC360″ or by some other program, the channel is aggressively testing out other options there.

Update: It looks like the panel format may be worth repeating. 10 PM’s “AC360″ placed first among all the cable news channels in adults 25-54, though it remained third in total viewers.

After Proposition 8 Oral Arguments, Cautious Analysis From Correspondents

Today the Supreme Court held oral arguments regarding the future of California’s Proposition 8, which made gay marriage illegal in the state. Tomorrow the court will hear another case related to gay marriage, as it responds to questions of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Cable news coverage of the arguments looked very similar to last year’s arguments regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare bill. In content, however, there was a difference in tone. Rightly or wrongly, the preliminary analysis from reporters becomes news in of itself, and this time around caveats were the name of the game.

NBC News law and justice correspondent Pete Williams last year said that the health care law was “in trouble,” and that it was “very doubtful” that the Supreme Court would find the healthcare law constitutional. He did include caveats in his analysis, but his comments (along with those from fellow court-watcher Jeffrey Toobin) ended up dominating the news cycle for over a day, sparking multiple segments on Fox News and CNN, in addition to MSNBC and NBC News.

Ultimately, of course the bulk of the law was upheld (although that day’s reporting had its own issues).

Today, Williams was much more reserved in his predictions, noting that it appears unlikely that the court will overturn Prop 8 outright, and that the court may dismiss the case outright:
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Anderson Cooper Tackles Nancy Grace’s Missing Necklace On ‘AC360′

The case of Nancy Grace‘s pilfered pendant continues to rock the halls of CNN. On “AC360,” Anderson Cooper talked to Grace about the case of the missing handcuff necklace, first reported on TVNewser yesterday, and put out an APB for its whereabouts.

“The last time my handcuff necklace was admired on the air, I would like to point out that you were present, you, [Jeffrey] Toobin and Mark Geragos,” Grace told Cooper, who asked if she had any suspects. “Don’t try to throw me off the scent, don’t try to throw me off you.”

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L.A. Cop Murder Suspect Cites A Slew Of TV News Hosts In Manifesto

CNN says that it received a package from Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer turned murder suspect. The package was  addressed to Anderson Cooper. “Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes,” Cooper tweeted. ”AC360″ will address it tonight.

Dorner also wrote a rambling manifesto attempting to justify his crimes, and cites a number of TV news personalities and other entertainers in it.

Dorner is accused of killing one police officer and shooting three others. He is also believed to be behind the murder of the daughter of another police officer.

Dorner’s manifesto starts somewhat cohesive but rambles off when he starts sending notes to politicians, TV news personalities and entertainers. He praises New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former President George H.W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Charlie Sheen, Larry David and Ellen Degeneres, among others.

Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, (KCBS anchor) Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien (sic), Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera (sic), Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.

Willie Geist, you’re a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting. Your future is brighter than most

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