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‘We All Want to See Her Go to Congress and Chop Their Balls Off’

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.32.36 PMThe millennials do things a bit differently, don’t they? Fusion’s livestream coverage of “Midterm Mayhem” featured a discussion of Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez – whose father is also a member of the “world’s most exclusive club” — talked about a weekend dustup involving Taylor Swift, and then explained to hosts Kal Penn and Nando Vila that Ernst’s victory was a very big deal.

“She’s going to be the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate, and she’s going to be seen by many as a rising star within the GOP. And we all want to see her go to Congress and chop their balls off.”

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Here’s Your Guide to Election Night Coverage

bush-gore-hanging-chad-floridaThe cable and broadcast news networks will roll out election night sets, gizmos, and all-hands-on-deck teams tonight as midterm voters go to the polls. And for some races, it could be a late night.

TVNewser will be live blogging all night long covering the coverage, so send us your tips, observations, social media discoveries and screenshots.

Full network-by-network coverage plans, and links to our reports on each network’s lineups of analysts, after the jump.
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Nando Vila, Kal Penn Feature in Fusion’s ‘Midterm Mayhem’ Election Night Coverage

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Fusion’s Nando Vila and Kal Penn will lead the network’s election night coverage, dubbed “Midterm Mayhem.” A two-hour “Election Night–The Final Smackdown” will air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., ET. The special will also stream live on Fusion.net and YouTube.

Fusion’s coverage will include Alicia Melendez, Jorge Ramos, Jim Avila, Jordan Fabian, Ryan Nerz, Alexis Madrigal, Nicolle Wallace, and Reza Aslan.

CNN’s Brian Stelter on Cable News and Ebola Fear: ‘It’s Partly the Fault of the Viewer’

Appearing on Fusion’s “Midterm Mayhem,” CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter was asked about the role of cable news in creating fear and panic over Ebola. Stelter said part of the problem is cable viewers themselves, who may watch too much news and get a warped sense of the real story. “It’s partly the fault of the viewer,” he told hosts Nando Vila and Kal Penn.

Stelter argued cable’s saturation coverage of stories like Ebola could lead a viewer who sits in front of the screen for hour after hour to walk away more afraid than someone who watches less:

“It’s partly the fault of the viewer. I don’t know if that’s kosher to say or not. Personally, I don’t watch cable news that way. I don’t read news websites that way. I go in for a few minutes, I get the information, I come back out. I think if you sit there watching for 24 hours or whatever that stereotypical amount of time is, you’re probably going to come away with a disproportional sense of how important that story is. I put a lot of that on the audience. Maybe that’s silly of me to say.”

The Morning Ticker: Penn, Friday, Pelley

  • Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown” hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila.

  • “20/20″ and “Dateline” split the wins on Friday night. NBC was the #1 newsmagazine in viewers while “20/20″ was #1 in the younger demos. “20/20″ was #2 for the night, behind “Shark Tank,” in the A18-49 demo. Both shows were bested in total viewers by CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”

  • CBS’s Scott Pelley talks about his reporter “must haves,” including his 20-year-old shortwave radio that’s been around the world. “Someday when I hit the ‘on’ button, the screen won’t come to life, and it’ll break my heart.”

Willie Geist, Natalie Morales Will Host Nik Wallenda Walk Across Grand Canyon

In June, daredevil Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, live on Discovery Channel. NBC News’ Peacock Productions will be producing the jump, and so NBC “Today” co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales will be serving as the hosts of the event.

Wallenda announced the addition of Geist and Morales while walking on a tightrope above the audience at Discovery’s upfront presentation in New York yesterday (see the photo to the left). For insurance purposes, he was wearing a harness, “don’t worry though,” he said yesterday. “I won’t be wearing one when I walk across the Canyon.”

Last year ABC aired Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls, with “Good Morning America’”s Josh Elliott and “SportsCenter’”s Hannah Storm hosting. The event drew record ratings for ABC. ABC and Discovery were in a bidding war for the Grand Canyon stunt, with Discovery simply making the better offer. NBC, as the producer of the show, will also benefit.

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Who Needs Networks? Democrats To Stream DNC, Kal Penn To Host Web Show

The Democratic National Committee says it will be live-streaming all of the speeches from the Democratic National Convention here in Charlotte, North Carolina this week on the DNC website. While that isn’t very unusual, the DNC is also taking it one step further, producing its own web programming Thursday evening starting at 8 PM ET, hosted by actor (and former White House staffer) Kal Penn.

The special program will “feature celebrity guests and political experts” according to an ad in a DNC newsletter. Among the celebrities that will appear on the DNC special: actor Zach Braff, actress Fran Drescher and singer Marc Anthony.

Following President Obama’s speech Thursday, there will be a “political roundtable” of analysts to dissect the address… likely not very critically, considering who is putting on the show.

The web show puts the DNC in direct competition with the broadcast and cable news divisions, many of which are streaming the DNC live on their sites, and producing web shows of their own, with far less “star power” than the DNC.

TV, of course remains king.