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Posts Tagged ‘Kal Penn’

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.”

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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.