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Networks and Cable Channels Roll Out Key Talent For 2011 State Of The Union Coverage

All four major broadcast networks, along with the cable news channels, are bringing out the big name talent for coverage of the 2011 State of The Union address Tuesday evening.

On the broadcast networks, NBC has Brian Williams anchoring along with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

ABC has Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring, joined by a number of correspondents, hosts, and analysts, including Jake Tapper, Christiane Amanpour, Jonathan Karl and Deborah Roberts.

On CBS, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the coverage, joined by CBS reporters and analysts.

On the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor coverage. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and correspondent Wendell Goler.

On the cable news channels:

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Anderson Cooper, Pee-Wee Herman, Shots

From last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” an SNL Digital Short starring Andy Samberg, Pee-Wee Herman, alcohol, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“You almost hit me in the eye. Do you know what would happen if I lost these eyes? They are a national treasure.”

After the Jump, SNL looks at some possible replacements for Kathleen Parker, and the late night show’s take on “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren.

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CNN Eyeing Shakeup at ‘Parker Spitzer?’

The Wall Street Journal’s Sam Schechner reports (Subscription required) that CNN is considering replacing Kathleen Parker on its 8 PM program “Parker Spitzer.”

Parker, of course, co-hosts the show with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

“Parker Spitzer” has failed to catch on with viewers since it debuted in October, delivering ratings that were down compared to what the 8 PM hour typically delivered the year before. Turner Broadcasting chief Phil Kent, who oversees CNN, acknowledged that the show had been disappointing at an investor conference last week, saying:

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Kathleen Parker on ‘Parker-Spitzer’ Tensions: ‘I don’t storm. I saunter.’

NYT’s Brian Stelter talks with CNN’s Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker about the reported tension on the set between the former Democratic governor and the conservative columnist.

The tensions spilled into public view last week when the Page Six gossip column in The New York Post said Ms. Parker had stormed off the set in early November. Asked about that claim, Ms. Parker said, “I don’t storm. I saunter.”

She acknowledged that there was some “editorial and political tension,” but cast it as a normal part of television production. “That’s how human beings are made,” she added.

Mr. Spitzer put it this way: “I’ve seen tension in my life — conflict, tension, acrimony — and I haven’t seen anything here that comes close to what I’ve seen.”

So what’s the future hold for ‘Parker-Spitzer’?

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Kathleen Parker Mad at Producers?

Co-host of the new CNN show “Parker Spitzer” Kathleen Parker is sick of being ignored due to the popularity and infamy of her co-host  Eliot Spitzer, according to The New York Post.

Parker was said to have stormed off the set during a pre-taping a few weeks ago over favoritism by show EP Liza McGuirk. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Parker did return to finish the show.

“CNN is standing by the show,” network spokeswoman Barbara Levin told The New York Post. “Liza’s a terrific producer, and any suggestion that she’s on her way out is patently false.”

“We love Kathleen too,” Levin said.

Election 2010: Technology Front and Center for CNN’s Midterm Election Coverage

CNN has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. As in previous elections, new technology will be a major part of the coverage, with returning favorites like the “magic wall” and “data wall’ being joined by the “CNN Election Matrix,” which will break down data in a visual way.

The network already revealed it will be adding more “virtual objects” to its coverage.

“We are taking capabilities of the Data Wall and quadrupling it in order to report the story in the clearest way we can,” said CNN senior VP and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement. “Viewers are ready for a rich meal of election items and with CNN’s technology on air and online, paired with the Best Political Team, we will serve an unparalleled election night experience.”

Wolf Blitzer will lead the network’s coverage, and will be joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O’Brien. Other anchors, reporters and hosts that will be contributing to the program include Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry, Dan Lothian, Suzanne Malveaux and new 8 PM hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker.

More information after the jump.

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Dupree, not that one, on ‘Parker-Spitzer’

CNN’s Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker talked with Nathalie Dupree, a write-in candidate for Senate in South Carolina. Nathalie Dupree, not to be confused with that other Dupre (with one “e”), is a chef who is taking on Sen. Jim DeMint. The name similarity was not lost on one TVNewser tipster last night:

Parker Spitzer has a guest with the last name of Dupree right now. Am I the only one who thinks this is hilarious?

‘Parker Spitzer’ Ratings Up on Night 2

Night two saw an improvement for CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.” The show averaged 513,000 Total Viewers and 125,000 A25-54 viewers, both up from yesterday. It also grew from its “John King, USA” lead-in by a substantial margin, up 23% in the demo and 24% in total viewers. Despite the bump, the program still finished fourth in its timeslot. Full cable ratings will be coming later this afternoon.

Jim Bunning, Pink Floyd and Energy Drinks: Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer Prep for Primetime on CNN

Since their 8 PM show on CNN was announced, hosts Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer have insisted that the program will not be another “Crossfire.” That format, with a firebrand liberal facing off against a firebrand conservative, was sent to the garbage bin by the now former CNN president Jon Klein.

The new show, which Klein conceived, is meant to be more conversational, without the shouting. Parker compares it to a family dinner, with relatives of various political persuasions making their case before dessert.

Talking to the co-hosts, one understands the comparison. Spitzer and Parker are constantly cracking jokes, both of the traditional and self-deprecating variety, and the topic of conversation changes on a dime.

In an interview with TVNewser last week, the pair was asked what subjects they would discuss on the show. Politics, economics and sports all came up.

“We are waiting for a big athlete to enter politics and talk about economic policy,” Spitzer quipped, eliciting a laugh from Parker. From there, Spitzer turned the conversation to an anecdote about MLB hall of famer and U.S. Senator Jim Bunning:

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CNN Welcomes Spitzer to ‘The Best Political Team on Television’

CNNSpitzer091510.jpgCNN’s new 8 PM show starring Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker may not debut on the network until October, but that isn’t stopping the channel from featuring the show’s stars on-air.

Last night Spitzer made his solo debut as a political analyst and member of the “Best Political Team on Television” for CNN, talking abut the midterm elections with John King.

Spitzer and his co-host Parker actually appeared together on the network for the first time late last week, where they talked about the Islamic center and mosque controversy in NYC with Anderson Cooper.

Video of that appearance is after the jump.

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