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Cable Networks Break in to New Year’s Eve Specials with Senate Vote on Fiscal Cliff Deal

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After Anderson and Kathy and Megyn and Bill signed off last night, the Senate came to a deal — by a vote of 89 to 8 — to avert a full dive over the fiscal cliff. The House meets this afternoon with a vote coming possibly today, or tomorrow before the new Congress convenes on Thursday. Voting began after 1:45amET with the Senate adjourning at 2:31am.

CNN International was covering the vote when at 1:50amET CNN/U.S. broke into a re-air of the Anderson Cooper Kathy Griffin New Year’s Eve special taking the feed anchored by John Vause with CNN Radio’s Lisa Desjardins on the phone from Capitol Hill. At 1:51am, Mara Schiavocampo broke into MSNBC’s coverage as the vote was going on with Mike Viqueira reporting from the Hill by phone. (Schiavocampo is back on the air anchoring the 10am hour). Patti Ann Browne broke into a re-air of FNC’s Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer New Year’s Eve special at 2:08am after the vote occurred. Correspondents Doug Mckelway and Chad Pergram reported from Washington.

Anderson Cooper on Scantily Clad Kathy Griffin: ‘That Sort of Thing, It’s Not My Demo’

Anderson Cooper talked with Kathy Griffin the other night about their upcoming New Year’s Eve special — their sixth together on CNN. Cooper: “Every year, I have to fight to get you to be quiet during the sweetest, most special time of the night, when the ball drops.”

“We’re not doing that this year,” said Griffin. “That’s the moment where we’ve just got to punch Ryan Seacrest in the face, hard.”

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

New Year’s Eve 2011

New Year’s Eve 2010

New Year’s Eve 2008

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back for their sixth time co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from Times Square.

“As always, I await New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss,” said Cooper.

The last two years — NYE 2011 (although Griffin did take off her top at one point) and NYE 2010 — were relatively tame compared with some of the headline-making stunts of the previous years; like when Griffin dropped the “F” bomb on New Year’s Eve 2009 and the year before when she called out an onlooker who had been heckling her.

CNN’s live coverage begins at 10pmET from Times Square. Cooper and Griffin will be joined by correspondent Isha Sesay in Times Square, John Zarrella in Key West and Gary Tuchman in Eastport, Maine.

At 12:30amET CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at Jackson Square in New Orleans and HLN’s Susan Hendricks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville will count down to midnight, Central time.

And once again, Tom Foreman will host a year-end special “All the Best, All the Worst 2012,” at 8pmET.

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

‘CBS This Morning,’ ‘Today’s Professionals’ Talk Anderson Cooper

Two of the morning shows have acknowledged Anderson Cooper‘s gay acknowledgment.

“CBS This Morning’s” Erica Hill, a friend of Cooper’s from her days at CNN, discussed his coming out with country music artist Chely Wright, who revealed two years ago that she’s gay. Video after the jump.

ABC’s overnight show “World News Now,” which Cooper once anchored, gave it a mention as did the pre-GMA show, “America This Morning.” “Good Morning America” didn’t.

On NBC’s “Today,” Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talked about it on the 4th hour. “He is a sweet guy,” said Gifford. “We just wish everybody to be happy.”

It also was the subject earlier on “Today’s Professionals.” The panelists, Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, all seemed to take the cynical route, arguing that Cooper made the announcement for some sort of ratings gain. They seemed to be unaware that his daytime talk show is on hiatus, and that Cooper is in Africa on assignment, not hosting his CNN program.

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Anderson Cooper’s In-Air Incident

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was a guest on comedienne Kathy Griffin‘s Bravo talk show. Cooper revealed that as he was flying to LA for the show, he had an incident on the plane. Another passenger tried to snap a surreptitious pic of him, and Cooper felt the need to respond.

“I have lately become emboldened, and I grabbed the guy on the shoulder and said something to the effect of, ‘bitch, what the… are you doing??’ It was one of those things where as soon as I said it I said ‘I can’t believe I just said that.’”

Despite Claims, Kathy Griffin Not Banned From Today

As she makes the rounds promoting her new Bravo talk show, Kathy Griffin says she won’t be on NBC’s “Today,” because she’s been banned. But a “Today” spokesperson says that’s just not true and calls the whole thing “silly.”

“I just found out, I’m very excited, I’m re-banned from the Today show,” Griffin told USA Today Friday. “Over the years since ‘Suddenly Susan’ in 1996, I have been banned and re-banned from the ‘Today’ show by several people. Katie Couric at one point. Matt Lauer at one point.”

Griffin says her ban this time was brought on by news anchor Natalie Morales.

“What I heard from their team is that I was rude to her at the Golden Globes,” says Griffin.

“The idea that ‘Today’ show anchors and hosts ban guests from appearing on the show is silly,” spokesperson Megan Kopf tells TVNewser. “There was no incident between Natalie and Kathy at the Golden Globes or anywhere else. In fact Natalie is a big fan of Kathy’s.”

Sounds like the way Griffin is promoting her new show, is by talking about how she can’t promote her new show. Bravo and NBC are both NBCU networks.

About Last Night … Scenes from Times Square 2012

We made what’s became an almost annual trek to Times Square to take in some of the sights and sounds behind the scenes as the cable networks broadcast their New Years Eve specials. The balmy 47 degree temperature — even warmer than last year — prompted CNN co-host Kathy Griffin to bare almost all. After the ball dropped and the specials went off the air we spotted Fox News’s Kimberly Guilfoyle streetside posing for pictures, stopped to chat briefly with Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly on the FNC stage and watched as Anderson Cooper and Griffin played to the crowd below. Happy New Year all!

Where to Ring In The New Year on TV

New Year’s Eve is upon us, and there is a veritable cornucopia when it comes to choosing who to spend the evening with on television.

Below, our guide.

Broadcast

ABC: “Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012″ 10PM-2AM with a local news break

The title is a bit wordy, but still the gold standard after 40 years, even if Clark is limited to a handful of  awkward appearances from a studio. Seacrest can more than hold his own. Musical guests include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, LMFAO and Will.i.am.

NBC: “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” 10PM-12:30AM with a local news break

The former “TRL” host and current “Last Call” host holds down the fort on NBC, with appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, The Roots and Cee Lo Green.

Fox: “American Country New Year’s Eve Live” 11PM-12:30AM

Fox’s special is hosted by a comedian named Rodney Carrington and “Paws Stars” Rick Harrison and “Chumlee.” Toby Keith will perform.

Univision: “¡Feliz 2012!” 10PM-3:15AM

Hosted by “Sábado Gigante’”s Don Francisco, musical acts will include Gloria Trevi, Prince Royce and Chino y Nacho.

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What To Look For On New Year’s Eve: Fewer Commercials on Fox News, Brian Williams on NBC

With New Year’s Eve coming up once again, things look awfully familiar. CNN has the dynamic duo of Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, ABC has Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark, NBC has Carson Daly.

But NYE 2012 will also mark a few welcome additions to the New Year’s Eve fray, making the choice of what to watch that much harder.

Fox News Channel’s “All American New Year” will have fewer commercials than normal, thanks to a sponsorship from Prudential. As Ad Age notes, all ads on the show will be for the insurance company, with fewer commercial breaks, and no local slots. Fewer ads for a sole sponsor is not a new concept, but it is the first time it has been used in recent memory on New Year’s Eve.

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Megyn Kelly & Bill Hemmer Back to Ring in New Year

Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer are back to co-host Fox News Channel’s “All American New Year.” Kelly and Hemmer will ring in 2012 live from Times Square, just down the platform from Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin who will ring in the New Year on CNN.

FNC’s Greg Gutfeld, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Rick Leventhal, and Maria Molina will also contribute. And thanks to a show sponsor, Prudential, there will be fewer commercials during the 90-minute special which begins at 11pmET on New Year’s Eve. There will be performances from country music artists Big & Rich and Trace Adkins, as well as the cast of the Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages.

Bill Hemmer & Megyn Kelly on New Year's Eve 2008

Hemmer & Kelly on New Year's Eve 2010

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