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CNN Heroes Airs Tonight

24079_012_1072_sv“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airs tonight at 8pmET. The event, now in its eighth year, happened two weeks ago, and was recorded for broadcast tonight. During the first few years, CNN Heroes aired live, and, while a noble cause, was not a ratings hit. As we wrote in Dec., 2007 about the first CNN Heroes, which aired on a Thursday night:

The almost three-hour broadcast rated poorly in both the A25-54 demo and total viewers. The event caused CNN to slide significantly into third place behind MSNBC during primetime in both categories. The show itself placed fourth in the A25-54 demo at 9pmET behind a Deal or No Deal repeat on CNBC.

But by 2011, “CNN Heroes” had finished first in the demo in its original Sunday night airing. This year’s event includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Jonas, Kelly Ripa, Taye Diggs, Quvenzhané Wallis, and John Leguizamo, celebrating 10 Heroes and honoring the “CNN Hero of the Year.”

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Celebrity Lineup Announced for ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’

240Anderson CooperBenedict CumberbatchJohn LeguizamoTaye DiggsChristina HendricksMorgan SpurlockQuestloveKelly Ripa and Kathy Griffin are among the celebrities presenting at ”CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Each celebrity presenter will join one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes on stage to share their inspirational story. The event takes place Tuesday night at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and airs Sunday, December 7, at 8pm ET.

Quvenzhané Wallis and Nick Jonas will also be on hand to recognize youths who are being honored by CNN as Young Wonders. This year’s program also features live performances by Trisha Yearwood and Sheryl Crow. 

Now in its eighth year, the Peabody Award-winning, Emmy-nominated “CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute” has received more than 50,000 nominations from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200 everyday heroes doing extraordinary work.

The 2014 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced during the celebration.

Anderson Cooper’s ‘Mini Cooper’ Gets a Friend

CooperDollAnderson Cooper arrived to guest host “Live with Kelly and Michael” this morning with a surprise for Kelly Ripa: her very own version of the CNN host’s “mini Cooper.”

Cooper had the mini-Kelly created by the same viewer who made his doll last year, pointing out that Kelly has been “obsessed with” the mini-Cooper. Kelly’s version features a custom-made Diane Von Furstenberg dress and a pair of Miu Miu shoes that Ripa actually owns. “This is the best I’ve ever looked, by the way,” Kelly joked. WATCH:

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Robin Roberts Talks ‘GMA’s’ Comings and Goings

GMA“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts reacted to her show’s busy week, talking to “Entertainment Tonight” last night at a SeriousFun Children’s Network event about Josh Elliott‘s departure and Michael Strahan‘s arrival.

“I had serious fun with Josh Elliott,” Roberts said, praising him as multi-talented and multi-faceted. “But we all know at heart he was a sports guy,” adding viewers could sense Elliott’s love of sports. “Anybody that watched the program would see how he would just light up,” she continued about Elliott’s love for talking sports on “GMA.”

Roberts is also looking forward to welcoming another sports lover to “GMA”: ‘Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host, and former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who will start contributing semi-regularly to the show.

“We fell in love with him,” Roberts said of Strahan, who filled in for her a few times when she was off-air being treated for a rare blood disorder. “I have had the pleasure of filling in for Kelly Ripa, and sitting next to him. He is great.”

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Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

Illinois Man Cleans Up at Star-Studded CNN Heroes

BanfieldLemonRomansA man who has dedicated his life to cleaning up the Mississippi River is the CNN Hero of the Year. Chad Pregracke of East Moline, Illinois received the honor last night at the event which was recorded for a CNN special to air Sunday, Dec. 1.

TVNewser was on the red carpet, which was swarming with both CNN and entertainment stars.

Piers Morgan told us how refreshing it is to cover everyday heroes vs. A-list celebrities: “They’re real people, and real people are always much more heroic than celebrities in my experience.  They’re not surrounded by entourages, money, or glamor…they have to rely on their own big hearts and selflessness.”

Ashleigh Banfield said “Heroes” proves good news works on TV. “We’ve heard forever good news doesn’t sell… it clearly sells. This has done well for years, people love it…and it feels great.”

HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell told us the inspiration Heroes provides is like therapy for her: “We do see the worst in humanity so often…this is more of a reflection of what humanity really is. This restores my faith in humanity.”

We caught up with CNN anchor Don Lemon and asked him what to expect from his new limited run show at 11pm: “It’s going to be amazing. You’re going to want to watch it,” he said, adding “to have any time slot on CNN is a pretty big accomplishment.”

Rachel Nichols talked about the positive response she’s received on the return of sports to CNN via her show “Unguarded.”

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Anne Sweeney, Dick Clark Honored at Mirror Awards

Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney was honored with the Fred Dressler Leadership Award at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications’ annual Mirror Awards today.

“ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir emceed the event, which honors the year’s best media reporting. He told TVNewser being on hand for Sweeney’s award was “an honor for me.”

“Sweeney is one of those rare corporate titans — the most powerful woman in Hollywood — who cares so much about journalism,” Muir told TVNewser. “It’s really had an impact on me watching someone who is at the top of the industry carry the mantle of journalism.”

In his remarks, Muir said it was rare to have someone so busy “give as much to the news division as Anne does,” recalling her reaction to a dangerous situation he and his crew were in while covering the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Egypt. Read more

A.J. Clemente Gets a Pep Talk from Tom Brokaw

In the span of two hours this morning, A.J. Clemente got a chuckle out of Matt Lauer, he got a pep talk from Tom Brokaw and got a job offer — covering a red carpet movie premiere — from Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. (Thankfully for all involved, it’ll be on tape.)

The once (and only once) North Dakota anchor is in New York explaining why he uttered the words “fucking shit” at the start of the 5pm news on Bismark NBC affiliate KFYR Sunday. In his first stop on “Today” he told Lauer and Savannah Guthrie a number of factors, “a storm,” he called it, led him to utter the words. The show went on :30 early, he didn’t have IFB, there was a name in his second script he was having trouble pronouncing and, on top of it all, as this was his very first newscast, so he was nervous. He says he didn’t even realize he was caught on tape until the third commercial break when his news director told him. “I fully expected, you know, that they would fire me,” says Clemente who says he doesn’t hold a grudge.

Later, Clemente went on “Morning Joe,” where South Dakota native and news legend Tom Brokaw told Clemente it can happen to the best of them. “I made a huge gaffe when I was in Omaha at a very early age,” said Brokaw. “It wasn’t quite as, as explicit as yours was, by any means. On the other hand, it was confined to Omaha, because there was no social media.”

Clemente’s 15 minutes continues: he taped an interview with “Inside Edition,” he got an Instagram with Alan Alda and tonight as he goes on the “Late Show with David Letterman

Watch the “Today” and “Morning Joe” appearances after the jump.

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Walters, O’Reilly, Couric and More Hit THR’s Media Power Party

As we told you yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual “35 Most Powerful People in Media” list. The honorees were feted at a “power-soaked New York party” at the Four Seasons restaurant Wednesday night.

From CBS News, chairman Jeff Fager was there, along with “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca. CNN’s Piers Morgan was there, as was Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The “Today” show’s Willie Geist and “Live!” co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa attended, along with talk show hosts Wendy Williams and Katie Couric. And from ABC News, president Ben Sherwood, “The View” anchor Barbara Walters, senior VP for content and development James Goldston and “Good Morning America” anchors Lara Spencer and  George Stephanopoulos, who was with his wife, Ali Wentworth.

More pictures of the event in THR’s gallery.

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