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CBS News Programs Head to Miami

sunlife_1-27.jpgCBS News is heading to South Florida next week ahead of Super Bowl XLIV, for which the network has the broadcast this year. “CBS Evening News,” “The Early Show,” and “Face the Nation” will all be broadcasting live from South Beach and from Joe Robbie Pro Player Dolphin Land Shark Sun Life Stadium.

Maggie Rodriguez returns home to Miami as “The Early Show” will broadcast from Lummus Park in South Beach Thursday and Friday morning. Justin Bieber and Gloria Estefan will perform. Over the weekend, Wynonna Judd and Wyclef Jean will perform on the show’s Saturday edition.

Katie Couric will anchor “Evening News” from the same location on Friday evening (updated), while Jeff Glor will anchor on Saturday from Sun Life.

Bob Schieffer will anchor “Face the Nation” on Sunday from Sun Life and will have NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as a guest.

Update: Couric’s trip has been canceled.

Press release after the jump.

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CBS News Baby Boom

CBS’s Maggie Rodriguez isn’t the only TV News mom-to-be. As she announced on the show today, she is pregnant with her second child.

Cordes_1.4.jpgAnd TVNewser has learned CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes (right) is also pregnant with her second. Cordes is five months along. And as we reported in November, CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan is also pregnant with her second.

Cordes and Logan were both pregnant with their firsts at the same time too. Logan had a boy, Cordes had a girl.

CBS News Gets the Most from Adam Lambert Controversy

LambertCBS_11.25.jpgCBS’ “The Early Show” got the most out of its late add Adam Lambert this morning. Lambert, who was scheduled to appear on GMA this morning, was canceled by ABC late yesterday morning due to his sexually charged performance at the AMAs Sunday night.

On “Early,” a story and interview aired in the 7:30am half hour, Lambert answered viewer questions in the 8am half hour before performing the first of two songs at 8:42am.

In the interview with Maggie Rodriguez, Lambert said the outrage after his AMA performance was a “double whammy.”

“I think it’s because I’m a gay male and I think people haven’t seen that before,” said Lambert.

Asked if he would do anything differently, Lambert laughed and said, “I would sing it a little bit better.” Lambert then assured parents watching that his morning show concert “is appropriate, I promise.”

Interestingly, in the story leading up to Lambert’s interview, the kiss and the crotch smash, which were part of his AMA act were blurred out, but in the same story, Madonna’s kiss with Britney Spears at the 2003 VMAs was not, leading some to accuse CBS of a double standard. Or it may be, as ABC News told us yesterday, that that kind of performance just isn’t appropriate “so early in the morning.”

After his first song, Lambert’s mom came to the stage and Rodriguez asked her what she thought of the controversy surrounding the AMA performance: “I was a little taken aback,” she said, “but I just went with the flow.”

As for morning show leader the “Today” show, EP Jim Bell tells the AP’s David Bauder they did not consider booking Lambert because the show already had planned a performance with NBC’s artist in resident Jon Bon Jovi.

> Update: Video of the interview, after the jump…

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Letterman, Halderman Lawyers Make Morning Show Rounds

The attorneys for both David Letterman (Daniel Horwitz) and Joe Halderman (Gerald Shargel) appeared together this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Chris Cuomo, CBS’ “The Early Show” with Maggie Rodriguez, and NBC’s “Today” show with Meredith Vieira. Halderman’s first hearing was yesterday.

We can now add “attorneys making opening arguments on network morning shows” to the list of strange things in this case.

The segments are pretty similar, but two points stand out:

• Letterman’s attorney said of his client, “He is absolutely prepared to testify and will answer all questions.”

• Halderman’s attorney says his client is not looking for a plea deal, but is instead looking to get the case dismissed. “If it doesn’t happen,” he said, “The next thing that’s going to happen is a trial.”

> Related: Joe Halderman in Court. Who’s Paying for his Defense?

Levi on Sarah: ‘If She’s Going to Go out There and Say Things…About Me, I’m Going to Leak Some Things on Her’


Ahead of his Playgirl photoshoot, Levi Johnston is putting it all out for CBS’ Maggie Rodriguez in an interview that airs tomorrow on “The Early Show.” Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin‘s grandson, says he doesn’t want to hurt Palin, but he knows things that could do just that:

Maggie: But you really sound like somebody whose dead set on hurting these people the way they hurt you.

Levi: No, I’m not really in it to hurt them though.

Maggie: That’s what it sounds like…somebody whose bent on revenge and getting even, now it’s my turn.

Levi: Well that’s part of it, I guess, but at the same time, you know, if she’s going to go out there and say things to me, about me, I’m going to leak some things on her. I mean that’s just how it is.

Rodriguez Hosting Princess Grace Awards

CBS “Early Show” anchor, Maggie Rodriguez will emcee the Princess Grace Foundation awards gala tomorrow evening in NYC. Awards are to be presented to emerging artists in theater, dance and film.

CBS’ Maggie Rodriguez Now in Prime Time

magrod10-17.jpgCBS “Early Show” anchor Maggie Rodriguez will get her first prime time hour tonight as host of “48 Hours Mystery” at 10pmET. The episode centers on the Caylee Anthony murder investigation and includes exclusive interviews with Casey Anthony’s defense attorneys.

“My husband and I religiously watch ’48 Hours’ every Saturday night, I love the program,” Rodriguez told TVNewser. “When I started covering the Casey Anthony story on ‘The Early Show,’ I developed a relationship with her parents. And when I heard ’48 Hours’ had an interest in pursuing the case, I thought it was a natural fit. And they agreed.”

When asked why there is such an obsession with this particular case, Rodriguez said, “Just look at that little girl’s picture. You fall in love with this child. It’s just incomprehensible that this child was murdered.”

The program gave Rodriguez the opportunity to dig deep into a single subject, which is a luxury she’s rarely afforded. “I enjoy ‘The Early Show’ because we do cover so much, but sometimes it can be frustrating to only have five minutes for an interview,” she said. “For this, we spent hours and hours on one interview, so I feel it gives everybody a comprehensive look at this case, which is one thing that I think has been missing in the reporting of it.”

According to Rodriguez, the CBS bosses were pleased with her work on the program. “Given that fact and given the fact that I enjoyed doing it so much, I think it will lead to other prime time opportunities.”

Katie Couric Heads to USD for Award, Student Newspaper Asks ‘Is She Media’s Most Excellent?’

KCouric_10.7.jpgKatie Couric is heading to middle America tomorrow where she will be honored with the 2009 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. The award is presented by The University of South Dakota and the Freedom Forum.

But a columnist for USD’s student newspaper, The Volante, says Couric’s not ready for the award. “A ‘life-time achievement award’ to Couric is jumping the gun,” writes columnist David Whitesock. “Despite Ms. Couric’s laudable efforts to introduce the evening news to the Internet generation, she has fallen short of ‘Evening News’ predecessors.”

Following her remarks tomorrow night, Couric will be interviewed by Jack Marsh, executive director of the Al Neuharth Media Center at USD, she’ll then take questions from the audience.

Couric is the 22nd recipient of the Al Neuharth Award, and the fifth CBS journalist to receive it. The first was Walter Cronkite in 1989. This is only the second time the Neuharth presentation has taken place on campus in Vermillion, South Dakota. With Couric in South Dakota, “Early Show” co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez will sub.

Neuharth, the founder of USA Today and the Freedom Forum, is a 1950 USD graduate.

Networks Cover Abduction Story

While most of the news coverage has focused on Sen. Kennedy’s services, the cable and broadcast networks have also picked up one of the stranger stories this week, that of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for 18 years, giving birth to two children with her captor.

jaycee1_8-28.jpgThis morning on “The Early Show,” Jaycee’s step-father Carl Probyn, spoke with Maggie Rodriguez and Chris Wragge about the developments. (CBS video here.) Probyn also made appearances on “Today” with Ann Curry, on “GMA” speaking with Chris Cuomo, and on CNN’s “American Morning.”

In the early afternoon, the cable networks continued covering the story. We noticed it was the lead story on MSNBC’s “Dr. Nancy” and was the subject of frequent reports on CNN and Fox News. Some grabs:


Gathering for the Funeral of Walter Cronkite


Les Moonves, Katie Couric and Sean McManus at St. Bartholomew church for the funeral for Walter Cronkite.

We’re keeping our eye on and the funeral service for Walter Cronkite which will begin at 2pmET. Already at St. Bartholomew in Midtown Manhattan we’ve spotted Bill Plante, Bob Schieffer, Aaron Brown, Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith; Steve Kroft chatting with Linda Mason, who was the first female producer on the Evening News and is now an SVP at CBS News. One pew in front of Mason is Katie Couric who is seated between CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus and CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.

ABC News president David Westin arrived around 1:20pm and is sitting with Diane Sawyer.

Also, Connie Chung, actors Jerry Stiller and his wife Anne Meara. Brian Williams arrived on the church steps at 1:25 followed by Barbara Walters and Charlie Gibson arriving arm-in-arm at 1:27pm and Tom Brokaw and wife Meredith at 1:35pm. A few minutes later Andy Rooney arrived with his son, ABC News correspondent Brian Rooney. NBC News president Steve Capus, Dan Rather, Don Hewitt, former 60 Minutes correspondent-turned-NBC anchor Meredith Vieira also spotted.

Again, you can watch coverage of the service on


Brian Rooney and his father Andy Rooney arrive at St. Bartholomew Church

> 2:20pm: From Andy Rooney’s eulogy: “Walter was such a good friend. I can’t get over it… I just feel so terrible about Walter’s death I can hardly say anything. Please excuse me. Thank you.”

The cable news networks are dipping in to the funeral while NY1 in New York City is carrying the funeral live.

Click continued to see a list of some of the other tvnewsers in attendance, and more pictures from after service..

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