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Inside the Book Party for Melissa Francis’ Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Melissa Francis jokes that she wants to be writer when she grows up. The Fox Business Network anchor is already on her second career. And with the publication of her memoir, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter,” she’s on her way to fulfilling that adulthood dream. Francis was feted last night at Astra, an event space overlooking Manhattan’s East River. The memoir is a brutally honest, sometimes painful, yet touching story of life as a child actor. After dozens of commercials, her first big break came on “Little House on the Prairie.”

In a Media Beat interview this summer Francis told us the book, includes “the typical family dramas, set against the backdrop of a very unusual childhood.”

But last night, no drama, just celebrating. Among the guests, FNC/FBN c0-founder and chairman Roger Ailes, FBN EVP Kevin Magee, anchors Neil Cavuto, Liz Claman, Lori Rothman, Cheryl Casone, Elizabeth MacDonald, Tracy Byrnes, Sandra Smith, Nicole Petallides, Tom Sullivan and Dennis Kneale.

From FNC, we spotted Bill Hemmer and chatted with Megyn Kelly about election night, and the moment that took her from the studio through the bowels of Fox News to the decision desk as they explained calling Ohio for Pres. Obama, giving him the election and giving Karl Rove agita. Following many long months of election coverage and, more recently, of Hurricane Sandy, which left her without power for a week, Kelly was looking forward to taking today off.

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At Least Someone’s Benefiting From Bernie Madoff

The premiere of CNBC’s “Scam of the Century? Bernie Madoff & The $50 Billion Heist” last night brought in 670,000 Total Viewers and 243,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo making it CNBC’s highest rated documentary premiere telecast ever in both measurements.

The special was anchored by CNBC’s David Faber and included reporting from Faber, Charlie Gasparino, Mary Thompson, Melissa Lee and Scott Cohn.

It will re-air Sunday and Monday at 9pmET and, as a special gift, on Christmas Eve at 4pmET.

CNBC’s “Scam” Special

cnbc_12-17.jpgCNBC will air a live special tomorrow related to the Bernie Madoff scandal. “Scam of the Century?” premieres at 9pmET.

David Faber anchors the special, with reporting from Charlie Gasparino, Carl Quintanilla, Melissa Lee, Mary Thompson and Scott Cohn, among others.

According to CNBC.com’s web site for the show, the program “delves into the mind of Bernie Madoff and explores how the alleged scheme worked.”

CNBC and FBN Live on Labor Day

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With the markets closed for the holiday, the business news networks would normally be in taped programming. But with Hurricane Gustav heading toward the Gulf Coast the business nets will be live on Labor Day.

CNBC will be live tomorrow with international programs at 4amET and will begin U.S. coverage at 7am running until 6pmET and is calling its coverage, “America’s Oil Crisis: Hurricane Gustav.” CNBC’s Scott Cohn and Mary Thompson report live on the ground, where preparations are underway ahead of the storm.

Fox Business will be live from 5am-7pmET, or later if need be. Alexis Glick is in New Orleans and correspondent Jeff Flock, who spent years reporting on hurricanes with CNN, will be near landfall in Louisiana. Neil Cavuto remains at the RNC with heavy Gustav coverage.