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Guthrie, Lauer Play ‘Tonight Show’ Pop Quiz

“Today” show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie appeared on “The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday to play his trivia challenge. The “Today” co-hosts sat in elevating chairs, wearing a particularly pointy dunce caps with large water balloon water balloons overhead. Each wrong answer means a notch closer to the balloon, until someone gets drenched.

The loser was doused after revealing they didn’t know which actress played Matthew Broderick’s sister in the classic movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Check out the video to see who prevailed.

The Evening Ticker: Lauer, Suratt, Kelly

  • The “Today” show kicked off its second annual No-Shave “Today.” Matt Lauer, Al RokerWillie Geist and Carson Daly will once again grow beards this month to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Last year, the show raised more than $100,000.

  • Samuel T. Suratt, the Archivist for CBS News for more than 20 years from 1969 to 1991, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in New York City. He was 81.

  • In case you missed it, Megyn Kelly got the “Saturday Night Live” treatment over the weekend. Cecily Strong played the FNC anchor for SNL’s cold open, which focused on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s defense of Ebola quarantines. WATCH:

TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

Josh Elliott Fills in on ‘Today’ Show

Josh Elliott Today 304Now that his non-compete with ABC News is up, Josh Elliott is making his first on-set appearance on NBC’s “Today” show this week.  ”Josh Elliott is in for Natalie this morning. We’re happy about that,” Matt Lauer said on Tuesday’s show. Elliott was back this morning for what will be a two-day stint, insiders tells us.

Elliott made his first appearance on the show last month, teeing up NBC’s NFL coverage.

After helping “GMA” overtake long-dominant “Today” in the ratings in 2012, Elliott left the network in March for a role with NBC Sports and NBC Olympics.

‘Today’ Gears Up For 20th Halloween Celebration

NEWToday-Show-HalloweenThe “Today” show is gearing up for its 20th Halloween celebration. You can expect elaborate costumes, pop-culture references and quite possibly, Matt Lauer in drag this Friday.

With the exception of 2012, when the Halloween celebration was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, the “Today” cast has been dressing up every year in extravagant costumes since 1994. From “Star Wars” characters in 2009, the Royal Family in 2011 to “The Flintstones,” the NBC morning show spares no expense when it comes to original Halloween costumes.

Remember Lauer and Al Roker dressing up as Jennifer Lopez and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs back in 2000.

The “Today” show’s official website takes a look at all 20 years of outrageous costumes.

What should the “Today” cast dress as this year? Tweet us your ideas @TVNewser

Lauer on Snyderman: ‘She’s Back in Quarantine, Which is Where She Should Be’

TMZ caught up with Matt Lauer on his way into 30 Rock this morning where he was asked about Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her quarantine last Thursday. “She’s already admitted she was wrong. I know she feels it was a mistake and it’s regretable and she’s back to quarantine, which is where she should be out of an abundance of precaution.”

The Afternoon Ticker: Panetta Book, CNN Suit, Walters Talks

  • Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the TV rounds for his memoir “Worthy Fights.” His first morning interview went to Matt Lauer for “Today,” his first cable interview was with Gloria Borger on CNN, the first online interview is with Katie Couric for Yahoo! and his first primetime interview is with Bill O’Reilly tonight on Fox News.

  • Former CNN staffer Stanley Wilson has filed a $5 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Turner Broadcasting and his former boss. The 17-year CNN veteran, a Los Angeles-based field producer and writer, says he was discriminated against, defamed and retaliated against. Deadline has more.

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters is the featured speaker tonight at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Walters, who celebrated her 85th birthday last week, was born in Boston. In her autobiography Audition, she wrote about having an affair in the 1970s with then-married Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke.

Piers Morgan ‘Itching to get Back in the Game’

Piers Morgan, who is five months removed from the cancellation of his primetime show on CNN, sat down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Monday.

Lauer’s first question was essentially, have you spent five months thinking about what went wrong [at CNN]?

Morgan explained that he went into CNN to conduct “big interviews, with big figures.” While Morgan says he did “many of those,” in his first two years, a series of deadly mass shootings changed the tone of the show.

Morgan told Lauer that something inside him “exploded” after the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings, turning his show into a nightly battle with the NRA and gun lobbyist. Morgan’s ratings declined as his show changed, but he doesn’t have any regrets about speaking out on gun control.

“How could you let twenty first graders be shot dead in their classrooms and the reaction would be absolutely nothing [in America]. So I don’t regret standing up for trying to effect change, he said. “I wish more American media people, America news anchors stood up.”

Morgan, who is now the editor-at-large for the news website MailOnline, left a door open for an eventual return to American television. “I’m itching to get back in the game,” Morgan said.

Ashoka Mukpo, NBC News Ebola Patient, to Return to U.S. Sunday For Treatment

AshokaMukpoAshoka Mukpo, the American NBC News freelance cameraman who was diagnosed with Ebola yesterday in Liberia, will be returning to the U.S. for treatment Sunday.

His parents Dr. Mitchell Levy and Diane Mukpo were on the “Today” show this morning, telling Tamron Hall, “His spirits are better today.” He has been seeing “the death and tragedy and now it’s really hit home for him” (watch after the jump).

Mukpo was working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her team in Monrovia. Snyderman, who will also return to the U.S. and be quarantined for 21 days told Matt Lauer, “We shared a work space. We shared vehicles. We shared equipment. But everyone here is hyper-alert. We have not been in close proximity. No one shakes hands. There’s no hugging.”

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Brian Williams Gets Social; Holds First Facebook Q&A

WilliamsFacebookFollowing “Nightly News” Thursday, Brian Williams conducted his first Facebook Q&A. Many of the questions came from his NBC News colleagues, including Carson Daly who asked him about his drinking habits while he travels.

“Carson Daly, ladies and gentlemen! The man, the myth, the LEGEND. I love me some Today Show Carson, but I REALLY love the nighttime show…”

Matt Lauer asked Williams about his choice of movies: Blazing Saddles or GhostbustersSavannah Guthrie gave him a hard time about some missing lip gloss and Natalie Morales asked him about what other job he might have pursued and he replied “any opportunity to work with Willie Geist.”

Geist chimed in and asked him who his favorite member of NWA is.

Speaking of rap, Williams was asked what he thinks of the Jimmy Fallon mashups.

“They’ve been amazing. Never before have so many words been re-purposed so outside their original meaning. We have interviewed the profoundly talented video editor and will put it on the web before long.”