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The Ticker: (P.M. Edition): Williard, Cooper, Overshare…

> Fox Business Network’s Cody Willard makes an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

> 18.6 million people watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper race (to put it kindly) Olympian Michael Phelps in the pool on 60 Minutes last night. The segment helped put 60 in Nielsen’s top 10 for the sixth time this season.

BringitOn.bmp > And it may not have seeped into the lexicon of network news anchors, but it soon might. Overshare has been named the 2008 Webster’s Word of the Year. But it’s been around for a while. We recall it being used in the 2000 Kirsten Dunst movie Bring it On, which we happened to catch part of on USA this long Thanksgiving weekend. And that, my friends, is an overshare.

Anderson Cooper in a Bathing Suit

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Two weeks after 60 Minutes saw its best ratings in almost a decade, Anderson Cooper contributes a report on Michael Phelps for the CBS program tomorrow.

Besides discussing his diet in the profile, Phelps also accepts Cooper’s challenge to an on-camera swim race. But Cooper had some conditions: “How about if I get to dive and I get to do freestyle, one lap, you go underwater the whole way, you can’t breathe and you can’t take a stroke. And you’ll still beat me?”

Click continued to see how the race turns out…

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The Ticker: (Thanksgiving Edition): BBC, CNN, CBS…

> Tonight BBC World News America looks at how diverse cultural communities of modern America celebrate this centuries old tradition. Three Americans — a recently naturalized U.S. citizen from India, a first generation Mexican-American, and a woman whose American roots date back to the 15th century, explain what Thanksgiving means to them. BBC World News America airs at 7pmET on BBC America.

> CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute tonight at 9pmET on CNN. The show was taped before an audience of more than 2,000 at the Kodak Theatre last Saturday. The star-studded event features performances by Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and John Legend, with awards presented by Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, and Forest Whitaker.

> Before you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner think about this quote from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps about his eating habits: “I have to always just constantly shovel food in because I can lose anywhere from five to 10 pounds in a week.” Nice. Phelps talks with the aforementioned Cooper this Sunday on 60 Minutes. By the way, that rumored 12,000-calorie a day diet is more like 8-10,000 calories a day. We feel better now.

With Wrestling Out of the Question, Lauer & Roker Settle on Gymnastics

We vote tandem trampoline in 2012.

Related: USA Today’s Erik Brady provides a minute-by-minute account of yesterday’s Today show that would make a Hollywood screenwriter blush (with embarrassment not jealousy): “Michael Phelps, god of the Games, strolls in from Mount Olympus. He is wearing a knit shirt, shorts and flip-flops. The crowd beseeches him. Matt claps Phelps on the shoulder, hale fellow well met.” He breathlessly continues the account, describing the NBC staff as they, “move nimbly to a chaotic choreography.” (via Newsblues)

The News of the Games

The AP’s David Bauder writes about what might be in store for the networks of NBC Universal next week with the Michael Phelps show near an end. Bauder also writes about the off-the-field news and how NBC has reported it:

During the first week, NBC has done little to upset its hosts. Two of the biggest stories — the stabbing of two Americans by a suicidal man and revelation that a cute girl singing during the opening ceremony was a lip-syncher — were covered during the daytime. But the stabbings were only briefly mentioned during prime-time and the lip-synching wasn’t mentioned at all. Attendance problems at venues also hasn’t drawn notice.

Except for a Tom Brokaw retrospective on opening night and Bob Costas’ thorough interview with President Bush, the focus has been almost entirely on sport. Mary Carillo has kept her travelogues light. Mark Mullen‘s hard look at China’s effort to groom Olympic stars was shown on the “Nightly News.”

The Ticker (Olympics Edition): CBS, NBC, CNN.com…

> Mark Spitz, who’s already made the rounds on NBC News, will be a guest on CBS’ The Early Show tomorrow morning. In a few hours, Michael Phelps will swim for a chance to tie Spitz’ record of seven gold medals. Spitz set that record at the 1972 Munich games. Then Phelps swims his final race Sunday morning (Beijing time) with a chance to break the Spitz record.

> On his blog, NBC’s Brian Williams writes about a dinner outing some of the Nightly staffers had in Beijing: “a menu featuring donkey meat (in a pot), braised bullfrog, hog hoof, and turtle. Our pals went with the Kung Pao chicken.”

> CNN is promoting an interview with Phelps set for four days from now. But the interview will not be on the network, it will be on CNN.com. The cable channel is inviting viewers to send in the questions via iReport, which Phelps may answer, Tuesday morning at 8:30amET.

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Marvelous Mal’s Return to the Olympics Includes CNN Anchor/Daughter

CNNWhitfield_8.14.jpgCNN’s Fredricka Whitfield is leaving Monday for China, but she’s not just going to report on the games, or the athletes, or on Beijing. Whitfield will be reporting on her father, former U.S. Olympian Mal Whitfield and his return to the Olympics with several other octogenarian athletes.

60 years ago, Marvelous Mal won two gold medals (800 meters and 4×400 relay) and a bronze (400 meters) at the London Olympics. Four years later in Helsinki he won gold again in the 800m and silver in the 4x400m.

Mal Whitfield was inspired as a child watching the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. “Four years later,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview this afternoon, “I was energized by this great man called Jesse Owens.” He’s now 83 years old and, for the last month, along with his daughter, he’s been gearing up for a return to the games.

Fredricka Whitfield’s reports from Beijing will begin airing next week on CNN.

Now, if anyone is around to document this in 60 years, let’s see if Michael Phelps, who will also be 83, goes on CNN with his anchor/daughter, talking about his Beijing experience and preparing to go to the 2068 Baghdad Olympics. It could happen.

Phelps Race May Get Coast-to-Coast Live

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In what could be the biggest news story of this coming weekend, we receive this from an anonymous tipster:

NBC giving serious consideration to airing Saturday’s prime-time Olympic coverage live in all time zones due to Michael Phelps‘ potential 8th gold medal. This would allow full network to show race as it is happening. Otherwise, West Coast viewers would see it three hours after it takes place. Final decision may be made late Thursday night EDT.

Thus far, the games have been on a standard time zone broadcast schedule. The final event is the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay set for Sunday morning Beijing time (10:58pmET / 7:58pmPT Saturday night). However, it’s still not determined if Phelps would be among the four swimmers in this event. That decision will most likely be made after Friday night’s (ET) 100m Butterfly.

The News of the Games, Part II

When we asked yesterday, most of you thought swimmer Michael Phelps would be the biggest American sports story of the games, but you can still vote. Today we’re asking you this:

What Will Be the Big News Story to Emerge From the Olympics?
( surveys)

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