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The Hits and Misses of On Air Kisses

Mike Tobin‘s deflected double kiss on the streets of Boston the other night reminded the “Fox & Friends” crew of another full-on lip lock (at least it looked that way) on the set of the morning show a couple years ago. Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy and Maria Molina talked about it on the “After the Show Show.” Johnny Dollar has the video.

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Mike Tobin Gets Heckled

Fox News Channel’s Mike Tobin knows what it takes to deflect a heckler — or two — on live TV. On Fox Report tonight, Tobin got a near double kiss while reporting from Boston. On Twitter he writes, “Heckling comes with the biz. But it’s not like they would not no the sbjct. I hope their friends let thm no it wz inappropriate.”

Boston Bombings: Tuesday Coverage Notes

Connecticut School Shooting: Sunday Coverage Plans

Coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, will continue into Sunday on the broadcast and cable networks.

On CNN, Candy Crowley will anchor “State of the Union” from Newtown. Don Lemon, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper will anchor from Newtown Sunday, and the network will air a weekday primetime schedule. Fox News will again have an expanded edition of “Fox & Friends” beginning at 6amET Sunday, and MSNBC will have live programming until 6pmET. HLN will cover the shooting beginning at 7amET and going through 1pmET.

On the broadcast networks, the shooting will be the main topic of the Sunday public affairs shows. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.”

On CBS, Jeff Glor will anchor “CBS Evening News” from Newtown. “CBS Sunday Morning” will also feature three segments on the shooting.

ABC’s Dan Harris, Amy Robach, and Lara Spencer will anchor “Good Morning America” from Newtown. David Muir will also anchor “World News” from the location of the shooting.

We’ll continue to update this post as the networks set coverage plans.

>Update: The cable networks have added Sunday night programming to cover President Obama’s visit to Newtown:

Fox News will air a two-hour special anchored by Bret Baier at 6pmET. Baier will be joined by Molly Line and Mike Tobin from Newtown, as well as chief White House correspondent Ed Henry.

MSNBC will be live through 9pmET with coverage of Obama’s visit.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will anchor a three-hour special from Newtown beginning at 6pmET.

>More: ABC News will also broadcast a special report during Obama’s remarks at the vigil, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer.  Muir will contribute from Newtown. NBC News will also have a special report anchored by Lester Holt in Newtown.

FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on FoxNews.com, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on FoxNewsLatino.com in Spanish.

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Network Plans for the Arizona and Michigan Primaries

Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.

Anchors Away to Joplin

With the devastation from Joplin, MO becoming the big story Sunday night, the network news organizations are sending some of their top anchors to the city.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams–whose first TV job was at KOAM in Joplin–will return to the city to anchor his evening newscast tonight. Ron Mott and Al Roker traveled to the city last night, and reported from there this morning on “Today.” Kevin Tibbles is also en route.

Joplin also has another personal co0nnection to NBC: it is the hometown of NBC senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers.

On CBS, Harry Smith will anchor the “CBS Evening News” from there this evening, while Chris Wragge will co-anchor “The Early Show” from the city tomorrow morning.

ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will anchor from Joplin tonight, and will be joined by David Muir. “Good Morning America”‘s Josh Elliott and Sam Champion reported for the program this morning, and will also contribute to “World News.”

Cable networks are after the jump.

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Cablers Throw out Royal Wedding Playbook to Cover Deadly Southern Storms

The plan was that much of today’s cable news coverage would be from London, ahead of tomorrow’s Royal Wedding. That changed as the damage reports came in and the death toll rose from last night’s string of Southern storms.

FNC has devoted a majority of airtime today to the devastation in the South including from correspondents Jonathan Serrie reporting in Birmingham, Rick Reichmuth in Tuscaloosa, Mike Tobin in Smithville, MS and Steve Harrigan in Tennessee. John Roberts anchored from Atlanta today and will be in the field tomorrow. He’ll also anchor the 1pm and 6pm on Saturday from a location to be determined.

Over on CNN today, correspondents Reynolds Wolf, Don Lemon, Martin Savidge, Ines Ferre, Wayne Drash, and Sarah Hoyee are reporting from Alabama while Rafael Romo and Matt Cherry are reporting from Georgia.

Wisconsin Senate Vote takes Cable Nets by Surprise

Three weeks of political discord in Wisconsin came to a surprising head tonight.

“A FOX urgent now from Wisconsin where republicans apparently are trying to do an end run around democrats,” said Jon Scott on FNC 7:19pmET. By 7:30pm the vote had occurred. With democratic senators still out of the state, Wisconsin’s GOP-led senate passed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees. FNC’s Scott, along with Mike Tobin from Madison, reported the news of the vote, while the revolt was beginning outside. “Listen closely, you can probably hear the demonstrators outside of the senate chambers,” said Tobin.

CNN’s John King reported the news at 7:41 and the coverage continued into the 8pm hour on “In the Arena.”

MSNBC was first to report the news at 6:45pm that a vote was going to occur. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reporting from Madison, telling Cenk Uygur that a “moderate republican told me that the governor had met with his republican conference in the senate this afternoon and all but locked in a compromise with the unions on the subject of collective bargaining but that the hard liners among senate republicans decided a short time ago to have a vote anyway.”

Chris Matthews broke in to his taped edition of “Hardball” at 7:48 after the vote had happened, and was joined by Ed Schultz: “Chris, we are on the verge of a legal battle in Wisconsin of epic proportion,” Schultz predicted. The coverage continued through the 8pm hour with Lawrence O’Donnell and into the 9pm hour with Rachel Maddow who called the vote “a desperation move.” Maddow spoke with filmmaker Michael Moore in studio who’d led a rally in Madison on Saturday.

By 10pm, Fox News anchor and Wisconsin native Greta Van Susteren reported, “guards have given up guarding the main entrance to the Wisconsin state capitol. Thousands are pouring into the capitol and those who can’t get in are taking to the streets.”

On his MSNBC show at 10pm, Schultz spoke with 10 of the so-called Wisconsin 14 democratic senators. They vowed to return to Wisconsin, “but not tomorrow.”

And while the story was front and center on Fox News and MSNBC for much of the night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper chose a different lead at 10pm: “We begin with direct evidence that Moammar Gadhafi is killing civilians,” said Cooper who spent 38 minutes on the situation in Libya, before reporting the news from Wisconsin.

Mike Tobin on covering Wisconsin protests: ‘To me it’s not the physical threat, it’s the constant harrassment.’

Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin is talking about how he’s become part of the story at the protests in Madison, Wisconsin. “I’m harassed with every liveshot,” Tobin told Fox News Radio this morning. Over the weekend, Tobin was subjected to both physical assault and verbal intimidation as he was trying to report live.

“There was a guy in the crowd, who took a couple of pokes at me — it amounted to a charlie horse,” said Tobin. “The sheriff’s deputies asked if I wanted to press charges and I’m not going press charges over getting punched in the arm, it’s just not my thing.”

Then, during a Sunday liveshot: “There was another guy, kind of a big guy who was trying to get into the shot and I leaned into him to keep him out of the shot, and then as I kind of pushed him away he said he was going to break my neck.”

“I find the whole thing a terrific distraction, and terribly frustrating, because I want to cover the story… and I’ve got to try to hold my head together with while they come after me with every liveshot.”

(h/t J$P)

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