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‘CBS This Morning’: The Mad Lib

On “CBS This Morning,” correspondent Mo Rocca presented a story about the 60th anniversary of Mad Libs.

The folks at Mad Libs decided to repay the favor by creating a special edition of the game based on the CBS morning show. Gayle King tweeted a photo of the “CTM” Mad Lib. Check it out after the jump, or watch Rocca read it below.

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Walters, O’Reilly, Couric and More Hit THR’s Media Power Party

As we told you yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual “35 Most Powerful People in Media” list. The honorees were feted at a “power-soaked New York party” at the Four Seasons restaurant Wednesday night.

From CBS News, chairman Jeff Fager was there, along with “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca. CNN’s Piers Morgan was there, as was Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The “Today” show’s Willie Geist and “Live!” co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa attended, along with talk show hosts Wendy Williams and Katie Couric. And from ABC News, president Ben Sherwood, “The View” anchor Barbara Walters, senior VP for content and development James Goldston and “Good Morning America” anchors Lara Spencer and  George Stephanopoulos, who was with his wife, Ali Wentworth.

More pictures of the event in THR’s gallery.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Posts Highest Ratings in 17 Years

“CBS Sunday Morning” had its highest ratings since February 4, 1996 last week. The show posted a 4.2/11 with 6.19 million Total Viewers and a 1.7/08 in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, “CBS Sunday Morning” was up +9% in Total Viewers, +5% in households and +13% in A25-54 viewers. Season to date, the show is up +6%, +8% and +7%, respectively.

Sunday’s show featured Rita Braver‘s report on meteorites, Lee Cowan‘s profile of “Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady, and Mo Rocca’s look at the bestselling autobiography of President Ulysses S. Grant.

The Afternoon Ticker: ‘CTM’ In DC, Katie, Piers

  • “CBS This Morning” will broadcast live from Capitol Hill, inside the Ways and Means Committee hearing room tomorrow. The room will be the one where fiscal cliff legislation is born or dies. Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will interview House minority leader Nancy Pelosi live.
  • The New York Post‘s Claire Atkinson reports that among the changes CNN is considering to its lineup are shifting Piers Morgan from 9 PM to 10 PM “or even later.” Not surprisingly, it seems unlikely that CNN will continue to repeat “AC360,” at 10 PM, instead giving Anderson Cooper one slot or the other.

CBS Correspondent Mo Rocca: ‘Sunday Morning has this dedicated and very active viewership’

Mo Rocca is the subject of Mediabistro’s latest “So What Do You Do?” interview. Rocca is a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” — his most recent report was on the birther controversy surrounding the 21st President, Chester Alan Arthur — and a host on the Cooking Channel. He shares his thoughts on everything from using Twitter to find stories to picking the topics of his “Sunday Morning” reports:

I’m my own personal Nielsen ratings survey. If I walk down the street, what people respond to me is very telling. The day after my first Sunday Morning piece six years ago, a couple of people walked up to me and told me they loved it. And I realized that I had done The Tonight Show for years, and it was fun doing reports for them. But people watch a program like The Tonight Show very passively. No one would ever say anything about them.

But Sunday Morning has this dedicated and very active viewership. The executive producer, Rand Morrison, is rightly revered in the news business and he’s given me a lot of latitude. My job is basically like going back to college and taking only electives. It’s what I always wanted to do. So I can go from Columbus Day, to the Electoral College, to men who dye their hair, to the birther controversy over President Chester Alan Arthur.

The Ticker: Abdullah, Zahn, Rocca

  • King Abdullah II of Jordan sits down with “PBS Newshour” Senior Correspondent Margaret Warner for an interview that will air tonight. The interview is expected to focus on the peace process in the Middle East and the situation in Syria.
  • Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” had a series high Sunday night. With 985K Total Viewers, the show was #11 in the W25-54 demo for all cable shows last week.
  • “In television now, where things change so quickly for the most inconsequential reasons, there’s a lot to be said for stability.” — CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca tells Capital New York.

Former Fake News Correspondent Now a Real News Correspondent

Satirist Mo Rocca, who first became known to many viewers as a “correspondent” on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is now a real TV news correspondent. Rocca has been named as a correspondent for CBS News, focusing on “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.”

Rocca has been a contributor to the program since 2006. He also contributes to the NPR program “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

“His title is Correspondent, but we see Mo, as we see all our Sunday Morning contributors, as a ‘columnist,’ bringing his own unique – and it is unique – perspective to everything he does,”said “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison in a statement.

Planet Still in Peril on CNN

pip_12-10.jpgWithin the next few days, CNN is expecting a big response from several corporations and individuals who may not be very happy with the way they are portrayed in the upcoming two-hour documentary, “Planet in Peril: Battle Lines.”

“I expect them to, in a perfect world, to say ‘we weren’t really aware of what’s going on, but we’re going to do something about it,’” EP David Doss tells TVNewser following the premiere of “Planet in Peril” last night at the Time Warner Center. “Or I think we’ll probably hear from the attorneys from other companies. That’s the range.”

The “Planet in Peril” series enters its second year tomorrow at 9pmET, and puts its three correspondents, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling (and producer Charlie Moore, pictured) in a series of dangerous situations, in order to report on environmental crises around the world.

There’s Cooper swimming with great white sharks, without a cage. Gupta in a Peruvian town where 98% of the children are poisoned by the pollutants in the air. Ling to an African separatist organization firing guns haphazardly while she reports just yards a way. In total, the reporting takes the viewer to 11 countries and four continents.

“I didn’t get the sense that there were any limits about what we can do,” Gupta tells us. “It’s a big undertaking.”

Tina Brown, Mo Rocca, Ali Velshi and others made up the audience. But when we heard someone ask what the average person can do to help out during the Q&A session, and turned around to see Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn, we had to ask what brought him to the event.

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