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Which TV News Anchor Inspired ‘The Newsroom’s’ Olivia Munn?

In a video interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn talks about her inspirations for the role of finance reporter Sloan Sabbath.

Spoiler alert: it is a high-profile anchor at ABC News.

“There are similarities that I never realized I was bringing to Sloan, but things that were important to me,” Munn says. “I didn’t want her to wear a lot of jewelry, I didn’t want to distract from the information Sloan was giving.”

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Piers Morgan, Aaron Sorkin And The Cast Of ‘The Newsroom’ Walk Into The Paley Center…

CNN host Piers Morgan moderated the panel for the HBO series “The Newsroom” at the Paley Center For Media late Sunday. The Paley Center is in the midst of PaleyFest, which features panels and presentations of new and returning TV shows.

Morgan, Aaron Sorkin and the cast sparred a bit (in a friendly way, of course).

“I prefer to see Piers Morgan and Diane Sawyer on the news and not on a red carpet,” said Olivia Munn, a former G4 host who plays Sloan Sabbith on the program. “You turn on CNN, and people are putting themselves in the story … Journalism is about other people’s stories.”

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CNN Reporter Is Inspiration for ‘The Newsroom’ Character

So, as you know by now, “The Newsroom” anchor Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, was not inspired by Keith Olbermann. But did you know “The Newsroom’s” financial reporter, played by Olivia Munn, is loosely based on CNN reporter Christine Romans? Now you do. And here she is talking about it on “Starting Point.”

Will a TV Show About the News be More Compelling Than the Real Thing?

I admire Aaron Sorkin, but he gives me a headache. By the time his characters finish a monologue, I’m ready for a nap.

Sorkin’s latest work, “The Newsroom,” which debuts Sunday on HBO, is no exception. In the pilot’s opening scene, set at a J-school panel, cable newsman Will McAvoy delivers a breathless tirade that, while eloquent, lasts longer than most network sitcoms.

In an homage to Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network,” McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, explodes when the moderator goads him into answering a student question about why America is the greatest country on earth. It’s not, he says, and here’s why.

Citing reams of statistics that someone in his line of work could not possibly know – another Sorkin trademark — McAvoy ends on a hopeful note. The speech will change the direction of his career from a bland ‘Jay Leno’ to a take-no-prisoners anchor of the Old School, like Murrow, Cronkite and Brinkley.

Images of those very men are in “Newsroom’s” opening montage, along with those of Dan Rather and legendary producer Don Hewitt. They are Sorkin’s heroes, he says. To that end, the underlying message of “Newsroom” is that it’s not too late to create a civil, intelligent newscast they would have been proud of.

News junkies will not be able to resist this show, despite the fact that some of the plotlines are ridiculous and that Sorkin writes like he’s getting paid by the word. Programs about the TV news business are rare. The last good one, Sorkin’s “Sports Night,” ended 12 years ago.

Sorkin reportedly based “Sports Night” on Keith Olbermann, but he’s denied that Olbermann was his muse for McAvoy.

Please. McAvoy is wicked smart, totally self-involved, highly temperamental and loathed by his staff. “I’m not the easiest guy to work for,” he tells his boss, Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), news division president at fictional network ACN. Skinner has a short fuse and drinks a lot.

It pains me to say this, but Waterston, one of my favorite actors, is a tad old for the role. He punches out his lines like every breath will be his last. Daniels, on the other hand, is in his element,

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! What’s a 4th Hour of ‘Today’ Host to Do?

You know the saying on the set of FHOTS (fourth hour of the “Today” show): eat, drink and drink some more.

But today, St. Patrick’s Day, was extra potable. While the 250th New York St. Patrick’s Day parade was going on around the corner — FHOTS guest co-host and star of the NBC show “Perfect Couples” Olivia Munn got tanked on Irish, Belgian, and maybe even some Milwaukee beer. Oh, and she was also wearing a booze bra.

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in GQ: ‘You may have heard that we’re number one’

TVNewser learns that “America Live” anchor Megyn Kelly is in the 2010 GQ Men of the Year issue, which hit newsstands this week. Kelly is the only tvnewser to be selected for the 2010 media personality.

Last year, the only tvnewser in the issue was “The Daily Show”’s Olivia Munn. Remember when you look at Kelly (in GQ, right), she recently announced that she was expecting her second child this April.

The magazine says about the anchor:

“Abhorred by the left, adored by the right, frequently pinata’d by The Daily Show, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has become the very blonde face—and legs—of the network. And she’s okay with that.”

When GQ mentioned Fox News chair Roger Ailescomment that only 30 people would go to Glenn Beck‘s rally if he were still at HLN, the female anchor said, “They do have a lower viewership than Fox News. You may have heard that we’re number one—we’re pretty good at advertising that.”

The dayside anchor doesn’t apologize for being both intelligent and beautiful. Read the attached full GQ interview after the jump…
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