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John Lennon in 1964: ‘Good Old Walter, NBC News, Isn’t It?’

BeatlesCBS50 years ago tonight, 73 million people tuned in to CBS to watch the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Less well-known about the Beatles’ first trip to the U.S. that winter, is where they went after New York City. As Bob Schieffer explained this morning on “Face the Nation:” “After the Ed Sullivan show they boarded a train for Washington, DC to play their very first concert on u.s. soil.”

A CBS News corespondent in Washington even got to ask the fab four a few questions, including their knowledge of an America’s favorite newsman of the time. “One final question, have you ever heard of Walter Cronkite?” asked the reporter. “No,” said one. “Yeah,” said another. Then John Lennon chimed in, “Good old Walter. NBC News, isn’t it?… we know.”

“Thank you very much,” said the reporter, before correcting the lads from Liverpool. “CBS News.” Paul McCartney shrugged his shoulders and it was on to the next interview. Schieffer added, “Walter Cronkite knew who they were. And he love them.”

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Jimmy Fallon Looks Beyond ‘Tonight Show’ to ‘Nightly News,’ ‘Today,’ and Being the ‘New Carson Daly’

SNLMadonna and the Mayor were just two of the drop-ins on tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” hosted by SNL alum Jimmy Fallon. Paul McCartney, Barry Gibb and Chris Rock stopped by too. During “Weekend Update” there was a passing of the baton. When Fallon, a former “Weekend Update” anchor takes the reins at the “Tonight Show” next year, current “Update” anchor Seth Myers takes over his job at “Late Night.”

“I hosted ‘Late Night’ for five years and now the ‘Tonight Show,’ Fallon said during “Update.” “Five years after that I’ll host the ‘Nightly News,’ then, five years after that the ‘Today’ show. And five years after that I’m the new Carson Daly.”

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is leaving his job on New Year’s Eve talked about his future plans: “I’ll be fulfilling a lifelong dream of consuming a small soda on a smoke-free beach.” Bloomberg also joked that he’s applied to teach Spanish.

Earlier on “Update,” Myers joked about an upcoming New Year’s Eve special: “NBC announced this week that Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will host a primetime special on the network called ‘A Toast to 2013,’ in which they recount their favorite stories from the past year. But, shh, it’s actually an intervention.”

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Katie Couric, Matt Lauer Attend Bill Clinton’s Birthday Bash

Former “Today” co-anchors Matt Lauer and Katie Couric were reunited yesterday. The NY Post‘s “Page Six” reports that Couric and Lauer were among the guests at former President Bill Clinton‘s birthday party in the Hamptons. Other guests inlcuded Sir Paul McCartney, Vera Wang and Jimmy Buffett.

Mike Huckabee: “I’m Not Ruling Anything Out For The Future”

Huckabee.jpgFNC “Huckabee” host Mike Huckabee is profiled by MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman today. Excerpts:

• Whether he plans to run for President again, in 2012: “Not right now,” the former Arkansas governor says. “I’m loving what I’m doing with Fox, and I don’t know what the future is. I’m not ruling anything out for the future, but right now, the only future I’ve got that I know of is continuing to enjoy doing what I’m doing, and having a good time at it.”

• His “dream guests”? Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton. Also: President Barack Obama — “and I’m working on that!” Dream musical guests are Paul McCartney and Keith Richards.

FNC SVP of programming Bill Shine also is interviewed. “There is nothing like him on TV, and nothing like him at Fox,” Shine says of Huckabee. “There is a slower pace. The governor likes to sit down and talk.”