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Snuggie, Jealousy, and a Weed Limousine Invite: CNN’s Anderson Cooper Birthday Tribute

Anderson BirthdayJudging by last night’s on-air tribute for Anderson Cooper‘s 47th birthday, one can only wonder what CNN will do in a few years for the big 5-0.

Just a few seconds into Cooper delivering a typical “Ridiculist” segment, Wolf Blitzer popped up on screen, beginning a video montage of CNN personalities wishing Cooper a happy birthday.

Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin pointed out the lack of buzz around his birthday two weeks ago. “Did I get an on-air tribute from Wolf Blitzer? I don’t think so…what is the big deal, is this kindergarten? Everyone has a birthday.”

Randi Kaye, whose reporting for “AC360″ left her slightly high earlier this year, had an interesting gift idea. “I heard about these really cool limo tours in Denver, in Colorado. Really cool, if you know what I mean,” Kaye said, referencing a limousine ride she took with “ganjapreneurs” smoking marijuana.

And John Berman donned his “AC360″ snuggie. “When you fill in for Anderson, they actually give you one of these AC360 snuggies. My understanding is he’s worn every one of them, so before you get it, Anderson has to wear it…I can smell him in it.”

The star-studded tribute after the jump.

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The Morning Ticker: Regan, Kaye, Roberts

  • Bloomberg’s Trish Regan hosts “Cybersecurity: Getting to Business” today at 3pmET. Regan gets the first TV interview with the new head of the NSA, Admiral Michael Rogers and examines how prepared the U.S. government and businesses are for a potential cyber-attack.

  • CNN’s Randi Kaye anchors a special next month: ““Buried Secrets: Who Murdered The McStay Family.” In the hour-long investigation, Kaye looks into a San Diego family that vanished in 2010, only to be found four years later in shallow graves in the Mojave Desert.

  • Saturday’s “48 Hours: Live to Tell” was the #1 non-sports broadcast of the night in A25-54. Anchored by Troy Roberts, the hour featured the first-person account of a woman who survived being stabbed 32 times by a former boyfriend.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan For First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon bombingThe broadcast and cable networks will devote special coverage this weekend and next week to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s what they have planned.

NBC News: Brian Williams anchors a primetime special, “108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers,” at 8pmET/7pmCT tonight. The anniversary will be marked with coverage on “Nightly News,” which will report on the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; “Today,” which will feature survival stories of the bombing victims; and “Meet the Press,” which will host a panel discussion about the bombings, investigation, and security in America.

Additionally, “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon on April 21 with Carmen Acabbo, whose sister and niece were injured at the marathon last year.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer, Dan Harris, Amy Robach, Bob Woodruff and Brian Ross will report for all ABC’s news platforms on the anniversary. Harris will be in Boston covering the memorial events on April 15 and this year’s marathon on April 21, while Robach will profile a family impacted by the bombings and Ross will provide updates on the investigation. “This Week” will have an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday.

CBS News: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will feature a profile of Boston native Shalane Flanagan, who is aiming to be the first American in 30 years to win the Boston Marathon this year. Flanagan, who finished fourth last year, wants retribution for what she said was “a personal attack on my city.” Scott Pelley will anchor coverage of the moments of silence from the Marathon’s finish line on Tuesday. “CBS Evening News” will also originate from Boston Tuesday night.

Correspondent Jeff Glor will cover commemorative events, Chip Reid interviews the carjacking victim that helped police locate the two suspects and Elaine Quijano speaks with a Boston Globe photographer who has chronicled the recovery of a mother and daughter both hurt in the attack.

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Anderson Cooper Declares ‘Greatest Live Hit’ Ever: Randi Kaye Pot Report

On “AC360 Later” last night, Anderson Cooper recounted his interview with CNN reporter Randi Kaye on Friday, where Kaye’s report on “ganjapreneurs” took her to various marijuana dispensaries in a pot-filled limousine.

“Just look at that, it smelled like Willie Nelson’s bandana in there, I’m sure,” Cooper said.

Cooper then played back his interview with Kaye, whose “contact high” left her visibly giggly: “I think I need to come home,” Kaye said after describing joints the size of a small cannon.

“Just to be clear, I’m not taking pot shots at Randi Kaye,” Cooper said. “It’s just that many of us in the newsroom thought that this was pretty much the greatest live hit that was ever on the program.”

2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: The Winner Is…

With the Louisville Cardinals’ dramatic 82-76 win over the Michigan Wolverines, March Madness has come to an end. It also means that we need to declare a winner in the TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge.

Your 2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge winner is…

CBS News VP of programming and “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht!

“This win takes a bit of the sting out of my beloved Orange going down to defeat,” Licht says. “That said, I didn’t pick them to win, so I guess everything worked out in the end.”

It was incredibly close this year, with CNN’s Tom Foreman only three points behind. his colleagues Janelle Rodriguez and Randi Kaye were also close. It was fitting that the winner represented CBS News this year, as the game was broadcast on The Eye network. Early numbers indicate huge ratings, up nearly +20% from 2012′s game. Licht also showed why he was boss by besting the anchors of his program, Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

As for your TVNewser editor’s experiment to let a computer pick the winners? It didn’t work out.

A big thank you to everyone who participated this year. The final standings are after the jump.
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2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

This is it. Only two teams remain in the 2013 NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tourney, Louisville and Michigan. Amazingly, the TVNewser bracket challenge is too close to call.

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht still has the lead, with 100 points. But CNN’s Tom Foreman is right behind him with 97 points. Fellow CNNers Janelle Rodriguez, Eric Sherling and Randi Kaye round out the top five.

FNC’s Anna Kooiman, CNN’s Lisa Sylvester and the computer-generated picks of TVNewser’s Alex Weprin are at the bottom of the pack.

We will know who the champ is after the big game tonight. The full standings are after the jump.
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2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: Final Four Update!

Only four teams remain in the 2013 NCAA March Madness college basketball tourney, and things are getting tense in the TVNewser bracket challenge.

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht has pulled away into a commanding (but not insurmountable) lead. CNN’s Janelle Rodriguez and MSNBC’s Bill Wolff are neck and neck at 2nd and 3rd while CNNers Eric Sherling and Randi Kaye are still within striking distance.

FNC’s Anna Kooiman and CNN’s Lisa Sylvester are at the bottom of the pack right now.

The full standings are after the jump.
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2013 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Update

“First Thursday,” the big kick-off for March Madness, is over, and with it the 2013 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge really gets started.

This early in the game everyone is really close, but a few people have separated themselves from the pack.

CNBC’s Brian Schactman leads the way, with his colleague Joe Kernen and CNN’s Brooke Baldwin right behind him. Right now Lisa Sylvester, Wolf Blitzer, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell are at the bottom of the pack, but there is plenty of time for a comeback.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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TVNewser’s 2013 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is here (even though it may not feel like it where you are) and with it comes the sweet sound of sneakers on hardwood: the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.

Every year we have some of the best and brightest from the world of TV news come together in one competition to see who is tops at picking winners and losers.

Ultimately there can be only one winner, and they get the chance to brag about their picking prowess for all to see. 2012′s winner was Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald. Liz wont be participating this year, but 2011′s winner Dominic Chu is back to try and reclaim the title.

Here is your 2013 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

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CNN Continues Wisconsin Presence in Shooting Aftermath

CNN’s heavy coverage of the Wisconsin shooting continues today. The network has Anderson Cooper, Randi Kaye, Ted Rowlands, Poppy Harlow and Brian Todd on the ground in Wisconsin.

Cooper will host “AC360″ from Oak Creek, WI, again tonight. On yesterday’s program, he sat down with the wife and son of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the Sikh Temple president who died in the shooting. Watch:

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