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Synergy! NBC News Delivers Double Dose of Ricky Gervais In Advance of Golden Globes Hosting Gig

Did you hear? Despite promising–twice–that he would not host the show again, comedian Ricky Gervais has been tapped to host the Golden Globes on January 15.

Not about to let some good synergy get away, NBC (which televises the awards show) had “Today” anchor Matt Lauer interview Gervais. The first part of the interview ran Friday on “Today,” with part two slated to run tonight on “Dateline.”

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‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ Doesn’t See ‘Golden’ Ricky Gervais Ratings Bump

Earlier, we predicted that Thursday’s installment of “Piers Morgan Tonight” would get a slight ratings bump thanks to having Ricky Gervais on as the guest, fresh off of his “Golden Globes” appearance. As today’s ratings chart shows, that wasn’t quite so.

“PMT” did see a slight jump in the 25-54 demo from the previous show with Condoleeza Rice, but total viewers were actually down slightly.

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Piers Morgan Jokes About Punching Larry King

CNN’s 9 PM host Piers Morgan appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night, and received some advice from Letterman on how to spice things up:

“You just need to grab someone by the tie and just pop them,” Letterman said.

“Would it work if it was Larry [King]? Or would it seem a bit too cruel, you think?” Morgan quipped.

The appearance comes as day three of the show took an expected dip in the ratings:

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‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ Tops ‘Hannity’ in the Demo in Night Two, But Still Sees Drop In Total Viewers

The preliminary ratings for night two of “Piers Morgan Tonight” are in, and it was a mixed bag for CNN.

Not surprisingly, the total viewership was down from its premiere night, drawing 1.273 million total viewers, compared to 2.1 million for the premiere. Premiere episodes and premiere weeks of new shows often see higher viewership totals than where they end up settling.

That said, the program drew 551,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo, topping both “Hannity” on Fox News and The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, and improving on its premiere demo numbers by +6%.

Of course, the demo jump can probably be attributed to Morgan’s guest last night, radio shock jock Howard Stern, who has a much younger audience than Oprah Winfrey, who was Morgan’s first guest.

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CNN’s Piers Morgan Reveals his First Week of Guests on ‘Piers Tonight’

CNN’s Piers Morgan announced his first week of guests this morning. The show premieres one week from tonight.

We knew his first guest was going to be Oprah Winfrey — scheduled for Monday. Howard Stern — slated for Tuesday — has made his scheduled appearance on the show public by bashing “Piers Tonight” before the show has even started.

Other guests scheduled that week are former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Wednesday), comedian and fellow Brit Ricky Gervais (Thursday). And to end the week on a handsome actor/humanitarian note, George Clooney is scheduled (Friday).

@piersmorgan tweeted this morning:

REVEALED: 1ST @PiersTonight WEEK: Mon: Oprah Tues: Howard Stern Weds: Condoleezza Rice Thurs: Ricky Gervais Fri: George Clooney.

Yes, that is “Access Hollywood”‘s Billy Bush in the studio — taken from EP of “Piers Tonight” Jonathan Wald‘s Twitpic. This is the first we’ve seen of the set.

The CNN press release is after the jump…

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‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ Books President Obama Days Before ‘Sanity’ Rally

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will be taping a week of shows from Washington DC next week, days before Stewart and his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert host their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” Oct. 30.

This morning, the White House says that President Obama will be a guest on the show next week, the first sitting president to appear. Obama will tape his appearance Wednesday, October 27. He last appeared on the show a few weeks before the 2008 Presidential election (pictured).

While the other guests have not been announced, people close to the show tell TVNewser that “Daily Show” bookers have been aggressively reaching out to politicos in DC, and are trying to book at least one, and possibly two, prominent Republican guests.

Comedy Central is owned by MTV Networks, which hosted Obama just last week as part of a town hall discussion on its signature channel.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg TV’s next installment of “Game Changers” focuses on Stewart. More information on that, including a video preview, after the jump.

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NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 1

South Florida and upstate New York have hit the jackpot for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Gus Johnson, the play-by-play announcer who had an epic Week 1 call in the Cincinnati-Denver season opener last year (STOKLEY! DOWN THE SIDELINE!), will be on the mic for the Miami-Buffalo game Sunday on CBS.

Luckily for folks with DirecTV, you have a free trial of the NFL Sunday Ticket this week, just in case Johnson makes Brian Hartline or Donald Jones a household name.

The broadcast teams for Week 1 of the NFL season are below in a new feature called “Where In The World Is Gus Johnson?”:

Miami @ Buffalo: Gus Johnson & Steve Tasker (CBS)

Cincinnati @ New England: Jim Nantz & Phil Simms (CBS)

Indianpolis @ Houston: Greg Gumbel & Dan Dierdorf (CBS)

Oakland @ Tennessee: Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts (CBS)

Denver @ Jacksonville: Kevin Harlan & Solomon Wilcots (CBS) Read more

Domo Arigato: MLB to Stream Games on YouTube Japan

Quick Hit: Major League Baseball has long held a tight grip on its video content online. Overseas, however, is a different story. In a breakthrough deal, YouTube Japan will stream all MLB games 36 hour after they air, as well as highlight packages from every game during the 2009 and 2010 season. Earlier this year YouTube announced a deal to stream live cricket matches from the Indian Premier League.

Former ‘Today’ Director Bucky Gunts Wins Primetime Emmy

Former NBC “Today” director Bucky Gunts took home a primetime Emmy award last night for his direction of the opening ceremonies during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Our sister blog SportsNewser has more information, including video of presenter Ricky Gervais poking some fun at Gunts’ expense.

UNC to Hold 7:30 P.M. Press Conference

This story is going to get bigger before it disappears: UNC uncovered academic infractions and is holding a press conference Thursday night to address the issue.

A report from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill’s WTVD says multiple players on the football team are involved, with other sources placing the number as high as nine (or higher). ESPN’s Joe Schad believes the investigation centers around whether players “including standouts” had papers written by a former tutor.

Head coach Butch Davis previously coached at Miami and endured the wrath of the NCAA although it wasn’t his fault. His predecessor Dennis Erickson committed several violations and the team was banned from postseason. In late 2006, Davis came to a struggling UNC program and led them to bowl games in 2008 and 2009.

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