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The Ticker: Birthdays, Pundits, Airports…

> This morning on CBS’ The Early Show, weatherman Dave Price and the rest of the team wished happy birthday to former weatherman (and author) Mark McEwen, who is 54 today.

> The Hartford Courant’s Roger Catlin discusses the, “politicians, campaign veterans, scribes and columnists, ballooning the population of the punditocracy,” on the cable news networks, and the differences between each cabler.

> The AP’s Anick Jesdanun details the emerging trend of cable news networks (and newspapers) branding stores in airports. CNN, CNBC and FNC are some of the organizations who have stores — and are looking to add more.

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Maddow Premiere: Post-Mortem

maddow_9-9.JPGThe Rachel Maddow Show premiered last night on MSNBC at 9pmET. Her first guest — the prior hour’s anchor, Keith Olbermann. Also on the show — her sometimes-foil on MSNBC political nights Pat Buchanan (for what looks to be a regular segment, “It’s Pat”). Here’s some reaction from around the web:

• TV Squad’s Allison Waldman, who describes the show as a Countdown “spin-off,” had high praise for Maddow. “Rachel Maddow is very smart — a Rhodes scholar — and you can hear that in her interviewing style. She packs a question with information,” she wrote. She also discussed the opening segment of the show, “Talk Me Down.” “It’s Rachel’s commentary/blog/editorial about a specific topic of note to her,” she writes. “It’s her show, so she gets to choose. She does her spiel, then invites a guest to ‘talk her down.’”

Roger Catlin writes for the Hartford Courant that the “best part,” of the show featured Buchanan. “Together the two tangled enough on issues so that it allowed her to articulate her positions most cogently,” he writes. “When it was over, Maddow wasn’t mad or even riled up. She thanked Buchanan, whom she kept calling ‘my fake uncle.’” He also notes Maddow is, “not nearly as grating as Olbermann.”

Megan Carpentier live-blogged the premiere for Jezebel, and had some critique for the end of the show. “Kent is a little annoying,” she writes of Kent Jones, who was the last guest, on to discuss pop culture. But she also noted a favorite line of the night from Maddow: “Unlike chocolate and peanut butter, church and state are not two great tastes that go great together.”

> Update: The premiere of Maddow’s show finished in 2nd place in cable news at 9pmET, beating CNN’s Larry King Live in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo (behind FNC’s Hannity & Colmes).

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FNC Panel Post-Mortem

Monday’s Fox News TCA panel featured some already-noted fireworks, but what else?

• The Sun-Sentinel’s Tom Jicha sees a difference in the tone of certain panels: “Compare the hostility of the Fox News Channel press conference this year to one for [Keith] Olbermann last summer. TV writers did everything but wash Olbermann’s feet.” No comment on Olbermann’s salute-heard-round-the-world two years ago at TCA. MSNBC’s 2008 panel takes place early next week.

Alan Sepinwall of the Newark Star-Ledger admits it wasn’t “a lovefest,” but writes, “It was also far tamer than a comparable session last week for CNN, where reporters tore into the anchors and executives about perceived pro-Obama bias and their focus on the drama of elections rather than the substantive issues.”

• And leave it to Canada to find the funniest exchange from the panel. The Vancouver Sun’s Alex Strachan writes that after new FNC contributor Howard Wolfson finished a lengthy compliment to Rove, Rove reached in his wallet and asked, “Do you take Euros or dollars?”

“Unfortunately,” Wolfson said, “because of the Bush administration, we take Euros now.”