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WSJ: Ryan Seacrest ‘to ease himself’ Into NBC’s Journalistic Efforts

The Wall Street Journal profiles Ryan Seacrest and his growing media empire. Among the topics discussed is Seacrest’s new deal with NBCUniversal, which will see him contributing more to NBC News programming. Seacrest reveals a bit about what viewers should expect from him:

One question is whether the audience will accept Mr. Seacrest in more serious roles. He notes that the walls between entertainment, news and sports are not as high as they once were. But he’s likely to ease himself into these more journalistic efforts. At the Olympics, he co-hosted the closing ceremony with veteran sportscasters Bob Costas and Al Michaels, but mostly he focused on interviews with athletes like Michael Phelps and “Today” show appearances. During the elections, he’s unlikely to be interviewing heavyweight politicians.

Ryan Seacrest on NBC’s Olympic Coverage: ‘You Can’t Please Everyone’

Ryan Seacrest, who has been in London this week for NBC’s Olympic programming, responds to the critics of the network’s coverage in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

As I’ve learned from all my years in television, you can’t please everyone. I believe the huge ratings NBC has drawn for the Olympics speak for themselves. Obviously, the media landscape is shifting every day, and the network is doing its best to respond to the dynamic landscape.

Seacrest also shares his daily schedule: Read more gets Overhaul In Advance Of Talk Show Debut

The team at Katie Couric‘s eponymous daytime talk show continues to gear up for launch on September 10. Their latest effort is a redesigned, including a promo video for the new talker. Among those appearing: Couric’s new ABC colleague Kelly Ripa, NBC’s Ryan Seacrest, and “Katie” EP Jeff Zucker, who says “What we are going to do is take Katie back to the Katie everyone knew and fell in love with. We are going to let Katie be Katie.”


How Does Jim Lampley Feel About Not Being a Part of the London Olympics?

FishbowlLA’s Marcus Vanderberg recently talked with HBO Sports announcer and former NBC Olympics anchor Jim Lampley about his career for “So What Do You Do” interview. Marcus also asked a few bonus questions which went up on FBLA yesterday, including:

FBLA: What does it say about the current state of Olympic coverage when the broadcaster who’s anchored a record 14 games won’t be working in London but Ryan Seacrest will be?

Lampley: Well, everything changes. I have to confess that I looked around at Beijing and among the many things I thought was, “We got old.” This group doesn’t change a lot from year to year and there’s certainly a benefit to that continuity. But on the other hand, I don’t see the number of young faces here like 10, 12, 16 years ago. Whether it involved me or anybody else, change was inevitable. Change was probably timely and I like watching it on TV.

NBCU Makes Michelle Beadle Deal Official

NBCUniversal has formally announced its deal with former ESPN anchor and corespondent Michelle Beadle. Earlier this month we noted that NBC was the likely destination for Beadle, though the exact role was undefined.

Rather than co-host NBCU’s syndicated entertainment news show “Access Hollywood,” Beadle will serve as a correspondent, and will cover all of the major red carpet events. Beadle will also serve as a correspondent for NBC’s big sporting events, including the NFL Kickoff and the horse racing Triple Crown. The NBC Sports Network will also be developing a new show for Beadle.

The agreement is not unlike another recent deal NBCU made with a high-profile talent, albeit on a smaller scale.

“Similar to the agreement with Ryan Seacrest, this is another great example of attracting a talent who can contribute across multiple NBCUniversal platforms,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group in a statement.

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‘The Dictator’ Mocks Ryan Seacrest, Ann Curry and Matt Lauer on ‘Today’

On NBC’s “Today” this morning, Matt Lauer interviewed “General Aladeen,” the fictional dictator of the fictional country of Wadiya. Aladeen is actually actor Sacha Baron Cohen, and he was on the show to promote his upcoming movie, “The Dictator.”

Cohen had plenty of fun at Lauer’s expense, including a joke about Ann Curry:

“The billibino girl? what is her name?” Cohen said “You mean Japanese-American, Ann Curry,” Lauer replied. “I know that you are having an affair with her, so ask me good questions and I will not bring it up when we are on the air,” Cohen quipped.

He also brought up Ryan Seacrest:

“I know that Ryan had attempted a coup and take your job, well done for having him executed!”

It’s Official: Ryan Seacrest Tapped as NBC ‘Today’ Correspondent As Part of Overall NBCU Deal

As expected, Ryan Seacrest is joining NBC News as a “special correspondent” for NBC News, including on “Today.”

Seacrest will continue as the managing editor of E! News, as well as E!’s red carpet host, though his regular hosting duties will likely be cut back. Instead, Seacrest will serve as a “special correspondent” for “Today” and “contributes to NBC primetime news and produces and contributes to NBC entertainment programming.” He will also–as previously announced–serve as a correspondent during NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

Seacrest’s deal is so big, that NBCU CEO Steve Burke was the one quoted in the press release.

“Ryan is an extraordinary talent who has been an important part of the Comcast family for a long time,” Burke said in a statement. “We look forward to his continued role on E! and to having him appear on many new places across NBCUniversal, including the TODAY show and at the Olympics. This is a great example of how NBCUniversal is able to provide the perfect home for some of the best people in the business.”

Last year, the rumor was that Matt Lauer was going to leave “Today,” and Seacrest came up as a possible replacement. As we reported at the time, he was widely expected to land some sort of role on the NBC morning show, even if it was not as an anchor.

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NBC Olympics Slates Anchors, Correspondents for 2012 Games

NBC Olympics has announced its anchors and correspondents for the upcoming 2012 games in London.

Not surprisingly, Bob Costas will be anchoring NBC’s primetime coverage. This will be Costas’ 10th Olympics, and ninth as primetime host. The network’s weekend and weekday daytime programming will be led by the team of Al Michaels and Dan Patrick. Michaels of course called the famous “Miracle on Ice” game at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. It will be his second Olympics for NBC. The games will be Patrick’s first as anchor, though he served as a correspondent in Vancouver.

The late-night action will be led by Mary Carillo, who is making her 11th Olympics appearance, and third-straight as late night anchor. She will also serve as a correspondent for the games.

Other correspondents will include Ryan Seacrest, former gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and–making his Olympics broadcasting debut–the bad boy of tennis John McEnroe.

NBC News correspondents and NBC Sports contributors will be named closer to the games.

Dick Clark Dies at 82

Television legend Dick Clark has died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Clark was a prolific television host, helming game shows such as “Pyramid,” the famous variety show “American Bandstand” and of course “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which has been a New Year’s television staple for 40 years.

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Clark first gained national attention as the host of “American Bandstand,” which made the jump from a local Philadelphia station to ABC in 1957.

“New Years Rockin’ Eve” first appeared on NBC in 1972, moving to ABC in 1974, where it has remained ever since. Clark has led the countdown to the new year every December 31, with the exception of 2004, when he was recovering following a stroke.

Leading that New Year’s countdown was incredibly important to Clark, as he recounted in a 1999 interview:

“The key is, it is very nice to be welcomed into people’s celebrations,” Clark said. “Though we are probably wallpaper in the background for a lot of people, when that five minutes to midnight hits, it is for all the people, counting down with you.”

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of April 2

As we told you on Monday, “Today” was the winner for the week of April 2. With Sarah Palin, Ryan Seacrest and the news of a new contract for Matt Lauer, NBC increased its Total-Viewer lead on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to 190,000, the highest it has been in three weeks.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” was the only show to improve on its year-ago averages, +3% in Total Viewers and +3% in A25-54 viewers with Katie Couric filling in for Robin Roberts. “Today” was down -5% and -12%, respectively.

Although “CBS This Morning” was down -5% in Total Viewers and -4% in A25-54 viewers, the show saw a year-over-year gain of +11% in women A25-54. Oprah Winfrey was the marquee guest on CBS’s morning show last Monday.

The averages for the week of April 2:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.11M / ABC: 4.92M / CBS: 2.47M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.14M / ABC: 1.83M / CBS: 1.01M