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Chris Matthews And Ashleigh Banfield Among ‘The Newsroom’ Paid Consultants

With season two of HBO’s “The Newsroom” right around the corner, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that HBO and Aaron Sorkin put together an all-star list of paid consultants to help make the show as “real” as possible.

Among the notable names: MSNBC host Chris Matthews (whose son Thomas Matthews is an actor on the show), CNN anchors Ashleigh Banfield and Natalie Allen (CNN is a sister network to HBO), MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp and Alex Wagner and former CNN and MSNBC president Rick Kaplan. The full list is here.

“I’ll be coming to you for everything from simple research questions to: ‘What kinds of conversations would there be about how to cover Trayvon Martin? Sandra Fluke? The contradictory stories about the circumstances under which Bin Laden was shot?’” he wrote in a lengthy welcome note to the group last fall.

THR also wrote a lengthy cover story about season two of “The Newsroom.” You can read it here.

MSNBC Names Ari Melber Co-Host of ‘The Cycle’

Ari Melber joins MSNBC’s 3pmET show “The Cycle” as a panelist.

Melber has been with MSNBC as a contributor since 2011. Melber joins S.E. Cupp, Krystal Ball and Touré on the program. He replaces Steve Kornacki, who is moving to weekends to anchor “Up.” Melber continues as a correspondent for “The Nation.”

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MSNBC Turns To Bigfoot As Election Ends

The 2012 election is over, and with it, the political horse-race coverage has ended too (at least for now). So how does a network dubbed “The Place For Politics” get by in the off-season?

One word: Sasquatch.

MSNBC’s afternoon panel show “The Cycle” hosted James “Bobo” Fay this afternoon. Fay is the star of the popular Animal Planet series “Finding Bigfoot,” which sees Fay and his associates attempting to track down the mythical beast. Spoiler: they haven’t found him yet. Skeptics are unlikely to be persuaded by the interview, though viewers learned that the show’s lone conservative, S.E. Cupp, is a big fan.

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More Election Night Coverage Plans

The typical broadcasters and cable news channels aren’t the only ones covering tomorrow’s Presidential election  Here are some of the other coverage highlights from other cable channels, and online.

C-SPAN: Will simulcast “Politico Live” from 7 PM until the acceptance/concession speeches begin, when it shifts over to C-SPAN 2 until midnight. C-SPAN will also air all speeches, as well as updates from key state races.

Comedy Central: “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” will be live Tuesday night from 11PM-12AM, with special coverage called ”Election Night 2012: This Ends Now” and “Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ‘012!”Andrew Sullivan will be a guest, and “Daily Show” correspondents will report “from the show’s on-set Obama and Romney headquarters and election center.”

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The SNL Chris Matthews: ‘I feel bad for whoever had to move the podium afterwards because Obama took a giant dump behind it’

Rachel Maddow, S.E. Cupp, Rev. Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews all got the SNL treatment last for MSNBC’s post-debate coverage Wednesday night. “I feel bad for whoever had to move the podium afterwards because Obama took a giant dump behind it,” said the Jason Sudeikis version of Matthews.

Chris Parnell was back as Jim Lehrer in another sketch about the debate itself (after the jump).

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How’s ‘The Cycle’ Doing on MSNBC?

In its first two weeks on the air, MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” made up of an ensemble of hosts including Toure, S.E. Cupp, Steve Kornacki, and Krystal Ball, is holding its own down just -1% in Total Viewers compared to the same period last year when Martin Bashir‘s show aired at 3pm. But the show is down -36% where it counts, in the A25-54 demo.

In its first two weeks (which included the July 4 holiday last week) “The Cycle” is averaging 383,000 Total Viewers and 77,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to the previous month, “The Cycle” is down -16% in the demo and down -5% in Total Viewers.

But MSNBC is fully aware that it takes any new show time to build an audience. A year ago today, FNC’s “The Five” — which “The Cycle” resembles — debuted. In its first two weeks the show averaged 1.25 million total viewers and 261K in the demo. So far for July “The Five” is averaging 1.83 million Total Viewers and 405,000 A25-54 viewers.

MSNBC’s New 3PM Show: ‘The Cycle’

MSNBC has finalized its plans for its new 3 PM show. It will be called “The Cycle,” and will be a panel ensemble show hosted by MSNBC contributors S.E. Cupp, Touré, Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan announced the program at the end of his 4-5 PM show. Ratigan will be leaving MSNBC, with Martin Bashir moving to his timeslot, hence the opening at 3 PM.

If “The Cycle” sounds an awful lot like Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” that’s because it is a lot like “The Five,” except there will be four hosts instead of five. As it happens, when Ratigan was introducing the team, he referred to them as “The Four,” twice, and did not mention that the show was actually called “The Cycle.”

Of course, “The Five” is a knockoff of “The View,” which is in turn a knockoff of the many ensemble shows that came before it. What “The Five” did do though was prove than an ensemble show could work with a political focus on cable news, though one could also argue that the old “Crossfire” paved the way too.

The Huffington Post talked to EP Steve Friedman about the show.

“Cable television is programs about the news,” he said. “it’s no longer the news. Nobody turns on to find out what happens, because they already know from you guys. What people are interested in is listening and watching people give their take.”

MSNBC To Rotate Hosts At 3 PM

At the end of the month MSNBC will have a hole to fill at 3 PM, following the departure of Dylan Ratigan and Martin Bashir‘s move to 4 PM. In its place, at least at the start, will be a show with a rotating panel of hosts, a source confirms to TVNewser. The show was described as temporary, as the network has not decided what to do in that hour on a full-time basis yet.

The news was first reported by Politico’s Dylan Byers, who also notes some of the names being floated to fill-in during that hour.

Steve Kornacki, Salon’s political writer, and S.E. Cupp, the conservative columnist, are among those who will co-host the new show, which will replace Martin Bashir’s program when it moves to the 4 p.m slot…At least two sources also named former congressional candidate-turned-commentator Krystal Ball and the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein as possible co-hosts.

GBTV Launching Nightly News Program

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck‘s web-TV network GBTV is adding a nightly newscast… sort of. The network will launch “Real News From The Blaze” at 7 PM on January 18. The program will feature a number of Blaze staffers with cable news backgrounds, including Amy Holmes, S.E. Cupp, Scott Baker and Will Cain. The Blaze is Beck’s news and commentary website.

The program will not be a typical news program, but will pursue its own agenda, as the announcement explains:

Each and every day there’s a whole world of news and information that goes unreported, ignored by the mainstream media. Stories, issues, and events that impact the daily lives of Americans young and old ignored, purposely discarded, or “reported” without the benefit of the full perspective or context. News = Truth…and the truth has no agenda.  Real News from The Blaze will play no favorites. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly will be presented unvarnished and complete without a nod to the left or the right.  News and analysis from the worlds of politics, national security, the economy, foreign policy, and whatever else impacts our lives.  Virginia Leahy, who helped develop and launch three primetime shows on HLN, will serve as executive producer.

The release:

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Glenn Beck Planning Web TV Channel GBTV, Tagline: ‘The Truth Lives Here’

Outgoing Fox News host Glenn Beck and his company, Mercury Radio Arts, are developing a new service called “GBTV,” which will be a web-based TV channel, according to sources familiar with the matter as well as trademark applications filed by the company.

GBTV will be based at GBTV.com, which Mercury acquired in January.

Mercury also filed a trademark on a tagline for the channel: “The Truth Lives Here,” as well as a logo (pictured after the jump), based on the logo for his “InsiderExtreme” subscription service.

The trademark applications are limited exclusively to programming delivered via the internet, so it is not likely that GBTV will become an actual TV network anytime in the near future. Mercury also filed the GBTV trademark for ancillary products, like DVDs, podcasts, mobile applications and video games.

Back in March, the New York Times floated the possibility that Beck would either start his own cable channel, or expand his presence on the web:

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