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Dick Cheney Making TV Rounds To Promote Book

dick cheney fox news sundayFormer Vice President Dick Cheney is making the TV rounds to promote a new book he wrote about his medical history. Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, was co-written by Cheney and his cardiologist.

Cheney is kicking off his TV tour Sunday night on CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” where he will be interviewed by CNN and CBS News contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta. on Monday, Cheney will appear on NBC’s “Today,” (which the show is promoting as his “first live TV interview”) where he will be interviewed by Savannah Guthrie. Cheney will also appear Monday night at 10pmET on “Hannity” and on “Dr. Oz.”

Cheney last made TV rounds earlier this year.

The Saturday Ticker: Claman, Aereo, Gupta

  • FBN’s Liz Claman was inducted into the Beverly Hills High Hall of Fame at an event emceed by Leeza Gibbons Thursday. Past inductees include Nora Ephron, Rob Reiner and Betty White, who was honored in 2012.

  • A group of U.S. television networks including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox have petitioned the Supreme Court to hear their case against streaming TV service Aereo. TVSpy has details.

Sanjay Gupta Hijacks CNN Bus for ‘Health Care Express’

guptaCNN is getting back on the bus. Six years after it debuted the Election Express, the network has rechristened the bus, for now, as the “CNN Health Care Express.”

Beginning Monday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will take the Health Care Express through Greenville, South Carolina, Lexington, Kentucky and Baltimore with live reports on how the Affordable Care Act is affecting people in those cities. Obamacare, as it’s also known, takes partial effect on Tuesday.

A special “Sanjay Gupta MD” on the benefits and shortfalls of Obamacare will air next weekend.

CNN’s ‘The Next List’ Canceled

CNN’s “The Next List” has been canceled and the show’s EP, Jim McGinnis is departing CNN after 25 years with the network. “The Next List” profiled innovators and visionaries from the worlds of science and technology. Hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the show was part of CNN’s Saturday afternoon schedule. In his 25 years at CNN, McGinnis rose through the ranks, first as a writer, then producer, assignment manager, EP of special projects and EP of “American Morning.” He also spent 8 years as executive producer of “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

The AM Ticker: Coatney, Nigeria, Olbermann/Morgan

  • Al Jazeera America has hired Tumblr’s former media director Mark Coatney as senior VP of digital media. Coatney served as Tumblr’s liaison to media companies, and was one of its earliest employees. More after the jump.

  • A Nigerian man who pretended to be a CNN correspondent to secure money from officials seeking press coverage has been arrested. Reuters has more (via J$P).

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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Gets Marijuana Strain Named After Him

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta changed his mind about medical marijuana earlier this month, and it has not gone unnoticed among, uh, aficionados.

According to Marijuana.com, “Sanjay Gupta Kush” is now available for sale at a dispensary in Boulder, Colorado. According to Business Insider, the strain of pot “is a modified Indica with roots originating from southeast Asia.”

Gupta’s documentary “Weed” ended up delivering huge numbers for CNN when it debuted. Clearly, pot fans are a loyal bunch.

Update: It seems CNN isn’t pleased with this development, and has asked the dispensary to stop calling the strain by that name.

Gupta’s Pot Doc Tops The Lot

Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s documentary on marijuana, “Weed,” delivered some of CNN’s best (non news-driven) Sunday night ratings in a long time.

“Weed” attracted 1.21 million total viewers and 477,000 adults 25-54 at 8 PM. The numbers are comparable to what Fox News regularly draws during weekend primetime in total viewers, and the demo numbers are significantly higher than what any of the channels typically draw.

It was clear that viewers were tuning in specifically for Gupta’s special. The 7 PM hour on CNN averaged 431,000 total and 139,000 demo viewers, while at 9 PM “Crimes of the Century” fell to 585,000 total and 198,000 demo viewers. In other words, “Weed” tripled its lead-in and lost more than 50% of its viewers after it ended.

The subject matter also probably had something to do with it. Back in 2009 CNBC saw record-breaking ratings with a pot documentary of its own. Clearly weed fans are a loyal bunch.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Marijuana Mea Culpa

This weekend CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host a documentary about medical marijuana in the U.S. called “Weed.” While the title is provocative, the content is decidedly more reserved, with Gupta taking a serious, in-depth look at the medical effects of marijuana.

To that end, Gupta wrote an op-ed on CNN.com offering something of a mea culpa on marijuana.

Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.”

Well, I am here to apologize.

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The AM Ticker: Malveaux, Promax, Lee

  • CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, along with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will report on ALS this week, with a series of specials airing on “CNN Newsroom” Wednesday-Friday. The ALS reports will air at 1 Pm each day. Malveaux’s mother is affected by the disease.

  • Promax/BDA handed out its North American “Promotion, Marketing and Design” awards recently, and just about every network took home at least one. The full list of winners (more than 100) is here.

CNN Goes All-Out With Homegrown Talent For ‘New Day’ Debut

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted this morning, and there were plenty of familiar faces (and voices).

Christiane Amanpour and John King filed reports, and Nancy Grace–who was for a long time a regular on ABC’s “Good Morning America–delivered some legal analysis. Actor James Earl Jones, who voices the “This is CNN” slogan, also welcomed viewers to the new program by saying “This is ‘New Day,’ with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.”

Insiders tell us they cannot remember King or Amanpour appearing on the CNN morning show in recent years, at least on any regular basis, but that the new mandate is that the day now starts at 6 AM at CNN, and you can expect to see the network’s biggest guns, including Fareed Zakaria, Dr.¬†Sanjay Gupta, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Rachel Nichols all appearing regularly.

In other words, CNN is making sure all hands are on deck to make sure the show is a success. CNN president Jeff Zucker described what he was looking for in a morning show last month:

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