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CBS This Morning: The ‘Moneyball’ of Morning Shows

While the new “CBS This Morning” undergoes rehearsals this week for Monday’s launch, the final days of “The Early Show” are on the road. Earlier this week in Iowa and the remainder in New Hampshire. Back in New York, TVGuide’s Stephen Battaglio caught up with show EP Chris Licht who is using the film “Moneyball,” in which renegade baseball executive Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, changes how the game is played. The analogy is complete with an Oakland A’s cap sitting amidst the CBS News paraphernalia on the set.

CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht screened the film at a private launch party for the cast and crew held at the Ed Sullivan Theater last month. The message to the troops: out with the old rules and traditions of morning television. No forced banter, comedic weather forecasters and cheering fans on an outdoor plaza. “We’re the Moneyball of TV,” Licht says. “We’re going to try to do it in a different way and everyone will scoff at it.”

Battaglio writes that bringing on Charlie Rose — who turns 70 today — as host shows the new program “will embrace the news division’s emphasis on serious journalism and original reporting. That makes sense since breeziness has never been a strength of CBS News.”

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Katie Couric to ABC?: ‘Everybody thinks this is a real long-shot.’

Katie Couric will announce this afternoon, via People magazine, that she is leaving the anchor desk at the “CBS Evening News.” Now, the speculation about her next stop is in high gear.

Bloomberg News first reported the possibility yesterday that Couric might land at ABC. Now TVGuide’s Stephen Battaglio goes one further on a possible move to a syndication deal with Disney/ABC.

There is still an offer on the table for Couric to stay at CBS with a syndicated talk show and a role on the newsmagazine show “60 Minutes.” But ABC has made a big push for a Couric talk show plus even wider exposure across its network news platforms, including a presence on its 2012 presidential election coverage and prime time specials. CBS News is not willing to match that end of the offer. NBC, which had expressed interest, is no longer in the running.

This could get very interesting at ABC News. Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters under the same roof?

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Sean McManus on the CNN/CBS Partnership Talks, Bob Schieffer’s Eventual Successor

TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio talks to CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus in the wake of some good news for the organization last week.

On CBS News’ “number one challenge”:

The number one challenge is keeping some really good momentum going forward — remaining a viable news division that is run in a financially responsible way so that it contributes to the profit of CBS Corporation. That’s sort of the mantra. If you’re the only news division where every one of your broadcasts has grown this year you must be doing something right. I think what we’re doing right is really focusing on the quality of the content.

On the talks of a partnership between CNN and CBS:

It’s discussed everywhere except CBS News. Nothing is on the horizon. Having a cable partner would be nice, but if I look at the coverage any one of the major events that have taken place in the last two years, whether it’s a bridge collapse or the war in the Mideast a couple of years ago, the inauguration, the election — I think we’ve done as good a job or a better job than any other news organization whether it’s cable or network.

Click continued to see McManus’ thoughts on Bob Schieffer‘s eventual successor on Face the Nation…

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The Ticker: Beck, Cohn, Roberts…

> TV Guide Magazine’s Stephen Battaglio talks to FNC’s Glenn Beck about his early radio days, why he owns a gun, and what he likes about Pres. Obama. “I think he’s brilliant. I think he is an effective communicator. He is a very good politician,” he says.

> Remember Sir Allen Stanford (here)? CNBC presents “Secrets of the Knight: Sir Allen Stanford and the Missing Billions,” reported by Scott Cohn, tomorrow night at 9pmET.

> GMA’s Robin Roberts was honored with a Susan G. Komen award this afternoon, presented by her colleague Deborah Roberts. GMA EP Tom Cibrowski and CBS anchor Harry Smith were in attendance:

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The Ticker: Woodruff, Maddow, CBSEyeMobile…

> Stand Up for Heroes takes place November 5 in a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Regis Philbin hosts and Bruce Springsteen and Ricky Gervais perform.

> The newest Rachel Maddow profile comes from TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio, and he asks her how she’s different from Keith Olbermann. “Because I don’t watch TV, I’m not going to have the same interest in going after right wing guys on TV,” she says.

> Ad Age’s Michael Learmonth writes about how CBSEyeMobile.com, which allows users to upload photos and video, is learning one of the lessons of the internet — people enjoy being inappropriate. Also, the potential pitfalls when companies advertise on user-generated content.

48 Hours Mystery Premieres with Hornbeck Interview

hornbeck_9-27.jpgCBS News 48 Hours Mystery begins its new season tonight at 10pm with an exclusive interview of Shawn Hornbeck, the boy who was kidnapped and feared dead for more than four years.

In Hornbeck’s first television interview in which he speaks publicly about his time missing, he talks to correspondent Troy Roberts in “Kidnapped: Shawn Hornbeck’s Incredible Story.”

• TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio talks to 48 Hours Mystery EP Susan Zirinsky about fans in prison, the accompanying book series and more.

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FNC Screen Provides Gustav Viewing

fncscreen_9-1.jpgThe New York Observer’s Tom McGeveran reports on the “strange convention,” in the shadow of Hurricane Gustav.

Included on the Observer’s blog is a picture of, “the giant television screen that greets you as you enter the perimeter.” The screen belongs to Fox News, and is located outside their large tent.

We hear there were huge gatherings outside the screen today as people in St. Paul checked out the scene in the Gulf Coast region.

Related: As the RNC becomes the first convention to have its schedule affected by outside forces, FNC anchor Chris Wallace reflects on his first convention 44 years ago. He tells TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio, that as a 16-year-old go-fer, he was focused on pursuing anchor Walter Cronkite‘s daughter.

“There was only one person that was in both convention anchor booths for CBS in 1964 — me,” he said. “And let me just say the romance with Nancy Cronkite survived the turmoil at CBS News.”

Woodruff Returns to China For ABC Special

woodruff_8-6.JPGABC’s Bob Woodruff, whose career as a journalist began in China, returns to the country for tonight’s ABC Primetime special, “China Inside Out”.

TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio talks with Woodruff about the special. “Woodruff was a lawyer when he first went to China in the mid 1980s,” writes Battaglio. “He was hired by CBS News to be an interpreter during the uprising in Tiananmen Square, an event that launched his journalism career.”

Woodruff describes what’s changed in the past 20 years. “When I was there most of my Chinese friends never even thought they’d leave China,” he says. “Ambassadors were the only ones I knew that were outside of the country. Now there are Chinese all over the world, not just in the United States.”

The ABC Newsman also gives Battaglio a medical update. Woodruff, who survived a 2006 IED attack in Iraq, says he still has “moments where I can’t remember names of friends and some words.”

If Leno Goes to ABC, What Happens to Nightline?

Leno_7.16.jpgTV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio, and other Hollywood press types, cornered ABC’s entertainment chief Stephen McPherson today after his TCA appearance. The press corps wanted to know if ABC had plans for Jay Leno, should he leave NBC when Conan O’Brien takes over The Tonight Show next year. And if he does jump to ABC, what does that mean for Nightline.

Of course, all of these scenarios mean dislodging ABC’s current late night occupant Nightline. The news division is clearly hearing the drumbeats about late night changes. The PR department of ABC News has been touting Nightline’s recent strong ratings performance against The Late Show with David Letterman.

McPherson dodged a question about the future of Nightline in light of all the speculation about more late night talk and comedy on ABC. “I have no idea because Nightline doesn’t report to me,” he said.