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The Evening Ticker: Weed, Fusion, Cosmos

  • CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Capital New York he started thinking of doing a sequel to his pot doc “Weed,” while working on the first one. “Even with an hour it didn’t seem like enough time,” says Gupta. “There were certain issues we really wanted to get into but we didn’t have enough time.” “Weed 2″ debuts tonight at 10pmET.

  • Fusion has hired YouTube and Upworthy veteran Hong Qu as Chief Technology Officer. “We want Fusion to be an incubator for innovation where we take risks and experiment not only with new forms of content, but also new ways of ways of delivering that content – especially on our mobile platforms,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in an email to staff today.

How ‘Network’ Predicted the Future of TV News

NetworkIf you work (or have worked) in TV news, and we know many of you do, you’ve probably seen “Network,” the 1976 classic which takes a cynical look at the news business as fictional TV network UBS exploits its anchorman for corporate profit. (If you haven’t seen it, get to Netflix, stat.)

Today Dave Itzkoff, a culture reporter for The New York Times, is out with a new book about the film. The book’s title, Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, includes the the outcry which would be immortalized in pop culture. “Network” won 4 Acadamy Awards, including one for Peter Finch who played the “Mad as Hell” anchorman and who died just weeks before the Oscars. (If you’ve seen the film, you’ll get the tragic irony).

Actor Rob Lowe, writing the New York Times Book Review calls the film “darkly funny and breathtakingly prescient” and says Itzkoff’s “engrossing, unfolding narrative contains the perfect amount of inside-baseball moviemaking stories and anecdotes about stars.”

MadAsHellItzkoffThe Wall Street Journal review covers how the film was received in the TV news world of the mid-1970s

The TV establishment was predictably infuriated. Though his daughter, an actress, had a small role in the film, Walter Cronkite issued increasingly dismissive comments, calling it “a rather amusing little entertainment.” Worse, “they cut my daughter’s part down to almost nothing.” In the midst of the storm, [screenwriter Paddy] Chayefsky wrote craven letters to Cronkite and his NBC counterpart, John Chancellor. “Please know,” he told Chancellor, “I never dreamed television people would be angry about the film”—showing that the screenwriter was either disingenuous or delusional.

USA Today calls “Mad as Hell” “absorbing and revealing,” noting that Itzkoff speaks “with some admirers who became prominent writers and TV personalities — among them Stephen Colbert, Aaron Sorkin and Keith Olbermann.” “You wish Chayefsky would come back to life long enough to write The Internet,” Sorkin says.

Jeff Zucker, Al Sharpton Attend White House State Dinner

There were a handful of TVNewsers in attendance at last night’s White House State Dinner in honor of French president François Hollande: according to the official guest list, CNN president Jeff Zucker, MSNBC host Al Sharpton, Bloomberg chief White House correspondent Julianna Goldman and Stephen Colbert were there.

Goldman talked about the event on Bloomberg TV this morning, giving an account of the dinner and a rundown of the menu. “It was really all choreographed beautifully,” said said. Watch:

Why Did Roger Ailes’ Brother Talk with Gabe Sherman?

Ailes bookThe Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple called up Robert Ailes Jr. the brother of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the subject of an unauthorized biography from Gabriel Sherman.

According to Sherman, he interviewed Robert Ailes seven times between December 2011 and March 2013. Wemple asked the 76-year-old older brother of Roger why he cooperated with Sherman. “Well, I was caught off guard, to tell you the truth. I didn’t know Gabriel Sherman from George Washington.” Ailes tells Wemple he hasn’t read the book, and doesn’t know how he’s quoted in it.

Another bit from the book making the blog rounds, is about a now-shuttered site about the cable news industry called The Cable Game. In his book, Sherman writes:

[Ailes] set up an anonymous blog called The Cable Game that took shots at his rivals. Ailes assigned Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton to write the entries. “The Cable Game was Roger’s creation,” one person close to Ailes said

ICN which closely follows the cable news industry, writes, “I do consider it telling that the blog just up and died without even a farewell message. We’ll never know for sure if The Cable Game was indeed an FNC Trojan Horse Blog. But it would not surprise me if it was.”

Sherman was a guest on “The Colbert Report” last night where Stephen Colbert began by saying, “I have sources at Fox News… this person says, you’re not a good guy. Defend yourself. Are you a good guy?” WATCH:

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Al Jazeera America Anchor Tells Colbert: ‘Wasn’t Radicalized’, Not Part of Al Qaeda

ColbertSeigenthalerPrimetime Al Jazeera America anchor John Seigenthaler appeared on “The Colbert Report” last night, and assured Stephen Colbert he hasn’t been “radicalized” and AJAM has no connection with Al Qaeda.

“Who got to you, and how?” Colbert asked. “Who turned you, when were you radicalized?”

Playing along, the former MSNBC and NBC Nightly News anchor detailed his path to AJAM.

“I wasn’t radicalized, but this summer they approached me and asked me to anchor their primetime newscast.”

“Do they have your family members some place?” Colbert asked. “If this is Stockholm Syndrome, just blink and breathe.”

After assuring Colbert his family is safe, Seigenthaler attempted to bust myths about AJAM’s affiliation with Al Qaeda. Watch after the jump.

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Colbert Mocks ‘Today’ Prostate Exams: ‘I Will Not Be Out-Sweep-Swept by the Today Show’

Stephen Colbert took on the “Today” show this week, mocking Matt Lauer and Al Roker‘s on-air prostate exams as a sweeps stunt. Declaring he would not “be out-sweep-swept by the ‘Today’ show,” Colbert brought out John Lithgow, the Black Keys and former “Today” host Katie Couric — who underwent an on-air colonoscopy after her first husband died of colon cancer — to help him with his very own “November Sweeps Prostacular.” Watch:

Colbert to ‘NewsHour’ Anchors: ‘Do We Need an Hour of News Every Night?’

The first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news, “PBS NewsHour” anchors  Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, were guests on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” this week. “The PBS ‘NewsHour’ is an hour. Do we need an hour of news every night? I mean, the guys over on the networks — and the girls, and Diane Sawyer — are doing it in half an hour every night plus commercials, and boom, we’re watching ‘Jeopardy,’” Stephen Colbert joked. Watch:

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Chris Matthews: ‘When Are we Going to Have the Book Killing O’Reilly?’

Bill O’Reilly was on Comedy Central two nights in a row this week: interviewed by Jon Stewart on Tuesday and comedified by Stephen Colbert last night. Both shows discussed O’Reilly’s latest book “Killing Jesus.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who also has a new book out, “Tip & the Gipper,” was on “Colbert” last night (video after the jump) and took the opportunity to take a shot at his Fox News rival: “Unlike Bill O’Reilly, who gets it from up there, I kept notes,” said Matthews of his book research, adding, “When are we going to have the book we’ve really been waiting for: Killing O’Reilly?

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Ratings: NFL Helps Power Emmys To Best Ratings Since 2005

65th_emmy_awardsLast nights Emmy Awards telecast on CBS featured a slew of upsets, from Stephen Colbert topping Jon Stewart to Jeff Daniels topping, well, almost everyone.

It was also a ratings bonanza for CBS. The program drew the highest ratings for an Emmys telecast since 2005, and the best adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 demo numbers since 2006. All told, an estimated 17.63 million viewers tuned in live for the three-hour awards show. Approximately 40 million people tuned into at least part of the program.

While it was up against NFL football on NBC (and the penultimate episode of “Breaking Bad” on AMC, which itself drew record ratings), the Emmys also benefited from a terrific NFL lead-in, with the New York Jets/Buffalo Bills game ending at 7:59 PM.

Your TVNewser senior editor talked about the Emmys on Mediabistro’s 2013 Emmy Postgame Show. Watch it, after the jump.
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Fake News Anchor Will McAvoy Takes Home Real Emmy

Jeff Daniels EmmyJeff Daniels, who plays anchorman Will McAvoy on HBO’s “Newsroom” took home the Emmy for best actor in a drama tonight. Daniels wins the top award in his first year of eligibility. The second season of “Newsroom” concluded last Sunday and HBO has already given the green light for a season three. Daniels was up against tough competition from co-nominees “Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, Damien Lewis of “Homeland,” Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” and Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards.”

Later, the “Colbert Report” took home two awards, including outstanding variety series, besting “The Daily Show” which had won the award for the last 10 years. “I personally have to thank my friend and my brother, Jon Stewart,” said Stephen Colbert. “Jon never told me how good this feels, actually.”

Colbert also won for outstanding writing for variety series. Since 2008, Colbert Report and The Daily Show have traded off winning the top writing award. Colbert won in 2008 and 2010, Daily Show won in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

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