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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.

Stephen Colbert Takes Aim at Eric Bolling

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert went after Fox News’ Eric Bolling this week. Colbert took issue with Bolling’s claim on “The Five” that the suicide of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison, saved taxpayers money. By Bolling’s math, it would have cost $780,000 to house Castro in prison over the course of his life.

“That’s a good point,” Colbert joked. “Justice is expensive. Imagine how much we could have saved if we never caught him!” Watch:

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Meet the New President of ABC News. He’s 26

Today — and today only — there will be a new President of ABC News.

Ben Sherwood is swapping jobs with ABC’s Senior Social Media Editor Andrew Springer as part of the MVP program ABC News launched earlier this year. Each week a “most value-able player” is chosen and is provided with the opportunity for a job swap, shadow, or other exchange that enables them to see and learn more about another part of ABC News.

Springer was among the first MVPs and he wanted to be the boss. Springer’s fist tasks: ABCNews.com now looks like Buzzfeed and Stephen Colbert will anchor “World News.” (We kid.)

“He may only be 26 years old, but Andrew is a great mentor,” says Sherwood. “Today is exciting and a little nerve-racking because I know that I will have a much tougher time filling his sneakers than he mine.”

Springer led ABC’s morning editorial call and later this afternoon Sherwood will give a presentation on ABC’s performance on Facebook to the digital team.

Says Springer: “You gotta love working in an organization that is open to having the President switch jobs with the Senior Social Editor for a day.”

How Jake Tapper Met Stephen Colbert

One of the first guests on Jake Tapper‘s new CNN show will be “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert. Tapper and Colbert met nearly 10 years ago, when the latter was a correspondent for “The Daily Show.” Tapper recalls the meeting here, and watch a preview of Colbert’s interview below.

What Does Shepard Smith Watch On TV?

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith submits his media diet to AdWeek.  Smith devours media, but not so much TV. “I don’t watch a lot of TV. I’m not married to it.”

So what does he watch?

Megyn Kelly, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and maybe some FNC programs in the morning. he also sleeps with his smartphone:

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?
At bedtime, I do another lap. I make sure nothing blew up that I need to stay up for. I sleep with my Samsung Galaxy in the bed. They have a tendency to call me…It goes with the territory.

The Ticker: Gasparino, Hollywood, Couric

  • Bloomberg TV is airing a special edition of “Street Smart” tomorrow live from Hollywood hosted by Trish Regan. The special will feature  leaders like Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins and “Modern Family” EP Steve Levitan, talking the biz of Hollywood.

  • Katie Couric talks to “Extra” about her cancer awareness work, and also weighs in on Matt Lauer at “Today.” “Everybody gets sort of criticized or whatever, maybe it’s Matt’s turn for whatever reason.”

‘NBC Nightly News’ Is Out of This World

As NBC News publicist Erika Masonhall noted on Twitter, it isn’t counted in the ratings, but “NBC Nightly News” is broadcast out of this world. As the Newark Star-Ledger notes, astronaut Scott Kelly (the twin brother of former astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabby Giffords), gets his Brian Williams fix every day… even when he is orbiting earth:

The quality of coffee in the floating laboratory may be lacking, but the space station offers certain creature comforts, according to Kelly. It is equipped with a high-tech treadmill named after satirist Stephen Colbert, and NASA transmits the “NBC Nightly News” for Kelly to watch during his workouts. He usually gets a decent night’s sleep suspended in air and strapped to a wall.

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