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Nancy Grace: New Book “Has a Piece of Me in It”

nancygrace_2sm.jpgHLN host Nancy Grace appeared at a network reception for the release of her new book “The Eleventh Victim: A Novel” last night in midtown Manhattan, and TVNewser stopped by to scope out the attendees and chat with the author.

It was a big night for Grace who, in between kissing everyone, told us, “I was so proud when this book came out. I’ve been working on this book for ten years. ‘Objection!’ was about other cases. This has a piece of me in it.” We also asked her what it was like entering Bill O’Reilly‘s “No Spin Zone” Monday night. “I loved it,” she said. “But I would have been so so disappointed if we didn’t have at least a little fight.”

The night was not just about the new book, it was also a small celebration of Grace’s recent ratings success. Ken Jautz, EVP of CNN Worldwide told TVNewser, “We launched ‘Nancy Grace’ four years ago and it was a big risk at the time. It was a different kind of show. But it paid off and we’re rewarded with the ratings every year. Simply: the big risk paid off.” Bill Hemmer, anchor of FNC’s “America’s Newsroom” stopped by to offer his congratulations to Grace telling us, “She started a program few had done before and the success she’s had is evident in the following she has. Viewers are drawn to her.”

TVNewser also spotted on-air talent Jeanne Moos, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Susan Candiotti, and Kimberly Guilfoyle. We also bumped into Dean Sicoli, Grace’s Senior EP, and Senior Executive Producer of CNN Entertainment David Levine.

Pictures and Grace’s thoughts on “Law & Order” after the jump…

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CNN and FNC Go Wall-To-Wall With Iran Protest

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After last weekend’s criticism over a lack of U.S. cable news coverage of the post-Iranian election protests, at least two of those networks – CNN and Fox News – have been going wall-to-wall with coverage today.

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield anchored much of the afternoon coverage getting reports from correspondents Christiane Amanpour in London, Susan Candiotti at a protest in New York at Ivan Watson at the “Iran Desk” in Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Watson explained: “It’s because we received this fax – our team in Tehran – from the Iranian government, banning us from working in Iran. From sending any dispatches without prior approval of the Iranian authorities.”

Fox News also remained in continuing coverage through the afternoon preempting taped programs “Fox News Watch” and “Journal Editorial Report” during the 2pmET hour. And weekday anchor Shepard Smith was in to host the Saturday edition of his Fox Report at 7pmET.

With a multitude of new YouTube videos from today’s protests in Tehran in favor of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and up-to-the-moment Tweets (reliable information or not) the cable networks were able to keep the Iran protest programming going.

Smith summed up how this story has changed how networks report what’s going on. “The Associated Press is reporting at least one dead in Iran today,” said Smith. “And I’m sad to say that we’ve seen videos of at least three dead people. So for us to go forward and say ‘one dead’ would really not be as close to the truth as what we’ve seen.”

MSNBC stayed with its afternoon taped programming, producing bottom-of-the-hour updates on the protests.

> Update: Smith, still anchoring live at 8:42pmET says, “This is Fox News Channel – proud to be the only network of news in America with live and continuing coverage of a seminal moment of…what could be a seminal moment in world history. Fox News Channel is live tonight for you. The competitors are not.” CNN is airing a “Money Summit.” MSNBC is airing “Lockup.”

> Update 2: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour anchored a live hour at 9pmET while Geraldo Rivera anchored from 9-11pmET and included guest Mike Huckabee whose FNC show was preempted.

Never A Snow Day In News

After his two hours on Good Morning America, ABC’s weather anchor Sam Champion appeared live on Regis and Kelly from Times Square. He later tweeted about the appearance: “Stood out in the cold to talk to Regis and Kelly about this big nor-easter…they are always fun! My ears r frozen!”

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CNN’s Susan Candiotti has been in Central Park this afternoon interviewing New Yorkers out enjoying the snow. Around 11amET she talked to “Ronnie” and her two daughters — who happened to be Dan Abrams‘ sister and nieces. “I like to go down the hill fast,” said one of his nieces.

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As Ike Gets Closer to Shore, So Do the Networks

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ABC’s Sam Champion had arrived in Texas in time for Nightline last night. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broadcast live from Houston as well, and while getting an update from meteorologist Chad Myers asked Myers to email him the best (or perhaps worst) location to broadcast from tonight.

This morning, CNN and MSNBC have begun squeezing back their programming, keeping Hurricane Ike stats on the screen.

Even The Weather Channel is trying to show the seriousness of the Cat 2 storm to anyone choosing to ride it out. Here’s their morning headline: “A Potential Life-Threatening Surge from Ike.”

We’ll update this post throughout the day as we hear who is going to be covering the storm and from where…

• CNN — More than 70 anchors, correspondents, producers and support-personnel will report along the Texas coastline, representing CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN Espanol, CNN Radio, CNN.com and Headline News. In addition to Cooper, Rick Sanchez, Gary Tuchman, Sean Callebs, Betty Nguyen, Susan Candiotti, Jeanne Meserve, Ali Velshi, Rusty Dornin, Rob Marciano and Reynolds Wolf will report on the storm. CNN will remain live all night and into the morning.

• CBS — Hari Sreenivasan is in Houston. Dave Price is in Galveston. Both will report for the Evening News tonight and The Early Show tomorrow.

• FNC — Geraldo Rivera, Steve Harrigan and Marianne Silber are in Galveston, TX, as is Jeff Flock from FBN. Kris Gutierrez is in Surfside Beach, Freeport, Casey Stegall is in Clear Lake and Rick Leventhal is in Port Lavaca. Also, Shepard Smith anchors tonight from 10pm-MidnightET (from New York), followed by Rivera Midnight-3amET and Jamie Colby from 3am-6amET.

• NBC/MSNBC/CNBC — Amy Robach is in Galveston for Today & Weekend Today. Janet Shamlian, Don Teague, Kerry Sanders, Charles Hadlock, Kristen Dahlgren and Jay Gray are on the scene, as is NBC Weather Plus meteorologist Jeff Ranieri and CNBC’s Scott Cohn. NBC will also use correspondents and meteorologists from soon-to-be owned The Weather Channel.

• ABC — In addition to Sam Champion, GMA Weekend’s Bill Weir is in Texas as well as Sharyn Alfonsi and Ryan Owens.

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