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The Saturday Ticker: Bream, O’Brien, ‘Late Show’

  • Fox News’ Shannon Bream will interview Jeb Bush tomorrow during “America’s News HQ” at 1pmET. Bream will speak to the former Florida governor about the 25th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s presidency and the 2016 presidential election.

  • Soledad O’Brien pens an essay in Essence about the decision to focus on her production company after leaving CNN: “Two hours of anchoring and reporting news and conversation five days a week was fun but exhausting. When my show ended, I feared losing the ability to effect change and create an impact,” she writes.

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CNN Adds Jay Leno at 10pm… One Night Only

ObamaLenoCNN is producing another news-focused entertainment special, this time on Jay Leno.

Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy” airs Friday night at 10pmET. CNN’s Nischelle Turner hosts the half-hour special which looks back at how Leno went from comedy clubs to succeeding the legendary Johnny Carson. Leno hosts his final “Tonight Show” (for the second time) Thursday, Feb. 6 on NBC.

Jay Leno at 10pm? Where have we heard that before?

In recent weeks, CNN has produced half hour specials on Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

About Those CNN Layoffs

CNN304x200The Financial Times is getting around to reporting layoffs that occurred at CNN toward the end of last year. At the time of the layoffs — which number in the dozens — a source told TVNewser there would be no reduction in headcount in the cities most affected: Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC.

Our source says changes in Los Angeles are related to a planned expansion of the entertainment unit. In recent weeks CNN has churned out entertainment focused specials, including an hour on Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and has increased awards season red carpet specials. This Friday, the network will produce a special report called Bieber’s Troubles, following the pop star’s run-in with Miami Beach police overnight.

As for the layoffs last year, FT reports one of those laid off was “a pregnant producer who was two weeks away from giving birth to twins.”

But departing staff have expressed concern. “It makes you wonder what direction CNN is going in,” said Kim Segal, a supervising producer who left CNN recently after a long career when the network asked her to choose between a cut in pay and a severance package.

Ms. Segal supervised much of CNN’s coverage of the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, a ratings winner for the network, as well as Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration. “For 24 years there was nowhere else I wanted to be because of the 24-hour platform we had at CNN,” she said. “I would hate for other programming to get in front of that.”

‘Game Change’ Snags Three Golden Globes, Including Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

The HBO movie “Game Change” took home three Golden Globe awards last night, including a “best actress” award for Julianne Moore, who portrayed former VP candidate Sarah Palin in the film. Based on the book of the same name, “Game Change” dramatized the machinations behind the 2008 presidential campaigns.

“I would like to give a shout-out to two people who made significant contribution to the 2008 election, Tina Fey and Katie Couric,” Moore said in accepting the award. Fey portrayed Palin on “Saturday Night Live,” while Couric’s interview with the former VP candidate made headlines

Moore also won an Emmy for her role. And in her acceptance speech last September said, “I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down.”

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CBS’ Gayle King Guests On NBC’s ’30 Rock’

“CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King made a guest appearance as herself on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock” last night. Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) was honored as one of the “80 under 80″ by a New York women’s media organization. King was also an attendee, and had some sage advice for Lemon about the machinations of “best friends.”

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As it happens, the moment may have been based on a real-life event. In 2010, both Fey and King were presented with “Matrix Awards,” by the organization New York Women in Communications. King’s best friend, Oprah Winfrey, helped honor her.

Disney-ABC Television President Anne Sweeney Tops THR‘s Women in Entertainment Power 100 List

The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual Women in Entertainment Power 100. For the third straight year, Anne Sweeney, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television, tops the list.

Sweeney says her proudest moment this year was ABC’s Day of Giving across all the network and syndicated programming. The network raised $19 million for the Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy. “She has a unique combination of professionalism and warmth,” Katie Couric — who also makes the list this year — says of Sweeney.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey and PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger also made the list.

Other fun facts from the THR list: Tina Fey gets starstruck by local New York City anchors and Couric’s ringtone is “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” by LMFAO. “It’s a joke,” the “Katie” host says.

Sarah Palin Joins Lamestream Media, At Least For an Hour

At 7am Sarah Palin sat patiently on the “Today” show couch — with a stack of newspapers, a running gag going back to the 2008 Katie Couric interview when she was asked what newspapers she read. Other than telling a quick anecdote about a tourist she ran into outside 30 Rock yesterday who mistook her for Tina Fey, Palin would have to wait a few minutes for her first segment. Matt Lauer and Ann Curry lead off the show as they always do. Then it was on to the news with Savannah Guthrie in for Natalie Morales.

At 7:08 Palin, introduced as a Fox News analyst, and Lauer discussed politics, specifically the GOP contest and what the eventual VP pick will have to face:  ”It doesn’t matter if that person has national level experience or not,” Palin told Lauer. “They’re gonna get clobbered by the lamestream media who does not like the conservative message.”

As Lauer alluded to Monday, Palin’s co-hosting stint will be mostly left to 8am… “which technically makes you part of the lamestream media, for that hour,” Lauer joked.

We’ll see if the stunt, meant to take attention away from Couric’s week-long fill-in on “Good Morning America” will have its intended effect when overnight ratings come in tomorrow.

Over on “GMA” Couric led off day two of her fill-in stint showing pictures — some of which went out over Twitter yesterday — of the day she spent with her GMA colleagues, including stopping by Madame Tussaud’s with Josh Elliott and getting this picture of a waxed Lauer: “One of my oldest friends. Friends of long standing, that is,” said Couric.

‘Game Change’ Review: Cliché with Compassion

“Game Change” is not a flawless docudrama. Neither is it, in the words of a conservative blogger, “a heinous piece of propaganda” for Obama.

What “Game Change” is, at its essence, is a wildly-entertaining cautionary tale about presidential politics. Moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.

“Game Change,” which debuts on HBO Saturday, follows Sen. John McCain‘s disastrous decision to name then-unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his Republican running mate in 2008. It’s based on the best seller of the same title by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, both of whom served as consultants.

McCain and Palin, among others in their respective camps, have made so much noise about the alleged inaccuracies of “Game Change” (sight unseen) that HBO included a letter in its media kit, defending Danny Strong’s script. For HBO, that is not an everyday occurrence.

This much is beyond dispute – Julianne Moore and Ed Harris give remarkable performances as Palin and McCain.

Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee, perfectly mimics Palin’s speech in its distinctive rhythm, pitch, and scrappin’ of consonants. She doesn’t go too far, however, allowing her to avoid the level of parody by Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live.” (In a nice touch, Moore is shown watching the “SNL” clips.)

Harris is equally impressive in his McCain incarnation. The actors’ eyes alone speak volumes, particularly in the scene where his Alpha-dog chief strategist, Steve Schmidt (played to the

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Who’s the Real Game Changer in ‘Game Change’?

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik got a sneak peak at “Game Change” yesterday, which premieres on HBO next month. Based on the 2010 best-seller by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the HBO telling is get a lot of attention for its portrayal of Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore. But Zurawik thinks it’s Woody Harrelson‘s turns as McCain adviser Steve Schmidt — who was on “Hardball” just last night talking about the current GOP race — that should be noticed.

Wow, and wow again. What a force Harrelson brings to the role. The real Schmidt had the thankless task of trying to manage an emotionally fragile and, at times, possibly imbalanced Palin. But he should get on his knees every night for the rest of his life and thank God that Harrelson was picked to play him.

Zurawik notes several tvnewsers are featured in “Game Change” through the use of clips of their reporting and, in some cases, body doubles for reversal shots.

Fox hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly do get a little face time, but nothing like CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. In fact, the film opens and closes with Cooper, in his role as a part-time correspondent at CBS for”60 Minutes,” interviewing Schmidt.

By the way, if you want to see some of the relics from the 2008 campaign — both real and imagined — head over to the Newseum beginning Friday where, among other items, Tina Fey‘s suit, flag pin and eyeglasses worn during her Palin parodies on “Saturday Night Live” will be on display.

Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin: ‘I just hope the lamestream media won’t twist my words by repeatin’ em verbatim’

A week after the real Sarah Palin was hanging out with the media, the fake Sarah Palin — aka Tina Fey — was taking part in the first GOP 2012 debate moderated by fake Shepard Smith — aka Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader — on fake Fox News. ”

Fey: “Well first I want to acknowledge that this week we finally vanquished one of the world’s great villains, and I for one am thrilled to say good riddance to Katie Couric.”

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