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Presenting: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

As we reported in March, actress Julianne Moore has been tapped to play former Republican Vice Presidential nominee and current Fox News Channel contributor Sarah Palin in the HBO movie “Game Change.”

This week People got a first look at Moore-as-Palin:

What do you think? Is Moore a convincing Palin? Or should HBO call up Tina Fey?

English Papers Have Clearly Never Watched An NFL Pregame Show

While reading up on our favorite new controversy – England’s sexist broadcast team debacle – we stumbled across a gem in the Guardian. The following comes from a story about how soccer commentators across the pond struggle to say anything intelligent.

In American sport the talking heads who fill the gaps between games are emboldened by their masters to be provocative as well as highly detailed in their technical analysis. The result is entertainment plus enlightenment (plus earache, sometimes). Here, in football, there is no ante-room between the end of a playing career and the start of a life in broadcasting, which is television’s fault.

We are laughing!

And then there’s someone defending Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Read more

The Sarah Palin Network

Tina Fey reprised her role as Sarah Palin last night as Fey hosted SNL.
Taking a page from Oprah Winfrey, Palin launches her own network, with a full slate of shows including, “That’s So Palin,” and “Hey Journalist, I Gotcha!”

Using the 2008 Katie Couric interviews as an example, Fey-as-Palin says she re-edits interviews with journalists “to make them look like they were the ones that were woefully unprepared.”

And after the jump, the Today show’s Al Roker gets his own show, “Ruff, Rugged and Roker,” on the TVOne network, “the only network that doesn’t put Al in a box.”

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Brian Williams Leaves 30 Rock to Tape “30 Rock”

BW30_12.16.JPGNBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams left the real 30 Rock today to film a scene of the TV show “30 Rock.”

Insiders tell us Williams was at the studios of NY1, which was supposed to be the studios of CNBC. But NY1 is on the west side of Manhattan, while the real CNBC is all the way in New Jersey. Enough said. (Image Courtesy: NY1 reporter Bree Driscoll).

Williams has been in two prior episodes of the NBC show.

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NBC Newsman Brian Williams during a “30 Rock” episode from earlier this season.

More: Gawker has a Twitpic of Alec Baldwin and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan during today’s filming.

Brian Williams: ‘A Non-Fiction Person in a Non-Fiction Line of Work’

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Brian Williams last week reporting from Afghanistan. (Photo: Subrata De/NBC News)

In a Q&A with the New York Post, NBC’s Brian Williams talks about his other NBC life, playing himself shows including “30 Rock”, “The Jay Leno Show” and SNL:

NYP: Are you concerned that your comedic appearances will detract from your image as a news anchor?

Williams: I do have the fear that somehow someone will confuse the two and think that it means in any way that I’m less serious about my work. But I think people are smart enough to differentiate. They get it when they see me cutting up with Jon Stewart or Tina Fey or Jimmy Fallon and they get it when they see me at 6:30 p.m. The NBC folks are all for it – they think it shows people more dimensions of me.

NYP: How do you have time for it all?

Williams: I have no other interests. I’m a non-fiction person in a non-fiction line of work. I don’t read novels to relax – I read newspapers, magazines and Web sites. I go home every night with a briefcase full of work, the news on, and my laptop by my side. I’m always following everything that’s going on and e-mailing folks on the staff, asking them what they think about this or that story for tomorrow. This job is probably done best if it’s your life’s calling.

Celebrating The “Superior Species”

Meredith Vieira is a BFOM: a “Big Fan of Matrix.” The Today show anchor not only emceed this year’s Matrix Awards, honoring extraordinary achievements by women in the communications industry, she is also a past winner.

“This is a room full of such accomplished women, it’s a little mind-boggling,” Vieira told TVNewser before the ceremony today. “What this organization does is inspire.”

In her remarks, Vieira named four women who’ve inspired in their own way this past year: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Tina Fey and Rachel Maddow.

17 scholarship winners, the next generation of women media leaders, took the stage to declare they were “the next…” Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and mediabistro.com’s own Laurel Touby were all named.

Brown, the CNN anchor currently on maternity leave, won the Matrix award for broadcasting. NBC’s Brian Williams presented the award joking with the crowd, “I’m the next Wolf Blitzer.”

Williams talked about how Brown broke his heart when she pulled up stakes for CNN, where she’s been since 2007. “I’m grateful for what [Jon Klein] has created at CNN,” said Brown, noting her competition’s, “extreme partisanship, and in some cases flat-out lunacy.”

Before the event we talked to Brown about her award, when she’s returning to CNN and the current cable news landscape:

Donny Deutsch had a “next” joke as well. Click continued to find out who he compared himself to…

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Rachel Maddow Makes TVWeek’s Tops List

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Rachel Maddow has arrived.

The MSNBC host has made a list the includes such TV luminaries as Tina Fey, Elisabeth Murdoch and Tyra Banks. In fact, Maddow is the only TV news host to make TVWeek’s Women in Television: 2008 list, unless you include Barbara Walters who made it alongside her The View co-hosts.

TVWeek says Maddow made the list because, “She is the biggest, brightest overnight star ever created in the cable news universe.”

> More: The icing on the cable cake — Friday’s ratings. Maddow won her time slot in younger viewers, coming in second in Total Viewers. She also helped deliver strong viewership for the re-air of Countdown at 10pmET which also came in first in younger viewers in its time slot.

Sarah Palin’s News Conference, Starring Tina Fey

Palin_10.17.jpgWell, she did it.

Gov. Sarah Palin appeared during the opening sketch of tonight’s Saturday Night Live. Without going in to too much detail Tina Fey, playing Palin, holds her first news conference, telling the fake assembled press, “I just want to say how excited I am to be in front of both the liberal elite media as well as the liberal regular media.”

Waiting in the wings, the real Sarah Palin talking with SNL EP Lorne Michaels. Palin gets escorted to the news conference by Alec Baldwin, who’s told by Palin that Stephen is her favorite Baldwin brother.

Real Palin walks by fake Palin, (without acknowledging each other) makes her way to the podium and tells the fake press, “I’m not going to take your questions, but I do want to take this opportunity to say, ‘Live from New York it’s Saturday Night.’”

Again, much funnier with the video. We’ll have it tomorrow. It’s after the jump…

> Update: Palin also appeared on Weekend Update, where a very pregnant Amy Poehler rapped in Palin’s honor, sort of…

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SNL Portrays Various TVNewsers

It was a busy political week, and two of the major TV news events were parodied on Saturday Night Live last night. Friday’s presidential debate was the focus of a lengthy sketch, featuring a return appearance by Chris Parnell as PBS’ Jim Lehrer. Interestingly, the NBC late-night show decided to take the Obama campaign’s cue, and portrayed its broadcast as if it was on CNN. After the jump, the show’s cold open, based around Katie Couric‘s interview this week with Gov. Sarah Palin (featuring a return from Tina Fey):



Click continued to see the Palin/Couric sketch…

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Greta/Todd Done, Sean/Sarah Up Next

greta_9-17.jpgGreta Van Susteren‘s two part interview with Todd Palin, the first since his wife was named the VP nominee, garnered big ratings for FNC.

The 10pmET program had a two-day average of 665,000 viewers in the demo and 2,712,000 in Total Viewers. Yesterday’s broadcast was the 2nd highest in the demo in all of cable news (behind The O’Reilly Factor and edging its lead-in of Hannity & Colmes).

Tonight, Sean Hannity sits down for his own two-parter with Gov. Sarah Palin for her first cable news interview since the Veep pick.

Some excerpts: Discussing politics and the economy — “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today.”

And — “First and foremost, taxpayers cannot be looked to as the bailout, as the solution to the problems on Wall Street.”

Also, Jossip reports Hannity asked her about Tina Fey‘s SNL impression, which Palin calls “hilarious.”

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