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