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Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

New Year’s Eve 2011

New Year’s Eve 2010

New Year’s Eve 2008

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back for their sixth time co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from Times Square.

“As always, I await New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss,” said Cooper.

The last two years — NYE 2011 (although Griffin did take off her top at one point) and NYE 2010 — were relatively tame compared with some of the headline-making stunts of the previous years; like when Griffin dropped the “F” bomb on New Year’s Eve 2009 and the year before when she called out an onlooker who had been heckling her.

CNN’s live coverage begins at 10pmET from Times Square. Cooper and Griffin will be joined by correspondent Isha Sesay in Times Square, John Zarrella in Key West and Gary Tuchman in Eastport, Maine.

At 12:30amET CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at Jackson Square in New Orleans and HLN’s Susan Hendricks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville will count down to midnight, Central time.

And once again, Tom Foreman will host a year-end special “All the Best, All the Worst 2012,” at 8pmET.

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

A Weekend of Rehearsing Before Tuesday’s Big Night

The graphics are being tweaked, vote totals and exit polls are being tested, steadi-cams are on the move, anchors are rehearsing, directors are calling shots, decision desks are pouring through scenarios, producers, technicians, make-up artists and dozens of other tvnewsers are putting the finishing touches on a weekend of rehearsals preparing for Tuesday’s election night coverage. Below, election night co-anchor Megyn Kelly and the crew at Fox News and after the jump, CNN’s Tom Foreman shows off the network’s Virtual Senate. Foreman is among the many cable news network anchors, reporters and analysts taking part in expanded Sunday night coverage.

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Where to Watch the Final Presidential Debate

Tonight is the third and final Presidential debate of this election cycle. CBS’ Bob Schieffer moderates at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Here’s a round up of what the cable and broadcast networks have planned…

Scott Pelley anchors on CBS from 9-11pmET. With Schieffer moderating, certain CBS programs — including yesterday’s “Face the Nation” and today’s “CBS This Morning” — originate from Florida. Pelley will be joined by Major Garrett of National Journal and Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg, among others.

ABC’s coverage kicks off at 9pmET with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring. They will be joined during the two-hour broadcast by VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz, Christiane Amanpour, Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jonathan Karl.

Brian Williams anchors on NBC from 9pm-11pmET. Williams will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Haass.

PBS’ coverage runs from 9-11pmET, with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchoring and political editor Christina Bellantoni contributing.

Plans for the cable networks after after the jump. Read more

Fact Checking To Play Big Role In CNN’s Presidential Debate Coverage

Covering the Presidential debates is tough for the cable news channels. Unlike on an election night, every channel is showing the same thing. The only real differences are in the content that goes into the pre and post-debate programming.

CNN is planning to differentiate its programming by making fact-checking a big part of its debate coverage. John Berman and Tom Foreman will comprise the “reality check” team, and will be looking to call out President Obama and Mitt Romney for the inevitable stretches of truth that will occur.

The pre-debate and post-debate programming will be anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King, Erin Burnett and Candy Crowley. For the first debate next week in Denver, Crowley and Burnett will be in the Mile High City. Jessica Yellin and Jim Acosta will be reporting from the debate floor, and from the “spin room” afterwards.

More information, after the jump.
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CNN Sending at Least 20 On-Airs to RNC, DNC

The first sentence of CNN’s just-released press release for convention coverage reads like this:

CNN will offer viewers nonstop, unbiased programming across on-air and digital platforms at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions beginning later this month.

It’s as if CNN is saying, if you watch Fox News or MSNBC during the conventions, those networks will lean right, or left, or forward (never backward), so watch us if you want it down the middle. Our TVNewsers Alex Weprin and Merrill Knox will be at the conventions — ahem — keeping them honest.

Anyway, CNN has big plans. Read about them after the jump…

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Cable Networks Cover DC, MD, WI Primaries

Primary season continues tomorrow as voters in Maryland, Wisconsin and Washington, DC head to the polls. Here’s what the cable networks have planned for tomorrow night:

  • On Fox News, Bret Baier will anchor a live “Special Report” at 11pmET. Baier will also anchor live cut-ins throughout FNC’s usual primetime programming. Rick Folbaum will host live coverage steaming on FoxNews.com beginning at 8pmET. On FBN, Neil Cavuto will also be live beginning at 8pmET.
  • MSNBC will cover results within normal primetime programming, with plans to stay live until all the primaries have been called.
  • Candy Crowley, Joe Johns and Tom Foreman will provide ongoing updates on CNN during the normal primetime lineup.

Cable Networks Plan Louisiana Primary Coverage

Voting in Louisiana’s GOP primary is underway, and the cable networks will offer varying degrees of coverage when the polls close at 9pmET tonight. Here’s what they have planned:

  • On Fox News, Harris Faulker will anchor a live “Fox Report” at 10pmET. She will also provide live cut-ins beginning at 8pmET.
  • Alex Wagner will host a live election special on MSNBC at 9pmET.
  • CNN will cover election results as part of regular Saturday night programming, which includes a live “CNN Newsroom” at 10pmET. Joe Johns, Mark Preston, Paul Steinhauser and Tom Foreman contribute.

Kathy Griffin Back with Anderson Cooper to Co-Host CNN’s New Years Eve

Kathy Griffin & Anderson Cooper, New Years 2009

Griffin and Cooper, New Years 2011

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will again co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve celebration from 11pmET to 12:30amET. “Get ready, America. Pull up a chair and a box of your finest wine, because you’ve never seen a New Year’s Eve show like this,” said Griffin. “Kathy Griffin scares me. I’ve said this often to CNN management directly and through my attorneys,” joked Cooper.

Last year was pretty tame compared to the year before when Griffin dropped the “F” bomb and the year before that when she heckled an onlooker. Top those, Griffin.

Isha Sesay will join Cooper and Griffin from the crowds in Times Square and Gary Tuchman will report live from Central Park for the annual Midnight Run. Correspondent John Zarrella will be live in Key West, Florida and Brooke Baldwin from Nashville, Tennessee. The show will simulcast on CNN International.

Leading up to the 11pm special, CNN presents the “Best and Worst of 2011,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special anchored by Tom Foreman.

CNN’s Getting Stimulated

Stimulusproject.jpgToday CNN begins a new series called “The Stimulus Project” which will break down where the money from the last year’s stimulus package has gone — who it’s helping, and who’s abused the program. The series continues all week ahead of Saturday’s release of new stimulus data.

Leading the coverage on CNN/U.S. will be chief business correspondent Ali Velshi and CNN business correspondent Christine Romans. Velshi, along with CNN anchor TJ Holmes and correspondents Tom Foreman and Josh Levs, will review projects from a fancy new “Stimulus Desk.” Not paid for with stimulus money.

More in the press release after the jump…

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Cable Nets Cover Late Night Health Care Vote

Late Sunday night/early Monday morning, the U.S. Senate held its cloture vote on the health care reform bill. Sanjay Gupta and Tom Foreman anchored CNN’s coverage and discussion starting at 12amET. At 1amET, MSNBC’s David Shuster and FNC’s Marianne Silber anchored special coverage for their networks.

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The Senate voted 60-40 to move forward on the bill. (AP story)

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