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TV Newsers Featured in ESPN Film ‘SEC Storied’

SmithProfessional and college football season is inching closer, and some TV Newsers were recently featured in an ESPN documentary “SEC Storied” on the SEC Network.

Shepard Smith, Willie Geist, Amy Robach, and James Carville were all part of “The Stars Are Aligned,” which premiered on the new SEC Network last week. Smith talks about “groving” at Ole Miss. “You want your space, you want your friends around you; we grove with the same people every week.”

Geist described the greatest moment he and his friends had at a Vanderbilt football game: the team’s kicker fake punting at the end of the game and then running 81 yards down the field for the touchdown. “What’s up now, Alabama!” Geist recounted shouting.

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Mika Brzezinski Files Viral Mug Shot Story Under ‘Stories My Producer is Making Me Do’

MJShe might have scored an interview with President Obama, but the glow of that big get didn’t overshadow one story Mika Brzezinski simply didn’t want to cover this morning.

“I’m going to file this next story under stories my producer is making me do that I don’t agree with, but OK,” Brzezinski said, before reporting on a a mug shot of a California man whose looks have made his criminal photo a viral sensation on Facebook.

“One woman actually wrote this…’mama, I’m in love with a criminal.’ I swear.”

This denunciation by Brzezinski pales in comparison to 2007, when she infamously attempted to light one of her scripts on fire in protest over leading “Morning Joe” with a story on Paris Hilton.

“My producer Andy Jones is not listening to me,” Brzezinski said back then, then grabbing a lighter to try and burn her scripts. Luckily, Willie Geist was by her side, serving as MSNBC’s resident firefighter. “Easy, easy…you need to be subdued,” Geist said, yanking the lighter from his colleague.

NBC Invades Disney’s Backyard

fallonorlandoBoth the “Today” show and the “Tonight Show” are heading to Orlando this week as NBC’s corporate cousin Universal opens Diagon Alley, a new attraction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will broadcast the third hour of “Today” from the park on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon is bringing “The Tonight Show” to Universal Orlando Resort for a week of shows. Several stars of the Harry Potter movies will guest on “Today,” while Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Buffett, Rosario Dawson, and Pitbull are among the guests on “Tonight.” Fallon and announcer Steve Higgins also get in on the Miami Vice action for tonight’s opening credit sequence (above).

Universal opened its first Orlando theme park in 1990. NBC merged with Universal in 2004. Orlando is most famous for the theme parks operated by Disney, the first of which opened in 1971. Disney owns NBC rival ABC.

Matt Lauer, Jorge Ramos, Willie Geist Write Open Letters to Their Daughters

matt lauer and daughterIn celebration of Father’s Day, TIME and Lean In have published a series of open letters from famous dads to their daughters. This year’s collection includes notes from Unvision’s Jorge Ramos and NBC’s Matt Lauer, Carson Daly and Willie Geist.

Matt Lauer:

Thank you for the gift of your compassion — for always being the first to want to help others, whether they’re friends or total strangers. Thank you for your humor and even your moods — because one gets us all through the other. On this father’s day, I want you to know that I feel I’m right where I belong — tightly wrapped around your little finger.

Jorge Ramos:

There’s a beautiful picture of us, with you sleeping on my chest. You were only a few weeks old and I was clearly mesmerized by you. That moment, captured in an old photograph, is my idea of happiness. It’s true love.

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The NBC Ticker: Mancini, ‘Skywire,’ Dads

  • The AP’s John Mancini is joining NBC News as the director of digital newsgathering. In a note to staff, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi said the hire “is the next step in our transformation to creating content for all our users and viewers no matter how they choose to get their news.”

  •  Discovery’s “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” which was produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, is the winner of two 2014 Realscreen Awards. The special was honored this week for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project and for Most Original Concept.

  • Leading up to Father’s Day, the “Today” show is dedicating next week to “Modern Dads.” The weeklong series of reports will include interviews with Rob Lowe and Terry Crews, as well as stories from”Today” show fathers Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Carson Daly and Lester Holt.

Is Willie Geist ‘the Next Matt Lauer’?

willie geistSince Willie Geist joined the “Today” show in 2012, rumors have swirled that he is the heir apparent to Matt Lauer, whose current deal with the NBC morning show expires early next year. In a New York Observer profile, Geist addresses the succession speculation:

“I think with respect to people who say that, it’s just that—speculation. It’s totally meaningless,” says Mr. Geist. “It’s fun for people to talk about, but I can tell you honestly that I never had one single conversation about that, ever. Matt is the host, and he’s the best morning show host in the history of morning show hosts, and he’ll be there as long as he wants to be there. So there’s no point in me thinking about it. All I do is try to do a good job in our hour, and when they ask me to fill in for him, I fill in for him.”

And if the powers that be at NBC called him? “I would certainly take the phone calls from my superiors at work, but I’ve never received one like that. If it happens, I’ll answer, and we’ll see.”

Geist also appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” this week, where he was asked about his craziest experience with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hota Kotb. Watch after the jump. Read more

Bill and Willie Geist Share Good Talks in New Book

GeistsBookBill Geist, the award-winning special correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” and his son Willie Geist, “Today” show and “Morning Joe” host, have written a new book together. “Good Talk, Dad,” out next Tuesday, is written in a unique back-and-forth banter style, with riffs on music, sports, religion, fatherhood and summer camp fails, as recounted in today’s Wall Street Journal:

That saga involved sending the 13-year-old Willie to an idyllic camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

At least it seemed idyllic in the slide-show presentation a camp representative gave the Geists. However, it turned out to be less a camp than a penal colony. Willie discovered that when the buzz one morning in the mess hall was about a tire-slashing incident the previous night—not involving campers, but counselors.

“Camp Carson served not just as a place for carefree boys to spend a magical summer,” Willie writes with a minimum of wistfulness, “but also as a safe, wooded refuge for convicted nonviolent gang offenders to serve out their sentences as camp counselors.”

Everest Jump Live Canceled

GeistEverestDiscovery Channel has canceled Everest Jump Live, which was scheduled for Sunday May 11. The network put out this statement last night:

In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and out of respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.

The 2-hour event was to be produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn’s journey to the summit of Mt. Everest and his plunge from the top wearing a wingsuit equipped with cameras to give a bird’s eye view.

NBC News’ Willie Geist was to serve as host and be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. This morning on “Today” Geist reported that Sherpa guides are boycotting after Friday’s avalanche — the single deadliest incident in the mountain’s history. 13 Sherpa guides died and three others are still missing. Discovery was planning to broadcast five nights of live programs from Everest beginning Monday, May 5, simulcasting on the Science Channel and Discovery en Español.

The Saturday Ticker: Business Politics, Morning Baseball, Jazzy Weather

  • FBN’s Maria Bartiromo will interview New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday on “Opening Bell” at 9amET. Bartiromo will talk with de Blasio about his outlook on the economy, universal Pre-Kindergarten and his future plans for New York City.

  • “AMHQ with Sam Champion” hits the road next week as well, broadcasting from the New Orleans Jazz festival starting Thursday. The following week the show will travel to Moore, OK, the site of the devastating tornado that struck in May 2013.

NBC News Crew on Mt. Everest As Avalanche Hits

EverestTodayNBC News had a crew in place at a Mt. Everest base camp this morning when an avalanche struck killing at least 13 Sherpas who guide climbers to the summit of the world’s highest peak.

Jonathan Fierro is a producer with NBC’s Peacock Productions and Ed Wardle is a cameraman with the group. They are working on next month’s Everest Jump Live that will air on Discovery Channel, but is being produced by Peacock, and hosted by Willie Geist.

“It’s a pretty regular occurrence here, nobody was shocked by that,” Wardle told Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” adding, “When radio reports started coming off the mountain that people were stuck in the avalanche, everybody came out and started getting organized for the rescue.” Guthrie reports that the rest of the NBC News team there preparing for Everest Jump Live is okay. (The interview is after the jump.)

Over on the Weather Channel, anchor Sam Champion spoke with his former colleague, WABC anchor and avid mountaineer, Diana Williams, who was live in Katmandu. Williams had just descended from Mt. Everest after reaching base camp. The rest of her climbing group was still up on the mountain.

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