• FishbowlLA’s Tina Dupuy highlights some recent comments by The Weather Channel founder John Coleman. Coleman, now a weatherman at San Diego’s KUSI, attacks Al Gore over his global warming calls to action.
Archives: January 2009
> In the wake of some surprising comments about Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee manager Joe Torre sits down tonight with Larry King in his first television interview at 9pmET tonight on CNN.
> Maria Bartiromo hosts “No Way Back,” a CNBC special from Davos’ World Economic Forum, at 8pmET tonight.
> “The only thing we haven’t done is have sex — and if you would’ve just put down the glue gun that might’ve happened, too.” – Matt Lauer to Martha Stewart. Find out more here.
As he made the rounds in New York earlier this week, Gov. Rod Blagojevich stopped in at CNN to chat with D.L. Hughley. Despite his ouster from office yesterday, the interview will still happen on Hughley’s show tomorrow night. Insiders tell us producers will make clear the interview took place before Blago’s impeachment and removal from office.
As for the interview, Hughley sipped from his “I Love Blagojevich” coffee cup while Blago drank form his “Me Too” mug. Hughley then offered Blago a job:
Hughley: We’re not gonna give up either, and if I don’t work out there I promise you can always come work with me. You can be my correspondent…
Blagojevich: I appreciate it – I’ll do it for free, man, you’re a special guy.
Earlier this week, CNN also released the ratings for D.L. Hughley Breaks News. For the month of January, the 10pmET telecast came in first in A25-54 demo viewers, and second in Total Viewers.
Check out the CNN promo, after the jump…
A tipster noted the toss last night between Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, in which Olbermann asked: “Dan Rather tonight? Want to ask him if he’s doing anything weeknights at 10?” Maddow replied, “I will, thank you for suggesting that, Keith.” She didn’t — but that means another chance to vote for your choice to take over the hosting duties at 10pmET on MSNBC! See below for that (Rather, unfortunately, was not part of our poll), and see the Rather interview after the jump:
Who Should Host MSNBC’s New 10pm Show?
Click continued to see Maddow’s interview with Rather…
> Update: This blog post on radio show “The Young Turks” Website asks their listeners to email us and express their displeasure over the “travesty” of their exclusion from the 10pm host poll. We’ve been getting the emails — we’ll keep you in mind in the future.
CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan, CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus, and Evening News anchor and managing editor Katie Couric in the newsroom this afternoon.
CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus dropped in to the newsroom about an hour ago to toast the Evening News crew for last night’s double newscasts: one at the regular time and the first-ever prime time newscast at 8pm. “It was just his way of saying thanks to everyone for this run we’ve had,” says an insider. “We weren’t even prepared to get a 1 rating up against ‘American Idol, and it wasn’t even about the ratings.”
Turns out, in younger viewers (A18-49) the 8pm newscast drew a 2.0 rating/5 share to Idol’s 7.3 rating/18 share.
(Photo: Mo Cashin/CBS News)
> Update: Final national Nielsen ratings (Household Rating/Share, 18-49 Rating/Share):
CBS Evening News
CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi will lead CNN’s first “Money Summit,” airing tomorrow at 11pmET and Saturday at 8pmET.
The Summit is called an “Anderson Cooper 360 special.”
Click continued to see the release…
Baier’s son is now 19-months-old, and continues his remarkable recovery from a “hole in his heart, unusual coronary arteries, a pinched aorta and his main arteries switched around,” which needed a major open-heart surgery just 12 days after he was born.
“Being back at work was extremely hard,” says Baier. “I had to focus on the story of the day but kept drifting back to the image of Paul hooked up to all the machines.”
• Earlier: Baier Family Gives Back
(image courtesy of People Magazine)