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Archives: February 2011

Hey, Charlie Sheen was on TV tonight

Got to hand it to Piers Morgan. After Charlie Sheen gave living room interviews to ABC’s Andrea Canning on Saturday, NBC’s Jeff Rossen on Sunday and a backyard interview with TMZ.com today, Sheen headed to CNN’s Hollywood studios for a sit-down with Morgan tonight.

Rossen interviewed Sheen again today for a new interview which will air tomorrow on “Today.” Then there’s the “20/20″ special tomorrow night. Had enough yet?

“The Early Show” should really book John Stamos.

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Last Week's Friday Night Smackdown Telecast Most Watched Ever On Syfy

Last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown established season highs in total viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and household ratings on the Syfy network.

Smackdown had 3.55 million total viewers, 1.36 million Adults 18-49 and 1.46 million Adults 25-54, which was good for a 2.3 HH rating. It was the most watched episode of Friday Night Smackdown since the weekly WWE show debuted on Syfy last October.

Thanks to the success of Friday Night Smackdown, Syfy propelled to #1 among all primetime cable telecasts for Adults 18-49 and #1 in prime cable among Adults 25-54.

R.I.P. FanHouse: 2006-2011

Happy trails, FanHouse.

Best of luck to the talented writers that were let go as a result of the Sporting News merger.

The Scoreboard: Friday, February 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 360 | MSNBC: 190 | CNN: 216 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 515 | MSNBC: 337 | CNN: 212 | HLN: 100

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
416 462 448 751 470 321 379 287
MSNBC Matthews: Live: Matthews: O’Donnell: Maddow: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup:
195 168 191 275 377 358 336 271
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: ParkerSpitzer: Morgan: Cooper: Cooper: Morgan:
215 231 215 153 185 299 279 197
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Missing: Behar: Showbiz: Grace:
60 78 119 131 75 99 86 45

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Piers Morgan: ‘Being too far right or left right now is a bit dangerous… What Americans need is facts’

Broadcasting & Cable editor Ben Grossman has an in-depth interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan:

What kind of feedback have you gotten from CNN?

They’re thrilled. They just tell me not to forget it’s an intelligent audience. And to remain independent. And being independent right now is a really good thing. Being too far right or left right now is a bit dangerous, given what’s going on in the Middle East. What Americans need is facts.

But don’t television ratings say that is not true? Opinion-driven shows like those on Fox News are on fire.

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Eliot Spitzer moves into Kathleen Parker’s office

TVNewser has learned Eliot Spitzer host of the new 8pmET show “In the Arena” has moved into the office of his former CNN co-host, Kathleen Parker. Parker announced on Friday she’d be moving on from the show and the network. So today, Spitzer moved in.

A CNN insider tells TVNewser, “It’s not unusual that when there are staff changes that there are office changes as well.”

Mike Tobin on covering Wisconsin protests: ‘To me it’s not the physical threat, it’s the constant harrassment.’

Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin is talking about how he’s become part of the story at the protests in Madison, Wisconsin. “I’m harassed with every liveshot,” Tobin told Fox News Radio this morning. Over the weekend, Tobin was subjected to both physical assault and verbal intimidation as he was trying to report live.

“There was a guy in the crowd, who took a couple of pokes at me — it amounted to a charlie horse,” said Tobin. “The sheriff’s deputies asked if I wanted to press charges and I’m not going press charges over getting punched in the arm, it’s just not my thing.”

Then, during a Sunday liveshot: “There was another guy, kind of a big guy who was trying to get into the shot and I leaned into him to keep him out of the shot, and then as I kind of pushed him away he said he was going to break my neck.”

“I find the whole thing a terrific distraction, and terribly frustrating, because I want to cover the story… and I’ve got to try to hold my head together with while they come after me with every liveshot.”

(h/t J$P)

Howard Bryant's Attorney Plays Race Card In Arrest

There’s a new twist in Howard Bryant‘s arrest over the weekend.

Bryant’s lawyer is claiming that police overreacted to the situation because it involved a black man and a white woman.

“This case is about the fact that racism still exists in America, and Howard Bryant is a victim of it,” said attorney Buz Eisenberg.

The ESPN senior writer appeared in court this morning and pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic assault and battery, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer.

The Republican had a chance to interview both Howard and Veronique Bryant as they gave their side of the story: Read more

Rachel Maddow in a post-Keith Olbermann world

Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz profiles MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in the wake of Keith Olbermann‘s split with the network:

Olbermann so thoroughly defined MSNBC as the voice of liberal outrage that Maddow, a self-described policy geek, must help forge a new identity. Maddow says she misses Olbermann but dismisses “suspicions” that the channel is toning things down, saying the ugly breakup “really wasn’t about the rest of us.”

And that  means Maddow’s — and MSNBC’s — targets haven’t changed.

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Charlie Sheen: NBC’s Rossen a ‘Rockstar,’ Interview ‘Pure Gold.’ ABC’s Interview Was ‘A Little Slanted’

“Two and a Half Men” actor Charlie Sheen is doing his best to undermine ABC’s primetime interview with him tomorrow evening. At 1 PM ET Sheen did a live Q&A with TMZ.com from his backyard in Hollywood.

He took the opportunity to weight in on the two network interviews he did. Sheen says he agreed to the NBC interview after he was unhappy with the way the ABC interview went.

“I re-entered an arena, and I expected something else, I had an expectation, and the result was not something I thought it would be,” Sheen told TMZ, adding that the excerpts ABC posted from the interview “seemed a  little slanted.”

As for the NBC interview, Sheen called NBC’s Jeff Rossen “a rockstar” and that his interview with him was “pure gold.”

An ABC insider responded by telling TVNewser “If that is how it breaks down between both interviews, it sounds like a badge of honor for ABC.”

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