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Archives: May 2011

How Piers Morgan Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Live TV

When CNN prepared to launch “Piers Morgan Tonight,” host Morgan and EP Jonathan Wald made a point of highlighting the fact that they would try to pre-tape as many interviews as possible, ensuring meaty interviews and plenty of opportunity to promote them with clips.

They were also completely open to doing live shows, but said they would not do “Live for live’s sake.” Now, nearly six months in, nearly two thirds of Morgan’s shows have been live, including the much-talked-about discussion with Charlie Sheen when the CBS comedy star was the talk of Hollywood for his outbursts.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan uses the Sheen interview to reflect on going live:

Morgan: For sheer live drama excitement and also because by then I’d been getting a bit fed up with the fact that he doesn’t do them all live. Two-thirds of my show so far have been live, and I love live TV. Most of Got Talent ends up being live in the summer. Having Charlie walk in and go live for an hour was electrifying.

THR: How do you make the decision between what goes live and what is taped?

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Ellen Degeneres Pranks Meredith Vieira

Outgoing “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira is making the TV rounds as she prepares to leave the iconic NBC morning show. Monday she appeared on syndie program “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” where she was promptly pranked by Ellen, before explaining her decision to leave:

Fox News Contributor Accuses Jay Leno of Plagiarizing Joke from ‘Red Eye’

Fox News Channel is home to the late night news/comedy/ time-killing hybrid that is “Red Eye,” which airs at 3 AM ET, when most of America is asleep. So it is understandable that the show could be ripe for knocking-off. After all, how many people are really watching?

“Red Eye’”s Andy Levy told host Greg Gutfeld thought he may have caught an act of plagiarism from the “Tonight Show” host, Jay Leno:

Announcer Mark Jackson Finalist For Warriors Job

Former player and current ESPN/ABC basketball analyst Mark Jackson is a finalist for the Golden State Warriors’ head coaching job, according to Matt Steinmetz of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Jackson is considered an intriguing candidate in some circles. Despite having no head coaching experience, he is frequently mentioned when jobs come open, and he has expressed a desire to coach.

Jackson played 17 seasons in the NBA and ranks third on the all-time assists list. He was known for his court smarts, leadership and getting the most out of his ability. Jackson has a strong presence, but as a tactician and X-and-O guy — very little is known.

Jackson is in competition with about a half dozen other candidates to replace Keith Smart, whose contract was not renewed. Among the other candidates reportedly under consideration are Dwane Casey, Lawrence Frank and Brian Shaw.

ESPN's Skip Bayless Accuses ESPN's Chris Broussard of Selling His 'Journalistic Soul' To Be Close To LeBron James

I’d like to think Skip Bayless and Chris Broussard got this worked up on this morning’s installment of “First Take” because somebody decided these guys should be working on Memorial Day. The topic: LeBron James, who Bayless openly despises. Broussard said Bayless should not presume to know what’s in LeBron’s heart. And Bayless tells Broussard he sold his “journalistic soul” to get close to LeBron and has no objectivity on the matter. Then the patty-cakes begin.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

Greta Van Susteren defends bus interview with Sarah Palin

Greta Van Susteren stepped aboard the Sarah Palin bus this morning as it continued to tour sites in and around Washington, DC. Van Susteren is not anchoring her show tonight, which means the interview may be held for tomorrow night.Van Susteren, who hosted Sarah and Todd Palin at the White House Correspondents dinner festivities earlier this month, is the only member of the national media to interview Palin since she announced the tour. And that’s drawn the ire of other members of the media covering Palin.

The NYTimes’ Michael D. Shear writes, “Ms. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, has made it quite clear that she just wants to be left alone. She doesn’t want to accommodate members of the news media (except, perhaps, Fox.)”

On her blog this morning, Van Susteren says there’s a good reason she got the interview, and others haven’t.

She works for Fox, and just as with any employee or someone on contract with another network, she is contractually obliged NOT to speak to others. For instance, when I was in Haiti, I could not interview CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta or when I want to talk politics, I can’t interview CNN’s Donna Brazile.

In fact, despite the bus tour, and a documentary biopic, Fox News has said they will not be changing Palin’s contract status any time soon.

> Update, Tuesday morning: The interview airs tonight on “On the Record.” A preview clip is after the jump.

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Video: Jim Tressel's Wife Slams Door On TV Reporter

WSYX-TV reporter Steve Levine had the assignment of getting reaction from Jim Tressel‘s family following his resignation from Ohio State University.

Jim’s wife, Ellen, wasn’t in a talkative mood and slammed the door in Levine’s face.

Good call.

[H/T SportsByBrooks]


Keith Olbermann and Al Gore: The Baseball Card

Like so many others, your TVNewser editor was an avid baseball card collector as a kid. If you collected baseball cards, you collected Topps.

For the 2011 edition of its “Allen & Ginter” set, Topps is adding some special autographed cards with a familiar face or two:

Yes, Al Gore and Keith Olbermann will be signing cards, which should be released in July, shortly after Olbermann’s “Countdown” makes its debut on Gore’s Current TV.

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Hawk Harrelson Suggests Jose Bautista Is Corking

Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson was in rare form this weekend during a series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

It started Saturday when Corey Patterson hit a walk-off home run in the 14th inning and Harrelson asked for the ball to “get down” as it sailed over the right field fence.

But that was mild compared to Sunday when the colorful play-by-play announcer hinted that Jose Bautista might be corking.

“If you didn’t know better, you’d say [his bat] had a little cork in it,” Harrelson said.

Everyone (and by everyone, I mean bloggers) has hinted that there must be something going on with Bautista. Read more

At Arlington, Pres. Obama recounts story of Travis Manion and Brendan Looney featured on CBS News

This morning, during his Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery, Pres. Obama told the story of Travis Manion and Brendan Looney, roommates at the Naval Academy who were later both sent into battle. Lt. Travis Manion, a Marine, was killed on patrol in Iraq in April 2007. Three years later, Navy Seal Lt. Brendan Looney was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. CBS’s David Martin reported last year on how their families vowed the friends in life would be honored in death.