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2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: Final Four Update!

Only four teams remain in the 2013 NCAA March Madness college basketball tourney, and things are getting tense in the TVNewser bracket challenge.

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht has pulled away into a commanding (but not insurmountable) lead. CNN’s Janelle Rodriguez and MSNBC’s Bill Wolff are neck and neck at 2nd and 3rd while CNNers Eric Sherling and Randi Kaye are still within striking distance.

FNC’s Anna Kooiman and CNN’s Lisa Sylvester are at the bottom of the pack right now.

The full standings are after the jump.
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2013 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Update

“First Thursday,” the big kick-off for March Madness, is over, and with it the 2013 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge really gets started.

This early in the game everyone is really close, but a few people have separated themselves from the pack.

CNBC’s Brian Schactman leads the way, with his colleague Joe Kernen and CNN’s Brooke Baldwin right behind him. Right now Lisa Sylvester, Wolf Blitzer, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell are at the bottom of the pack, but there is plenty of time for a comeback.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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TVNewser’s 2013 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is here (even though it may not feel like it where you are) and with it comes the sweet sound of sneakers on hardwood: the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.

Every year we have some of the best and brightest from the world of TV news come together in one competition to see who is tops at picking winners and losers.

Ultimately there can be only one winner, and they get the chance to brag about their picking prowess for all to see. 2012′s winner was Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald. Liz wont be participating this year, but 2011′s winner Dominic Chu is back to try and reclaim the title.

Here is your 2013 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

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Chris Licht: “We produce [CBS This Morning] as if we’re the only morning show on TV’

“CBS This Morning” is profiled by the Los Angeles Times. The Times takes recent morning shakeups: “Good Morning America” topping “Today,” and CNN’s recent morning shift, to figure out how CBS’ morning show fits in. Along the way EP Chris Licht and anchors Charlie Rose and Gayle King weigh in.

“We produce the show as if we’re the only morning show on TV,” Licht says. “We don’t do anything because the other guys do it, and we don’t not do anything because the other guys do it.”

“We don’t feel that we’re above any story,” she says. “I think we can always figure out a way to tell a story that is relatable and entertaining while keeping our dignity intact. It doesn’t have to turn into silly school.”

News Pro Names ’12 To Watch in TV News’

TV Week’s News Pro magazine has assembled a list of “12 to Watch in TV News.” Unsurprisingly, incoming CNN president Jeff Zucker, who says “just because you’re not partisan doesn’t mean you can’t be exciting,” tops the list.

Notably, there are only two other cable personalities on the list: MSNBC’s weekend host Chris Hayes and Fox News’ Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream, who has taken on an expanded role in the network’s political coverage this year.

Each of the network morning shows are represented — Robin Roberts for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Savannah Guthrie for NBC’s “Today” and Norah O’Donnell for “CBS This Morning.” Chris Licht, the executive producer of “This Morning,” is also on the list.

Rounding out the 12 people are PBS’ “Frontline” executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath, NBCUniversal news group chairman Pat Fili-Krushnel, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, TheBlazeTV host Glenn Beck and ABC News weekend anchor David Muir.

Charlie Rose: ‘I don’t take Chris Licht questions’

“CBS This Morning” co-anchors Charlie Rose and Gayle King were talking to CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg this morning, and “CTM” EP Chris Licht became a veritable fourth wheel in the segment.

It began when Licht commented into King and Rose’s earpieces that Greenberg “would not be paying” for a hotel room, a comment which king shared on-air. Later on, Rose asked Greenberg if he was “treated like a high roller in Vegas when you walk in?”

“Is this another Chris Licht question?” Greenberg quipped.

No, I swear it is not,” Rose responded. “I don’t take Chris Licht questions, by the way. (Laughs)”

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Roger Ailes, George Stephanopoulos, Tom Brokaw and Arianna Huffington Turn Out for CURE

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod spent his final night with his mustache at New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant raising awareness — and money — for epilepsy research. Axelrod and his wife Susan hosted many Manhattan luminaries at the CURE New York reception at which Mayor Mike Bloomberg was presented an award for his support. In his brief remarks, Bloomberg caught sight of NBC’s Tom Brokaw in the crowd: “There’s Tom Brokaw. He’s my neighbor …. and my golf partner. Maybe he’ll even give me a few strokes next round.”

TVNewser spotted Fox News chairman Roger Ailes giving a warm hello to Susan Axelrod and Arianna Huffington as David Axelrod gave his remarks. The Axelrods established CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy as the family struggled to come to terms with their daughter Lauren’s epilepsy. Now 31, Lauren experienced her first seizure at seven months old.

We chatted with “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose, who, with his co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, is treating the “This Morning” staff to a holiday party next week. “It takes two jobs to be able to do it, but we’ll do it,” joked Rose, who also hosts “Charlie Rose” on PBS and Bloomberg TV.

Also at the event, organized for the most part by Tammy Haddad: “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos and his wife Ali Wentworth, ABC political analyst

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Oprah on Letterman Chat: ‘It felt like Dave was giving me therapy’

David Letterman invited Oprah Winfrey to his alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana Monday. The candid conversation, part of a series Letterman puts on, lasted an hour and 40 minutes — 45 minutes longer than scheduled.

After her Letterman sitdown, Winfrey talked with CBS’s Jeff Glor, for an interview that aired on “CBS This Morning:” “It felt like Dave was giving me therapy,” says Winfrey. “I am sitting on stage in a real conversation with Dave Letterman about things that I haven’t thought about for years,” she tells Glor.

Also reflective this morning, “CBS This Morning” hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell. “This has been a great broadcast,” said Rose at the end of the show. “Think of the people that have been on. Warren Buffett, R.A. Dickey was here. Oprah Winfrey. What a great job to have.” O’Donnell responded: “It is. And you know what, Charlie? It’s the best job I have ever had. I do mean that. And a lot of it has to do with you and Gayle. Not [show EP] Chris Licht, though,” O’Donnell chuckled.

Glor’s story, after the jump…

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Producer Changes at ‘CBS This Morning’

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht has made some top producer changes at the 11-month old morning show.

Brian Applegate has been named senior broadcast producer and Matthew Glick is a new senior producer overseeing guest bookings.

Applegate had been EP for CBS News’ overnight show “Up to the Minute” and the 4am “CBS Morning News.” Glick joins CBS News from NBC News where he was part of the team that helped launch “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Glick is also a “Today” show alum.

The current Senior Broadcast Producer Tom Mazzarelli will be leaving the show, but staying on through the run of his contract. There is speculation he might return to NBC’s “Today” show where he was senior producer from 2003-2006. A return to “Today” would reunite him with Don Nash, who was named Executive Producer of “Today” earlier this month and who officially takes the reins next Monday.

Mazzarelli joined CBS News in 2008 as senior producer of “The Early Show.”

Bill O’Reilly Loves ‘Lincoln’: ‘You Know You’re Gonna Win Best Picture’

Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly gives an enthusiastic two thumbs up for “Lincoln,” the new Steven Spielberg film which documents the final few months of the Civil War as Abraham Lincoln tries to get the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery through the House of Representatives.

TVNewser attended the screening and a Q&A with Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lincoln, and screenwriter Tony Kushner moderated by TIME’s Rick Stengel. Stengel called first on O’Reilly who asked Day-Lewis how long it took to prepare for the role. “It took a year,” Day-Lewis says. “It seemed preposterous at first … growing up in Southeast London” to play the 16th president of the United States.

O’Reilly then gave his seal of approval: “You know you’re going to win Best Picture.” Then, to Day-Lewis, “and you’re going to win Best Actor.” And to Spielberg: “And you’re going to win Best Director and [Tommy Lee] Jones is going to win Best Supporting Actor.” Jones plays “Radical Republican” Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens.

Before the screening we had a chance to talk with O’Reilly, author of “Killing Lincoln” on its 55th week on the New York Times Best-Sellers list, this week at No. 5. His “Killing Kennedy” is No. 1 on the list for the second straight week.

We asked the Fox News star if he was excited by the news that FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes had signed on for another four years. “Excited? We’d be shocked if he hadn’t,” said O’Reilly.

Other notable tvnewsers at the event, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, who had a revealing feature on Spielberg last Sunday, “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King, Charlie Rose, and EP Chris Licht. MSNBC’s Chris Jansing and Lawrence O’Donnell, who ducked out during the Q&A to make it back to 30 Rock for his 10pm show. CNN execs Mark Whitaker, Ken Jautz and Bart Feder and ABC’s “This Week” EP Sandy Cannold.

And, after an early morning co-hosting “GMA,” Oprah Winfrey also attended. She gave a bear hug to Kushner. Then, exiting the theater — appropriately at the Loews Lincoln Square on the Upper

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