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The Saturday Ticker: Bream, O’Brien, ‘Late Show’

  • Fox News’ Shannon Bream will interview Jeb Bush tomorrow during “America’s News HQ” at 1pmET. Bream will speak to the former Florida governor about the 25th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s presidency and the 2016 presidential election.

  • Soledad O’Brien pens an essay in Essence about the decision to focus on her production company after leaving CNN: “Two hours of anchoring and reporting news and conversation five days a week was fun but exhausting. When my show ended, I feared losing the ability to effect change and create an impact,” she writes.

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Rosie O’Donnell Would ‘Love’ CNN 9pm Slot, But Denies She’s Being Considered

Former “The View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitter this morning to respond to a NY Daily News report that she’s on CNN’s short-list to replace Piers Morgan at 9pmET.

It’s doubtful CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker feels too rosy about O’Donnell: back in 2010, she said Zucker—who was President of NBC Entertainment at the time—should be ashamed of himself (along with Jay Leno) for not handing over the “Tonight Show” reins more readily to then-”Late Show” host Conan O’Brien.

O’Donnell was in serious talks with MSNBC in 2007 to host a show there.

Conan O’Brien Dubs Larry King’s Back to Life Show: ‘Larry King Alive’

Appearing Thursday night on Conan O’Brien‘s show Larry King revealed his wishes for when he dies.

“I don’t believe in an afterlife…so that means when you die, it’s bye, bye baby,” King said. “So the only fragment of hope is to be frozen, and some day they cure whatever you died of, and you’re back.”

Pointing at O’Brien, King announced that when he goes, he wants to be frozen. Feeling the pressure, Conan shot back: “Why you putting the responsibility on me?” he said, foreshadowing him busting into the hospital and taking a no longer living King to the freezer.

Conan concluded the real reason King wants to be frozen: another TV show named “Larry King Alive.”

Fortunately, King’s First Big Break will be forever documented.

No Weather Channel? Conan’s Got a Solution

With the DIRECTV-Weather Channel blackout in its third day, Conan O’Brien presented a “just as good” replacement program, “Andy Richter‘s Weather Channel,” on his TBS show last night. Richter — who, along with O’Brien, used to be employed by Weather Channel part-owner NBC Universal — offered a few temperatures with no corresponding cities, some ads, and a “Weather Channel classic — a montage of dangerous weather conditions set to elevator music.”  Watch:

Ron Burgundy Sings For His ‘Dear Friend’ Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Ron BurgundyWill Ferrell visited Conan O’Brien last night as “Anchorman” Ron Burgundy, and sang in defense of his “dear friend” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

“My dear, dear, dear friend, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, is running for reelection, and I hold him in the highest regard…he is the best!”

“He’s a controversial figure,” O’Brien shot back.

“Controversial cause he’s so damn honest, yea,” Burgundy said. “Outstanding individual…he’s asked me to sing the campaign theme song for his reelection.”

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The PM Ticker: Women, Wheelock, Wheels Up

  • Al Jazeera America has named Bob Wheelock senior executive producer. Wheelock joins AJAM from Al Jazeera English, where he was EP of newsgathering for the Americas.

  • The CNN Airport Network, which provides content on TV screens at airports across the nation, is adding TBS’ “Conan” and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” to its lineup. Conan O’Brien and CNN president Jeff Zucker have a long and illustrious history, as you may recall.

Conan O’Brien Presents New Morning Show ‘Wake Up and Back Up’ At Turner Upfront

Turner Broadcasting channels TBS and TNT pitched their new lineup to advertisers and the press this morning in New York. The big story is that TBS and TNT will be streaming their linear channels online and on new iPhone and iPad apps, becoming the first national entertainment channels to do so (sister channel CNN started testing it out last year).

You can read more from the upfront at Lost Remote, but we also had to share a clip presented by Conan O’Brien at the upfront. O’Brien joked to the crowd that he pitched TBS on a new morning show “shot entirely from the rear-view camera of a Toyota Sienna.” The result is “Wake Up and Back up.”

“I think CNN should really consider this, ” O’Brien joked at a luncheon following the presentation.

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Ratings: Millions Tune Into White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner has become must-see TV. Just a few years ago, the dinner was only televised live on C-SPAN, and any funny clips would be shared afterward. Now the clips still get shared, but people are tuning in live in droves.

President Obama and Conan O’Brien spoke during the 10-11 PM hour, and sure enough that is when tune-in was highest. CNN led the way with 1.49 million viewers, including 401,000 adults 25-54. Fox News drew 1.11 million viewers, including 183,000 A25-54, while MSNBC drew 640,000 total viewers, including 176,000 A25-54.

It is important to note that these numbers do not include anyone watching online, nor do they include C-SPAN, which is not rated by Nielsen. We can safely say that at least 3.5 million people watched the speeches live, all told.

From 9-10 PM, when the channels previewed the dinner (and when Ed Henry delivered his speech), the ratings were also strong:

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Cable News Networks Fodder for Obama, O’Brien at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The cable news networks were a prime target for both President Obama and Conan O’Brien at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, held at the Washington D.C. Hilton.

Obama kicked off his remarks by acknowledging Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, the White House Correspondents’ Association president. “Ed, you’re doing an outstanding job,” Obama said. “We are grateful for the great work you’ve done.”

In his remarks, Obama poked fun at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate,” he said. “David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace considering MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod.” Obama joked that Fox News said it was “an insult to Satan” when an actor in the History Channel’s series “The Bible” was noticed for his resemblance to the President.

O’Brien also took aim at CNN and Fox News in his speech. “Speaking of dinner, tonight’s entrees were halibut and filet mignon. Or as John King reported it, lasagna and cous-cous,” he said. “If the President laughs, everyone laughs. And if the Fox News table laughs, a little girl just fell off her bike.”

O’Brien also made fun of NBC, saying the network has had a “rough go of it” of late. “The ‘Today’ show let go of Ann Curry. After being told, Ann Curry said, ‘let me get this straight: Al Roker tells the world that he crapped his pants at the White House, and I’m getting fired?’” O’Brien said.

Earlier in the day, Tammy Haddad hosted the 20th Annual Correspondents Garden Brunch. FishbowlDC has the details of the event, which was attended by Greta Van Susteren, Savannah Guthrie, Norah O’Donnell and Chris Matthews, among many others.

After the jump, watch the “House of Cards” spoof that opened the dinner, featuring Henry, Charlie Rose and Major Garrett. Read more

Where To Watch The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Saturday evening the White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be held in Washington DC. As has become de rigueur, the dinner and speeches will be televised on cable news. White House Correspondents’ Association chief and Fox News correspondent Ed Henry will speak, as will President Obama and this year’s comedic guest, Conan O’Brien.

C-SPAN, which was covering the dinner live before it was cool, will kick off coverage at 6:15 PM Saturday with red carpet coverage, as well as full, unedited coverage of the event. C-SPAN will also have some liveshots from BuzzFeed’s counter-programmed BBQ.

CNN is planning live coverage from 9-11 PM, hosted by Don Lemon, along with Brianna Keilar and Nischelle Turner. The first hour will feature “best of” moments from past dinners, with the second hour featuring the key speeches live. There will also be reports from the red carpet during the 6-7 PM hour.

Fox News will be covering the proceedings as part of “Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro” from 9-11 PM Saturday. There will be some guests to talk about the festivities, and live coverage of the speeches in the 10 PM hour, TVNewser hears.

MSNBC will also have special coverage from 9-11 PM, with the first hour featuring “best of” highlights, and live coverage in the second hour. Craig Melvin will host.
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