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Showtime Orders Climate Change Documentary With Celebrities, ’60 Minutes’ Veterans and Chris Hayes

Pay cable network Showtime has ordered a multi-episode documentary series about climate change called “Years Of Living Dangerously” for 2013, and to say it has star power would be something of an understatement. Showtime will air six to eight one-hour editions of the documentary, which features  a slew of heavy hitters from the world of journalism and entertainment.

On the journalism side, the series will be produced by “60 Minutes” veterans Joel Bach and David Gelber. Also joining them will be reports from MSNBC host Chris Hayes and New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof and Mark Bittman.

On the celebrity front the series has filmmaker James Cameron, producer Jerry Weintraub and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as executive producers. Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Edward Norton and Alec Baldwin will all appear as first-person narrators, with more names to come.

“We’ll make it exciting,” said Cameron in a statement. “We’ll make it investigative. We’ll bring people the truth.  And people are always hungry for the truth.”

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Last Night on Jeopardy!: Anderson Cooper Gets Animated, Wins For Charity

Last night was the final night of the “Jeopardy!” “Power Players” week, with journalists and Washington DC-types competing for their favorite charities. The final three players were CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, NBC White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell and New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman.

As usual, each player had one category that was a play on their name or profession. One category was “‘A.C.’” with each answer having one word starting with an “A” and a second word starting with a “C.” “Here’s to the Irish,” in honor of Ms. O’Donenll’s heritage, and “Cold, Hilly and Empty,” a play on Friedman’s last book Hot, Flat and Crowded.

Cooper showed the most personality, and was the strongest player. He cracked jokes and literally jumped in the air in mock joy after ending the first segment as the only player not in negatives.

Going into Final Jeopardy! Cooper had a substantial, but not insurmountable, lead. None of the players were able to get the question correct however (it was Eli Whitney), but smart wagering gave Cooper the win, and $50,000 for his charity.

TV News Well-Represented During Jeopardy! ‘Power Players Week’

Anchors, correspondents and contributors for TV news organizations make up most of the contestants for “Jeopardy!” “Power Players Week.” CNN, NBC News, Fox News and the BBC are all represented, with the contestants all playing for their favorite charities.

The players are:

From CNN: Anchor Anderson Cooper and correspondent Lizzie O’Leary.

From NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC: CNBC anchor David Faber, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell and anchor and correspondent Chuck Todd.

From Fox News: anchor Chris Wallace and contributor Dana Perino.

From the BBC: Katty Kay.

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Media Moguls Well Represented at White House State Dinner

Last night the White House hosted a state dinner for Chinese Premier Hu Jintao. Only one TV news anchor was in attendance as a guest, but plenty of media moguls made the list.

ABC News “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour attended with her husband James Rubin. Amanpour’s boss, Disney CEO Bob Iger, also attended, with his wife Willow Bay.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, having closed the deal to sell a majority stake in NBC Universal to Comcast, was in attendance, as was Wendi Deng Murdoch, the wife of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch. Rupert, however, was not there.

Some other media types, after the jump.

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Obama’s Next Stop — “This Week”

thisweek_1-7.jpgFollowing President-elect Barack Obama‘s interview with CNBC’s John Harwood today, his next interview will be with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

It will be his first Sunday morning interview since arriving in Washington, and begins ABC News’ week-long series, “America’s Economy: What’s the Fix?”

Also on the program: Newt Gingrich, Thomas Friedman, Peggy Noonan and George Will.

Earlier: Common Bond: The Stephanopoulos-Obama Connection