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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:47PM EST
Patricia Cornwell is developing NBC crime drama series Red Stick
The bestselling crime author's crime series is revolves around Dr. Annie Lodge, an original character she created. According to Variety, Lodge is "summoned from New York to her hometown of Baton Rouge, La., after the sudden death of her father, the city’s beloved coroner. Now, as she’s mourning the loss of her childhood hero, Annie finds herself reluctantly stepping into her father’s role to solve an ongoing murder while navigating the complicated waters of Bayou politics, Southern hospitality, and a simmering past romance."
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 9:55AM EST
TV news played it safe on election night until Fox News declared Democrats' House victory
Source: The New York Times
NBC News, CNN, ABC News and other news outlets seemed wary of declaring victory for the Democrats in retaking the House of Representatives. "Then blue-state redemption arrived from an unlikely source: Fox News," reports The New York Times. "In an aggressive call on a night when many television networks played it safe, Fox News was the first major news organization to project that the Democrats would retake control of the House of Representatives, dealing a blow to the channel’s most famous viewer, President Trump...About 50 minutes after Fox News’ call, NBC News followed suit. CNN did not weigh in with a definitive projection on the House until 11 p.m." This year, the Big Three broadcast networks devoted much more time to covering the midterms. As The Times notes, "ABC, CBS and NBC allotted a supersize block of time — three hours in prime time — to feed viewers’ appetite for political news. Usually, midterms only merit an hour of coverage on the Big Three broadcast stations, usually starting at 10 p.m. Cable news networks, whose ratings now regularly beat rival channels like ESPN, constructed glossy new sets for the occasion; Fox News, for instance, built a hub outside its studio on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan."
- Sean Hannity was noticeably absent from Fox News' election coverage after appearing on stage with Trump
- CNN had the best presentation on election night
- Beto O'Rourke dropped the F-bomb on live TV while giving his concession speech
- Ted Cruz's victory prompted Stephen Colbert to break the glass for his "emergency drink"
- Seth Meyers had a more upbeat election night reaction compared to two years ago
- Olivia Wilde's mom loses Congressional race to an alleged "devotee of Bigfoot erotica"
# TOPICS: 2018 Midterm Elections, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Beto O’Rourke, Chris Wallace, Olivia Wilde, Sean Hannity, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Ted Cruz, Cable News, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 8:55PM EST
In praise of MSNBC's Steve Kornacki, the only good thing about election night
"Not to sh*t on CNN’s John King, but Kornacki is the best board monkey in the game," says Ashley Reese. "He has the eager, earnest excitement of a labrador retriever and a genuine love of polls, numbers, and everything else that makes me want to launch myself out of a window. Kornacki breaks all this electoral dysfunction down into easy to chew, bite sized pieces with a touch of absolute f*cking chaos that makes me feel like Kornacki and I are sharing the same caffeine drip. He’s also a welcome reprieve from the back and forth banter between the network’s talking heads who sometimes seem more interested in hearing themselves talk than actually dispensing news."
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 4:37PM EST
MSNBC screws up by airing Florida gubernatorial race results on Monday night
“Quick clarification here,” said All In host Chris Hayes on his show Monday. “Just want to say, earlier this hour, uh, we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race. May have caught your eye because our system had inadvertently populated some test numbers. Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election. That was a misfire. Don’t worry. I was pretty confused when I saw it up there, to see it there myself.”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Maps are the real stars of election night on cable news
Source: The New York Times
CNN's John King, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki and Fox News' Bill Hemmer explain how their interactive maps have become game-changers in covering elections. CNN's Magic Wall technology, for instance, was designed by the CIA, not CNN.
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
Nearly four years after scandal, Brian Williams is grateful for his MSNBC "comeback," which he considers "uniquely American"
Source: Los Angeles Times
“I think I’m the recipient of something that is uniquely American,” says the host of MSNBC's The 11th Hour. “People like a comeback.” Williams was suspended for six months in February 2015, and ultimately stripped of his NBC Nightly News anchor job, for lying about his involvement in the 2003 Iraq invasion. “All I will say … is you have to go deep to properly examine everything,” he says. “I would not diminish the fact that this company saw me in a new and different role. I’m professionally happy and grateful in equal measure.”
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 6:46PM EDT
Megyn Kelly's NBC News exit negotiations may bring up Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein reporting
Kelly's new attorney Bryan J. Freedman, one of Hollywood's top talent-side litigators who was hired late last night, is scheduled to begin exit negotiations with NBC News on Friday. TMZ reports that with nearly two years left on her three-year deal, Kelly is demanding a $50 million settlement or she'll file a lawsuit. Multiple reports say she wants Ronan Farrow to attend the meeting as a witness. Last month, Kelly questioned NBC News' handling of Farrow's reporting on Weinstein, and even contradicted NBC News chairman Andy Lack's insistence that Farrow didn't have an on-the-record interview with Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan. She even called for an independent investigation of NBC News. “Is this retaliation? That’s what this is about,” a source tells Vulture. Sources tell Variety "that NBC News chairman Andy Lack disapproved of Kelly aggressively covering stories about sexual harassment on her show, particularly related to NBC and disgraced anchor Matt Lauer." Kelly's attorney is also expected to bring up MSNBC anchor Joy Reid's old homophobic blog posts and Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps dressing in blackface as Diana Ross for Halloween. “Both of them still work there,” a source tells Vulture. “All Megyn did was talk about it and apologize.”
- More celebrities, including Ron Howard and Gary Sinise, canceled on Megyn Kelly Today -- while staffers were told Thursday to prepare for a few days off and that they would be moved to new jobs if the show is canceled
- Is there any possibility of Megyn Kelly staying at NBC?
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
NBC News unveils "Signal" streaming service
NBC News Signal is scheduled to launch in the middle of next year featuring programs hosted by Steve Kornacki, Katy Tur and other MSNBC/NBC News stars.
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Kanye West holds an impromptu press conference while speaking with President Trump in the Oval Office
In what some are saying may be preview of this week's SNL cold open, cable news captured the bizarre spectacle of Kanye West meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office. Following a marathon speech while sitting across from Trump, West was asked questions from the media about his past comments denouncing former President George W. Bush. West ended his visit by giving President Trump a hug. "I love this guy right here," West said.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Print reporters who cover the White House have had to upgrade their style because they're constantly appearing on TV
"Such is the life of a print reporter covering Trump these days: full of uncertainty, packed with potential. Nonstop TV hits," says Joel Pavelski. "Also: new suits, and much better ones than before. With the extra screen time comes added pressure to always dress the part of a TV anchorman—and some guys on the politics beat are investing in new suits, new stylists, and even new smiles to prep for their close-ups."
Posted Sunday 9/30/18 at 6:30AM EDT
Chris Martin had to assure MSNBC’s Global Citizen Concert audience that everything was okay after a collapsed fence was mistaken for gunshots
The concert broadcast live on MSNBC was briefly halted after the gate crash caused mass confusion.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
Kavanaugh Hearings deliver big ratings for cable news
Fox News was No. 1 with its coverage of the hearings for Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, averaging 5.66 million viewers. MSNBC averaged 2.88 million viewers, while CNN finished third with 2.51 million.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The Rachel Maddow Show turns 10
MSNBC's No. 1 show, which has been dominating among all cable news shows lately amid the flurry of Trump news, debuted on Sept. 8, 2008.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
"This is so nuts": TV anchors navigated one of the wildest hours of news
Source: The New York Times
At one point amid the Tuesday frenzy of news, CNN's Jake Tapper turned to the camera and said: "It’s like a Saturday Night Live skit.” The Drudge Report called it “**TRUMP HELL HOUR**.” As Michael M. Grynbaum describes its, "over the course of a whipsawing hour of television on Tuesday, journalists struggled to keep up with a developing drama that seemed to put the most outlandish House of Cards story lines to shame. President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was pleading guilty in a Manhattan courtroom, at the exact same time that Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of eight counts of fraud after a trial in Virginia."
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Report: CNN has been shunning Omarosa
Source: Page Six
The former White House staffer has been all over MSNBC, but she 's been unable to promote her book on CNN. “Don Lemon was offered one of the first cable interviews and passed,” an insider tells Page Six. CNN also canceled her appearance on Jake Tapper's State of the Union. ALSO: Cable news spent 34 hours covering Omarosa last week.