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Maria Spinella Named Executive Producer of ‘CNN Tonight With Don Lemon’

Maria Spinella Named Executive Producer of ‘CNN Tonight With Don Lemon’
CNN’s Don Lemon has a new top producer, after the previous showrunner left for MSNBC.

Maria Spinella, a CNN veteran who has worked on shows anchored by Piers Morgan, Campbell Brown and Paula Zahn, will become the new executive producer of “CNN Tonight,” the late prime block Lemon has hosted since 2014.

She replaces Jonathan Wald, who recently left CNN for a senior executive role at MSNBC.

Spinella was most recently senior broadcast producer for Lemon’s program, serving as the show’s primary editorial and control room manager for show. She also produced live convention post shows from both the Republican and Democratic national conventions last year. Before that, she was senior producer for “Piers Morgan Live” and a segment producer for programs anchored by Brown and Zahn. Prior to joining CNN, Spinella was associate/field producer for the ABC News show “Primetime Medial Mysteries,” an associate/field producer for HBO Sports’ “Costas Now” and a
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Jonathan Wald Exits CNN, Heads To MSNBC As Svp Programming And Development

Jonathan Wald is bowing out of CNN, where he has been Ep-ing Don Lemon’s sometimes-gobsmacking primetime show, to become Svp Programming and Development at MSNBC. He reports directly to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and starts next week. Here is Griffin’s “memo” to staff: Team, I'm excited to announce that Jonathan Wald will join MSNBC on March 6 as Svp of Programming and Development, reporting to me. He joins us from CNN where he was executive producer of CNN Tonight and…
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MSNBC Lures Veteran TV-News Producer Jonathan Wald

In TV-news circles, producer Jonathan Wald has seen pretty much everything, serving as a senior hand at programs ranging from NBC’s “Today” to CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Now he will step up to a broader role at MSNBC.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet said it had hired Wald as senior vice president of programming and development, a title that gives him some oversight of the network’s primetime programming along with a responsibility for developing long-form content and special events. He will start March 6 and report to MSNBC president Phil Griffin. Wald had most recently served as executive producer of “CNN Tonight” the Don Lemon-hosted primetime program in which the anchor often raises eyebrows with his discussion of the headlines.

Wald is returning to NBCU after a long first tenure there. He had served as executive producer of both “Today” and “NBC Nightly News,” as well as senior vice president of business news at CNBC
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Don Lemon’s Late Shift: CNN Anchor Hopes to Embrace Wee-Hours Talk

Don Lemon’s Late Shift: CNN Anchor Hopes to Embrace Wee-Hours Talk
Don Lemon was about twenty minutes into his nightly CNN program on a recent evening when something significant threatened to distract him. Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President, had just tweeted about Lemon, and it wasn’t complimentary. CNN’s ratings were poor, Trump declared, and Lemon might be one of the causes: “With people like Don Lemon, who could expect any more?”

Producers chatting in the anchor’s ear began to buzz, and Lemon tried to tamp it down. “Trump is watching,” Lemon said to the crew during an ad break. “I got it, y’all!”

Despite the candidate’s protest, people are still watching Don Lemon – and more of him. As the U.S. election cycle has intensified, his on-air time has increased. His one-hour “CNN Tonight” now takes up two, and on some evenings, he may stay on the air until 1 a.m. or later, a schedule that is often only revealed to
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Update: CNN To Try Out Don Lemon And Brooke Baldwin Shows At 11 Pm During Erin Burnett Maternity Leave

Update, 10:40 Am: CNN said it will test out two programs at 11 Pm during Erin Burnett’s maternity leave. For the three weeks of December 2nd, 9th and 16th, Don Lemon will host a half-hour show, The 11th Hour, from 11-11:30 Pm Et, and Brooke Baldwin will host CNN Today from 11:30 Pm-midnight. Both shows will have a limited run. CNN’s 7 Pm program, Erin Burnett Outfront, usually repeats in that hour. The cable news network also said that, for the weeks of December 2nd, 9th and 16th, Jake Tapper will anchor Outfront, from 7-8 pm Et while continuing to host his program The Lead from 4-5 pm Et. For the weeks of December 23rd, 30th and January 6th, Lemon will anchor Burnett’s show. Previous, 6:34 Am: Don Lemon, who has been with CNN since 2006, will get to test run a new show starting next month. The weekend evening anchor,
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Goodbye ‘Breaking Bad’: Showbizzers React to the Finale

Goodbye ‘Breaking Bad’: Showbizzers React to the Finale
On September 29, AMC aired the final episode of “Breaking Bad,” thus ending the shocking tailspin of turning Bryan Cranston’s Walter White from, as creator Vince Gilligan likes to say, Mr. Chips into Scarface.

The drama has been an Emmy darling, most recently receiving the top dramatic series nod at the 2013 Emmy Awards, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Hollywood insiders joined other fans on social media to say goodbye to “Breaking Bad.” Here, we’ve captured a few of our favorite Twitter reactions to the series finale.

Thank you, Vince Gilligan, for conceiving & executing the most bizarre love story I've ever seen. #GoodbyeBreakingBad—

Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 30, 2013

Am gonna order some @HollywoodPies and watch @BreakingBad_AMC!—

shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 30, 2013

#GoodbyeBreakingBad is breaking my heart. I'm not ready for this. I binge watched over the summer & I'm not ready for it to be over!—

Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum
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Former ‘Today’ Executive Producer Michael Bass Joins New Katie Couric Talk Show

Exclusive: Another key member of the Katie Couric-Jeff Zucker team from the golden era of Today is joining them on Couric’s upcoming syndicated talk show. No, it’s not Matt Lauer, who recently re-upped his deal at the NBC morning show. Michael Bass, who served as executive producer Jeff Zucker’s No.2 on Today and as interim executive producer on the NBC program when Zucker left to become NBC Entertainment president, has closed a deal to serve as co-executive producer on Katie, Couric’s daytime syndicated talk show, which launches Sept. 10. Related: Matt Lauer Signs New Deal For ‘Today’ Bass, who I hear has been working behind the scenes on the Disney-abc Domestic TV-distributed Katie for a month or two, joins fellow co-executive producer Kathy Samuels. Both will report to Jeff Zucker and help him run the show. That is a familiar position for Wme-repped Bass who
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Barbara Walters Apologizes Over Conflict Of Interest In Landing Syria Interview

Barbara Walters secured the first exclusive American TV interview with Syria president Bashar al-Assad back in December as that nation’s internal strife began to bubble over. Now she has issued an apology after a string of emails surfaced that showed the ABC News icon later attempted to use her influence to gain favor’s for one of Assad’s closest aides, the 22-year-old daughter of Syria’s Un ambassador. According to the UK’s Telegraph, Sheherazad Jaafari, who the New York Times reports Walters said helped secure the Assad interview, stayed in close contact with Walters afterward, and she allegedly asked The View co-host for a job at ABC News. Walters told her that was a conflict, but later she offered to help by sending her resume to Piers Morgan’s show at CNN and reaching out to Columbia School of Journalism dean Richard Wald, the father of Morgan
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TVLine Items: Homeland Spies Tim Guinee, Regis Q&As Letterman, Pan Am Revival Talk and More!

TVLine Items: Homeland Spies Tim Guinee, Regis Q&As Letterman, Pan Am Revival Talk and More!
Tim Guinee, who as of late has recurred on The Good Wife, has booked a role on Showtime’s Homeland, TVLine has confirmed.

Details on Guinee’s character, as well as his episode count, thus far are filed as “top secret,” though we’ll remind you that the show was looking to cast Brody’s chief of staff, so perhaps they don’t want to broadcast that the war vet’s run for Congress is a success.

Related | Early Intel on Homeland Season 2: Will Carrie Go Rogue? Plus: The New Threat to Brody

Homeland Season 2 premieres Sept. 30. Guinee also
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Regis Philbin Interviewing David Letterman When He Guest Hosts 'Piers Morgan Tonight'

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Regis Philbin Interviewing David Letterman When He Guest Hosts 'Piers Morgan Tonight'
It's Guest Host Week on "Piers Morgan Tonight" next week, and Regis Philbin kicks off the festivities on Tuesday with an hour-long sitdown with David Letterman. "Piers" executive producer Jonathan Wald tweeted the news of Philbin's first "Piers Morgan Tonight" guest-hosting gig. "You guys: Regis Philbin returns to TV for one night, filling in for @piersmorgan Tuesday. His guest, David Letterman. Must see next week." Also read: Conan O'Brien and David Letterman Do Dueling Jay Leno Impersonations (Video) Philbin, who left his co-hosting spot on ABC with Kelly Ripa last November, has yet to
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Regis Philbin Filling In For Piers Morgan

Regis Philbin Filling In For Piers Morgan
Regis Philbin fans can rejoice. The former host of "Live!" will be back on TV next week, filling in for Piers Morgan on CNN.

Philbin will kick off a week of guest hosts on "Piers Morgan Tonight" next Tuesday. He will be sitting down with David Letterman. Executive producer Jonathan Wald tweeted the news on Tuesday, noting that Letterman rarely gives interviews.

Philbin bid farewell to "Live!" after nearly three decades in November. At the time, he had contemplated developing a primetime project.

He has appeared on TV occasionally since his exit, guest hosting "The View" and dropping by "CBS This Morning."
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Regis Philbin Filling In For Piers Morgan

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Regis Philbin Filling In For Piers Morgan
Regis Philbin fans can rejoice. The former host of "Live!" will be back on TV next week, filling in for Piers Morgan on CNN.

Philbin will kick off a week of guest hosts on "Piers Morgan Tonight" next Tuesday. He will be sitting down with David Letterman. Executive producer Jonathan Wald tweeted the news on Tuesday, noting that Letterman rarely gives interviews.

Philbin bid farewell to "Live!" after nearly three decades in November. At the time, he had contemplated developing a primetime project.

He has appeared on TV occasionally since his exit, guest hosting "The View" and dropping by "CBS This Morning."
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The Biz: Melissa Francis Goes From Little House to Big Business

As a child actress in the 1980s, Melissa Francis performed in more than 100 commercials and TV shows, including Little House on the Prairie. She left Hollywood for Harvard, where she studied economics, but eventually found herself in front of a camera again as a financial reporter and news anchor. Francis recently jumped from CNBC to Fox Business Network, where she'll have her own daily program starting later this spring, giving viewers a regular venue to catch her feisty interviewing style.

"She has a playful yet inquisitive edge to her that makes her different than the die-cast cable anchors," says Piers Morgan Tonight executive producer Jonathan Wald, who worked with...

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Piers Morgan’s Best Ratings To Date: Promoting Last-Minute Sheen Booking Via Social Media

Cable news ratings, February 28, 2011: •Monday night's edition of Piers Morgan Tonight had a newsworthy guest, but no advance publicity. In fact, CNN didn't know if Charlie Sheen would show for the live interview until he arrived at the studio in Los Angeles--four minutes before airtime. In the minutes before the show began, a flurry of messages through social media drove huge numbers of viewers to CNN. When it was over, Piers Morgan had his second-best show among viewers 25-54, with 561,000, far ahead of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who had 282,000. The timeslot winner was Fox News' Sean Hannity, comfortably in first place with 751,000. The booking--and the viral promotion--will certainly be evaluated at Pmt, where executive producer Jonathan Wald tweeted this afternoon: "Incredible power of social media. Record ratings for @PiersTonight with no promotion whatsoever, just twitter/facebook, word of mouth."
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New Piers Morgan Exec Producer Jonathan Wald: “We Hope To Make It Mandatory TV”

Jonathan Wald is returning to the TV news business after nearly two years on the outside, remaining active in the media as a consultant, a journalism professor at Columbia University and on Twitter. We talked to the new Executive Producer of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight about what viewers can expect, his former home CNBC - but not Parker Spitzer which he refused to comment on.
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Official: Jonathan Wald Named Executive Producer Of CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight'

After monthlong negotiations, CNN today announced that Jonathan Wald, former executive producer of NBC's Today and Nightly News, and former Svp of CNBC, has been named executive producer of Piers Morgan's upcoming primetime talk show for the cable news channel, Piers Morgan Tonight, which will premiere January 2011. “Jonathan has spent more than 20 years as a top producer in broadcast and cable television news and has the unique ability to produce television that is smart and provocative,” CNN Evp Keb Jautz said. Added Morgan, “Jonathan is tough, funny, smart as hell, incredibly experienced, and wants to win.” Most recently Wald has been an advisor to AOL on cross-platform programming initiatives. "I can’t wait to get started and to collaborate with Piers on redefining the long-form interview program in primetime,” he said.
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Jonathan Wald Named Executive Producer of CNN's Piers Morgan Show

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Jonathan Wald -- the well-regarded, Emmy Award-winning former executive producer of the “Today” show and NBC’s “Nightly News” -- has been named Ep of CNN's forthcoming “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the network announced on Monday. Morgan’s show is slated to debut in January. Wald’s appointment -- which had been rumored for weeks -- is effective immediately. Morgan called Ward "tough, funny, smart as hell, incredibly experienced, and wants to win." For CNN, Wald gives Morgan’s much-hyped debut as Larry King’s replacement some much-needed credibility. Ratings for “Parker-Spitzer,” CNN’s newest primetime show featuring Kathleen Parker
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CNN eyes Wald as head of Piers Morgan show

CNN is talking to former CNBC boss Jonathan Wald to head up Piers Morgan's new show on the news network, according to the New York Post.

With the show set to start in January, CNN executives are looking to seal a deal for a showrunner fairly quickly.

Morgan moved into a corner office at the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan where CNN has its New York studio last week.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that CNN is giving new show "Parker Spitzer" time to grow and further tweak its approach. After a disappointing ratings start last Monday, it showed signs of growth in the competitive 8pm timeslot. According to the Journal, the show's ratings had grown nearly a quarter among younger viewers by Thursday. Plus, after its first day, it exceeded Larry King in terms of viewers 25-54, which are the core target for news advertisers.
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Piers Morgan Talking To Jonathan Wald To Executive Produce New CNN Talk Show

Piers Morgan is making good on his promise to Deadline that he was "about to" lock down his new CNN show's Executive Producer. I've confirmed that hard news veteran Jonathan Wald, the former CNBC topper who left last year after taking the business channel to new ratings highs, is in negotiations with Morgan and the new CNN head Ken Jautz to lead the news channel's replacement show for Larry King Live. (Broadcasting & Cable reported this first today.) Trust me, he won't come cheap. But it's hard for me to imagine that, given all his experience, Wald would be content running just one show when he's been in charge of entire programming schedules. I can't help but wonder if this is a way in for Wald at CNN which certainly could use his proven ability to get cable news ratings and keep them. Prior to CNBC, Wald held multiple Ep gigs
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Jonathan Wald leaving CNBC

New York -- Veteran NBC executive Jonathan Wald is leaving CNBC in the spring.

Wald, who has been with the business channel since 2004, is senior vp.

A memo from CNBC president Mark Hoffman on Tuesday said that Wald and CNBC "could not come to terms on a new agreement and have made the decision together that the best solution is to part company at this time."

No replacement has been named.

Wald joined NBC News in 1983 and was executive producer of "NBC Nightly News" and "Today" before moving to CNBC, where he has been responsible for programming.
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