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John Reiss Named Executive Producer of ‘Meet the Press’

28 January 2015 9:37 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Reiss has been named executive producer of “Meet the Press,” NBC News confirms to TheWrap.

Reiss, who served as Ep of MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews prior to stepping in as acting executive producer of “Mtp” when Chuck Todd took over last September, has tinkered with the format of the longest-tenured TV show since joining the program.

Also Read: Chuck Todd Scores Best Ratings Since Taking Over ‘Meet the Press

Members of the press have been propelled to the forefront under the Todd/Reiss partnership. The show tends to start with Todd in the middle of a panel of journalists, »

- Jordan Chariton

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State of the Union Address: How the Networks Are Covering

20 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TheWrap’s guide to television coverage of President Barack Obama’s speech, including who’s anchoring the broadcasts and providing analysis

President Barack Obama will give his seventh annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Et, with expected topics including national security, immigration, health care and the environment. Sen. Jon Ernst (R-ia) is expected to provide the Republican response.

After the president’s address, while the Republicans are giving their response and the networks are starting to break down their analyses, Obama will be preparing for something altogether different. His administration has invited three YouTube »

- Jason Hughes

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Brian Williams Watched Daughter Allison Williams in Raunchy Girls Sex Scene: Gross Details

12 January 2015 5:03 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

My eyes, my eyes! Most actresses would squirm with embarrassment if their father watched a sex scene of theirs on-screen — but not Allison Williams. The HBO star's famous dad, NBC Nightly News broadcaster Brian Williams, watched his daughter in a raunchy sex scene during the Girls season 4 premiere at NYC's Lincoln Center earlier this month. "She's always been an actress," Williams, 55, recently told New York magazine. "For us, watching her is the family occupation and everybody has to remember it's aging, no animals were harmed during [...] »

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‘NBC Nightly News’ Expected To Address Erroneous Charlie Hebdo Report

8 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC News is expected on tonight’s broadcast of “NBC Nightly News” to discuss the error it made Wednesday evening when it reported that one suspect in the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris was killed and two more were in custody — information that turned out to be incorrect.

Whether the evening newscast will offer a correction onscreen or explain the reporting error in depth could not be immediately determined. But a person familiar with the situation said the issue would be addressed during Brian Williams’ Thursday-evening broadcast.

On Wednesday evening, about four minutes into its broadcast, NBC News chief global correspondent Bill Neely reported the erroneous information, and anchor Brian Williams reiterated the details about six minutes later:  “Just to repeat, in a short time ago we learned from senior U.S. counterterrorism officials, they are telling NBC News  of these three masked men sought all day, one is dead, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Suspect Killed, Two Arrested in Charlie Hebdo Attack: Report

7 January 2015 2:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Police have killed one suspect and arrested two others in the wake of the attack that claimed the lives of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, senior U.S. officials told NBC Nightly News.

An anti-terror raid was conducted late Wednesday night north of Paris in the town of Reims.

The three suspects were previously identified as French nationals Said Kouachi, 34; Cherif Kouachi, 32; and Hamyd Mourad, 18. All three men are reportedly from Aubervilliers, a French suburb.

A police source told Le Monde that searches are being carried out in the 19th district in Paris and in Charleville-Mezieres, the hometown of the youngest suspect.

French President Francois Hollande delivered a speech on French TV late Wednesday, calling the attacks an act of “exceptional barbarism.”

France will hold a national day of mourning on Thursday.

A flurry of peaceful demonstrations were being held Wednesday evening to pay homage to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Rep. John Lewis Defends Selma’s Lbj Portrayal: ‘The Film Is So Real’

5 January 2015 4:15 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

In the new film Selma, Rep. John Lewis (D-ga) is portrayed as a young man by actor Stephan James, joining Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the historic march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. So as a surviving members of the Civil Rights Movement, Lewis joined Andrea Mitchell on NBC Nightly News Monday to discuss the film and its controversial portrayal of former President Lyndon B. Johnson. »

- Matt Wilstein

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