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Megyn Kelly Hopes to Spark ‘Sunday Night’ for NBC

Megyn Kelly Hopes to Spark ‘Sunday Night’ for NBC
Thanks to her colorful tangles with Donald Trump on the campaign trail, a best-selling book and a popular primetime perch on Fox News Channel, many people no doubt believe they’ve seen Megyn Kelly do it all. She begs to differ.

“I don’t think you have seen me do, really, anything like this before,” says Kelly during a recent telephone interview.

Many eyes will be on Kelly for a variety of reasons starting this Sunday, when she anchors the debut of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” a new newsmagazine that will air directly opposite CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Some people will have other reasons to watch: Advertisers will be checking to see how she fares in communicating to a more general audience than watched her on Fox News Channel. Others will be scanning the screen to guess how she might fare this fall when she launches a new 9 a.m. program that will in many markets vie directly
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Why ‘Dateline NBC’s’ Harry Smith Had to Freeze His Clothes

Why ‘Dateline NBC’s’ Harry Smith Had to Freeze His Clothes
Dateline NBC” correspondent Harry Smith went to an area so secluded that he was forced to literally freeze his clothes before stepping foot on the Palmyra Atoll so he could tell the island’s story without corrupting it. “They asked us to buy some new clothes and then to freeze them for at least 48 hours,” Smith told TheWrap. “They are so concerned about bringing invasive species in that they wanted to make sure we didn’t bring anything along with us.” “On Assignment” is a special series from “Dateline NBC,” and this week’s edition features Smith bringing TV cameras to the remote wildlife refuge.
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NBC News Goes ‘On Assignment’ to Launch New Newsmagazine

NBC News Goes ‘On Assignment’ to Launch New Newsmagazine
When Keith Morrison appears on NBC this Sunday, he will be talking about the stuff viewers have come to expect of him – matters of life and death. But he won’t be chasing the perpetrator in a whodunnit, as he has while examining stories of murder and true crime on the network’s venerable “Dateline.”

NBC News is hoping the familiarity its audience has with its correspondents will allow the network to launch something very different: “On Assignment,” a six-episode newsmagazine that relies more heavily on stories of adventure and innovation than the so-called “murder porn” that viewers have come to expect from “Dateline,” “48 Hours” and other broadcast-network newsmagazines these days. It’s the news unit’s first attempt at a newsmagazine since the demise of an effort with similar goals: “Rock Center,” anchored by Brian Williams. “On Assignment” is also the latest programming salvo from NBC News, which recently
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Ratings: ABC’s ’20/20′ Special ‘Prince: Death of a Legend’ Tops Friday in Demo

Ratings: ABC’s ’20/20′ Special ‘Prince: Death of a Legend’ Tops Friday in Demo
Despite facing a competing NBC news special on the death of pop superstar Prince, ABC’s “20/20” special “Prince: Death of a Legend” stood as Friday’s top draw in key demos.

In Nielsen’s preliminary national estimates, “20/20” (1.3 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) shot up 30% (0.3) week to week in 18-49, winning its hour over NBC’s “Dateline” special “Prince: Life & Death of an Icon” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which was down slightly from last week. It was Friday’s No. 1 program in both 18-49 and the key news demo of adults 25-54 (1.8/6)

CBS was competitive in the demos (0.9/3 in 18-49, 1.3/4 in 25-54) and led the 10 o’clock hour hour in total viewers (7.6 million) with a repeat of “Blue Bloods.”

The ABC special, anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, featured reporting from Dan Harris from Prince’s home in Minneapolis, Chris Connelly in Los Angeles and Deborah Roberts in New York.
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Prince to Be Honored With TV Specials, ‘SNL’ Tribute this Weekend

Prince to Be Honored With TV Specials, ‘SNL’ Tribute this Weekend
Following Thursday’s shocking news of Prince’s sudden death, the world continues to honor the musician and will do so throughout the weekend when the icon’s life is celebrated on various television specials.

Dateline NBCPrince: Life & Death of an Icon”

Dateline NBC” will hour an hourlong tribute special for Prince on Friday Apr. 22 at 10 p.m. titled “Prince: Life & Death of an Icon.” Celebrating his life and legacy, the special will review Prince’s last days, while also taking a look at other music legends who have recently died. Lester Holt will anchor “Prince: Life & Death of an Icon” from Los Angeles with feature reporting from Dateline correspondents Harry Smith, Andrea Canning, Cynthia McFadden, Josh Mankiewicz and Natalie Morales.

(With Prince taking priority over previously planned programming, “Dateline’s” original Friday night episode, “House of Secrets” about a Cornell student caught in the middle of a homicide investigation,
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How ‘CBS This Morning’ Finally Became a Player in the Morning News Race

How ‘CBS This Morning’ Finally Became a Player in the Morning News Race
On a recent morning when the world is curious about the Republican candidates gearing up for a run at President, the transition of late-night hosts at Comedy Central and terrorism in the Middle East, Chris Licht knows just what to offer: Rock songs.

Licht, a former disc jockey, will over the course of two hours hunkered in a darkened studio on New York’s West 57th Street, pair news reports on the aforementioned items and more with a range of popular tunes. A segment about online dating scams debuts to the strains of Edwin Starr’s “A Girl Like You.” “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors alerts viewers to a peek at newly born Prince George of England. “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips introduces a segment about President Jimmy Carter. And Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” lends oomph to a news story about robots in Japan.
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Rock Center with Brian Williams: 2012-13 Season Ratings

Despite low ratings, NBC renewed Rock Center with Brian Williams for a second season. Will they improve? Will the show be cancelled? We'll have to wait and see.

This news program is hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, with support from various news veterans like Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ted Koppel, Meredith Vieira, Richard Engel, Nancy Snyderman, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, and Natalie Morales. Rock Center with Brian Williams typically airs on Thursday or Friday nights on the NBC network.

Below are the TV show's latest ratings for 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Rock Center with Brian Williams is going to be cancelled or renewed for a third season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 1.0
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Rock Center with Brian Williams

Network: NBC

Episodes: 76 (hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: October 31, 2011 -- June 21, 2013

Series status: Cancelled

Reporters include: Brian Williams (anchor), Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ted Koppel, Meredith Vieira, Richard Engel, Nancy Snyderman, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Chelsea Clinton, and Natalie Morales.

TV show description:

Hosted by Brian Williams, this news program is produced in the Rockefeller Center's Studio 3B -- the same space as NBC Nightly News (which Williams anchors), and formerly The Today Show.

Each episode of the TV series highlights several news and feature stories. Williams presents the stories, often in conjunction with the story's reporter.

Prior to the show's premiere, the network announced, "The live broadcast will be built around the day's biggest and most interesting events, meaningful and in-depth stories, and timely newsmaker interviews. In addition
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Axed

NBC canceled its primetime newsmagazine "Rock Center with Brian Williams" on Friday. The New York Times was first to report that the program had been canceled and would broadcast its final show on June 21, less than two years after its November 2011 debut.

"Rock Center," which was a project launched under former NBC News president Steve Capus, struggled to find a steady audience, due in part to multiple scheduling changes. When it first premiered, the show aired on Monday nights. It was quickly moved to Wednesday nights, then to Thursday nights, and most recently to Friday at 10:00 p.m., where it has been since November 2012.

The hourlong program boasted a correspondent roster that featured some of news business' biggest stars, including Ted Koppel, Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales, Kate Snow and Harry Smith. Chelsea Clinton also served as a "Rock Center" correspondent, and most recently interviewed the Geico Gecko.

Though the
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What to Watch Friday: Malibu Country Finds Its Voice (Coach), Portlandia Goes Dark and More

What to Watch Friday: Malibu Country Finds Its Voice (Coach), Portlandia Goes Dark and More
On TV this Friday: Nikita turns down some cash, Blake Shelton BBQs up a scheme in Malibu Country, The Onion is caught between Rock Center and a hard place and Portlandia‘s season ender doesn’t illuminate much. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm WWE Smackdown (Syfy) | World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Kaitlyn and Sheamus will be on hand for WWE’s live social media event (live tweeting, fan polls and the like).

8 pm Kitchen Nightmares (ABC) | Chef Ramsay visits Ohio’s Mill Street Bistro, which claims to be a
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What to Watch Friday: Shark Tank's Huge Nibble, Jessie's Big Break, 7 Psych Favorites and More

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What to Watch Friday: Shark Tank's Huge Nibble, Jessie's Big Break, 7 Psych Favorites and More
On TV this Friday: The Job orders a Cosmo, a member of the Shark Tank leaps at an opportunity, it’s a bloody Valentine’s Day on CSI: NY and Rock Center explores the urgent need for panda procreation. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

Preview | Kitchen Nightmares Exclusive: Necessity Is the Mother of an Intervention

8 pm Jessie (Disney Channel) | Jessie gets her big break as a stunt double to popular Aussie actress Shaylee Michaels (played by Maia Mitchell of Disney Channel’s upcoming Teen Beach Movie) — until, that is, she catches the eye of the starlet’s director beau.
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What to Watch Thursday: Three NBC Comedies Return, SNL Special, Awkward and Wilfred Finales

What to Watch Thursday: Three NBC Comedies Return, SNL Special, Awkward and Wilfred Finales
On TV this Thursday: The nation’s capital gets Knoped in the Parks and Recreation premiere, Dunder Mifflin returns to The Office for the last time, Jenna’s Awkward choice sets up next season and Wilfred faces some big, hairy questions in its finale. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar tonight.

8 pm Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (NBC) | The late-night series’ cast offers up 30 minutes of live, politics-related sketch comedy in primetime. (Fyi, 30 Rock premieres Oct. 4.)

8:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Season 2 premiere: Reagan’s brother (Best Friends Forever’s Luka Jones) shows up, Chris goes
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Norah O'Donnell Named 'CBS This Morning' Co-Anchor

Norah O'Donnell Named 'CBS This Morning' Co-Anchor
In another shakeup to the "CBS This Morning" lineup, CBS chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell is replacing Erica Hill as a co-anchor. Hill and Chris Wragge were named to replace Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez in November 2010 as CBS tried to boost ratings for its perpetually third-place "Early Show." Hill remained aboard when CBS revamped again a year later, bringing in Charlie Rose and Gayle King as co-anchors and changing the name of the show to "CBS This Morning." Also read: CBS Ejects Smith, Rodriguez; Brings in Wragge, Hill Hill is
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Bww TV Exclusive: Sneak Peek - Candice Bergen Chats Best Man on 'Rock Center'

Candice Bergen is now appearing in Broadway's The Best Man, and shares the stage with such bold-face names as John Larroquette, James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack and Angela Lansbury. The actress told Rock Center's Harry Smith that eight performances a week is something that helps to keep her sane. Bergen will be featured this Thursday, June 14 on NBCs 'Rock Center with Brian Williams' at 10pm9c. Want a sneak peek at the segment Bww presents an exclusive clip below
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Bww TV Exclusive: Sneak Peek - Candice Bergen Chats Best Man on 'Rock Center'

Candice Bergen is now appearing in Broadway's The Best Man, and shares the stage with such bold-face names as John Larroquette, James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack and Angela Lansbury. The actress told Rock Center's Harry Smith that eight performances a week is something that helps to keep her sane. Bergen will be featured this Thursday, June 14 on NBCs 'Rock Center with Brian Williams' at 10pm9c. Want a sneak peek at the segment Bww presents an exclusive clip below
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Rock Center with Brian Williams: Summer 2012 Ratings

Despite poor ratings, NBC continues to keep Rock Center with Brian Williams on the schedule. This news program is hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, with support from various news veterans like Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ted Koppel, Meredith Vieira, Richard Engel, Nancy Snyderman, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, and Natalie Morales.

The summer episodes of Rock Center with Brian Williams typically air on Thursday nights on the NBC network.

These are the TV show's ratings for Summer 2012, the best way to tell if Rock Center with Brian Williams is going to be cancelled or renewed (though it's already been slotted for Fall 2012).

Check out our NBC summer ratings report card to see how this show's numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so
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Rock Center with Brian Williams: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

Here are the latest ratings for Rock Center with Brian Williams. This news program is hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, with support from various news veterans like Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ted Koppel, Meredith Vieira, Richard Engel, Nancy Snyderman, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, and Natalie Morales. The first season of Rock Center with Brian Williams typically airs Monday nights at 10pm on the NBC network.

These are the TV show's ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Rock Center with Brian Williams is going to be cancelled or renewed for season two. Check out our NBC ratings report card to see how this show's numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Episode 01-27: Wednesday,
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Madonna's Latest Confessions: She Wants to Be a "Tougher" Mom, Disapproves of Lourdes Smoking

Madonna's Latest Confessions: She Wants to Be a
Parenthood ain't easy, even for the Material Mom. In an interview with NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams, a preview of which aired on The Today Show, Madonna talked about the difficulties of balancing her pop career—her latest album Mdna debuted atop the charts though second week sales suffered a huge drop—with raising four children. Needless to say, it hasn't been a holiday. "To be a single mother of four and to work as much as I do, to live my life in kind of a metaphorical fishbowl, it's pretty challenging. But so far I've survived with sanity and humor intact," the Queen of Pop tells Harry Smith. When asked by the veteran journalist whether there are...
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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Wednesday

What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Wednesday
On TV this Wednesday: Suburgatory hosts a Clueless reunion, Apartment 23 has a Dawson problem, frothy new helpings of Revenge are served, Svu dares you to believe the Skype and more. All told, we’ve singled out seven programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | With the chance of a “save” now off the table, the Top 7 tackle a “Now & Then” theme. (Get more details on the song choice parameters.)

8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | George finds himself instantly smitten with Eden (CluelessAlicia Silverstone), a woman he meets at the Farmer’s Market; Yakult goes missing and it
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Chelsea Clinton Draws Ire of Veteran NBC Female Reporters

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Chelsea Clinton’s leap into a prestigious job as a news correspondent on NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” has not come without a price. She’s reportedly getting icy stares from veteran female correspondents. News veterans Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Kate Snow and Mer­edith Vieira, are reportedly griping behind her back, according to the National Enquirer. Williams put together an all-star cast for his high-profile job that includes former CBS newsman Harry Smith, NBC sports anchor Bob Costas and broadcast dean Ted Koppel.
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