Monday, October 31, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360 Monday 10/31/11


KEEPING THEM HONEST, CAIN WOES: Anderson Cooper reporting
Follow Up Interview: Jonathan Martin, Politco
Political Panel: Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer

KEEPING THEM HONEST, Beatings in Syria: Anderson Cooper reporting
Digging Deeper Interview: Sean McCallister, film maker and former captive in Syria

UPCLOSE, TRAPPED ON THE TARMAC: Mary Snow reporting

CRIME & PUNISHMENT, Michael Jackson trail: Randi Kaye reporting
Follow Up: Paul Henderson and Mark Geragos

360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Susan Hendricks

THE RIDICULIST: Kardashian Kritics

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Anderson: Is Anderson's House Haunted?

Today was the 'Anderson' big Halloween show and the stage was decorated to set the tone.

Anderson's costume was revealed and Phil Donahue paid a visit to the set ~


There were pictures of Anderson dressed up as a child and then talk turned to his firehouse and the "rumors" that it's haunted. 'Anderson' invited psychic medium, Lisa Williams to the firehouse and there was a brief video of her visit to three rooms of his new home ~


The rest of the show was made up Anderson's discussion with Lisa about her visit to his firehouse and Lisa's visit to a viewer's home; the "alleged" haunted town of Monticello, Florida and the paranormal investigators that 'Anderson' sent to check things out. Lisa offered advice to home viewers who think their house may be haunted. There was a pumpkin carver who spent the show carving the image of an audience member into a pumpkin, who revealed his work and offered a couple of pumpkin carving tips. Members of the studio audience were dressed in costumes and pictures sent in by viewers and affiliates were shared. The show ended with 'Anderson' awarding prizes for the best costumes.

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Happy Halloween!

On today's ANDERSON we hear Mr. Cooper will be dressed as the legendary talk show host Phil Donahue. We'll have the clips and the lowdown for you later this afternoon.

Over the years we've received many Photoshopped masterpieces, some good...some not so good, of Anderson Cooper in costume:

And we've also seen numerous homages to the newsman carved into pumpkins:





Have a frightfully spooky Halloween.

image courtesy of lipdesign

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Friday's RidicuList: Regis Philbin






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Sunday Series 10/30/11


Live with Regis and Kelly was co-hosted on January 23, 2009 by Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa. The host chat contained talk of New Year's Eve, the Inauguration of President Obama, Wolf Blitzer, Rod Stewart, Blackberries, texting, bugs, germs and Jeopardy.

Host chat part 1:



Host chat part 2:



Host chat Part 3 & Travel Trivia



Eric McCormack:




Germs 101 & The Germ Game




On AC360 that evening Kelly did a call in:



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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bits & Pieces for Saturday October 29th, 2011

Next week's show topics ~

Monday, Oct. 31
Is Anderson’s House Haunted?

It’s Anderson’s Halloween spectacular! Anderson dressed in costume, receives a surprise visit from one of his daytime idols. Plus, Anderson invites psychic medium Lisa Williams to his house to find out if it really is haunted.

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Chaz Bono, TODDLERS & TIARAS Update and Anderson Teaches Kindergarten

Anderson sits down with latest DANCING WITH THE STARS cast-off Chaz Bono and surprises him with a call from his mother, Cher. Plus, a TODDLERS & TIARAS update and Anderson’s new “Try This” segment, where he tries substitute teaching a kindergarten class.

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Stephanie Madoff Mack Speaks Out, Top Chef Challenge

Anderson speaks with Stephanie Madoff Mack, widow of Bernie Madoff’s son Mark, who shares her reaction to mother-in-law, Ruth Madoff’s, interview with 60 MINUTES. Plus, Padma Lakshmi stops by to judge the “Anderson Top Chef Challenge.”

Thursday, Nov. 3
Suburban Polygamy, Viewers’ Trash or Treasure and 90-Year-Old Sorority Pledge

Anderson talks to an extraordinary family in which the woman has two boyfriends. Plus, “BURIED TREASURE” stars; the Keno Brothers help viewers determine if their possessions are trash or treasure. Meet the 90-year-old sorority pledge.

Friday, Nov. 4
The Dating Outside Your Race Controversy

Anderson is joined by TV personality Jacque Reid to explore why people don't date outside their race. Plus, expert matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson joins Anderson to provide tips to find your perfect mate.


'Anderson' in the news ~

From DCRTV.com
Anderson Bombs On 7 At 4 - 10/25 - Anderson Cooper, whose "Anderson" talk show replaced "Oprah" at 4 PM, has been a disaster for Channel 7/WJLA. The Allbritton-owned ABC affiliate's rating at that hour are down 68%, compared to the same period last year, according to the October ratings. So, WJLA might replace Cooper with Katie Couric's new show, "Katie," when it launches next fall, reports Lisa de Moraes at washingtonpost.com. NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC is enjoying a 160% ratings hike among women age 25-54 at 4 PM with news programming. WRC now leads the DC TV ratings race at 4 among all viewers as well, and the increase has solidified the station's number one news status at 5 PM and at 6 PM.....

Lord Plays Down Rumor That 7 May Start 4 PM News By January - 10/25
Updated. DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA may expand local news into the 4 PM hour as soon as January to battle the severe ratings loss it's suffering from Anderson Cooper's new "Anderson" talk show. There are reports that 7's 4 PM ratings are down 68% from a year ago, when it carried "Oprah" in the slot. Also, we hear that WJLA will probably put Katie Couric's new "Katie" show in the 3 PM slot when it debuts next fall, replacing "General Hospital," which is scheduled to be discontinued. However, Bill Lord, WJLA's station manager, tells DCRTV: "Today's speculation on Anderson Cooper is off the mark. Anderson is the number one new syndicated talk show of the season. It has a great team of people and it's improving every day. WJLA is committed to the program now and into the future. Hey, nobody ever suggested replacing Oprah was going to be easy!" And he adds: "No consideration of a 4 PM newscast right now. We considered that last spring and opted for Anderson." DCRTV wonders: We'll see if Lord changes his mind after a few more months of severely sluggish ratings for "Anderson." Stay tuned.....


From Broadcasting & Cable
Among the newcomers, Warner Bros.' Anderson was preempted 14 times for baseball in the major metered markets, but still jumped 8% in households to a 1.3, and 14% among women 25-54 to a 0.8. ('Anderson' basically gained back what they lost the week before. Click on link to see how his competition fared for week ending October 16th.)

From theglobeandmail.com
Anderson Cooper gets cuddly on daytime TV

Anderson (CBS, 3 p.m., CTV, 5 p.m.) is, of course, the new daytime talker helmed by CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper. In literally every single interview he's done to promote the show, Cooper has stressed that he's decidedly not trying to be the next Oprah. White-haired man speak with forked tongue.
There's a very strong Oprah vibe on Anderson, which veers wildly between lifestyle choices and breezy celebrity worship. At best, Cooper's choice of show topics is erratic.
Some days it's dead serious stuff. His exclusive interview with the still-grieving parents of pop star Amy Winehouse was sensitive and provided heretofore personal insight into the life of the recently deceased musician.
To delve into the subject of suicide, Cooper interviewed his own mother, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, and shed real tears when discussing his brother's 1988 suicide.
And then, star time! To date, Cooper has gone for a spray-on tan with Snooki of Jersey Shore and enjoyed a breezy girl-talk session with Sarah Jessica Parker. Comedian Kathy Griffin, with whom Cooper hosts CNN's annual New Year's coverage, spent a weekend at his summer house in the Hamptons with cameras rolling.
The only flaw to the Anderson format is that it unavoidably devalues the newsman gravitas of Cooper, who unexplainably continues to appear on CNN nightly. A fortnight back, it was unsettling to watch him hand out free puppies to members of his studio audience in the late afternoon, and then watch him report on events in Libya a few hours later.



From Boston.com
Anderson Cooper on Dot Ave.

Mark Wahlberg and family, left to right, Donnie, Jimmy, Paul, and Alma, dine with Anderson Cooper to discuss the importance of giving back. (Derek Wilmot Photo)

In jeans, T-shirt, and a hoodie, Anderson Cooper looked right at home at the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club today. The silver-haired CNN host was there to tape an episode of his new daytime show, “Anderson,” focused on Mark Wahlberg. (The episode airs Friday.) But truth be told, it was the movie star’s mom who interested Cooper the most. “She had nine kids, got divorced, and then raised the kids by herself,” he said. “She’s a great lady. She was the one I really wanted to meet.” (Cooper knows something about great ladies: His mom is designer/heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.) He got his wish chance during a sitdown dinner with Mark, Donnie, Jimmy, Paul, and mom Alma at Wahlburger’s last night. (The burger joint in Hingham has its opening party tonight.) Asked about the new daytime show, Cooper said it’ll have more in common with Phil Donahue, Oprah, or Ellen than with the TV scrums hosted by Morton Downey Jr. or Sally Jesse Raphael. “It’s important to me to do things that are credible, have a point, and which benefit people,” he said. “This is not lowest-common-denominator stuff.”


Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester (Boston) posted the following photo to their Facebook page~
Anderson Cooper stopped by the Club today (Monday) to talk with some members... and shoot hoops!

From the New York Times ~
O and RL: Monograms Meet

Now, this is no knock on Ms. Winfrey, but the audience, in addition to celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Michael J. Fox and Harold Ford Jr., included a surprising number of professional interviewers who might have had their own questions for Mr. Lauren. The postshow dinner crowd was oddly dominated by media heavyweights, like Barbara Walters, Anderson Cooper, Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw. (Please click on the link for the full article and here for the Lincoln Center's press release for the event.)


From CBS Philly ~
Anderson Cooper’s Promotional Road Tour Visits Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Anderson Cooper was in town today promoting his new daytime TV show, “Anderson.”

Cooper, the award-winning journalist, is on CNN and does pieces for “60 Minutes” on CBS. And for the past two months, he has been working on his daytime show, “Anderson,” taped in New York City. Cooper, 44, says he wanted to do a show that was not only informative but also entertaining, covering a wide variety of topics from big celebrity interviews to provocative social issues to fun standups — like getting a spray tan with Snooki, one of the stars of the “Jersey Shore” reality series. “I was in a position of helping people who were in very serious situations, and I realized that in news you can only do that now and then,” Cooper said today. “But in daytime TV you can actually do that regularly — you can actually help people in their lives and you can make people’s days more interesting and more fun, and give them information that they can use in their lives.”



John McDevitt’s interview with Anderson Cooper in this CBS Philly “Specials Place” podcast…


The Preston & Steve Show tweeted this photo of Anderson in their studio Friday morning ~


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360, Friday, October 28, 2011

LOBBYISTS & PRESIDENT OBAMA,, N.Y. Times-Obama Backers Tied to Lobbies Raise Millions: Report by Anderson Cooper
Discussion: Jessica Yellin & Eric Lichtblau, NY Times Reporter
Follow Up: James Carville & Alex Castellanos

"I'M JUST ONE VOICE" Michael Moore joins Occupy protesters in Oakland: Anderson's Big 360 Interview with Michael Moore



SEVERE FLOODS IN THAILAND, Bangkok braces for the worst: Anderson talks to Sara Sidner on phone from Bangkok

360 BULLETIN: Susan Hendricks

KEY TESTIMONY IN MICHAEL JACKSON DEATH TRIAL, Propofol expert says singer gave himself fatal dose: Report by Randi Kaye
Follow up: Mark Geragos

AMERICAN WOMAN MISSING IN ARUBA, Police have searched pet cemetery: Anderson & Martin Savidge discuss the latest on the Robin Gardner disappearance

THE RIDICULIST: Regis Philbin


Erin Burnett & the OutFront Staff went looking for mischief today and Anderson's set was their target, but Anderson claims he got even! Enjoy ~



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Anderson: Mark Wahlberg Returns to His Hometown

Anderson opened today's show talking about the Wahlberg's and gang violence, the connecting thread to today's three stories ~


A teen shot by someone he thought was a friend, as part of a gang initiation and left for dead, is Anderson's first guest. Ross and his parents were on stage to talk to Anderson about the event, his recovery and life today. 'Anderson' tracked down the man who saved Ross's life and they were re-united on stage.

Anderson's next guest was Mark Wahlberg. They spoke of Mark's rough times and his life today and also the family dinner Anderson shared with the Wahlberg family last weekend in Boston ~


Anderson's interview with Mark Wahlberg continued after the break with talk of Mark's involvement with the Boys & Girls Club (past and present), Anderson's visit to the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club where he spoke to three teens and learned to shoot hoops, and the presentation of college scholarships to the three teens who were in the studio audience ~


Anderson's final guest was Nafeesa, a gang girl in LA, and her mom Valerie. Valerie directed a documentary Gang Girl: A Mother's Journey to Save Her Daughter, in hopes of saving Nafeesa's life. Valerie worries that Nafeesa will end up dead. After a break, an ex-gang member of 20 years joined the discussion to give Nafeesa a wake up call.

Anderson closed the show by thanking his guests, reminding everyone that the contest to have him come to your house for dinner begins next week, and encouraging viewers to tune in Monday for the 'Anderson' Halloween show.

For more clips or information on today's program, please visit andersoncooper.com by clicking on the hotlink below.

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Anderson Cooper Stops by My Fox 25 in Boston & WJLA from DC Comes to the Set of 'Anderson"

While in Boston on Monday, Anderson was on the My Fox Boston morning program ~



And stayed on for a second segment ~



From WJLA Channel 7 in Washington, DC ~

Anderson Cooper starting a family? A tease and then the full interview ~


Starting at about seven in the morning, Anderson Cooper's world is in full motion. There are meetings with producers and stage managers. Then walk-throughs and rehearsals at the Cooper set in Manhattan's Time Warner building. But Cooper works to make everyone feel welcome. I feel sorry for everyone in front row cause the light is right in their eyes and it’s a very tricky room to light and to deal with,” he says.

During commercial breaks, he engages the audience telling stories about working with stars like Walter Cronkite. They will laugh and sometimes cry. And that automatic feedback is part of what Cooper says makes daytime television so great. “It's nice having an audience you get an immediate response and get to interact with the audience - it's cool,” he says.

But some have questioned his decision to create a new show when he seemed like a shoe-in to replace Regis Philbin on "live with Regis and Kelly." He says that while he loves the show and hosts, he enjoys having more variety. In markets like D.C., Cooper's show runs in the time slot previously held by Oprah Winfrey - an act that's hard to follow. But Anderson says he's up for the challenge. “I'm not trying to follow in anyone’s footsteps,” he says. “You just try to be yourself and I'm learning every day and I think getting better every day.”

Once Anderson completes the two daytime talk show tapings, then his day at CNN begins and doesn't wind down until about 11 p.m. With such a hectic schedule, does Cooper have plans to slow down and start a family? “You never know. At this point I got three jobs I’m wrestling with,” he says. “We’ll see. You never know what the future holds.


Watch ABC7's Cynne Simpson's full, unedited interview Anderson Cooper below.


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Thursday's RidicuList: Halloween Haters (Again)



And just because it's Friday and we can all use a laugh ~


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360, Thursday, October 27, 2011

KEEPING THEM HONEST - PERRY'S DEBATE DENIAL: Report by Anderson Cooper
PERRY TO SKIP DEBATES? Texas governor criticizes GOP forums: Erik Erickson & James Carville

'OCCUPY WALL STREET' SHOWDOWN, Wall Street CEO takes on the 99%: Anderson talks to Peter Schiff & Cornel West

WIDOW WON'T REGAIN EXOTIC PETS FOR NOW, Ohio authorities issue quarantine, animals will stay at zoo: Anderson reports and talks to Jack Hanna

360 BULLETIN: Fredricka Whitfield

MICHAEL JACKSON DEATH TRIAL NEARS END, Defense calls final two witnesses: Anderson with Randi Kaye & follow up discussion with Dr. Sanjay Gupta & Marcia Clark

RIDICULIST: HALLOWEEN HATERS (AGAIN)


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Anderson: Food Intervention Part 2

Anderson opened today's show talking about food; trying new foods and having a healthy relationship with food.

Anderson first guest was a 16 year old girl that weighs 320 pounds and is not happy with her weight. Ayanna joined Anderson to talk about her desire to lose weight and why. She was later joined on stage by her parents, sister (age 13 who weighs 225 pounds)and an aunt who is encouraging the whole family to lose weight and eat healthy so they can lead productive lives. 'Anderson' put together a "team" - nutrition coach, pediatrician & fitness expert - who joined the family on stage to offer helpful tips and formed a plan for the family to achieve their goals. Whole Foods donated a gift certificate, a local DC gym is giving Ayanna, her mom and sister a free gym membership for a year with trainer; and Samsung gave Ayanna a camera to document her progress. 'Anderson' will be following Ayann's progress, plus Anderson said he would go to DC to run with her and hang out ~



Next up, Anderson was joined by six 1st graders to help him try "new" foods -- shrimp, lima beans & olives ~



More talk of food, Anderson was joined by a nutritionist and member of the audience to discuss healthy eating and the contents of a hot dog ~



The last segment was about 'Anderson's' Family Dinner Challenge. The Smith family, members of the club, joined Anderson on stage to enjoy dinner around the table ~



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Anderson Cooper, Elton John & Extra

Photos of Anderson at 10th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's 'An Enduring Vision' where Anderson, once again, was host for the event ~

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Journalist Anderson Cooper speaks onstage at the 10th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's 'An Enduring Vision' benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 26, 2011 in New York City.

Anderson Cooper arrives at the Cipriani Wall Street for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Tenth Annual: An Enduring Vision Benefit in New York October 26, 2011.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Anderson Cooper attends the 10th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's 'An Enduring Vision' benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 26, 2011 in New York City

And coverage of the event from MyFoxNY ~




Anderson on EXTRA ~

The following clip is what aired on the television show Extra, Wednesday night ~


And more of the interview was posted on extratv.com ~

Anderson Cooper on His Talk Show, Halloween, and Family Dinners
October 26, 2011 | Television
"Extra" host Maria Menounos caught up with her pal Anderson Cooper to reminisce about old times -- and to talk about some exciting things coming up on his new daytime talk show, "Anderson."

"For our Halloween special, we decided to have a psychic medium come to my house to determine if it is, in fact, haunted," Cooper said.

The talk show host also said his show is running a contest to promote family dinner night. "We wanted to do a show with a lot of variety to it. We're having a contest to have me go to people's house to have dinner with them. There are all these studies now about the importance of family dinners."

Watch Maria's interview with Cooper!



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