Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FAST & FURIOUS MISSTEPS, Justice Dept: GOP report engages in distortion: Anderson's interview with Jason Chaffetz, (R) Utah

ROMNEY PRESS SECRETARY, "KISS MY A**": Report by Anderson Cooper
ROMNEY AIDE TO REPORTERS, "KISS MY A**": Anderson's follow up with Jim Acosta
ROMNEY AIDE TO REPORTERS, "KISS MY A**", Media showdown follows tough week overseas for candidate: Anderson's follow up with James Carville & Mary Matalin

SYRIA POW CAMP: Report by Anderson Cooper
THE BATTLE FOR ALEPPO, Opposition, military fight for control of Syrian city: Ivan Watson's discussion with Anderson (Ivan is inside Syrai)

COLO. SHOOTING VICTIM DEFIES ODDS, Petra Anderson recovering from gunshot to brain: Report by David Mattingly
"MIRACLE" SURVIVAL FROM AURORA SHOOTING, Petra Anderson's remarkable recovery from head wound: Sanjay Gupta and Anderson discuss





From Broadcasting & Cable today ~

Exclusive: Warner Bros. to Overhaul Anderson Cooper Talk Show
'Anderson Live' will feature live format, daily cohosts, and more social media

By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/31/2012 4:46:18 PM

Headed into season two, Warner Bros.' Anderson is getting a makeover, including changing its name to Anderson Live and adding more live features to the show.

"Our biggest overall goal for Anderson Live is to take the best elements of daytime and put them in a show that works in 2012. Being live plays to Anderson's strengths, providing immediacy and topicality, which allows us to talk about what is going on in the world," said Terence Noonan, the show's executive producer. "Anderson Live is the show that makes you a little smarter, the one that you have fun watching, and at the end of each episode you can't wait to tune in the next day to see what's happening."

The show, which stars CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, will be renamed Anderson Live and it will be shot in front of a live studio audience, à la Disney-ABC's Live! with Kelly, the show on which Cooper cut his talk teeth. Anderson Live also is moving from the Time Warner Center to a new permanent set at the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan, which will have live capabilities that will allow the show to cover events while they are happening.

"Our basic issue with our old studio was that we didn't control that space," says Noonan. "It was a performance space; it wasn't an actual studio. We had to take everything down every night. We can take advantage of the technology at the CBS Broadcast Center because they already do live shows there, such as the CBS Morning Show and the CBS Evening News. We can control our space and make it our home."

As B&C previously reported, in season two, Anderson Live will feature different cohosts every day -- an experiment with which the show had good luck during the May sweeps. Naming a permanent cohost is still a possibility, said Noonan, but it's not as if the show is actively conducting a search.

"We've got a lot of fun, great things planned for the new season. I am really excited to be joined by daily cohosts and look forward to switching to a live format, which allows us more freedom to cover topical issues as well as connect more with the viewer at home," said Cooper in a statement.

Besides a variety of cohosts, Anderson Live is welcoming a new co-executive producer, with George Davilas joining the show. Davilas previously was senior supervising producer at CBS Television Distribution's The Doctors.

Celebrities already booked to appear this season include Richard Gere and the cast of the new movie Arbitrage, Emma Watson and the cast of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and TV stars such as Modern Family's Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling, Scandal's Kerry Washington and The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert.

Anderson Live also plans to boost its social-media efforts. The show's companion website, AndersonCooper.com, is launching several new initiatives, including Anderson's Summer Instagram Photo-A-Day Challenge, a month-long photo sharing contest beginning Monday, Aug. 6, on Instagram where fans can post photos for a chance to win prizes; "Stump Anderson," in which fans are encouraged to send Cooper trivia questions that he'll attempt to answer during live webcasts; and "Anderson Seat Tweets," in which fans attending the show will send out live tweets as the show goes on.

TV affiliates that air Anderson Live will receive new promos announcing the changes to season two on Tuesday evening (July 31) that they can start airing on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Anderson Live will premiere season two on Monday, Sept. 10.

Anderson was last season's top-rated rookie, but both stations and Warner Bros. would like to see its ratings improved. Last week, Anderson averaged a 1.1 live plus same day national household rating, putting it at the low end of talk-show ranking

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Monday 7/30/12

Follow up with Dana Bash and by phone John Esposito, Georgetown professor

360 RAW POLITICS, ROMNEY OVERSEAS: Anderson Cooper reporting
ROMNEY'S OVESEAS GAFFS: Cornell Belcher and Ari Fleischer

D.V.N.F. UNDER INVESTIGATION: Anderson and Drew Griffin reporting

BATTLE FOR ALEPPO: Anderson Cooper reporting with an interview by Barbara Starr
CAPTURED IN SYRIA: Anderson interviews Jeroen Oerlemans by Skype



THE RIDICULIST: Whatever This Is


Studio Q posted a recent interview with Anderson's mom Gloria Vanderbilt.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Planet In Peril - Yellowstone

This week Anderson and his team are in Yellowstone National Park for the "Planet In Peril" Series~

The following video aired as part of the special ~

While Anderson didn't anchor AC360 from Yellowstone, he was on the rooftop in LA anchoring later that week and aired reports on his "adventure"

July 12, 2007

COOPER: I was in Yellowstone Park last weekend. It wasn't exactly a sight-seeing tour. I was there for our "Planet in Peril" series. And while it's taken us all over the world this year, this time, we decided to bring the story back here to America.

The reason are the grey wolves. They're an endangered species. They were nearly driven to extinction in America. But at Yellowstone, something remarkable is happening. I was lucky enough to witness it. Take a look.


July 13, 2007

COOPER: Earlier this week, I was pretty far away from the city life you see behind me. I was out in the woods on the hunt for a killer at Yellowstone National Park, on the lookout for gray wolves as part of our "Planet in Peril" series.

Now the wolves were once near extinction. They're now back at the park and thriving. And while they're killing other animals, they're also bringing new life to the ecosystem. Take a look.

And back in the NYC studio, AC360 aired the following promotion on September 27, 2007

COOPER: Remarkable -- gray wolves at Yellowstone National Park, just one of the stops in a project that's literally taken us around the world.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin, a team of CNN producers and I have been working for months on a four-hour documentary we're calling "Planet in Peril." It looks at four major threats to the planet and how they're all connected.

One of the topics is species loss. And some studies say that the rate of extinction is now 1,000 times the natural rate. It's hard to measure, so we went to Yellowstone to look at it in reverse through species reintroduction.

Please join us next week when we find Anderson in Greenland...

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Next Week on Anderson 7/30/12

Monday, July 30: Renegade Moms, & Kristen Johnston

Tuesday, July 31: 'I Am a Teenage Exorcist' Plus, 'Modern Family's' Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Wednesday, August 1: Wives Who Kill Abusive Husbands

Thursday, August 2: 'DWTS' Castoff Jack Wagner & His Newly Discovered Daughter. Plus, Extreme Pet Owners

Friday, August 3: Anderson's Easy Money Hour


The Anderson talk show site posted 2 new sneak peeks this week. The first is with George, the program's new Co-Executive Producer.

Tell us about your background in television:
“I began my career working in local news in Boston and Worcester, MA and for Inc. Magazine, before going back to graduate school. I got a master’s degree in broadcast journalism and a law degree at Syracuse University and then went to work for Nancy Grace at Court TV. After that I was bitten by the talk show bug and have spent the last dozen or so years working on all different types of news, entertainment, and human interest-based talk shows. I’ve been lucky enough to work with incredible hosts like Martha Stewart, John Walsh, Jane Pauley, Montel Williams, and the cast of “The Doctors.” Our new studio is at the CBS Broadcast Center and I’m excited to be back because it’s where I taped my very first talk show, ‘The Ananda Lewis Show.’”

What are you looking forward to in Season 2?
“Season 2 is a very exciting time for us because we’re re-launching the show in a number of ways. With our new studio, we’re going to be able to go live every day which will allow us to be even more topical and react to the latest stories everyone is talking about. From newsmakers to celebrities to incredible everyday people, we’re covering it all. We’re also going to have a co-host join us everyday, which is going to be a lot of fun!”

What are some of your duties as co-executive producer?
“My job is to work alongside Anderson and our executive producer, Terence, in developing everything you see on your screen every day. The three of us work together to set the direction and tone of the show- everything from the guests we feature to the creative elements we use to help tell our stories and connect with our audience. Our job is to think big picture and collaborate with our talented supervising producers, producers, bookers, associate producers, editors, and our entire production team to bring the show’s vision from the page to the stage. We’re a big team here and everyone goes above and beyond.”

What have you been doing this summer?
“I just moved back from Los Angeles, where I have been working for the last four years. I’m excited to be back. I drove cross-country and had a blast hitting 14 states in 8 days!”

Is there anything you’d like to add about the new season?

“I think both viewers who watch the show every day, and those who haven’t seen us in a while, will definitely want to tune in and see all the exciting new changes and fun surprises we have in store. It’s going to be a great season!”

Next up is Senior Editorial Producer Stacy, who heads the show’s busy Booking Department.

What have you been doing in preparation for the upcoming season?

“We’ve been mapping out what our ideas are for next season. I’m going to meetings and putting a lot of feelers out, and we’re organizing so that when we’re back in production, it’s seamless.”

How would you describe some of the changes for season two?

“In terms of being more topical, I think our show is the place to go for everything water cooler, breaking news, and human interest. Whether it’s a cute dog that rescued a family from a house fire, or a domestic violence incidence or a missing person, we’re on it. It’s great that we have the ability to converse about what everybody is thinking and wants to know about.”

How much news are you looking at over the summer?

“I’m following the stories and the trends. I’m looking at what the big stories will be for the fall.”

How will Season 2 be different than season one?

“I think that Season 1 had an amazing energy, but I think that we have even more of an excitement coming for Season 2, because we’re in a new studio, we have a new space, and because we’re able to turn things around faster. We have the best and the brightest working on our staff, and in Season 1 we learned our way and made it work, and now in Season 2, we’re going full force, and it’s even more exciting.”

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Friday, July 27, 2012

AC360 is airing a special tonight called "Massacre in Theater 9: Remembering the Victims" so we decided it was time to head to the vault. (If any new segments show up in the special we will post them on Monday.)

As we continue to clean out our offices, we continue to run across old videos that haven't seen the light of day in ages.

As many old time fans will remember
News Night with Aaron Brown had a regular feature called "Segment 7". Anderson filled in for Aaron for a week in 2002 and on the last night before Aaron's return, this was the "Segment 7" that Anderson and the staff prepared ~


While we posted this Segment 7 a couple of years ago, we felt it was worth repeating as Anderson and his guest talk reality television, Ozzy Osbourne and Anderson pitches his own reality television idea "Hanging With Mr. Cooper" - which provided some of the fodder for the above video ~


From the 'Anderson' website ~

Anderson talks about the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, which begin today. Anderson says he’s looking forward seeing gold medalist Michael Phelps in competition.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Thursday, July 26, 2012

KEEPING THEM HONEST, Charity Scam?: Report by Anderson Cooper
CHARITY CHEATS?: Report by Drew Griffin & Follow up discussion with Anderson

"I FORGIVE YOU", Message from massacre survivor to alleged gunman: Randi Kaye's report/interview with Pierce O'Farrill, Shooting Survivor & Follow up with Anderson
REMEMBERING GORDON COWDEN, Father of 4 "loved life, lived it as it should have been lived": Anderson's interview with Weston & Brooke Cowden (they were with their father at the theater and witnessed the massacre)

FIGHT FOR SYRIA: Update by Anderson Cooper
INSIDE SYRIA, Residents of Rastan cling to a shattered city: CNN's Diana Magnay reports on Marcel Mettelsiefen, a documentary film maker who just returned from Rastan, Syria

BATTLE FOR BABY VERONICA: Background report by Anderson
BABY VERONICA CUSTODY BATTLE, Child's Native American heritage is key issue: Replay of Randi Kaye's report from earlier this year
BABY VERONICA RULING, S.C. court grants custody to Native American father: Anderson's follow up discussion with Jeffrey Toobin & Areva Martin, Disability Rights Attorney & Children's Advocate


THE RIDICULIST: Santa Problems


From the 'Anderson' website ~

Anderson responds to @AndreaKcc, who tweeted, "How are you handling the heat wave in NYC?"
He answered, "You know, I work all day long, so I'm basically in my office from morning 'til nine-o'clock at night."
See what Anderson says about keeping cool on weekends when he's not working.

60 MINUTES “The Gardens of the Queen” Named Finalist at BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2012

The 60 MINUTES presentation of “The Gardens of the Queen” with Anderson Cooper featuring Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina has been named a finalist in the BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2012, to be held September 24-30, 2012 in Monterey, California. Cooper and the 60 MINUTES team joined Dr. David E. Guggenheim, Senior Fellow and Director of the Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program at The Ocean Foundation and Fabián Pina Amargós of the Cuban Center for Coastal Ecosystem Research, to explore this strikingl underwater ecosystem. Earlier this year, the 60 MINUTES segment, which originally aired in December 2011, won the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism.

“The Gardens of the Queen” will be screened at BLUE, with an introduction and discussion by Dr. Guggenheim, now in his 12th year working in Cuba, along with the 60 MINUTES producers (invited) and panel of experts focused on the significance of the piece as well as the important roles that marine protected areas play in protecting the world’s ocean ecosystems.

The piece was hosted by Anderson Cooper and produced by Andy Court and Anya Bourg in collaboration with CBS News producer Portia Siegelbaum in Havana. The breathtaking cinematography was captured Bill Mills (Florida Film & Video) and Chris Everson. The producers’ vision was to tell the story of the global decline in coral reefs, but to do so by showing viewers what a truly healthy reef is supposed to look like, providing an important perspective. Unfortunately, healthy reefs are increasingly difficult to find in the 21st century.

Dr. David E. Guggenheim (L) and Anderson Cooper (R) in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
Named by Christopher Columbus to honor Queen Isabel, Jardines de la Reina, or Gardens of the Queen are one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean. In a world where coral reefs are dying, the corals in the Gardens of the Queen are flourishing, and like a living time machine, the Gardens likely resemble the healthy coral reefs Columbus saw, avoiding the rapid decline so common throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

In addition to exploring the magnificient wildlife in an exceptionally healthy ecosystem, the program explores what makes this ecosystem so healthy and the implications for coral reefs elsewhere? Scientists believe part of the answer lies in the fact that Cuba established one of the largest protected areas in the Caribbean 15 years ago and former fishermen are now employed (and earn much more) at diving and fishing operations serving visiting ecotourists. Cuba has committed to protecting 25 percent of its ocean ecosystems in protected areas and has eliminated bottom trawling from its waters.

The piece has received international acclaim and more than 18 million viewers tuned in to watch, the highest viewership for 60 MINUTES in years. Given the importance of bringing the public face-to-face with earth’s treasures and the challenges they face, many hope it can serve as a message for the broadcast industry to support this type of programming more broadly, not exclusively on wildlife-oriented cable channels.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Wednesday 7/25/12

BREAKING NEWS - SUSPECTED GUNMEN SENT PACKAGE TO UNIVERSITY, CBS, Letter wasn't discovered until Monday: Anderson Cooper reporting with John Miller, CBS This Morning Senior Correspondent & James Alan Fox, Professor of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University joined in for discussion

URGENT CALLS FOR HELP IN THEATER 9, What was is like for victims and first-responders: Report by Randi Kaye and follow up with Anderson

REMEMBERING REBECCA WINGO, Mother of two killed in theater massacre: Anderson's interview with Shirley Wygal, Rebecca's mom & Kate Wodhal, Rebecca's best friend

AURORA SURVIVORS FACING BIG BILLS: Report by Ed Lavandera and follow up with Anderson

KILLER WHALE ATTACK VIDEO RELEASED, Sea World Orca nearly killed experienced trainer in 2006 scare: Report by Tom Foreman
KILLER WHALE ATTACK VIDEO RELEASED, Orcas don't belong in captivity: Anderson's follow up interview with David Kirby, Author "Death At Sea World"

HOSPITAL WORKER MAY HAVE SPREAD HEP C, Lab technician allegedly stole patient drugs and left behind dirty needles: Anderson Cooper & Elizabeth Cohen reporting




From the 'Anderson' website

On the set of our Season 2 promo shoot, Anderson answered some questions submitted by fans on Twitter. @Lancmike tweeted, "Any previews for Season 2 of Anderson?"

Anderson replied, "Well, we have a lot of big changes. I think the biggest change is that we're going to be live. And I love the energy of live TV -- that anything can happen when you're live." See video below for Anderson's complete response

A couple of photos of Anderson reporting live from Aurora, CO on Monday night ~

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Anderson Cooper Tuesday, 7/24/12

SILENCE = JOB SAFETY? John King, David Gergen and Gloria Borger discuss the politics of gun control

MASSACRE IN THEATER NINE: Anderson Cooper reporting
A 13 YEAR OLD'S COURAGE: Poppy Harlow reporting
A FATHER REMEMBERS HIS SON:Interview with victim Alex Sullivan's father Tom
SURVIVOR STORIES: Randi Kaye reporting
'MIRACLE' IN AURORA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta reporting


FIGHT FOR SYRIA: Anderson Cooper, Ivan Watson and Alex Thomson reporting
INSIDE SYRIA: Anderson talks with Watson


THE RIDICULIST: The 3rd Eagle of the Apocalypse


An Anderson viewer asked Anderson, via Twitter, if he new the knew American Idol judge Mariah Carey. Here's AC's reply:


The University of North Carolina has a webpage where students doing internships can share their experiences. A student wrote about being a intern at AC360 this summer when Andrew Sullivan posted the news that AC was gay.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Being at AC360 when Anderson Cooper Came Out
I was checking my twitter timeline on the train to NYC when all of a sudden a Gawker tweet changed my whole day.

"Anderson Cooper is Gay Now" it said. At first I thought it was another rumor, after all, he'd never addressed his sexuality before. Then I read it-- an eloquent email from the man himself.

I was amazed! I understood his reluctance to address his sexuality because as a journalist objectivity is of the highest importance but I was proud. My boss was brave.

He wasn't in the office that day. Actually, he wouldn't be in for the rest of that week. He was in Botswana covering story for 60 Minutes. So I knew there was no chance we'd address his email on the show.

It was an interesting day at work that day. Mostly because I was shadowing our digital producer Ella who manages the show's web presence and I was on Twitter duty. By the show's 8 p.m. airtime, Anderson Cooper had been a trending topic for 10 hours.

The tweets ranged from support from celebrities, fans and show staff to tweets that insisted that the world already knew about his sexuality.

When AC came back. He came to the show's editorial meeting and asked the staff if they had any questions. None except from one of our senior producers. Would he address it on the show? He said no. He said he had said everything he had to say.

It was cool to see the public react to a message from someone I work with every day!
Posted by Averi at 9:27 AM

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Anderson Cooper Monday, 7/23/12

AC360 was live from Aurora, Colorado

MASSACRE IN THEATER NINE: Anderson Cooper reporting

Randi Kaye reporting

REMEMBERING A HERO: Anderson Cooper interviews the family and friends of Alex Teves

LIVES CUT SHORT: Anderson Cooper reporting

Drew Griffin reporting

Cooper speaks with Mark Geragos, Mary Ellen O'Toole and Jeffrey Toobin

Anderson speaks with Jansen Young, whose boyfriend died protecting her from gunfire


@HauteeCouturee tweeted a picture this morning of Anderson going through a TSA checkpoint on his way to Colorado this morning.

'Anderson' asked viewers to nominate co-hosts for season 2 of the talk show. If you have a suggestion just follow the link.

And the talk show also posted a video about what Anderson watches on television.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Planet In Peril - AC360 Live from Thailand & Cambodia

Still cleaning out our office and this week we came across some old video from when Anderson anchored AC360 Live from Thailand and Cambodia, while filming for the Planet In Peril special. Even though we have already done the posts for those two countries; we thought you might like a little background info what went into the final segments and some other segments that didn't get covered in the final product. Anderson and team were in the region investigating animal and human trafficking ~

In case you missed the post on
Thailand, you may find it be clicking here. And clips from Anderson's time in Thailand ~

Anderson visits the JJ Market

Jeff and Neil travel to Burma & discuss with Anderson

Anderson' report on sex trafficking

Anderson's interview with the US Ambassador to Thailand

Anderson's interview with a woman from the UN agency on human trafficking

In case you missed the post on Cambodia, you may find it by clicking here. And clips from Anderson's time in Cambodia ~

Anderson's report on the sex trade in Cambodia

And follow up discussion

Animal trafficking

An Animal Rescue Center & Jeff's encounter with an elephant

Follow up with Jeff about injury from elephant encounter

Follow up with woman from Animal Rescue Center

Until next week when we find Anderson Yellowstone...


Anderson tweeted tonight ~

Anderson walked the red carpet

Had dinner
and introduced Sharon Stone who presented an award to Bill Gates

with Bill Gates and Former Speaker, Nancy Pelosi

with Bill Gates and Sharon Stone

The amfAR Benefit Gala was a kickoff for the first international aids conference held in the United Sates in more than two decades. To read more about the event, please click here.


Anderson's 60 Minutes story on Michael Phelps is re-airing tonight. If you missed our post on the original airing, please click on the link.

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