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In November 2012, the United States elected a president. Also right around the same time, author Stephen Battaglio released his latest book, an e-book to be exact, Election Night: A Television History 1948-2012. As described by the publisher, the book “is a fascinating and revealing look at the evolution of U.S. presidential election night broadcasts and how since 1948, this televised event galvanizes the nation. It explores the technical advancements in vote counting, live coverage from the field, how the networks get polling information and call a state for a candidate and how the drama unfolds in the control room. Through the lens of NBC News, Election Night highlights significant commentary by legendary news figures such as Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, John Chancellor, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, and Brian Williams.”
The book makes the most of the Kindle platform, utilizing the NBC large video archives, as well as offering historical audio clips in an enhanced edition [available here [or iTunes link here]. To find out more about his latest project, Battaglio accepted my invitation for another interview (I first interviewed him in 2011 regarding his book on NBC Today Show’s 60-year history.)
Tim O’Shea: You pull data for the book, including congressional hearings as well as the David Brinkley Papers/Archives. What was the biggest surprise/most interesting aspect of delving into Brinkley’s papers?
Stephen Battaglio: I loved David Brinkley. He is my favorite TV news anchor of all time. The humor that he managed to inject in his on-air commentary came across in his papers, especially in personal letters and internal memos. What you saw on screen was his true self.
How good is Dick Wolf? He can explain the premise of his new NBC drama, Chicago Fire, in under a minute. Without breaking a sweat.
I always love seeing sneak previews of the new fall shows. Now thanks to official network YouTube channels, I can share some of the previews, plus their official description. First up: NBC’s The New Normal.
“Get an in-depth look at The New Normal, a new series from Ryan Murphy, coming this fall to NBC.
Tuesdays 9:30/8:30c This Fall on NBC.
The New Normal: http://NBC.com/The-New-Normal/
Like The New Normal: https://Facebook.com/NBCTheNewNormal
Follow The New Normal: https://Twitter.com/NBCTheNewNormal
The New Normal Tumblr: http://nbcTheNewNormal.Tumblr.com/
The New Normal Pinterest: http://Pinterest.com/TheNewNormal/”
I watch the ABC sitcom Happy Endings while writing typically (sitcoms do not command the full O’Shea attention), but I cannot fathom how I missed this–from a few weeks back. A singing duet featuring Casey Wilson as Penny and Megan Mullally as Penny’s mother. I do remember thinking, man I hope Mullally appears again (much as she does periodically on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as one of Ron Swanson’s ex-wives). Watching it a second time, I realized that I ignored the scene because I hate this song. Glad I watched it again, despite the song.
A hat tip for Yahoo’s The Set, for making me aware of this bit, that at first I could not remember watching. Now if I could only find the scene where Penny fell forward with a podium (on Happy Endings season finale), while saying: “I’m going down!”
I am sorry I missed Brian Williams on The Late Show with David Letterman last night.
Particularly judging from the above clip, Dave seemed in rare form.
Paul Giamatti won a Golden Globe tonight–and admitted he was jacked up on a few boxes of Godiva Chocolate. But you have to love his reaction to presenter Halle Berry. Plus, call me crazy, but I love meandering acceptance speeches such as this one.
I meant to watch all of the Golden Globes tonight, but a great family dinner caused me to miss the first hour. Fortunately I was able to snag the opening monologue by host Ricky Gervais.
I give NBC credit for having Gervais back this year, but I doubt they’ll bring him back next year. I hope I am wrong, thought.
Former NBC newsman Edwin Newman died this week at the age of 91. NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams did a nice nearly three-minute tribute to Newman (who retired from NBC [much to my surprise] in the mid-1980s).
It was nice to see them devote a good chunk of time to Newman’s comedic sense. My fondest memory was of Newman’s gig doing the news segments on David Letterman’s first daytime talk show for NBC. Clearly his career involved far more important phases than that, but for me, Letterman’s show was when I first really noticed Newman.