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The Biz: Brian Williams is Knee Deep at NBC Nightly News Again

Brian Williams

What did NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams do on his summer vacation? It wasn't fun. After 35 years of suffering from the effects of a devastating knee injury sustained playing high school football, he had replacement surgery on his right knee. Williams returned to the anchor desk on Sept. 3 after a four-week absence. He talked with The Biz about... read more

The Biz Exclusive: Chris Hansen to Leave NBC

Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen, the veteran Dateline NBC correspondent whose "To Catch a Predator" investigations became a TV news sensation, is parting ways with the network.

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The Biz: Inside the CNN Documentary Our Nixon

Richard Nixon

"I never laughed as much as when I worked in the Nixon White House," says Dwight Chapin in the documentary Our Nixon, which premieres Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9/8c on CNN.

Not the kind of reminiscence you expect from one of the disgraced president's men, especially since Chapin did jail time for his role in the Watergate scandal. But Chapin, along with H.R. "Bob" Halderman, Richard Nixon's crew-cut wearing right hand man, and domestic affairs advisor John Ehrlichman, believed they were part of something special when they went to work in the White House in... read more

The Biz: Johnny Carson Comes to iTunes

Johnny Carson

Heeeeere's Johnny — on your iPhone, iPad or laptop. Starting Tuesday, fans of Aunt Blabby, Art Fern, Carnac the Magnificent, and Johnny Carson's biting monologues can download editions of his The Tonight Show from the '60s through ...
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The Biz: Meredith Vieira Opens Up About New Daytime Talk Show

Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira is coming back to daytime TV. The former co-anchor of Today and The View will have a daily talk show of her own starting in fall 2014. NBCUniversal will carry the show on its owned stations and distribute it to other markets. Vieira spoke to TV Guide Magazine first about her plans.

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The Biz: Why Under the Dome Dominates Summer TV

Mike Vogel and Rachelle Lefevre

Stephen King's Under the Dome may provide the cure for broadcast TV's summer­time blues. CBS executives breathed a collective sigh of relief after 13.5 million viewers tuned in to the June 24 premiere of the disaster drama — the most for any summer drama series since 1992. The show picked up... read more

The Biz: CBS This Morning Rises

Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King

The recent birth of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby didn't make it onto CBS This Morning. "We were the only morning show that didn't mention it," coanchor Gayle King says proudly. And that's just fine with the increasing number of fans tuning in to the show that relaunched last year as a newsier, tabloid-free alternative to ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today... read more

The Biz: The Five's Bob Beckel Celebrates 500 Episodes

Bob Beckel

These days, it's not easy being the lone liberal commentator on Fox News Channel's daily ensemble chat show The Five (5/4c). With the recent stream of Obama administration scandals, co-host Bob Beckel says he has "often felt like the only fireplug at the Westminster Dog Show." read more

The Biz: Don Draper Travels to the 1980s

Jon Hamm

Ever wondered what happened to Mad Men's Don Draper after the swinging '60s ended?  John McNamee, a comic and writer, has created the Twitter account @80sDonDraper to give voice to the character's Reagan-era musings. We asked McNamee for some insights into Don's future.

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The Biz: Tyler Perry Raises OWN

Tyler Perry

Maybe Tyler Perry's next movie should be called Madea Saves Oprah's Network.

Just a year ago, OWN's financial losses and struggle for ratings began to concern the Wall Street analysts who follow the venture that Oprah Winfrey co-owns with Discovery Communications. So writer-director-producer Perry, a longtime Winfrey pal, offered his services to create comedies and dramas for the network, which had been built on reality series and talk shows.

Twelve months later, his scripted ...
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