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- Marisa Tomei is in talks to play the female lead in Aaron Sorkin's new HBO show, More as the Story Develops, a behind-the-scenes look at a cable news network. Jeff Daniels has already been cast as a Keith Olbermann-esque anchor. Tomei's character is his producer. [Page Six]
- Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, and Willie Geist apparently prefer royalty getting married to the President of the United States poking gentle fun at himself. The Morning Joe hosts are skipping this year's White House Correspondents Dinner to cover Prince William's wedding in London. [FishbowlDC]
- Bob Woodward got a warm reception at Richard Nixon's presidential library last night, his first appearance at the facility since the museum's new director lifted a two decade "ban" on the Washington Post journalist. The audience "welcomed Woodward and [former Post executive editor Ben] Bradlee with a standing ovation, then listened with rapt attention and regular laughter as the two men traded wisecracks and reminisced about their roles in bringing down the 37th president." During his panel discussion with former Post executive editor Ben Bradlee. [Politico]
- Anonnymous CBS sources predict "a big shakeup" for the entire news division once Katie Couric departs. New news division president David Rhodes is particularly unhappy with the performance of The Early Show. Yesterday, he sent out a department-wide email admonishing the show's producers for a "bad Monday morning" that featured no follow-up reporting on any of the network's scoops from the weekend [Page Six]
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