TV News & Notes: O’Donnell Praises Olbermann, Hagman Gets ‘Dallas’ Gig, Abrams Moving & More

All the TV news you need to know today, with a twist…

The Last Last Word Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Last Word” moved into Keith Olbermann’s time slot last night on MSNBC, and his takeover included a warm nod to his controversial predecessor, whose abrupt departure last week continues to reverberate through media circles. “Consider what Keith invented and taught us to do: op-ed TV,” he said. “I marvel as any writer must at what Keith was doing. Five op-eds a week. Each of them much, much longer than the standard 800 words… I have no idea how he did it. None of us do. No one in television history has ever done anything like it. No one knew it could be done before he did it, and in doing it, he took MSNBC to new heights”… In the meantime, Olbermann broke his silence Monday, tweeting, “My humble thanks to all Friends of Keith for the many kind words. The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Short Takes: Did you see Jimmy Kimmel’s take on Angry Birds? If not, watch it here… Glad to hear an agreement’s been reached between TNT and Larry Hagman, who will reprise his role as J.R. Ewing in what TV Guide calls “an update of the 1978-91 primetime soap “Dallas.” How can you have “Dallas” without J.R.? And how could anyone other than Hagman play the part?… Dan Abrams is moving to ABC from NBC, where the legal expert will anchor Good Morning America’s weekend edition, according to the NY Post

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Sweet: Baker man Buddy Valastro announced that 34 year-old Delaware resident Dana Hebert won “Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker” in the season finale of the TLC series, which aired Monday. Dana beat out 9 other aspiring bakers who competed throughout 8 weeks of grueling challenges that tested their baking know-how, decorating skills, and client & business skills. His price? Fifty grand – cash, a brand-new car, and an apprenticeship with Buddy. He owns Desserts By Dana

New and Noteworthy: The women of “The Talk” reacted to Oprah’s news she has a half-sister. Watch here… Diaries of “The Bachelor“‘s departed continues here…Watch a good report on NBC Nightly News showing that years after her death Princesss Diana’s dresses and gowns are still a source of inspiration. Check out the story here… Nothing against Piers Morgan, but Larry King told Conan that he would’ve preferred Ryan Seacrest got the gig. “I thought it would be a good fit,” said King. “He didn’t have anything to do those hours.” King added that Seacrest has for the seven years been sending him designer jeans, replacing the cheap pair King used to wear – “the kind with a lot of room in the crotch” …

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