Craig Melvin in the Running to Replace Matt Lauer at 'Today,' Source Says

Craig Melvin in the Running to Replace Matt Lauer at 'Today,' Source Says
Et has learned that Today weekend co-host Craig Melvin is in the running to replace Matt Lauer as co-host of Today.

A source at the show tells Et that both NBC and staff are fans of 38-year-old Melvin. Melvin currently anchors MSNBC Live on weekdays, and is co-anchor of Today Saturday edition.

“This would give the network the opportunity to make Melvin into a star at NBC,” the source says. “This would be clean slate.”

Melvin has been married to Espn sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak since 2011. The couple has two children together.

As for the possibility that Hoda Kotb would replace Lauer, our source says that would be “highly doubtful,” as Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford’s Today hour is already a huge success, and they wouldn't want to change the dynamic.

Still, there are other potential replacements in the running. Our source says that Willie Geist -- who frequently serves as a fill-in anchor on Today --
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Espn's Josina Anderson Fires Back at Trump, Stop Attacking Jemele!

  • TMZ
One of Jemele Hill's Espn colleagues says she's sick and tired of Donald Trump's attacks on the "SportsCenter" host ... and is publicly calling for Potus to back off. Josina Anderson -- an NFL sideline reporter/insider -- tweeted, "Stop attacking our colleague Jemele Hill, any other journalists or media entities. We are doing our work." Trump had previously tweeted that Hill was responsible for "tanking" ratings on the sports network -- this after
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Craig Melvin’s Blog: Staying Present During My Paternity Leave

Please welcome guest blogger Craig Melvin!

Melvin is a current NBC News Correspondent who began his career as a local news anchor in his home state of South Carolina before joining the well-known network — first via Washington, D.C.-based station Wrc, before moving to MSNBC in 2011.

Now, Melvin serves as an MSNBC anchor, contributing news reports to Today as well as hosting MSNBC Live on the weekends and Weekend Today.

Already parents to 2½-year-old son Delano “Del,“ Melvin and his wife, SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak, welcomed daughter Sybil “Sibby” Ann on Nov. 5.

You can find Melvin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @craigmelvin.
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Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin Welcome Daughter Sybil ‘Sibby’ Ann

Congratulations are in order for Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin — they’re parents for a second time!

The SportsCenter anchor gave birth to daughter Sybil “Sibby” Ann Melvin Saturday night, People confirms exclusively.

“Sibby is 6 lbs 6 oz, 20 inches long, and the telegenic couple is already in love with her!” a rep for the duo tells People.

Melvin, a MSNBC Live anchor and co-anchor of Today‘s Saturday edition, and the couple’s 2½-year-old brother Delano, aka “Del,” wasted no time in joining the ladies for their first family photo as a foursome.

Delano actually had a hand in naming his sister.
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Espn’s Jemele Hill, Michael Smith Set to Co-Host New ‘SportsCenter’ Segment

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There were two big announcements from Espn on Tuesday, and both of them were good news for their current stable of on-air talent. First up, ESPN2’s “His & Hers” anchors Jemele Hill and Michael Smith will now take over the 6 p.m. Et segment of “SportsCenter,” in place of Lindsay Czarniak, who is going on maternity leave in November. The popular pair, who have been longtime contributors at Espn, will take over their new roles on Feb. 6, 2017, the day after Super Bowl Li is played in Houston. Also Read: Mlb Analyst John Kruk Exits Espn Before then, the 6 p.m.
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Michael Smith, Jemele Hill Will Take Over Espn’s 6 P.M. ‘SportsCenter’ as Co-Hosts

Michael Smith, Jemele Hill Will Take Over Espn’s 6 P.M. ‘SportsCenter’ as Co-Hosts
Espn’s early-evening edition of “SportsCenter” will soon become a “His & Hers” affair.

Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, who have co-hosted “His & Hers” on ESPN2 since June of 2013 and the show was known under a different title, will take the hosting reins at Espn’s 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” on February 6, 2017, the day after Super Bowl Li. They will replace the broadcast’s current anchor, Lindsay Czarniak, who will go on maternity leave in early November and return next year in a new role that will be announced later. Both hosts have signed new, multi-year deals with the Walt Disney-owned sports network.

The switch shows Espn continuing to try to create “SportsCenter” broadcasts tailored for the times at which they air. Last year, Espn launched a late-night version of its flagship program, with host Scott Van Pelt offering a more spirited take on the plays and match-ups of the day, and took steps to keep the overnight version
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Colin Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest Set to Draw Attention From NFL Broadcasters

Colin Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest Set to Draw Attention From NFL Broadcasters
Saturday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was not the first in which the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Kaepernick also stayed seated during two previous games, but observers failed to notice because the quarterback was inactive for both games as he recovered from injuries. So when cameras caught an in-uniform Kaepernick sitting on Saturday, the media was taken by surprise.

That won’t happen again. Kaepernick — who has said that his decision to sit during the anthem is a statement against the unjust treatment of African-Americans, particularly at the hands of police — has promised to continue his protest in future games. That means broadcasters will be ready. And they don’t plan to turn a blind eye.

The 49ers are scheduled to open their regular season Sept. 12 against the Los Angeles Rams on Espn’s “Monday Night Football.” Because
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Espn’s Cari Champion Promoted to ‘SportsCenter’ Anchor (Exclusive)

Espn’s Cari Champion Promoted to ‘SportsCenter’ Anchor (Exclusive)
ESPN2’s Cari Champion is heading to the big leagues. The co-host of the ESPN2’s “First Take” for two and a half years has been named the newest anchor of Espn’s “SportsCenter,” TheWrap has learned. Champion joins “SportsCenter”s’ impressive stable of female anchors, including Hannah Storm, Linda Cohn, Sage Steele, Lindsay Czarniak, Jaymee Sire, Sara Walsh, Jade McCarthy and Nicole Briscoe. Also Read: Espn Names 3 New 'SportsCenter' Correspondents: Meet Will Reeve, Reese Waters, Sarina Morales (Exclusive) She is expected to work on morning segments of the broadcast beginning in mid-July, particularly a series of upcoming
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Start your engines!: Indy 500 2015 TV schedule on ABC

The Memorial Day weekend tradition returns with the 99th running of the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 from famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 24, on ABC. Prerace coverage begins at 11am Et with the green flag scheduled for 12:17pm Et. Top drivers competing for the Borg-Warner Trophy include Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, pole-sitter Scott Dixon and last season’s Indy 500 winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Allen Bestwick calls the race with analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. Lindsay Czarniak hosts the telecast from the Brickyard’s famed Pagoda. Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. … Continue reading →

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Ghosts Don't Exist Signs with Echo Bridge Entertainment

Ghosts Don't Exist is a film from 19th and Wilson that tests a paranormal investigator's belief in the supernatural and now the film has found American, possibly North American, distribution through Echo Bridge Entertainment. Richard Friend at the film's fan site is announcing the partnership, so expect to hear a story from the beyond in Ghosts Don't Exist - 2010 or early 2011. The trailer for the film is below along with the source and a picture of the film's early DVD art.

The synopsis for Ghost Don't Exist here:

"The story revolves around a popular ghost hunter who is losing faith in what he believes and is about to retire. He decides to take one last case when a potential client guarantees to provide the proof he's been looking for. Upon arriving at the home, the client announces that he will make good on the promise by contacting the team himself
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Due To Role In Next To Normal Ripley Bows Out Of Benefit

In Spring 2009, actress Alice Ripley will reprise her role as Diana in Next to Normal on Broadway, one of two productions Arena Stage is proud to have transferred to Broadway this spring. Due to this exciting development, Ripley will no longer be able to perform in Arena Stage's upcoming 17th Annual Benefit for Community Engagement, as was previously announced. Replacing Ripley in the role of Dorothy for the evening's entertainment will be Lindsay Czarniak, anchor and reporter for Washington's News4 Sports.
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NBC goes for gold with analysts

NBC goes for gold with analysts
New York -- NBC Sports will put a wealth of experience into the field -- including input from 28 analysts who won a total of 42 medals in past Games -- for its 3,600 hours of Olympic coverage next month.

The network is expected to announce Wednesday that there will be a total of 106 commentators across the 17 days of the Summer Olympics from Beijing. That's more than ever before, just as the network is putting together substantially more live coverage (2,900 hours) than ever before on TV and the Web.

Bob Costas will return for his eighth Olympics, his seventh as primetime anchor of coverage. The afternoon coverage on NBC will be hosted by Jim Lampley, who will be announcing his 14th Olympics, a record among broadcasters. Mary Carillo will be the host of NBC's late-night coverage.

Telemundo's coverage will be hosted by Andres Cantor, Jessi Losada and Monica Noguera. CNBC and USA Network telecasts will be hosted by Alex Flanagan, along with Matt Vasgersian at USA. MSNBC anchors and hosts include Melissa Stark and Bill Patrick. Fred Roggin will host "Boxing in Beijing" on CNBC, while Lindsay Czarniak will host Oxygen's gymnastics coverage.
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