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“Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee looks nothing like tightrope-walking daredevil Nik Wallenda. Yet for one agonizing block of time on a recent Friday, the two seemed more similar than different.
On the Friday, November 7 edition of the venerable ABC morning program, Zee made a tandem jump from a plane nearly 13,000 feet over Homestead, Florida, with a member of the U.S. Army Parachute team. As “Gma” co-anchor Lara Spencer brought her hands to her mouth and openly fretted – “Oh my gosh! Ginger, be careful!” – Zee smiled and plummeted at 120 miles per hour, all with wireless GoPro cameras showing the action from her point of view. Once all was well, she started chatting with her co-hosts as though she were back in the studio.
“When the door to the plane opened and we were about to jump, all I was thinking was …’I’m hungry!’” Zee said in an emailed response to questions, »
- Brian Steinberg
What will happen to NBC's “Space Race” reality show following Virgin Galactic Crash? NBC says it’s “gathering information on the situation” following the crash today of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, which was to be the center of a reality competition from Richard Branson and Mark Burnett. Exactly one year ago, NBC announced the competition that would have regular people compete to go on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. NBC also announced plans to have “Today” cover the first flight of SpaceShipTwo with a three-hour live broadcast. CBS orders 'Limitless,' a TV drama sequel to the 2011 Bradley Cooper film The drama will pick up where the thriller left off. “Big Bang Theory” boss didn't expect the studio audience to keep last night's big cameo a secret "We knew that as far as the promos go," says showrunner Steve Molaro, "they were going to keep a lid on it »
- Norman Weiss
The Good Morning America crew got into the Halloween spirit on Friday, dressing up as characters and real people who made headlines around the world over the past 12 months. George Stephanopoulos and his wife, Alexandra Wentworth, dressed up as George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin (which is apparently a popular look this year) while his cohost, Robin Roberts, went for an Elsa ensemble from Frozen. Meanwhile, Amy Robach donned a sinister Maleficent look, and Lara Spencer won what was probably the most comfortable costume, as she got to be Prince George, complete with a wheelchair for her to sit in during the entire Halloween segment. Of course, the Gma crowd wasn't the only morning show to get in the holiday spirit - be sure to check out the selection of costumes from the Today show and Live! With Kelly and Michael. »
In a move of synergy that suggests Jack Donaghy is still hanging around 30 Rockefeller Plaza, The Today Show anchors dressed in their Saturday Night Live best for this year's Halloween episode. The results were eerily accurate at times, but that may have something to do with the crew probably having access to Studio 8H's wardrobe department. Lester Holt and Al Roker channeled John Belushi and Dan Akroyd for their Blues Brothers costumes: Putting the soul in Soul Man with my fellow Blues Brother Al Roker @TODAYshow #halloweentoday pic.twitter.com/HKkl68c0ns — Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) October 31, 2014 Have a pair of Mom Jeans lying around? »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Today Show's Saturday Night Live Halloween
Today anchors are known for their commitment to Halloween – last year Matt Lauer made waves after dressing up as Pamela Anderson from Baywatch. This year, Lauer and the Today gang decided to do a full Saturday Night Live re-enactment, kicking off the show with a 20-minute segment full of classic SNL sketches. Not only that, but the segment featured an SNL player dressed up as one of Today’s own: Keenan Thompson introduced the segment in full Al Roker getup.
Can every day be Halloween?! #HalloweenTODAY pic.twitter.com/40Qi78EXAH
— Today (@TODAYshow) October 31, 2014
Another year, another Miss America controversy. Reports have surfaced on Jezebel that Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, was kicked out of her Hofstra University sorority, Alpha Phi, for abusive hazing in April 2013. Kazantsev's dismissal has been confirmed by the Alpha Phi International Fraternity and the Miss America Organization - and the pageant winner herself. On Tuesday, Kazantsev, 23, published a new post on her blog and appeared on Good Morning America to respond to the claims, which included, "pledges ... called names, berated for their perceived physical flaws and imperfections, and made to perform physical tasks to the point of bruising and exhaustion, »
- Michelle Ward
This morning, Kazantsev went on Good Morning America to clear up the allegations put forth by Jezebel yesterday that the Hofstra University graduate was kicked out of Alpha Phi in April 2013 for abusive hazing. Kazantsev told Gma that while she was involved in the culture of hazing in her sorority, she was actually dismissed for sending an inappropriate email that suggested the possibility of hazing.
“I was asked by a new member educator when I was »
- Teresa Jue
The 2015 Miss America Competition will air Sunday, Sept. 14, at 9pm Et on ABC, live from the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Once again, Chris Harrison (The Bachelor) and Lara Spencer (Good Morning America) will serve as co-hosts. Comedian and former Miss New Jersey, Dena Blizzard, will serve as a special correspondent, sharing live updates from inside the auditorium. The judges panel will include television writer and executive producer Marc Cherry; former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion, Donald Driver; author and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland; U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson; Gen. Anne Macdonald, who served over 30 years … Continue reading →
The post 2015 Miss America Competition: Date, time, channel appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Bachelorette no more! After accepting Josh Murray's proposal on the season finale of The Bachelorette on Monday, July 28, reality star Andi Dorfman stopped by Good Morning America on Tuesday morning, July 29, with a ring on her finger. The newly engaged Dorfman, 27, hit the morning show with her fiancé Murray, 29, looking happy and holding hands as they stepped onto the ABC set in New York City. The future Mr. and Mrs. Murray chatted with Lara Spencer about the previous night's happenings and what's ahead [...] »
Robin Thicke has gotten very personal on his new album, "Paula," named after his estranged wife Paula Patton. And on Wednesday's "Good Morning America," the soulful crooner explained why he's put it all out there in music.
"When you lose the love of your life, you don't have much to hide anymore," he told "Gma's" Lara Spencer.
Asked about one of his songs on the new album, a cut called "Forever Love," Robin said he wanted to send Paula a hopeful message.
"The album -- I didn't ...
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Hosting the evening newscast turned Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw into luminaries and national statesmen. ABC News has now declared that the person who leads that national institution no longer has to be the most important face on the screen.
Sure, we expect to see David Muir, the hardworking correspondent who is set to succeed Diane Sawyer as the managing editor and anchor of ABC’s flagship “World News,” holding forth during times of great import. But ABC News made it clear Wednesday that viewers should largely expect to welcome George Stephanopoulos on the screen when disaster strikes, war breaks out, or the nation gathers in its living rooms to suss out matters of great import.
- Brian Steinberg
'90s kids, rejoice! Ben Savage promised fans of “Boy Meets World” that the Disney Channel spinoff, the aptly titled “Girl Meets World,” will be just as great as the original. “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer gave the once-and-again Cory Matthews the perfect setup when the cast appeared on the morning show on Tuesday. “What do you want fans of the classic 90s show to get from this new version?” Spencer asked him. “Well, a lot of the fans who watched ‘Boy Meets World,’ they kind of grew up with us and they're very protective of the show,” Savage said. »
- James Crugnale
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Steve Harvey” grabbed the top talkshow wins while “The Young and the Restless” was named best drama series Sunday at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which proved to be a raucous affair as the kudocast grappled with the transition to a streaming-only format.
A high volume of no-shows among top winners and bumpy moments underscored the unusual nature of this year’s ceremony, which was unable to land a TV deal. At times, presenters struggled with their stage instructions and the camera work was jumpy. Without the timetable and content constraints of airing live on advertiser-supported TV, winners and presenters let the salty language fly, and some winners took their sweet time with acceptance remarks on the Beverly Hilton stage.
Host Kathy Griffin (pictured) and others made light of the situation. Griffin ended the nearly two-hour ceremony by walking on stage yelling “say goodnight! »
- Shelli Weinstein and Cynthia Littleton
Forget 'Indiana Jones'! Is Robert Pattinson campaigning to star in 'Magic Mike 2'?
Forget Indiana Jones! Is Robert Pattinson campaigning to star in Magic Mike 2?
The Twilight heartthrob joined his Rover co-star Guy Pearce on Tuesday's Good Morning America, and when asked asked to elaborate about how he said he wanted an acting career like Pearce, the 28-year-old actor joked that he actually wanted his "side career as a male stripper."
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The joking quickly went to doting as Pattinson gushed over his talented co-star. "Guy is essentially a leading man, and he's had an incredibly interesting character actor career," he told Lara Spencer.
Pearce, 46, quipped, "I'd be pretty happy with Rob's career as well, to be honest." The Rover is in theaters now. »
ABC News said Thursday that Stephanopoulos will remain as Robin Roberts’ chief partner on the top-rated morning show, and will continue as host on the Sunday morning show This Week. Terms were not disclosed.
Roberts also recently signed a contract extension. Good Morning America has not been entirely successful in keeping together the team that toppled NBC’s Today show: Sam Champion left for a job at The Weather Channel, and Josh Elliott is now at NBC Sports. »
- Associated Press
Good Morning America has secured George Stephanopoulos as part of a long-term deal with ABC News that also includes his continued duties as host of the Sunday Beltway show This Week. “We are thrilled that the team is locked in and that the [Stephanopoulos] deal was done so quickly,” ABC News said this morning. That in marked contrast to the long-running storyline about the division’s talks with Gma regulars Josh Elliott and Sam Champion — both of whom wound up being poached by NBC. Elliott went to NBC Sports and Champion to NBC co-owned The Weather Channel. Lara Spencer, whose contract came up around the same time as Elliott’s and Champion’s, re-signed to Gma in March, and recently was promoted to co-anchor. Elliott and Champion were replaced by Amy Robach and Ginger Zee, respectively. Stephanopoulos’ contract was not set to expire until the end of the calendar year. But, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
George Stephanopoulos has signed a new long-term contract to remain with ABC News, and will continue to host “Good Morning America” and the Sunday show “This Week.” The announcement comes just after his “Good Morning America” colleague, Lara Spencer, was promoted to co-host of the morning show. It stabilizes the lineup of television's top morning show for the near future. Also read: Michael Strahan Joins ‘Gma’ With Giant Coffee Mug, Red Carpet High-Fives (Video) In 2011, “Gma” broke the 16-year ratings win streak of NBC's “Today.” Locking him in is an early victory for new ABC News chief James Goldston, who is. »
- Tim Molloy
"Good Morning America" promoted Lara Spencer to co-host and then Buried the announcement -- presumably to keep some pretty fragile Gma egos in check.ABC honchos sent an internal memo around to the staff bragging about how Gma has kicked the "Today" show's ass for 2 straight years. The memo -- which was obtained by Page Six -- starts out by calling Robin Roberts "the captain of our team"In Paragraph 6 the memo essentially says, "Oh, »
- TMZ Staff
New York (AP) — ABC says it has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host status on "Good Morning America." Spencer, the lifestyle anchor since returning to the show in 2011, now has billing parity with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. She was the show's national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of "The Insider." Her promotion comes as "Gma" continues to beat NBC's "Today" show in the ratings, but after it recently lost two members of its team: Sam Champion and Josh Elliott. The other current members of the "Gma" family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. This week, "Gma" welcomed Michael Strahan, a co-host of the daily "Live with Kelly and Michael," as a contributor. Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. »
Spencer has been on the show as a lifestyle anchor, a position created just for her, since 2011, but before that, she was a national correspondent for Good Morning America from 1999 to 2003.
This isn’t the only Gma news this week: Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host and former football star Michael Strahan officially announced April 15 that he’ll be joining the hosts a few times a week while still keeping his Live! gig. »
- Ariana Bacle
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