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Sam Champion is saying goodbye to The Weather Channel.
Champion's departure comes after spending three years on the Atlanta-based network, where he created the morning show Amhq and the weekly nighttime series, 23.5 Degrees.
Read: How Sam Champion's Changing the Morning Show Routine
"Sam Champion has decided to leave The Weather Channel at the end of this year to pursue new challenges," the network tells Et in a statement. "We are grateful for his contributions and leadership in his time at the network, as Managing Editor, and both anchor and creator of Amhq and the pioneering 23.5 Degrees. Sam was influential steering our business during a period a rapid change, and The Weather Channel is stronger today for it. We wish Sam all the best in his new endeavors and will always consider him part of The Weather Channel family."
When Amhq debuted to tepid numbers in 2014, the show began cutting production roles months later. Champion then shifted »
Sam Champion will say so-long to The Weather Channel in just a few hours, ending his three-year run with the network. Champion’s departure is no surprise; his contract with the Atlanta-based network was expiring and he was not expected to re-up. "Sam Champion has decided to leave The Weather Channel at the end of this year to pursue new challenges," the network’s statement reads, thanking him for his “contributions and leadership” as managing editor and anchor/creator of… »
Dave Shull isn’t a weatherman – well, strictly speaking – but he thinks he knows which way the wind blows.
Shull has more familiarity with wind patterns, barometers and precipitation than the average person. He’s the chief executive of The Weather Channel, the cable-tv network backed by a consortium of The Blackstone Group, Bain Capital, and NBCUniversal. And since he arrived there in the Spring of 2015, he has tried to keep the network true to its name.
Gone are series like “Fast Guys in the Woods,” about a coterie of unlikely survivalists, and “Prospectors,” which followed miners in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In their place: more chatter about weather and the science behind it. “I dug into who the core viewers were, trying to understand 34 years of history. What was driving their loyalty to the brand?” he said in an interview. “A lot of it boiled down to trust and the scientific explanation behind the weather.”
- Brian Steinberg
Jerry Seinfeld may be famous because of a show about nothing, but in real life he operates with a purpose. Yesterday at the Palm Tribeca in New York, the sitcom star hosted the 2016 Fatherhood Lunch benefiting his wife Jessica Seinfeld's The Good+ Foundation, where guests such as Neil Patrick Harris and hubby David Burtka, Michael Strahan and Sam Champion gathered to show their support for the cause. The foundation, which was started in 2001 following the birth of the couple's first child, puts a strong focus on encouraging fatherhood involvement in children's lives and provides resources and aid for families living in poverty. And all jokes aside, you better »
“Live With Kelly” has unveiled its guest co-hosts for the third week of October. The group includes one weatherman, two actors, a singer, and possibly, you. Talk about diversity. On Monday, Oct. 17, Sam Champion returns to ABC (well, its syndication arm, at least) to hang out and host with Kelly Ripa. The following day, it’s “American Horror Story” actor Matt Bomer‘s turn to try out the vacated Michael Strahan seat. Singer Ciara assumes the position on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Twenty four hours later, “Bloodline’s” John Leguizamo returns to the program to pal around. He last guest co-hosted on »
- Tony Maglio
American Airlines wants to remain the go-to carrier for Hollywood. The American Airlines Council on Entertainment — a panel comprised of 3o representatives from the show business industry — was created about 18 months ago. They meet every three months to determine how the airline can cater to its A-list clientele flying out of the Los Angeles International Airport, the L.A. Times reported. Though the airline has not released the names of the representatives, they include a number of film and TV studio travel bookers and celebrity managers, according to the L.A. Times. Also Read: Sam Champion Bashes American Airlines After Witnessing. »
- J. Clara Chan
Weatherman Sam Champion blasted American Airlines on Twitter Tuesday for “shameful” behavior, after the airline allegedly “swapped” out people on a plane that was too heavy for a stormy flight. Sooo @AmericanAir just "swapped" passengers on a flight they said was too heavy.. And wanted to swap me next… #huh?? — Sam Champion (@SamChampion) May 31, 2016 The Twitter tirade began when the weather anchor was complaining about two flight delays, to which American Airlines soon responded, stating, “We’re sorry for the long travel day and are sending you a Dm soon.” Also Read: Sam Champion to Return to 'Good Morning America »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
With “Good Morning America’s” ratings leadership in extreme danger of being tackled by NBC’s “Today,” executives at ABC have come up with something that looks great on paper – adding more of Michael Strahan, the former football player who has transformed himself into one of the most winning personalities on today’s TV screen.
Now, what happens if someone drops the ball?
It’s not Strahan’s game to lose, but ABC’s. To goose their morning bauble, which snared more than $405.5 million in advertising last year, according to ad-spending tracker Kantar, executives at ABC News are stirring more celebrity into the mix at a time when the A.M. shows burnishing their news credentials (hello, “CBS This Morning”) are rising in the ratings, or at least getting more of the morning audience advertisers want (“Today”). In the process, the company is risking another franchise, the syndicated stalwart “Live, »
- Brian Steinberg
It's official: Gio Benitez is a married man! The ABC newsman said "I do" to fiancé Tommy Didario in Miami Saturday, the happy couple exclusively confirms to People. Surrounded by 160 friends and family, Benitez and Didario exchanged self-written vows before sunset at the historic Walton House, a secluded English cottage framed by tropical gardens. "It's so special to see how excited our friends and family have been about this wedding," says Benitez, 30. "It truly is a celebration of love - our own, and what love means in their own lives. We are so moved and humbled to celebrate together." Adds Didario, »
- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow
It's official: Gio Benitez is a married man! The ABC newsman said "I do" to fiancé Tommy Didario in Miami Saturday, the happy couple exclusively confirms to People. Surrounded by 160 friends and family, Benitez and Didario exchanged self-written vows before sunset at the historic Walton House, a secluded English cottage framed by lush tropical gardens. "It's so special to see how excited our friends and family have been about this wedding," says Benitez, 30. "It truly is a celebration of love - our own, and what love means in their own lives. We are so moved and humbled to celebrate together. »
- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow
Sam Champion says his new talk show will feature people who are “passionate about climate, the environment, science, weather, even technology.” However, don’t expect too many A-list Hollywood stars to appear on the program. “We’re going to talk to people who do the work,” Champion told TheWrap. “We’re not concentrating on celebrity voices.” “23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion” premieres on The Weather Channel on Tuesday at 11 p.m. Et/ 8 Pt. The debut episode will focus on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Also Read: Oscars: Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Wins for 'The Revenant' (Video) Champion explains that »
- Brian Flood
Wwlvpd? For The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules uninitiated, that's "What Would Lisa Vanderpump Do?" And it's exactly what Sam Champion has been contemplating as he prepares for his upcoming Weather Channel show. "The Real Housewives that I've gravitated to is Beverly Hills, so I actually do care about Lisa Vanderpump," the former Good Morning America meteorologist - whose new show, 23.5º with Sam Champion premieres Tuesday - tells People. "Just last night I watched her tear up talking about this march [protesting the Yulin Dog Meat Festival]. And I'm thinking to myself, 'If I could instill that much passion over these topics, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Former Fresh Prince Will Smith wants no part of Aunt Viv’s melodrama. In fact, the actor failed to address her viral takedown at all during an exclusive sit-down with Robin Roberts (who, oddly, neglected to even ask about it).
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“There’s a regressive slide towards separatism… towards racial and religious disharmony,” he said. “This »
Worlds that normally stay very separate last week collided. The “Today” trio mingled in the same room with “Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, all part of a small gathering in Manhattan held to celebrate a new book on managing work and family written by Roker and his spouse, ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts. James Goldston, the president of ABC News, and Deborah Turness, the president of NBC News, flanked Roker and Roberts and made happy toasts. Even Norah O’Donnell, one of the co-hosts of “CBS This Morning,” arrived on the scene. If executives from Apple and Microsoft were ever to put aside the business of outmaneuvering each other and decide instead to hang out, the setting might look very similar. »
- Brian Steinberg
It’s kind of a Gma 101. This morning Good Morning America launched its first livestreamed pre-show Gma Wake Up Call on Facebook. Robin Roberts kicked it off with a behind-the-scenes look at the moments leading up to the show. We see her greeting the early morning staff and prepping for promos with ABC affiliates around the country. Sam Champion, who’s filling in this week for ABC News' Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee as part of Zee's maternity leave, makes an appearance… »
Sam Champion is returning to Good Morning America while chief meteorologist, Ginger Zee is on maternity leave. Champion previously delivered the morning weather for seven years on Gma. Zee, 34, gave birth last month to her first child, a son named Adrian Benjamin. The meteorologist phoned in live on air this morning and gave her fill […]
- Crystal Smith
New mom Ginger Zee's maternity leave replacement will feel right as rain for Good Morning America fans. Longtime meteorologist Sam Champion is returning to the studio to fill in for Zee, 34, ABC announced Monday. Champion, 54, will give Gma's weather report next week. He worked as an anchor on the morning show for seven years - and on the network for 25. "See u next week in #TimesSquare," Champion tweeted Monday morning. See u next week in #TimesSquare #comesayHI and ... #GoodMorningAmerica pic.twitter.com/YkcIr9LrKM— Sam Champion (@SamChampion) January 4, 2016 He left in 2013 for a job on The Weather Channel. Zee and her husband, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Perhaps “Galavant” shouldn’t have come back, after all. The ABC musical comedy premiered to a mere 0.9/2 rating in the main 18-49 demographic, and had just 3.2 million total viewers on Sunday. Those numbers are less than half what the show received from its highly promoted series debut last year, which launched among a full night of originals. Fox’s “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” and “Bordertown” both faired a little better in the key demo, but the new half-hour comedies had softer turnouts among total viewers. Also Read: Sam Champion to Return to 'Good Morning America' »
- Tony Maglio
Former Good Morning America weather vet Sam Champion is returning to the show next week on January 11 to fill in for ABC News’ Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee as part of Zee’s maternity leave, ABC announced today. Senior Meteorologist Rob Marciano will be filling in for Zee for the remainder of her leave. After seven years on Gma, Champion handed over the weather reins to Zee on December 4, 2013, signing off with his familiar catchphrase, “That’s the weather around the… »
Sam Champion is heading back to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” just in time to deliver some wintery weather. Unfortunately, it won’t last even as long as the season. The seven-year show vet will be covering ABC News’ Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee’s maternity leave during the week of Jan. 11, the show said on Monday. Rob Marciano will be filling in during the rest of Zee’s absence; the 34-year-old gave birth last month to her first child, a son named Adrian Benjamin. Champion was with ABC itself for 25 years before departing for The Weather Channel. He had passed »
- Tony Maglio
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