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Critics Sip on ‘Shark-Tinis’ at Sharknado 2 Premiere

Monday night’s screening at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles was, appropriately enough, poolside at the Beverly Hilton. Among those in attendance: Chuck Barney, critic for the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area newspapers.

From his write-up, ahead of The Second One‘s broadcast debut on SyFy Wednesday July 30:

While the sequel features just slightly better production values, it is louder and splashier. In short, there’s more bite for the buck – and more chain saws.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News, CPI Spar | FNC to Debut Daytime Ensemble | Discovery Drops U.K. Bid

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NBC Goes Digital | ABC Leads News Demo | Colbert to Visit Late Show

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NBCUniversal Launches Original-Video Initiative for Digital (LostRemote)
The news networks are growing more digital by the day, and now NBCUniversal is launching an original video initiative that will appear across the company’s various digital and video-on-demand platforms. Deadline Hollywood NBCUniversal’s various digital platforms include its channel websites, Hulu and VOD. Promos for the digital series will appear during various programs on NBCU TV networks. In some cases, development of the digital series will be in collaboration with advertising partners. WSJ NBCUniversal’s announcement Tuesday comes two weeks after it reached a multiyear deal to give Hulu exclusive rights to stream several TV shows. Big media companies are investing more time and money in developing digital and online content as consumers stream more programming through services such as Netflix, Amazon’s Prime service and Hulu, which is owned by Comcast, 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney Co. Mashable The slew of digital-first shows include Tesla And Twain, a comedic series that imagines what would happen if Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla were suddenly transported to modern-day Los Angeles. Other projects coming include Last Single Girl, about an underemployed young woman whose friends are all marrying off, and Saturday Night Line, which follows the superfans who camp in the standby line outside 30 Rock in hopes of catching the TV show. Also coming to NBC.com is the previously announced Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, a prequel to the TV show that ran from 2006 to 2010. Variety The big TV companies have dabbled in this area before. Before the 2008-09 TV season, NBCUniversal launched two Web-based series, Gemini Division and Woke Up Dead. At about the same time, Walt Disney’s ABC formed Stage 9 Digital Media, which launched an online comedy about window washers called Squeegees.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire TV | Strahan to Join GMA | Peabody Award Winners

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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’ (LostRemote)
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing Wednesday a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. Mashable The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. NYT Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. THR The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.

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Dishing With Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn; Catching Up With Michael Strahan

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It was a regular boys club at Michael’s today with not one, but two football legends (Michael Strahan, Frank Gifford), several captains of industry (William Lauder, Jonathan Tisch), publishing hot shots (Jack Kliger, Jared Kushner) and the hottest actor on broadcast television, Tony Goldwyn, who plays the adulterous, murderous President Fitzgerald Grant III on everyone’s guilty pleasure, Scandal. For the record, the power gal contingent was nicely represented by Norah O’Donnell and media mavens Katherine Oliver and Cindy Lewis.

Everyone (and I do mean everyone) was abuzz with Tony’s arrival in the dining room so, of course, I just had to say hello. He couldn’t have been more pleasant about doing an impromptu interview about the runaway success of Scandal and offered his take on being a red hot leading man at 53. It was a bit trippy, really, comparing the relaxed, friendly actor who was casually clad in a plaid shirt and jeans (he’s from Los Angeles, after all) with the uptight, angst-ridden politico he plays on the small screen. Grandson of legendary studio head Samuel Goldwyn, Tony’s has had a journeyman’s career with stints on film (most memorably as villain Carl Bruner in Ghost), television (recurring roles on Dexter and Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and several roles on Broadway, including the musical Promises, Promises. Surprisingly, Goldwyn has never been a staple in the likes of People and the other glossies. When I asked him what it meant to have true stardom come along relatively late in his career he told me, “It’s definitely different than if it had happened earlier; I’m very grateful.”

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Speaking of grateful, more than a few of my friends look forward to Tony’s steamy scenes with his co-star Kerry Washington. (His wife, Jane Musky, doesn’t watch those encounters.) “We definitely push the boundaries,” he said. I told him it’s often hard to remember that Scandal is on network television rather than cable. “In a way, it’s because of cable that [series creator Shonda Rhimes] has been able to up the level of things and be more bold.” Read more

Former Giants Star Michael Strahan Tapped as Live with Kelly Co-Host

He may not be Regis Philbin, but the gap-toothed, Giants great Michael Strahan is set to succeed the broadcasting legend. After dozens of on-air auditions, multiple sources say Strahan has been chosen as Kelly Ripa‘s co-host on Live.

Strahan, at 40, and half the age of Philbin, is expected to be unveiled as the permanent replacement when the new season debuts September 4.

The former Giants defensive end, however, will keep his Fox NFL Sunday gig, according to the Los Angeles Times. It also means tallying the frequent flier miles as weekend commuter to the Fox studios in Hollywood.

While it’s great news for the personable Super Bowl champion, it is unfortunate news for NY1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan, who openly campaigned for the seat. Kiernan even got a handful of tryouts with Ripa.

Prior to his first appearance in March, Kiernan told FishbowlNY about his affinity for Live.

“I have long had an interest in co-hosting the show when Regis [Philbin] was there, if he went away,” Kiernan said. “But the opportunity never came about.”

Although Strahan is being touted as the new co-host, Kiernan would only say, “I owe ABC the respect of a ‘no comment’ until they have something to announce.”

The 80-year-old Philbin retired in November.

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Stephen Espinoza Named Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports

Stephen Espinoza has just been named Showtime’s new executive vice president of sports and event programming. He was previously a partner in the firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP, where he represented a roster of fighters and sports figures like Mike Tyson, Michael Strahan and Gina Carano. He was also the lead counsel for Oscar De La Hoya‘s Golden Boy Promotions.

His new responsibilities at Showtime will heavily involve putting together live boxing and mixed martial arts events. With his former roster of clients, sounds like that shouldn’t be too tough.

Espinoza currently resides in LA, but will work out of Showtime’s New York office, where he will report to Chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank.

Press release after the jump:

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Veteran Fox 5 Anchor Ernie Anastos ‘Positively’ Ready for New Venture

Ernie Anastos, the accomplished Fox 5/WNYW 5 and 10 p.m. anchor, is hosting a new show Positively Ernie, airing tonight at 10:30 p.m.

Like the title says, Anastos will center on the ”positive” –giving viewers uplifting and inspirational stories from various special guests. Former New York Yankee manager Joe Torre will discuss his “Safe at Home” charity that helps abused children in New York and Los Angeles.

Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will talk about how they are giving back to the community.

Dr. Oz, seen weekdays on WNYW, will highlight medical breakthroughs, while also explaining methods for a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle.

Even Elmo and Grover from Sesame Street will stop by to tell Anastos about the influence they’ve had on children’s education for more than four decades.  

The show, which Anastos also produces, airs in front of a studio audience at Fox 5.

Live, from Pasadena… It’s Action on Film!

Well, not quite. But after six plus years as a bricks-and-mortar event, the Action on Film International Film Festival is branching out, ambitiously, into late night local TV.

Debuting overnight March 19th on NBC4 after Saturday Night Live, the first half-hour episode of The AOF Channel will feature a couple of shorts, an interview of Nick Mancuso by actor co-host Kim Coates (pictured), a review of iTV goggles, and a conversation between Michelle Gracie, another one of the co-hosts, and Michael Strahan.

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Newhouse School Tackles Future of Sports Journalism

The Master’s program information road show for the University of Syracuse’s prestigious Newhouse School stopped by Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Joining school officials at downtown’s Sports Museum were an impressive quartet of Fox Sports panelists: executive producer Ed Goren (Syracuse Class of 1966), NFL reporter Jay Glazer (pictured) and football analysts Michael Strahan and Curt Menefee.

LA Daily News reporter Tom Hoffarth was also there, filing a personable dispatch about the “Future of Sports Broadcasting” discussion. All the usual suspects were mentioned with regards to the crazy speed cycle that now affects the craft: ESPN, TMZ, Deadspin.com and so on. But not everyone is buying into the new rules. Writes Hoffarth:

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