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8th Grade Superstars | Exiting ET | Abramson’s M.O.

GalleyCat: No matter what you were doing at the halfway point of middle school, it can’t hold a Zippo lighter to the achievements of the three youngsters who make up Brooklyn heavy metal group Unlocking the Truth. We’re talking Coachella, a Sony Music deal and now, a Penguin Books memoir.

TVNewser: Rob Marciano‘s decision to trade Entertainment Tonight for GMA‘s weekend weather leaves the door wide open for some lucky journalist. The search for a replacement is all about chemistry with Nancy O’Dell, but wouldn’t it be great if ET producers opted at this stage for a little co-host diversity?

PRNewser: There was a lot of Jill Abramson news fit to print this week. In her conversation with Katie Couric, the fired New York Times executive editor acknowledged that she “pushed hard” with reporters and editors to “get the story behind the story.”

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Dynamic Female Duo Now at the Helm of SheKnows

LeaAnnLemingPicThe best way to frame FishbowlNY’s phone conversation today with Lea Ann Leming, chief content officer of SheKnows (pictured, right), and newly hired editor-in-chief Amy Boshnack (pictured, below) is as follows. The company has been profitable for the past several years and expects a 30% increase in revenue in 2014.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Cosmopolitan, a magazine where Boshnack served as managing editor from January 2005 to January 2008, has just revamped its website. When asked about the then-print vs. now-Web differences, Boshnack notes the obvious change in the speed of news and feature cycles. Per comScore, SheKnows currently averages around 40 million monthly uniques.

“A big thing for me is making sure the women reading us are having conversations,” Boshnack explains. “Part of what’s being done here is continuing to make sure that articles being published are about things women are talking about. And to feed that through our comments section, social media.”

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Rocsi Diaz Making Her Entertainment Tonight Debut

Much like her former 106 & Park co-host Terrence J (now co-hosting E! News), Rocsi Diaz has managed  to fall up career-wise after leaving BET.

Diaz will make her Entertainment Tonight debut on Monday night, co-hosting alongside Nancy O’Dell.

“Everybody’s asking so what’s the girl gonna do and what I’m working on … so today, I officially announce that I am the new face of Entertainment Tonight,” Diaz, 29, said on Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club. “It’s a very exciting time. I’m excited to work with the whole CBS family … I’m just really excited to be back on.”

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Entertainment Tonight Recruits CNN’s Rob Marciano

The venerable news magazine Entertainment Tonight is a little bit like the James Bond movie franchise. No matter who gets plugged into the lead role, the familiar product keeps rolling out as smoothly as when it was Mary Hart and John Tesch.

Per an announcement exclusively tipped this morning to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest look come January will feature current host Nancy O’Dell and the CNN-exiting Rob Marciano. From today’s announcement:

“I am honored to be joining the distinguished and talented team at Entertainment Tonight, all of whom are the gold standard in entertainment journalism,” Marciano said in a statement. “For over 30 years, ET has been a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, and to be part of that blue-chip franchise is a dream come true.”

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Mary Hart Gets Ready to Say Goodbye

There’s a whole lot of Mary Hart love being shown in the media this week ahead of her final appearance tonight on Entertainment Tonight. And she deserves every bit of it.

Hart is the Johnny Carson of the entertainment TV news magazine world, retiring at the top of her personal game after 29 years on the air. Joining her for an ET send-off taped yesterday were a number of her former male co-hosts, including the best one of them all, John Tesh. Those two had major on-air chemistry, the kind that LA TV station execs dream of when envisioning ideal local news anchor pairings. The latest crowning tributes include one from Brooks Barnes of the New York Times:

“Without Mary, ET starts to look like what it is–kind of dear and not particularly edgy,” said Martin Kaplan, the director of the Norman Lear Center for the study of entertainment and society at the University of Southern California. “I don’t know how large the cultural niche is for dear in a Perez Hilton, TMZ, Gawker world.”

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KTLA Reporter Among Your OWN Show Contestants

Billboards for Oprah Winfrey‘s new TV network are all over LA and now, the city is returning the favor. Of the ten finalists culled from 15,000 online and offline applicants for Your OWN Show, exactly half are from the LA area.

Leading the local pack is KTLA reporter Elizabeth Espinosa (pictured). As older sister to a brother with a learning disability, she wants to put together a program that can help other families dealing with similar household dynamics.

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