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Ex-New York Giant Michael Strahan Reportedly Lands Live! Co-Host Gig Alongside Kelly Ripa (New York Daily News)
Looks like Kelly Ripa's No. 1 draft pick is Michael Strahan -- it's a great choice. Strahan will reportedly land the much-coveted slot as Ripa's co-host on Live! With Kelly, which has been vacant since Regis Philbin stepped down last November. CBS News / AP Since then, Ripa has welcomed 59 guest co-hosts, some of whom, including Strahan, were under consideration for the permanent job. Strahan has made several guest appearances this year. LA Times / Show Tracker ABC-Disney Domestic Television has said that a permanent co-host had been selected and would be unveiled Sept. 4, prompting further speculation about the identity of Ripa's new partner. Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV Back in July, it was rumored that the field was down to three hosts -- Strahan, SNL's Seth Meyers, and singer Josh Groban. In an EW poll, almost 50 percent of readers said Meyers was their top pick. Strahan came in second with 31 percent of the votes. E! Online So, presuming this happens, here are five things to know about Ripa's new partner in morning gab.

Kimmel Moving into Thick of Late-Night Fight (Yahoo! News / AP)
Jimmy Kimmel Live is moving into the thick of the late-night fight against Jay Leno and David Letterman, bumping Nightline from its longtime perch. Starting in January, Kimmel's talk show will shift from 12:05 a.m. ET to the 11:35 p.m. ET period long held by the newsmagazine, taking advantage of Kimmel's ratings growth and the potential for greater ad revenue, ABC said. TVNewser Why did Nightline get demoted? The answer is pretty simple: Kimmel wanted 11:35 p.m. Bloomberg Businessweek Kimmel, 44, brings a younger face to the time slot in a move that ABC said will satisfy advertiser demand, draw more viewers and boost revenue. BBC News "Given the passionate fan base Jimmy Kimmel Live has built over the past decade, and the show's ratings and creative momentum this season, the time is right to make this move," said Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. E! Online "I am excited, honored, and grateful to ABC for this strong vote of confidence, inexplicable as it may be," said Kimmel. LA Times / Company Town Nightline gets stay of execution, but for how long?

Hulu Website Redesign Focuses on Navigation, Visuals (THR)
Hulu has a new look, which the online video site unveiled in a blog post Tuesday night. "Tasty new website, available in two delicious flavors, Hulu and Hulu Plus," said CEO Jason Kilar, whose future at Hulu has been unclear over the past year, in a tweet. GigaOM Hulu relaunched its website with a bold new look Tuesday night that replaces the traditional show grid with much larger artwork and a focus on personalization as well as popular shows and episodes. The new design will be rolled out to Hulu's entire user base over the next few days, but can already be previewed at

Self-Published Erotic Hit Signed by St. Martin's (Yahoo! News / AP)
Another self-published erotic hit has found a major publisher. St. Martin's Press announced that it had acquired Sara Fawkes' Anything He Wants (Dominated by the Billionaire), which has appeared on the best-seller lists of and USA Today since the first of five planned e-installments came out in May. THR In the wake of Fifty Shades of Grey's phenomenal journey from self-published fan fiction to a 20-million-copy-selling hit, major publishers --and film studios -- have eagerly snapped up self-published erotica and romance hits. Anything He Wants is an erotic thriller about a female temp who gets caught up in a torrid romance with the male CEO and drawn into a game of corporate espionage.

Jay Leno Continues Digs at NBC After Tonight Show Layoffs (E! Online)
Jay Leno is continuing to take the layoffs at work standing up. "Welcome to The Tonight Show, or, as we call it, Survivor: Comcast," the host launched into Tuesday night's monologue, obviously still smarting in the wake of budget cuts that left at least 20 staffers out of a job and prompted Leno himself to take a reported $5 million to $10 million pay cut. Deadline Hollywood For two nights in a row Leno has opened his monologue by skewering Comcast for ordering layoffs and pay cuts on The Tonight Show.

Olympics Gone, So Are Many Viewers (Yahoo! News / AP)
With the Olympics gone, so are many of broadcast television's prime-time viewers. No broadcast program exceeded 10 million viewers last week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. NBC's America's Got Talent was closest, finishing just under that mark. Radio & Television Business Report Related: Led by the week's No. 1 telecast in adults 18-49, the Colts-Steelers Sunday Night Football NFL preseason game, and the No. 1 show in total viewers, Tuesday's America's Got Talent, NBC has finished No. 2 for the week of August 13-19 in adults 18-49 and, for a fourth week in a row, ranked No. 1 in total viewers.

Newsweek Heavily Criticized for Niall Ferguson Article (HuffPost)
The controversy over Newsweek's latest issue is continuing to swirl, and the magazine itself is coming under fire. What might be called "l'affaire Ferguson" erupted earlier this week, when Paul Krugman lit into writer Niall Ferguson for what he deemed to be unforgivable factual errors in Ferguson's cover story for the magazine. Slate / Weigel I'm a fan of Ferguson's earlier books. I think Newsweek's strategy of trolling the Internet with every cover story is fascinating. Merge these two media phenomenons, though, and the result is embarrassing to all involved. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Ferguson has written a lengthy response to the "American liberal blogosphere" that has criticized his Newsweek cover story on President Obama. In his vilification of bloggers, Ferguson asserts that he is the victim of a coordinated witch hunt orchestrated by Obama's defenders.

Newspaper: Don't Even Think of Slamming Us on Our Facebook Page! (
From the Hanford Sentinel's Facebook page: "This is Jackie Kaczmarek, executive editor of The Sentinel, as well as Facebook/Twitter/ admin... and occasional dishwasher and coffee maker. I am posting to those of you who feel the need to slam us on our own page. Yes, you will be deleted."

Gaffe Alert! Inside A Media Obsession (HuffPost)
When catching up on the latest election news, it's easy to be confused by the avalanche of reporting. What's a job creator? Who cut what from Medicare? Where exactly is that fiscal cliff, and how much is the guided tour? Thankfully, the news media has a fail-safe way to distill the candidates and issues into soundbite-sized pieces: gaffes! Albany Times-Union One of the most annoying features of modern American politics is the scripted politician. He or she memorizes a set of consultant-generated talking points, repeats them with monotonous efficiency and never lets the public glimpse a real human being. Why do politicians behave that way? Simple: They want to avoid the dreaded "gaffe."

SiriusXM Unveils Convention Coverage (FishbowlDC)
SiriusXM has put together around-the-clock convention coverage featuring several "pop-up" radio shows from each host city. A new channel called "Convention Radio" will let both sides of the political aisle have a chance to maximize their time in the spotlight.

Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Drawing Big Crowds, Even in New York City (THR)
An anti-Obama documentary based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage will expand nationwide this weekend after doing notable business in select markets across the country -- including in liberally minded New York City.

New Analytics Tool: Find Your Angle with Topsy (SocialTimes)
From the social analytics firm that created the Twitter Political Index comes a new tool that can help you to take the temperature of the Internet before you create your next story or marketing campaign.

Facebook Adds Mention Tagging of Friends in Open Graph Apps (AllFacebook)
Facebook added the ability for users of open graph applications to mention their friends in their messages from those apps, calling it "mention tagging." TechCrunch While users can already "action tag" their friends using other apps, the update will allow users to "mention tag" friends as well. The difference, as inferred from their names, is that action tags are for doing something with a friend, say out eating a meal together, whereas mention tags can be used for anything in the text of a user post.

Red State Reads, Blue State Reads (The Atlantic Wire)
What political books are residents of your state reading? A new interactive map from Amazon shows recent book sales broken down by either "red" or "blue" political leanings.

After Two Months, Scarborough Finds Inspiration to Update His Sleepy Politico Blog (FishbowlDC)
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has updated his personal blog at Politico following a two-month lull. Scarborough's last update prior to Tuesday evening's was on Jun. 21. There wasn't a single update in all of July.

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