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ABC News is the news gathering and program production division of the ABC TV network, a subsidiary of the Disney/ABC TV Group. ABC News programs include “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week.” James Goldston is the president of ABC News. He succeeded Ben Sherwood who was elevated to the position of co-president of the Disney/ABC TV Group in March 2014.

Hasselbeck: Barbara Walters’ Farewell Show Was Rosie O’Donnell’s ‘Hello Show’

elisabeth-hasselbeck-295x300As Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly set to return to “The View,” her former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck chimed in this morning.

“Talk about not securing the border,” a vacationing Hasselbeck said via phone on “Fox and Friends.” “Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who’s spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there… not surprising.”

Hasselbeck added that Barbara Waltersfarewell show was actually O’Donnell’s “hello show.”

“Rosie herself told me on-set, while we were mice-ed up, that she produced the reunion show to have everyone together, and it was her idea. Would you think that the woman who left the way she did would be producing Barbara’s goodbye show? Here’s the shocker…it was actually her hello show.”

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Rosie O’Donnell to ‘The View;’ Is MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman Next?

ODonnellViewAs Rosie O’Donnell prepares for a return to “The View,” which is what TMZ is reporting, there is increased speculation that the new right-leaning panelist will come from the cable news ranks. Abby Huntsman co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and Margaret Hoover, a CNN contributor, are being considered as co-hosts.

“At this time, we have no announcement to make and we are weeks away from making any type of announcement about anything pertaining to the show,” an ABC spokesperson told TVNewser this afternoon.

Insiders tell us Huntsman has been meeting with the ABC powers that be. She joined “The Cycle” a year ago. Hoover has been a contributor at CNN for two years.

O’Donnell left “The View” in 2007. Her exit came on the heels of a highly contentious shouting match with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is now co-host of “Fox & Friends.” Earlier this year, O’Donnell expressed eagerness to return to TV, denying rumors she was being considered to be CNN’s Piers Morgan replacement, but acknowledging she’d love the job. She was also in the running to host an MSNBC primetime show in 2007.

Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be leaving the show this summer; Barbara Walters retired in May, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the only returning host in the fall.

Is Sarah Palin Pitching Herself to ‘The View’?

sarah palin_304x200The rumor mill on who will replace ousted “The View” hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy is in full force, and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin seems to be throwing her hat in the ring.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Palin talks about possibly co-hosting a political talk show, mentioning that “The View” might be better if it goes “rogue.”

Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous! It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for. Media needs that today, versus the condescension that oozes from TV and radio. I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.

In our poll on potential new hosts, NBC’s Ann Curry led the way, followed by CNN’s S.E. Cupp and Palin’s former running mate’s daughter, Meghan McCain.

Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

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The results are in from last week’s TVNewser poll on who the next hosts of “The View” will be: Ann Curry led the way with 29.01% of the vote, followed by Meghan McCain with 19.95%, S.E. Cupp with 15.17%,  Anderson Cooper with 14.48%, and Alicia Menendez with 9.63%.

11.76% of you answered “other,” filling in the blank with candidates like Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Don Lemon, and Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos‘ wife.

Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

On the heels of the news that Sherri Sheppard and Jenny McCarthy are leaving “The View,” ABC said the show will be moving in a “new direction,” one that will “evolve the show creatively.” No word yet from the network about who’ll hosting next season, but in the meantime, we’re putting it to you: who do you think it will be? Vote below.

TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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Barbara Walters on the New ‘View:’ We Don’t Have a New Direction Yet

WaltersTheViewBarbara Walters, the co-executive producer of ‘The View,” says she’s not sure what the future holds for the show, but that there will be a show. Last night at a movie premiere in New York, Extra’s A.J. Calloway asked Walters what’s next, now that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be leaving the show.

“I don’t know. I’m not sure,” Walters says. “I know ‘The View’ will continue.” As for what the new direction might entail, Walters says, “I don’t think we have a new direction yet. I think we have a little time to find it.”

Man Armed With Knife Arrested Outside ‘GMA’ Studio for Threatening to Kill Michael Strahan

michael strahan_304x200The New York Post reports a homeless man armed with a knife was arrested yesterday morning outside of “Good Morning America’s” studio after attacking an ABC employee and threatening to kill “GMA’s” Michael Strahan.

“There was an incident in Times Square, an individual lunged at one of our employees and was heroically tackled by a police officer,” ABC spokeswoman Heather Riley tells TVNewser.

“We understand the man was taken in for psychiatric evaluation. It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD the situation was quickly under control. Michael was never in any danger.”

We’re hearing the incident happened quickly, and Strahan, who was on “GMA” yesterday, wasn’t made aware of the situation until later in the day.

Former ‘Katie’ Topper Rachel Miskowiec Joins ‘GMA’ as 8am EP

GMA Social SquareRachel Miskowiec, who was EP of “Katie” for its final season joins “Good Morning America” as executive producer of the 8am hour. Also announced today, Chris Vlasto who has been senior broadcast producer of “GMA” since 2006, has been named EP of the 7am hour. Both will report to Senior EP Tom Cibrowski. “Chris has been instrumental in driving us to number one, and I’m confident he will continue to help lead the broadcast to even better days ahead with his amazingly competitive spirit,” Cibrowkski writes in an email to his team, obtained by TVNewser.

Miskowiec, who will partner with 8am senior producer Margo Baumgart, has a background in daytime entertainment. Before “Katie” she was an executive producer at Telepictures working on shows including “Dr Drew’s Lifechangers,” and “Bethenny.” She’s also worked for reality production house Mark Burnett Productions and spent 9 years at Sony supervising shows including “Ricki Lake,” and “Judge Hatchett.” Adding Miskowiec could mean “GMA” is once again looking at extending the brand into daytime following the summer of 2012 experimentation with “Good Afternoon America.”

ABC ‘World News’ Introduces In-Break Teases

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ABC News is now running promotional teases during paid advertisements. The one-line teases promote upcoming stories in the newscast including last night’s “Mystery Ride: Why Did A Man Ride On The Hood Of A Car?” and “New Movie Magic: Watching Movies in 4-D”

Cable business networks often run news around commercial spots. Cable news channels often do so on election nights or other ongoing news coverage. But this is the first time we’ve noticed one of the big three evening newscasts promote their upcoming stories as commercials air. ABC, which has been running the in-break teases since early May, tells us advertisers are fine with it.

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