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Weather Channel Serves up Reality Show Leftovers, and Maybe Some Weather

FatGuysintheWoodsIn addition to weather forecasts — because that’s what they do — the Weather Channel is serving up re-runs of its reality shows this Thanksgiving weekend. Starting Thanksgiving day and continuing through Saturday, from 2pmET-4amET, the network will air episodes of “So You Think You’d Survive?,” “Fat Guys in the Woods,” (at left) and “Highway Thru Hell.”

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Freezing Weather Ahead: TWC Plans Special

weather-channel-304The Weather Channel will be pre-empting regularly scheduled programming from 8-10 pm ET tonight to air: “America’s Deep Freeze: A Special Report.”

The special will be anchored by meteorologists Nick Walker and Kelly Cass with Kim Cunningham on hand. In addition, Mike Bettes will be reporting live from Buffalo, NY where they are expecting 18 inches of snow over the next few days.

Nearly 200 million people will wake up Tuesday with below freezing temperatures, and over 100 daily record lows may be threatened Tuesday and Wednesday morning, combined, from the Plains and Midwest to the Deep South, Florida and East.

Sam Champion No Longer Fan of Network Morning TV? ‘It’s Getting…to Hysteria’

031714-amhq-sam-championIn an interview on HuffPost Live, former “GMA” host Sam Champion said network morning television’s “getting to the point where I need a costume malfunction moment, you know what I mean? It’s getting … to a hysteria of everything’s gotta be flashing all the time”:

“Let’s just say, on any given day if you’re watching a network morning show, I’m going to find a cast of the ‘Housewives,’ I’m going to find a ‘Dancing’ star, I’m going to find a musical concert, I’m going to find shopping…That’s morning television. But it isn’t, and it shouldn’t be.”

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Al Roker Will Attempt World Record Forecast

“Today” show and Weather Channel host Al Roker will attempt a Guinness World Record next week for the longest uninterrupted weather report: 34 hours!

Rokerthon kicks off Wednesday at 10pmET on, continues all day Thursday and ends — Roker hopes — at 8am Friday on the “Today” show. And boy, will he be ripe. At least he won’t have to worry about shaving. Roker’s weather reports will air across NBC platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” on NBC affiliates and the Weather Channel.

It’s all part of Roker’s Shine a Light campaign for the USO and challenges the current record of 24 hours.

While this may be his longest forecast, did you hear the one about Roker’s first regular weather gig? It came at Syracuse station WHEN (now WTVH) when the regular weatherman inadvertently used a word that rhymes with “front” on live TV. Let’s just hope something similar doesn’t slip during Rokerthon.


A Day After Layoffs, Weather Channel Plans ‘Winter Prep Rally’

The-Weather-ChannelLess than 24 hours after cutting 40 more staffers, The Weather Channel will be hosting a “Winter Prep Rally” tomorrow to get viewers ready for the upcoming season. TWC will be using #PrepRally to promote the initiative while staffers, including senior producers, pack up their belongings.

Spanning all of the network’s programming, segments include Sam Champion reporting from Colorado, and tips from survival expert Creek Stewart, and winter weather expert Tom Niziol.

Weather Channel Cuts 40 More Staffers

the-weather-channel304x200First on TVNewser: Pink slips are being handed out this morning at the Weather Channel. As many as 40 staffers are being cut from the ranks of senior producers, show producers, and weather producers, insiders tell TVNewser.

“After a careful analysis of our business, we made the difficult decision today to eliminate roles across all functions and levels,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser.

Today’s cuts come just a month after another round of layoffs at the Atlanta-based company. Those cuts came from the product and technology group which was created in July as part of a larger reorganization at the company. The network says today’s cuts conclude the reorganization process, leaving a total of more than 80 people looking for work. About 1,300 people work for the Weather Company.

“The television business is shifting and in order for us to compete in the future, we need to reallocate and better focus our resources on what we know our audiences want,” the spokesperson says. “The changes we are making today are necessary, difficult and the responsible way for us to move forward.”

Bloomberg recently reported that two of the three owners of the Weather Channel — private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital — may be looking to sell their interest. The third owner is NBCUniversal. The three acquired the Weather Channel in 2008.

Jim Cantore: ‘This Whole Argument About Climate Change is Just Explosive’

Jim Cantore in Chicago on Saturday. Photo: Alissa Krinsky

Jim Cantore in Chicago on Saturday. Photo: Alissa Krinsky

It was last week that Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman told FNC’s Megyn Kelly that research showing the effects of climate change “is bad, bad science.”

A few days later, Weather Channel CEO David Kenny, distanced the company from the comments, emphasizing that Coleman’s views do not represent those of the network.

This weekend in Chicago, longtime Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore weighed in with TVNewser on the back-and-forth.

“John certainly has the right to his own opinion,” Cantore says. “I don’t necessarily agree with it, but that’s his opinion. This whole argument about climate change is just explosive, [and] it’s not getting any better.  It’s gotten so explosive, that neither side wants to hear each other.”

As a result, Cantore says, Americans are missing an opportunity to find ”common ground” by embracing environmental responsibility.

“At the end of the day,” he says, “how can anyone argue with being a good steward to our planet?”

Weather Channel Distances Itself From Founder’s Climate Change Comments

ColemanKellyDavid Kenny, CEO of the Weather Channel, is distancing the company from comments made by Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman on Megyn Kelly‘s show earlier this week.

“Not only is the ice not melting, more polar bears are alive and happy today than we’ve had in 100 years,” Coleman told Kelly. The  research behind climate change “is bad, bad science,” he says.

In a note to staff today, obtained by TVNewser, Kenny writes, “Mr. Coleman does have a place in our company’s history, and we appreciate the contributions he made more than 30 years ago. However, we want to be clear: John Coleman is no longer affiliated with our company, and his opinions do not represent The Weather Company. We regret any confusion this has caused.”

Coleman, 80, has worked in TV news for more than 60 years. He was the first weather anchor for “Good Morning America” in the 1970s. In 1981 he co-founded the Weather Channel. He’s also worked at WCBS in New York, WBBM, WLS and WMAQ in Chicago,  and spent the last 20 years of his career KUSI in San Diego.

See Kenny’s full note after the jump… Read more

Royals to Win World Series, According to The Weather Channel

GoodloeGame 7 of the World Series is tonight and if baseball fans want to know the outcome, they should probably tune in to The Weather Channel. Meteorologist Paul Goodloe is two-for-two predicting World Series games based on one key factor… wind.

Prior to Game 1, Goodloe mentioned the wind coming from the east at Kauffman Stadium, which would give right-handed hitters an advantage at the plate. He predicted both Giants OF Hunter Pence and Royals catcher Salvador Perez would hit home runs. They both did. He also correctly predicted a Giants’ victory.

Before Game 6, Goodloe predicted Royals 3B Mike Moustakas would homer to right field due to Northwest winds, which statistically favor left-hand players in Kauffman Stadium. He also highlighted Royals 1B Eric Hosmer as a potential key player in the game and said the Royals “should win.” Well, Moustakas hit a home run and Hosmer went 2-5 with two RBIs in the Royals’ 10-0 victory.

So what will happen tonight? Read more

Upcoming Winter Storms Have Their Names

With snow falling in parts of the country today, the Weather Channel is already looking ahead to winter. As it has for the past two years, the network announced storm names for the winter season earlier this week.

Start practicing the below names in the unfortunate event you hear them a lot.

Storm Names

Fans will get the opportunity to name the “W” storm this month. They can go to this poll to decide between Warren, Wilda, Willie, Woden, and Wolf. If Willie wins, it will be interesting to see what kind of segments NBC’s “Today” comes up with based off of co-host Willie Geist.