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‘Fusion Live’ Canceled, Staffers Shift as New Specials are Planned

FusionLive“Fusion Live,” the nightly newscast of the 14-month-old ABC-Univision network has been canceled, TVNewser has learned. This is the second cancellation this week of a nightly newscast geared toward millennial viewers. On Monday, Pivot shelved “Take Part Live.”

“Fusion Live” had been a part of the network’s primetime since March. Anchored by Mariana Atencio, Pedro Andrade and Yannis Pappas, who had been the hosts of “The Morning Show,” “Fusion Live” aired at 8pmET.

Pappas left the network in August. Atencio and Andrade will turn their attention to specials produced by a new production team headed by VP of news Mark Lima. Show EP Javier Guzman will be leaving the network while other staffers will shift to other show units. “Alicia Menendez Tonight” and “No You Shut Up” are the remaining originally-produced, daily programs on Fusion.

“2015 is going to be a pivotal year for Fusion and our success is tied to our ability to experiment, adapt, and evolve,” Fusion head Isaac Lee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The network will be working with other corporate partners, including ESPN, to bring new programming to Fusion in the new year. Lee’s note, after the jump…

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‘We All Want to See Her Go to Congress and Chop Their Balls Off’

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.32.36 PMThe millennials do things a bit differently, don’t they? Fusion’s livestream coverage of “Midterm Mayhem” featured a discussion of Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez – whose father is also a member of the “world’s most exclusive club” — talked about a weekend dustup involving Taylor Swift, and then explained to hosts Kal Penn and Nando Vila that Ernst’s victory was a very big deal.

“She’s going to be the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate, and she’s going to be seen by many as a rising star within the GOP. And we all want to see her go to Congress and chop their balls off.”

The Ticker: WiCi, Over-Under, Devour!

  • ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo received a WiCi Award from the New York Women in Communications last night. The awards celebrate the career achievements of the rising stars in communications.

  • Cablefax has released its Over-Under List recognizing overachievers under 30 from across the cable industry. Two of Fusion’s showrunners are on the list: Dax Tejera and Claudia Pou, as well as the network’s VP of Communications David Ford.

  • CNN’s Anthony Bourdain will host the opening night of Devour! The Food Film Fest in Nova Scotia next month. Sixteen local chefs serve up Cajun-inspired dishes for Bourdain to judge. Cajun food has its roots in French-Canadians who fled to the U.S. south in the 18th century.

In Profile: Chris Jansing, Megyn Kelly, Alicia Menendez, Stephanie Ruhle

JansingPaul304NBC News’ senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing talks to The Hill about growing up in Ohio, her move to D.C. and baking wedding cakes.

I’m happy a lot. Anytime I’m with close family and friends. Doing breaking news. Traveling. Meeting interesting people and experiencing new things. And it makes me very happy to throw a great dinner party with fun people around the table that lasts for hours. There should always be a cheese course.

kelly sandbergFox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly sat down with People to discuss juggling motherhood and her career, which doesn’t leave much room for sleep.

I have a set up that allows me to be a stay-at-home mom in the day and fulltime employee in the night. It works out well for my home and work life, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for rest.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle are both featured on Marie Claire‘s “New Guard” list, which highlights the 50 most connected women in America.

The Awards Ticker: Ward’s Award, Damon’s Honor, Ramos’ Best

  • CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State.

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon will be honored with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

In Profile: Alicia Menendez, Erik Schatzker

Alicia Menendez talks to the New York Post about why she “doesn’t see herself filling one of the openings left on ‘The View’”:

aliciamenendez“One of the things that I’ve learned doing my show is that I don’t just want to be talent, I want to be a producer-talent, and it is really critical to me to have a hand in everything I create,” she says. “Right now I have the best gig in town.”

Bloomberg TV’s Erik Shatzker talks to Men’s Fitness about making fitness a priority after surgery on his hip:

schatzker davosSchatzker set a goal: He would ski— his favorite hobby— before the season ended. By January, Schatzker was going to a physical therapy clinic and working out in a gym. Though his job had him getting up at 4 a.m. to go to the studio and film his show, he was done by the afternoon and free to train.

“I skied in Vermont that Easter,” Schatzker says. “I went on the black diamond trails, and my wife said I was crazy. But I had put the work in, and I felt confident I could do it.” Remarkably, Schatzker’s hip felt better than ever.

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

The View hosts poll results

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.

CNN ‘Confused the Sh*t Out of’ Alicia Menendez

MenendezEarlier in the week, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez took on CNN’s controversial tweet penned during its “Documented” documentary Sunday night. The tweet urged users to answer whether the documentary’s central figure, Jose Antonio Vargas, should be deported.

“Last night, CNN confused the sh*t out of me,” Menendez said.

“I’ve spent two hours watching a film that articulated the myriad ways that deportation is a non-starter, and now you want to engage in a paradigm that you just invested two hours of airtime tearing down?”

One thing to note: CNN’s tweet asking whether Vargas should be deported didn’t go out after the two-hour “Documented.” CNN tweeted it 10 minutes into the documentary.

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Fusion CEO: Keep Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

isaac lee_304x200Fusion CEO Isaac Lee thanked his staff for a “big month” that included challenging Congress and reporting in-depth stories on everything from the CIA to transgender issues.

“Jorge [Ramos] was characteristically fearless in his pursuit of answers to hold those in power accountable for their actions—or in this case inaction,” Lee wrote in an email obtained by TVNewser, referencing tough questions Ramos asked House Speaker John Boehner in Washington, DC.

Lee also complimented anchor Alicia Menendez and her team for “elevating conversations surrounding cultural and social issues” through a recent interview with a transgender activist. “Alicia’s recent interview with Janet Mock generated headlines and provoked an important and respectful dialogue,” he said.

Lee’s full email to staff after the jump.

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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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