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Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez Join ‘The View’

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Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace are the new co-hosts of “The View” joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.

“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said executive producer Bill Wolff. “This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.”

Following a career in politics which included working as communications chief for George W. Bush, Wallace joined CBS News as an analyst. She returned to GOP politics in 2008 as senior advisor for the John McCain-Sarah Palin 2008 presidential campaign. In 2012, Wallace signed on with ABC News as an analyst. “I am honored to join the tradition of compelling conversations that has been the signature of ‘The View’ for the better part of two decades,” said Wallace. “I have watched ‘The View’ for many years and now to be seated alongside three women that I have admired is both humbling and incredibly exciting.”

Perez comes from the entertainment world, an actress, director, dancer, and author. “I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join ‘The View’,” said Perez.  “Knowing that I’ll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable.”

Last week a new senior production team was announced including Wolff, co-executive producer Brian Balthazar, and director Ashley S. Gorman. The show is also getting a new studio in the ABC headquarters on W. 66th St. which had been home to Katie Couric‘s show. The new season launches Monday, Sept. 15.

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The Morning Ticker: Justice, Gnazzo, Gifford

  • At a 5amET news conference in Estonia, carried live on the cable news networks, Pres. Obama vowed that “justice will be served” in the deaths of two journalists beheaded by ISIS militants. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget,” said Obama.
  • Cory Gnazzo has been named EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” taking over for Bill Wolff who joined “The View” last week. Gnazzo, senior producer of TRMS, has been with the show since launch in 2008. He joined MSNBC in 2000 as a producer of “The News with Brian Williams.”
  • “Now with Alex Wagner” senior producer Rob Gifford has left MSNBC for Bloomberg where he’ll be senior broadcast producer of the new politics vertical run by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Previously, Gifford was a senior producer with “Morning Joe” and a producer of  FNC’s “Studio B w/ Shepard Smith.”

Bill Wolff Named EP of ‘The View;’ Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as co-EP

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A week after signing off as EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff (above left) has been announced as the new executive producer of “The View.”

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar (above right) as co-executive producer. Ashley S. Gorman will be the show’s director in the new season, and Kathleen Rajsp has been named senior supervising producer.

“I am so appreciative for the privilege to work on this iconic program and to have the chance to collaborate with incredible people like Whoopi and Rosie, who each bring immense talent and boundless passion to show,” Wolff said in a statement. “I will be forever grateful to Rachel Maddow for six amazing years together. As I begin this next chapter, I cannot fully express my profound gratitude to [Disney/ABC TV president] Ben Sherwood for making it all possible.”

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the “Today” show. He launched the fourth hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before going to work as a director of programming at HGTV.

Gorman has directed thousands of hours of live shows in the U.K. and the U.S. including: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…NOW!,” and “The Biggest Loser.”

Rajsp has worked on “Katie,” “Anderson” and “Dr. Phil,” among others.

The new season of “The View” begins Monday, Sept. 15.

Bill Wolff Moves on from MSNBC. Next Stop ‘The View’

Bill Wolff, MSNBC VP of primetime and executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” got a sendoff from this staff late last week. Maddow said Wolff “got some sweet new job on some easy show with a sweet new schedule.” That show is “The View,” which begins its news season with new and returning hosts in just a few weeks. Wolff often appeared on Maddow’s show, which made up a Best-of-Bill send-off video featured on the show Thursday night. “We are so mad that you are leaving, we are really going to miss you,” said Maddow.

Are CNNers Leading the Pack for ‘The View’ Co-Host Spots?

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It’s looking more like “The View” will have a cable news-infused makeover. First, as reported yesterday, MSNBC VP Bill Wolff is poised to take over as EP.

Now we’re hearing CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, who have already filled in on the show, have participated in private “chemistry tests” with returning co-host Rosie O’Donnell and sole-leftover host Whoopi Goldberg. TMZ reports O’Donnell and Cupp got into a “nasty” exchange over abortion during a test show yesterday. O’Donnell reportedly said she “didn’t want another Elisabeth Hasselbeck.”

“Chemistry tests were conducted yesterday with Whoopi and Rosie,” a show spokesperson tells TVNewser. “The chemistry tests were intended to be confidential.  Any names out there were not released by the network nor will they be. No decisions have been made and there is nothing to announce at this time.”

It’s been a busy week at the show: Cupp and Hostin guest hosted together on Wednesday. And yesterday also included the taping of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy‘s final show, which will air Monday. Cupp was on CNN yesterday, from New York, around 3:45pmET, meaning the test show was likely conducted late morning/early afternoon. Also, Whoopi Goldberg was not a part of yesterday’s live show.

TMZ also reports Goldberg took a thinly-veiled shot at former co-host and original co-EP Barbara Walters:
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Bill Wolff Leaving MSNBC for ‘The View’

WolffBill Wolff, who’s been a fixture at MSNBC for nearly a decade, is about to get a new view.

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms with TVNewser that Wolff, who is the EP of Rachel Maddow‘s show, as well as VP of primetime, is leaving the network. The Hollywood Reporter reports Wolff will be taking over as EP of “The View” when the new season starts, with an almost all-new cast, and one returning host. Wolff will take over for Bill Geddie who has overseen the show since it launched in 1997.

The Daily News positions the move as a trade. For ABC allowing Wolff out of his NBCU contract, ESPN’s Jamie Horowitz will be allowed to leave the sports network earlier than planned as he takes the reins as SVP of the “Today” show. Wolff joined MSNBC from ESPN.

Wolff, you’ll recall, was the man behind the bucket last week as his host got doused.

Rachel Maddow Accepts Shep Smith’s Challenge, Gets Doused With Ice Water

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took up Shepard Smith‘s challenge, by getting doused with a bucket of ice water. Last week we told you about Smith, who took up the challenge and had not one, but two buckets of water dumped on him. He passed the challenge on to Maddow, and two others. Today, Maddow accepted, then challenged three others to get doused. If they do, the will give $50 to the charity of Maddow’s choice, in this case the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women. Among those she challenged: former State Department official Liz Cheney.

Then, with the help of executive producer Bill Wolff, Maddow got iced. Watch:

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And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

championshipWe’re down to two, as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Connecticut Huskies tonight with the NCAA men’s basketball championship on the line.

The TVNewser bracket challenge title is also up for grabs. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in the lead with 77 points. But Fox News copy editor Martin Hill is hot on his heels, sitting one point behind with 76 points.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer, NBC’s Bill Karins, and CNBC’s Brian Steel round out the top five.

The full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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