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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.

The Ticker: Mediabistro Sale, ‘Reliable’ Low, Hasselbeck Birthday

  • And now, the news about TVNewser: Mediabistro has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its editorial and ecommerce assets, including this site, TVSpy, Lost Remote and the rest, to Prometheus Global Media, the owner of several media brands including Adweek and The Hollywood Reporter. The $8 million deal is expected to close in July. FishbowlNY has more.

  • CNN’s “Reliable Sources” had its second-lowest ratings ever in the A25-54 demographic this past Sunday, FishbowlDC reports.

  • To celebrate Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s birthday, her three children — Isaiah, Taylor and Grace — played the “Fox & Friends” hosts in a recorded birthday video. Watch after the jump. Read more

Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Profiling: Gutfeld, Hasselbeck, Kohn

  • Greg Gutfeld continues his Not Cool book tour, promoting his new book. The Pensacola News Journal caught up with Gutfeld in North Florida: “Stationed in the children’s section of the bookstore, he wisecracked with young and old alike, even threatening to call child protective services on one young mother, though still drawing a laugh.”

  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck is featured in Ladies Home Journal. On leaving “The View” for “Fox & Friends,” Hasselbeck says, “It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard.”

  • CNN contributor Sally Kohn–previously a Fox News contributor–writes for The Christian Science Monitor about her experience as a “liberal talking head on Fox News.” “It was a turning point for me to meet people such as Mr. Hannity, Karl Rove, Monica Crowley, Sarah Palin, and so many others,” Kohn writes. “Though we certainly disagree profoundly on political issues – they’re personable and kind and human. Just like me.”

Fox News’ Upfront Presentation Will Feature Megyn Kelly, Maria Bartiromo

megyn kelly kelly file 5Fox News Channel’s executive VP for ad sales Paul Rittenberg talks to Broadcasting & Cable (subscription required) about what’s in store for the nework’s upfront pitch this year. Rittenberg, who tries to keep his pitch under 25 minutes, says the network’s changes to primetime will be a major part of the presentation:

“The message is primarily our new schedule and the fact that it’s working,” Rittenberg says. “We aren’t resting on our laurels. We made some changes and they all pretty much worked.”

Rittenberg will bring a couple of his TV sales guys, plus some of his digital sales execs. “It’s 95% the television sales pitch. We talk about multiple-screen opportunities but these days there’s always a question about social media or TV Everywhere, and it’s good to have one of my digital people there to answer them. You need to be under 35 or probably 30 to handle most of those,” he says.

A lot of the pitch is about the network’s new schedule and talent. “We’re going to talk about Megyn Kelly‘s show and the fact that it gave a jolt of energy to our primetime. And Maria Bartiromo signing on,” he says. “We talk a lot to advertisers about sponsorship opportunities at Fox & Friends, so we mention that Elisabeth Hasselbeck has brought some younger viewers to the show and more female viewers.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the Difference Between ‘The View’ and ‘Fox & Friends’

Five months after her transition from “The View” to “Fox & Friends,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the latest subject of “Beyond Candid,” Giuliana Rancic‘s in-depth interview show on E! News.

“I think the greatest thing about where I am now is my opinion really doesn’t matter as much as maybe it did in a debate forum. I like being on your side, asking the questions,” Hasselbeck says on the special, which airs tonight at 10pmET. “It’s exciting, you know.” Watch a preview:

‘Fox & Friends’ Scooter Race Goes Awry

A “Fox & Friends” segment on new toys crashed and burned this morning when several of the anchors attempted to race scooters and skateboards in the studio. Steve Doocy crashed into the camera on his skateboard, Elisabeth Hasselbeck lost control of her scooter and Heather Nauert wiped out and landed “right down on the floor on my stomach.”

On the “After the Show Show,” Peter Johnson Jr. surveyed his colleagues on the extent of their injuries before they agreed to a rematch, although he declined to participate himself. “I’m kind of the Bob Costas. Look at my eyes,” he joked. Watch:


Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

2013 Ratings: Fox News, #1 For 12 Straight Years, Sheds Viewers Too

Fox News remained on top in 2013, capping off its 12th consecutive year as the most-watched cable news network among both total viewers and A25-54 viewers. The channel, which finishes the year fourth among all cable networks, beat MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers. But like its competition, Fox News saw an erosion of its audience, especially among the key A25-54 demographic, in 2013. In primetime, the network is posting its lowest total viewer delivery since 2007 and lowest demo delivery since 2001.

The ratings for 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,097,000 total viewers / 222,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,761,000 total viewers / 294,000 A25-54

Compared to 2012, Fox News was down -5% in total viewers and -19% in the A25-54 demographic in total day. In primetime, the network was down -14% in total viewers and -30% in the demo, the steepest decline among younger viewers of all the cable news networks. With the exception of HLN, all the cable news networks are down compared to 2012, which was a Presidential election year.

The biggest change to Fox News this year was a revamped primetime lineup that debuted in October, with Greta Van Susteren moving to 7pmET, Megyn Kelly moving to 9pmET and Sean Hannity moving to 10pmET. Compared to 2012, Bill O’Reilly‘s program, the only primetime show that did not move, is down -6% in total viewers and -23% in the A25-54 demographic. Kelly’s program is up +1% in total viewers and down -23% in A25-54 viewers compared to the 9pmET timeslot last year, and Hannity’s program is up +1% and down -16%, respectively, compared to the 10pmET timeslot last year.

There are signs of growth, however: since the channel debuted its new expanded primetime lineup in October, all four programs — “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” are up in total viewers and the demo compared to their respective year-to-date averages. Kelly’s program is up the most, +20% in total viewers and +10% in the A25-54 demo. Read more

‘Duck Dynasty’ Stars to Appear on Fox News New Year’s Special

fox news duck dynastyWillie and Korie Robertson of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” will be interviewed on Fox News’ New Year’s Eve special tonight. The interview, live from Steamboat Springs, will be the pair’s first television appearance since A&E reinstated “Duck Dynasty” co-star Phil Robertson after his controversial comments about gay people and African-Americans.

The interview will take place during Fox News’ “All American New Years’ Eve,” which begins at 9pmET tonight. Hosts Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck will conduct the interview.

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