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‘Good Morning America’ Wins Outstanding Morning Program at Daytime Emmys

Emmys“Good Morning America” took home top morning show honors at last night’s 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills.

The ABC morning show won outstanding morning program, beating NBC’s “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” ABC correspondent Nick Watt accepted on “GMA’s” behalf.

And as her now former syndicated talk show recently wrapped production, Katie Couric tied for best talk show host with Dr. Mehmet Oz. “The Ellen Degeneres Show” won for outstanding entertainment talk show, beating out “The View” in Barbara Walters‘ final season as co-host.

Kathy Griffin hosted the awards show, which was not televised on TV this year, but was streamed on the Daytime Emmy Awards website. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of winners.

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Robin Roberts, ‘Morning Muse’

robin-robertsThe New York Times’ Jacob Bernstein profiles “the morning muse of television,” Robin Roberts. The “Good Morning America” anchor talks about her battle with MDS as well as her decision to come out in December. “It became increasingly difficult for Ms. Roberts to keep her sexual orientation private, when so much of her life was now public,” Bernstein writes:

“I have a lot of respect for Ellen DeGeneres,” she said, referring to Ms. DeGeneres’s “Yep, I’m Gay” proclamation on the cover of Time magazine in 1997. “She took the bullet for us. But I remember saying to my family, I just would never do that, because my siblings would never get on the cover of a magazine saying I’m straight.”

Times had also changed. Unlike the media hoopla that greeted Ms. DeGeneres, the Facebook post was just the latest example of a newscaster coming out nonchalantly and having it barely register as newsworthy (See: Cooper, Anderson).

“I think it’s an indication of what’s going on in society that there was a big shrug of the shoulders,” Ms. Roberts said. “It’s a huge sign of progress.”

Robin Roberts, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper on the OUT Power 50

OUT50Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:

35. Suze Orman
27. Don Lemon
14. Anderson Cooper
10. Robin Roberts
3. Rachel Maddow

Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.

(Image via OUT)

The Saturday Ticker: Bream, O’Brien, ‘Late Show’

  • Fox News’ Shannon Bream will interview Jeb Bush tomorrow during “America’s News HQ” at 1pmET. Bream will speak to the former Florida governor about the 25th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s presidency and the 2016 presidential election.

  • Soledad O’Brien pens an essay in Essence about the decision to focus on her production company after leaving CNN: “Two hours of anchoring and reporting news and conversation five days a week was fun but exhausting. When my show ended, I feared losing the ability to effect change and create an impact,” she writes.

Oscar Viewership Hits 10-Year High

ellen oscars selfieABC’s broadcast of the Oscars averaged 43 million viewers and delivered a 12.9 rating in the A18-49 demographic, making it the most-watched broadcast of the Academy Awards since 2004, according to Nielsen Fast National ratings. It was TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast since the series finale of “Friends” on May 6, 2004.

The broadcast was up +4% in total viewers compared to last year. With Ellen DeGeneres hosting, the show hit a seven-year high in the A18-34 demographic, delivering an 11.4 rating.

ABC’s “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live,” hosted by “Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, was up compared to last year for all three half-hour segments of the show. The final half-hour pulled in 27.6 million viewers.

Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer Back for Oscars Red Carpet Special

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer along with Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of “People” and “Entertainment Weekly” will be back to host ABC’s pre-Oscar special “Red Carpet Live.” The show airs on ABC at 7pmET, immediately before the Oscars telecast on March 2, this year hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. This is the fifth time Roberts has hosted the pre-Oscars special on ABC. Last year, she’d just returned from medical leave in time to host (below).

The Ticker: CNN.com, Moonves, Lauer

  • The relaunch of CNN.com has been delayed, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports. The $15 million project, scheduled to be unveiled this fall, has been pushed to an early 2014 launch.

Maddow, Cooper on Out‘s Annual Power List

Out Magazine has published its seventh annual “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America” list. Apple CEO Tim Cook tops the list for the second year running, but television news is well-represented in the top five, with syndicated talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at #2, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow at #4 and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at #5.

Maddow and Cooper both move up a spot from last year’s list. CNBC’s Suze Orman and Bravo’s Andy Cohen are also on the list for the second year running, at #28 and #14 respectively.

Rachel Maddow Nominated For Grammy Award

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Maddow is a nominee for the audio version of her book Drift in the “Spoken Word Field.” She is up against some steep competition, including President Bill Clinton and comedian Ellen Degeneres.

The awards will be handed out Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS. The full list of nominees is here.

The Week in Talk Show Appearances: Maddow on ‘Ellen,’ O’Reilly on ‘The View’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly both made appearances on the talk show circuit this week. Maddow appeared on “Ellen” Wednesday and O’Reilly appeared on “The View” Tuesday.

Maddow’s appearance on Ellen DeGeneres‘ show was mostly politics, with few dance moves thrown in:

On “The View,” O’Reilly recapped his debate with Jon Stewart. “Stewart’s in the hospital, by the way. We wish him the best,” O’Reilly quipped, adding, “It was funny. He’s a solid guy. I like him.” Watch the interview here.

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