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Kate Bolduan About to Experience the Ultimate New Day

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Today was Kate Bolduan‘s final “New Day” before maternity leave.

Bolduan, seen above with senior EP Jim Murphy and most of the CNN “New Day” staff, as well as co-anchors Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira off to the left, was given a surprise baby shower yesterday.

Various anchors will be filling in over the next few months. Next week Brooke Baldwin and Brianna Keilar will fill in. Pereira is off as well.

Bolduan, who is having a girl, is part of a first-time tvnewser baby boom: “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gave birth to a baby girl Aug. 14. and Fox News anchor Jenna Lee gave birth to a baby boy Sept. 3.

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Toasting Tory Johnson for Making the ‘Shift’ and Shedding 72 Pounds

At her book party for “Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life,” “Good Morning America” contributor Tory Johnson told the story about what set her on the path, once and for all, to shed unwanted pounds. It was a conversation she had with Barbara Fedida, SVP of talent development and one of her bosses at ABC News.

The advice was so meaningful, that Johnson dedicates the book to Fedida: “For telling me what I needed to hear.”

Fittingly, Fedida hosted the party the East Side home she shares with husband ESPN Radio’s Andrew Brill. Always cheerful in her “Steals & Deals” segments, Johnson says she hasn’t been truly this happy in a long time. In 20 months, she’s lost 72 pounds — equivalent to two dogs, so said her teenage twins Jake and Emma. (The family beagle Marly weighs in at 35 lbs.) And Johnson did it on the sly, without telling her “GMA” family, until it became clear she was on a mission.

Before heading to the US Weekly event where she was honored, “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts toasted Johnson for the dedication she showed. ABC News president Ben Sherwood also raised a glass, praising Johnson for her determination and her penchant for giving really BIG GIFTS, including the two giant stuffed animals she’s given to his kids over the years. Sherwood gave Johnson her “GMA” job when he was EP of the show in the mid-2000′s Johnson’s first job in TV was as an intern at ABC’s “20/20.”

TVNewser also spotted ABC News anchors Lara Spencer, Cynthia McFadden, Amy Robach and Josh Elliot; correspondents Byron Pitts, Deborah Roberts and Gio Benitez; execs Susan Mercandetti, James Goldston, David Sloan, Morgan Hertzen, Jeffrey Schneider, Eric Avram and Sandy Cannold. Former “GMA” EP Jim Murphy, now senior EP of CNN’s “New Day.” Also, David Zincenko, Dr. Richard Besser, Deborah Norville, and Barbara Corcoran, who assisted Sherwood in presenting a gift to Johnson: a box full of zero-calorie pickles — a favorite snack on her journey.

WABC anchors David Navarro, Lee Goldberg Rob Powers and Lori Stokes also attended. We had a nice chat with meteorologist Amy Freeze (her real last name) about the science behind the weather — and also raising four kids in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Freeze also told us she has benefited from the “Fedida plan,” as it’s become known in the halls of ABC.

‘New Day’ Review: CNN’s New Morning Family Grills, Overdone

The debut of CNN’s “New Day” this morning can be summed up with my favorite Oscar Wilde quote: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

As promised by senior executive producer Jim Murphy, the hyper-promoted 6-to-9amET broadcast – sorry, Soledad O’Brien — had tons o’ news and, at times, a “comfy and conversational tone,” but both were presented in wretched excess.

With gray-suited Chris Cuomo sandwiched between Christmas co-anchors Kate Bolduan (green dress) and Michaela Pereira (red dress), segments ran at a dizzying pace. That’s heavy voltage before breakfast.

Moreover, CNN dragged out practically its whole roster of correspondents for live talk backs. By my count, there were eight in the first eight packages alone. It was overkill, even for network boss Jeff Zucker.

The lead story was about a new CNN poll that showed Pres. Obama’s plummeting popularity. Cuomo chatted up John King. One story later, “New Day” went to that well again, this time with Dana Bash as Cuomo’s partner. Let’s hear it for moderation.

Lest we forget, HLN’s Nancy Grace popped up at about 8:20 to rant about two missing-child cases. She did not disappoint. In her usual high dudgeon, she acted like a “Saturday Night Live” parody of herself. I hope she never ups her meds.

As for the “comfy and conversational” aspect, that, too, was overdone. While Bolduan and Pereira gabbed like girlfriends around the glass table, the uber-intense Cuomo seemed uneasy and out of place. Face it, the guy can make a lost-kitten story sound like a mass murder.

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Kate Bolduan, ‘New Day’ Get Washington Post Profile

An expansive profile in The Washington Post looks at CNN’s new morning show “New Day,” with a particular focus on its 29-year old co-host, Kate Bolduan.

The Post’s Paul Farhi notes the challenges that have faced CNN’s previous morning show efforts, and the changes coming this time around. At the top of that list is CNN president Jeff Zucker and “New Day” senior EP Jim Murphy, both morning show veterans.

“Our hope is that it will accomplish a couple of things,” says Murphy, surveying the new set. “We want to have more than the other guys. More stories, more live shots, a lot of coverage of the big stories of the day, without being tedious. . . . We won’t be ‘Fox and Friends’ or ‘Morning Joe.’ We’ll have some of the same conversations they have, but with our own take.” The tone, he says, will be “comfy and conversational.”

Then there is Bolduan. Farhi notes her quick ascent in the TV news world, but also that it wasn’t without its challenges.
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Publicity Push for CNN’s ‘New Day’

The marketing is in full swing for CNN’s new morning show “New Day.” This giant billboard went up at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, not far from CNN’s LA bureau. And if you open up just about any magazine (assuming you still do that), you’ll see smiling anchors Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira. There’s even a two-page spread in the just-launched magazine Beach, meant for the Hamptons crowd.

Senior EP Jim Murphy told us recently what the show is all about: “Lots of news, lots and lots of news,” Murphy said. “I think you will find that will be a super newsy morning program, we will also be unlike CNN in the past in that we will be looser, a bit more fun and hopefully a bit more interesting.”

The show debuts three weeks from today.

CNN Gets Ready For A ‘New Day’

It was a long few months work to get to “New Day,” CNN’s new morning show, which will launch on June 17th.

In the mornings, chemistry between the hosts plays an enormous role in a show’s success. If viewers don’t like the hosts, they won’t turn them on when they roll out of bed.

“You can’t fake chemistry, you can’t impose it,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said this morning, speaking over breakfast with a gaggle of reporters in the back room at the Landmarc restaurant at Time Warner Center. “When I put Kate next to Chris, I just knew.”

Kate is Kate Bolduan, the erstwhile CNN Congressional correspondent, and Chris is Chris Cuomo, a high-profile poach from ABC News. Zucker says they did screen tests with Cuomo and five other people (including Erin Burnett) before deciding that Bolduan was the right co-anchor. The pair will be joined by Michaela Pereira, who joins CNN from KTLA’s morning news show.

“The first time I met Michaela, I said ‘holy shit, where have you been,’” Zucker recalled. “It is a unique personality and she is incredibly special. ”
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New CNN Morning Show Called ‘New Day’

CNN’s new morning show will be called “New Day.”

It will air from 6-9 AM, starting an hour earlier than the network morning shows, but up directly against “Morning Joe’ on MSNBC and “Fox & Friends” on Fox News Channel. “New Day” debuts Monday, June 10th.

The new show will be anchored by Chris Cuomo, who left ABC News for CNN in January, and Kate Bolduan, who’s been a DC correspondent for CNN and Michaela Pereira, who joins CNN from KTLA.

The show replaces ”Starting Point” which had been hosted by Soledad O’Brien. O’Brien left CNN at the end of March to start her own production company. ”Early Start,” anchored by John Berman and Zoraida Sambolinwill remain on the air from 5-6 AM.

The new logo for the program is a stark departure from CNN’s past morning programs. It looks like a network morning logo with its big  bright color (CNN Red), and referring to the anchors as  ”Chris and Kate.” CNN hasn’t revealed any details on programming just yet, but if the logo is any indication, expect a show more in line with “Good Morning America” or “Today” than “Morning Joe.”

As it happens, former “Good Morning America” and “CBS Evening News” executive producer Jim Murphy will be the Senior EP of the program, with Matt Frucci serving as EP.

Update: Internal email from Jeff Zucker, after the jump.
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Kate Bolduan Named CNN Morning Show Co-Anchor, Net Hires Michaela Pereira from KTLA

First on TVNewser: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker just announced to the staff that he is bringing on CNN Congressional correspondent Kate Bolduan (upper left) as Chris Cuomo‘s co-anchor for CNN’s new morning show.

As TVNewser sources indicated yesterday, Bolduan was the top pick following Zucker’s first choice of Erin Burnett with whom negotiations didn’t get very far. Burnett continues to anchor her 7pm show “OutFront.” CNN has also hired longtime KTLA morning anchor Michaela Pereira (upper right) as news anchor. Interestingly, Pereira’s show on KTLA, the CW affiliate in Los Angeles, was created by Burnett’s producer Wil Surratt.

“There will be much more news about this exciting new show in the weeks to come, but today’s announcement gives us a very strong start,” writes Zucker in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser. “Please join me in congratulating Chris and Kate, and welcoming Michaela to CNN.”

The as-yet unnamed show will debut later this Spring.

More: It was also announced that Matt Frucci, who joined CNN in October after 12 years at ABC News, will EP the new morning show. He’ll report to Jim Murphy, who will be senior EP. More in the release after the jump…

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The Short List of CNN Morning Anchors

Sources tell us Jeff Zucker is closing in on his choice for co-anchor on the revamped CNN morning show. One of the top names is Kate Bolduan (left), CNN’s congressional correspondent. In recent weeks, Bolduan has been anchoring alongside Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

Bolduan joined CNN in 2007 as a correspondent for CNN Newsource. Prior to Newsource, she was a reporter for WTVD-TV in Raleigh. She began her television career as a production assistant for NBC News and MSNBC in Washington D.C.

Another name we’re hearing is Christi Paul who has been an HLN anchor for the last 10 years.

One of Zucker’s first moves as CNN Worldwide president was to do away with the 14-month-old “Starting Point” anchored by Soledad O’Brien. Chris Cuomo departed ABC News in January to anchor the new CNN morning show. Veteran producer Jim Murphy will named EP.

You Can Take the Producer Out of News, But You Can’t Take News Out of the Producer

Though it’s been more than three years since Amy Chiaro (left) left NBC’s ‘Weekend Today’ for the syndicated ‘Dr. Oz,’ she still creates a cold open in her mind of headlines for that day’s network morning shows — before she watches them.

“It’s a sickness that stays with you,” she says with a chuckle. “It was very, very hard for me to leave NBC.”

Chiaro, 39, says she has no regrets. Promoted in December to executive producer of ‘Dr. Oz,’ she oversees a staff of about 100. “I’m very happy here, and I plan to be here for a long time. When you’ve been part of something from the beginning, it’s different. Now, ‘talk’ is in my blood.”

Chiaro is just one of numerous veteran producers to leave the news business for daytime talk. Meghan Schaefer, an MSNBC staffer since it was called America’s Talking, joined Bethenny Frankel’s new fall show as co-EP. ABC’s Catherine McKenzie was named supervising producer of ‘The Queen Latifah Show,’ also set for fall.

Not to be forgotten, Jim Murphy, former boss of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS Evening News,” departed news to launch Anderson Cooper’s talk show in Fall 2011. He left four months later. A few weeks ago, he joined CNN as senior EP of its new morning block.

The transition from news to talk can be tough, says Chiaro, who came to NBC out of Cornell in 1996. The week following her departure from the network, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger heroically landed US Airways Flight 1459 on the Hudson River, known as ‘The Miracle on the Hudson.’

“I couldn’t get to a TV fast enough,” Chiaro acknowledges. “’I thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ It was a difficult transition. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like being in the control room when there’s breaking news. That doesn’t leave you.”

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