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The Ticker: Zakaria, Elliott, Obama…

  • CNN/TIME’s Fareed Zakaria is known for taking on issues of foreign policy. But for the next several months he’ll host specials focusing on pressing domestic issues, including health care, immigration, jobs, and energy. The first special, “Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Saving Health Care,” will debut Sunday at 8pmET/PT. A companion article for TIME will be in Friday’s edition.

  • “GMA” newsreader Josh Elliott (right) does a Q&A with TV Guide Magazine: What do you say to someone who asks, “Why should I watch Good Morning America instead of NBC’s Today?” Elliott: “[First] I pay proper respect to a phenomenal anchor team and production staff at Today that has done incredibly well. But I think our chemistry at GMA is unlike anything else on TV right now. There is a certain crackle to us.”
  • Pres. Obama did another round of local TV interviews Tuesday with reporters and anchors from stations in markets including Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Des Moines, and Austin. KCNC (Denver) reporter Karen Leigh asked the president about the mission in Afghanistan and the shootings there this weekend. Obama responded in part, “You can’t help but be proud, generally” of the troops. TVSpy has the story, and the clips.

‘GMA’ Anchors Reenact Oscar Nominated Movies (VIDEO)

In anticipation of ABC’s broadcast of The Oscars tonight, “Good Morning America” decided to poke a little fun at many of the nominees. Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott all donned some costumes and reenacted some of the more memorable moments from the year in film.


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How’d they do that? Behind the scenes video after the jump.

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Silence on the Set of ‘Good Morning America’

The “Good Morning America” crew is really getting into this Oscars thing. With the Awards show on ABC Sunday night, the GMA team took a page from Oscar-nominated “The Artist” this morning, producing its own silent movie. We think it’s George Stephanopoulos‘ best performance since “War Room.” GMA staffer Hana Karar produced the piece and Gerry Mahoney edited it. The make-up artist is played by Robin Roberts‘ real make up artist Elena George. And show director Jeff Winn makes a control room cameo. Watch:

The dog in the film, Winston, was in the Disney movie “Frenemies” and, naturally, is on Twitter: @WinstonDogActor. We’re told it also took about five takes before Josh Elliott successfully hit Lara Spencer in the head with the football.

The Ticker (Super Bowl Edition): MTP, Wragge, Elliott

  • The mayor of New York and the governor of Massachusetts will be on “Meet the Press” tomorrow, ahead of the Super Bowl. Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick will be joined by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on site at Lucas Oil stadium.
  • Former “Early Show” anchor and lifelong New York Giants fan and season ticket holder Chris Wragge is in Indianapolis covering the game for WCBS-TV. Wragge tells FishbowlNY, “I made myself available. I said [to management], ‘If you want totally biased coverage, I’m your guy!”
  • Former ESPN guy-turned GMA guy Josh Elliott is covering the Super Bowl for ABC News. So far his Twitter dispatches have included a run-in with his former ESPN colleague: “Sitting next to @ErinAndrews, enjoying a seltzer.” He also took in the NFL experience:


Jim Rome Joins CBS Sports, Will He Contribute to CBS News Too?

This morning CBS Sports confirmed that longtime ESPN host Jim Rome would be joining CBS, as a contributor to CBS Sports programming, the CBS Sports Networks and Showtime Sports. Rome will host an eponymous weekday program on CBS Sports Network, as well as a “Real Sports”-esque program on Showtime.

Given the wide-ranging deal, and his high-profile in the sports world, it is also reasonable to think that Rome could end up on CBS News programming, say on “CBS This Morning,” the just-launched morning news program. Sports is a huge news topic, and neither ABC nor NBC have someone with Rome’s background to discuss it (though ABC’s Josh Elliott and Robin Roberts come close, given their “SportsCenter” history).

For CBS, the hire gives CBS Sports Network and Showtime a high-profile host to build their brands, while Rome gets to contribute to some of the most-watched TV programming out there with NFL, U.S. Open and NCAA coverage.

More information after the jump.

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‘Good Morning America’ Looks Back at 2011

With the end of the year close ahead, ABC’s “Good Morning America” released its look back at what happened on the program in 2011. The addition of Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer played a big part, as did a number of other programming stunts, like the special birthday surprise for George Stephanopoulos:

Royals, Rockers On Halloween Morning Shows

Today is Halloween, which means that on the network morning shows, the anchors were forced to wear silly costumes in an effort to entertain viewers… and each other.

On NBC’s “Today,” the crew dressed up as the Royal Family following the Royal Wedding, with Matt Lauer as Prince William, Ann Curry as Kate Middleton, Savannah Guthrie as Prince Charles and the return of Meredith Vieira as Queen Elizabeth II:

On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the hosts dressed up as their favorite rockers. Robin Roberts dressed up as Nicki Minaj, George Stephanopoulos dressed as Lady Gaga‘s alter-ego Jo Calderone, and Sam Champion and Josh Elliott dressed as, well, watch:

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ABC News Stars Assemble for Photo Shoot

Just about anybody who is on ABC News was in a photo studio on Manhattan’s West Side this morning for what ABC News president Ben Sherwood calls a one-of-a-kind photo shoot. “Never in the history of the industry has there been a photo like this,” said Sherwood to his team, according to someone who was there. “It is a real Mt. Olympus shot,” he added.

Among the ABC News talent on hand Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, Cynthia McFadden, Bill Weir, Terry Moran, Bianna Golodryga, Dan Harris, Ron Claiborne, Chris Cuomo, Elizabeth Vargas, Bob Woodruff, John Quinones, David Muir, Brian Ross, Jake Tapper and Rob Nelson.

Expect to see the photos in marketing a promotional materials on air and online, soon.

Elizabeth Vargas: Anchor, Reporter, Field Producer

Josh Elliott and Elizabeth Vargas are back from Italy where they covered the acquittal of Amanda Knox. And this morning on GMA — with Vargas in for Robin Roberts — they took viewers behind the scenes of what it takes to get an international live shot on the air. These days it takes a camera, a backpack and a willing anchor-turned-field producer.

Elliott: The return of Amanda Knox happened moments before air time. I’m getting ready first to discuss her departure on the outskirts of Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport. But look at what is happening behind the scene. A backpack. And look at my field producer:

Vargas: Yep. That’s me.

And while Vargas was talking with the control room in New York, giving cues to Elliott in Rome, the producer — who you see wearing the backpack and holding the camera — is Rich McHugh. He learned how to use the TVU technology on the way to Rome. He called ABC’s News Acquisition Center (NAC) in New York for a run-thru before GMA went on the air Tuesday, and in McHugh’s words, “It worked! Amazing.” Jon Meyersohn, who is Vargas’s producer, snapped the photo.

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‘GMA’ Returns To Ground Floor of Times Square

As of this morning, “Good Morning America” can call  the ground floor of ABC’s Times Square building home — again.

“GMA” vacated the ground floor studio in January, only to announce last month they would return downstairs, a move senior executive producer James Goldston called “a key step as we continue to build on the relationship between the show and its audience in Times Square.” Watch Josh Elliott give a tour of the new digs: