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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).

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.”

Super Bowl Boulevard Festivities in Full Swing

lara spencer ginger zee tobogganWith just a few days to go until the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, the Super Bowl festivities are in full swing in Times Square. One of the attractions on Super Bowl Boulevard, which runs right past the “Good Morning America” studios, is a 60-foot toboggan run, which Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee raced down on the show this morning (video after the jump).

Zee and Spencer were out there a little earlier than CNN’s Andy Scholes and Christine Romans, who arranged to meet at the toboggan after “Early Start” this morning. But they may have overlapped with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and Maria Molina, who also participated in a toboggan race thismorning on “Fox & Friends.”

With three days to go until the Super Bowl on Fox, “Shepard Smith Reporting” and “Hannity” will both broadcast from Super Bowl Boulevard today. “The O’Reilly Factor” was scheduled to broadcast from Times Square, but will now originate from his Fox studio.

At the top of his show today, Smith introduced viewers to Super Bowl Boulevard: “I don’t know. The Weather Channel tries to name storms, I guess Fox Sports can name a street of they want to,” he joked.¬† Watch here.

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Morning Shows Dress Up as TV Icons For Halloween

After last year’s on-air parties were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween was back in full swing today on the morning shows. On “Today,” Al Roker was Mr. T from “The A-Team,” Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales were Laverne and Shirley, Matt Lauer and Willie Geist were the lifeguards from “Baywatch” and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were The Flinstones. Lauer made a particularly memorable Pamela Anderson-like entrance onto the plaza (video after the jump).

On “GMA,” Robin Roberts was Oprah, Dan Harris was Ryan Seacrest, Lara Spencer was Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty” and Josh Elliot was Abe Lincoln. The anchors also did costume changes: in the second round, Spencer was Miley Cyrus, George Stephanopoulos was George Clooney from “Gravity,” Elliott and Sam Champion were Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone and Roberts was Olivia Pope.

“Fox & Friends” got in on the Halloween action, too: the “F&F” team dressed up as “Duck Dynasty” for the last segment of the show.

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As Fusion is Born, a Morning Party for Parents ABC and Univision

Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, Raul Gonzalez, Karla Martinez and George StephanopoulosWith just hours to go until the official launch of Fusion, ABC News and Univision put their partnership on display this morning, joining top-rated morning shows “Good Morning America” and “Despierta America” for an elaborate crossover event.

Producing two distinct shows, on two networks, in two languages, was “tricky,” as one ABC producer said in the understatement of the morning.

Miami-based Univision sent producers and talent to New York, while several members of the “GMA” team were in Miami. As we watched from the “Good Morning America” control room, producers from both programs scanned each show’s rundown for opportunities to simulcast. Updates were relayed in both English and Spanish to keep staffers in New York and Miami on the same page. On one of the dozens of control room screens, a Univision feed showed Lara Spencer and Sam Champion dancing wildly on the “Despierta America” set in Miami, leading senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski to joke that the pair may never return to New York.

“The show’s been on the air about 18 minutes and I think I’ve lost three pounds,” Champion joked during his first weather report.

On the “GMA” set, Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez sat with Honey Berry, the “Despierta America” chihuahua named after actress Halle Berry, and, during commercial breaks, chatted with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott. The five anchors were on the go throughout: juggling segments in the ground-floor studio, an outdoor cooking segment, and a performance from Enrique Iglesias upstairs.

This morning’s frenetic pace is just another day at the office for Martinez and Gonzalez.

“I was making fun of George. I saw he was so concentrated, reading and everything (during commercial breaks),” Martinez told TVNewser after the show. “I told him: you guys are so serious. In our studio … we’re so loud!” Read more

THR: ‘GMA’ Facing ‘Nightmare’ Contract Negotiations

GMARobinTeamThe Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie reports three “Good Morning America” anchorsRobin Roberts, Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer — are all currently negotiating new contracts, a scenario that is described as a “nightmare” for ABC News:

Robin Roberts, who has been with the ABC/ESPN family since 1990, has been co-anchor of “GMA” since May, 2005. “There are a lot of things on the table for Robin,” a source told Guthrie.

Elliott joined “GMA” in April, 2011. Spencer followed in May. A year later, “GMA” broke the “Today” show’s 16-year long winning streak on its way to outright No. 1. Guthrie reports:

Sources say representatives for Spencer, 44, and Elliott, 42, in particular have spoken to executives at NBC News.

Spencer and Elliott, who co-hosted the summer spinoff ‘Good Afternoon America’ in 2012, are said to be looking to grow their brands through larger roles at ABC — or elsewhere.

Roberts, Elliott and Spencer, along with Sam Champion and George Stephanopoulos, recently gave “GMA” its first winning season in 19 years. THR reports ABC’s priority is “to keep the GMA team together.”

‘GMA’ and ‘Despierta America’ Will Join Forces on Fusion Launch Day

To mark the launch of Fusion next Monday, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Univision’s “Despierta America” will combine for a “fused” morning show. Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez will join the “GMA” team in Times Square, while ABC’s Lara Spencer and Sam Champion will be live from the “Despierta America” set in Miami.

Portions of each broadcast will be simulcast on both networks to a combined audience of over 6 million viewers. Pedro Andrade, Mariana Atencio, and Yannis Pappas, the hosts of “The Morning Show” on Fusion, will also be part of the crossover event.

Fusion Morning Show Hosts Make Debut On ‘Good Morning America’

The hosts of Fusion’s upcoming “The Morning Show” made their TV debut this morning… on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” ABC News is the co-owner of Fusion, alongside Univision.

People in Times Square waved paddles with the Fusion logo, as George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer welcomed the team of Pedro Andrade, Mariana Atencio and Yannis Pappas to the plaza outside the studio.

“Welcome to morning television guys, you are definitely young enough for morning television, that’s for sure,” Stephanopoulos said.

“We are the morning show for 24 year olds,” Atencio said. “We are trying to make a show that is reflective of the very fast pace, BuzzFeed driven, sometimes cynical but very fun world that young people live in.”

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Morning Shows Wear Purple in Honor of GLAAD Spirit Day

Morning show anchors wore purple this morning in observance of Spirit Day, GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying campaign. Among the participants: NBC’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales; ABC’s Sam Champion, Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer and Elizabeth Vargas; CNBC’s Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Joe Kernan and John Harwood; and CNN’s Michaela Pereira.

“Today” interviewed “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack in honor of the show’s 15th anniversary. Messing and McCormack, both wearing purple ribbons, talked about the show’s social impact. “What I’m most proud of is that the show always treated Will’s desire for the perfect man as equal to Grace’s desire for the perfect man,” McCormack said. Video after the jump. Read more

Jack Hanna Celebrates 30th Anniversary of First ‘GMA’ Appearance

Jack Hanna stopped by “Good Morning America” this morning (with a pair of baby cheetahs in tow) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first appearance on ABC (pictures of Hanna’s appearances with Charlie Gibson, Joan Lunden and Diane Sawyer are below).

“You made animals on television in a way that people can understand them, and want to help them and protect them,” Sam Champion told Hanna.

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