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Rosie O’Donnell Returning to ‘The View’

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View” as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter a short time ago. ABC says O’Donnell will be a co-host of the show joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The show is looking for at least two other co-hosts, who may come from the cable news ranks.

O’Donnell left the show in 2007 after an infamous spat with former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Last night, O’Donnell responded on Twitter to comments Hasselbeck made about her. On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Hasselbeck said Barbara Walters‘ farewell show in May was really O’Donnell’s “hello show.” A Rosie fan chimed in:

The Daily News reports O’Donnell’s return might mean the departure of co-executive producer Bill Geddie. Rosie’s response to that:

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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.

Baby Boom At News Outlets

Babies, babies everywhere! While seemingly every TV news outlet was covering the future monarch born this week, there is even more royal baby news popping out.

NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander and wife WJLA anchor Alison Starling welcomed a new baby girl yesterday. Alexander announced the news the way all births should be handled from now on, with a placard, on Twitter:

Meanwhile, on “New Day” this morning GOP political consultant and CNN contributor Margaret Hoover revealed, alongside her husband and fellow CNN contributor John Avlon, that they are expecting a child.

CNN Adding ‘(Get To) The Point’ Panel Show at 10 PM

CNN is finally getting around to taking advantage of the 10 PM slot, currently occupied by a replay of “AC360.” Starting this week the channel will be airing “(Get To) The Point,” a panel show featuring a rotating list of hosts (sound familiar?). With the move the replay of “AC360″ will shift to 11 PM, and the replay of “Erin Burnett Outfront” will be off the air until the normal schedule resumes.

“The Point” is being described as “a week of special programming,” and not as a permanent 10 PM program, but let us not forget that another cable news panel show, “The Five,” began life as a replacement program as well, and is now one of Fox News Channel’s highest-rated shows.

Among the hosts are ad-man and NBC regular Donny Deutsch, CNN contributor Margaret Hoover, ESPN’s Rick Reilly and ESPN’s Jason Taylor. Given the presence of Reilly and Taylor, look for plenty of sports talk, including promotion of the NCAA March Madness tourney, which has been boosting CNN sister networks TruTV and TBS.

CNN already has a Twitter account associated with the show:
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State of the Union Coverage: CNN

CNN is treating tomorrow’s “State of the Union” coverage like an election night, loading up on political anchors and analysts. Coverage will be led by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Jake Tapper, Kate Bolduan and Erin Burnett, who will be overseeing a focus group reacting to the speech. Dana Bash will be in the House Chamber while Jessica Yellin reports from the White House. John King will be on “Magic Wall” duty, with John Berman and Tom Foreman in the “virtual studio” to offer “reality checks” of the President’s remarks, and the Republican response.

On the analysis side, former Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich and former Current TV anchor Jennifer Granholm will provide insider analysis, with Gloria Borger, David Gergen, Cornell Belcher, Donna Brazile, Alex Castellanos, Margaret Hoover, Van Jones and Ana Navarro also weighing in throughout the night.

One person who apparently will not be appearing on CNN’s SOTU coverage is the anchor of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Candy Crowley. Crowley hosted her weekend program from DC yesterday, and previewed the SOTU on “CNN Newsroom” yesterday afternoon.

Update: CNN says that Crowley is out of town, caring for her mother. Hence, she won’t be able to participate in the coverage.

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Ben Mulroney Joins ‘Good Morning America’

NBC News employs the daughters of two former presidents: Jenna Bush Hager and Chelsea Clinton. ABC has on staff, Chris Cuomo, the son of a former New York governor and the brother of the current one. MSNBC counts Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain as a contributor and CNN has turned to the great-granddaughter of Pres. Herbert Hoover, Margaret Hoover, for commentary. A Shriver, a Brzezinski, we’re sure there are  more.

Now, ABC has gone north of the U.S. border to find the latest political progeny who’s turned to television.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced the hiring of Ben Mulroney as a contributor to “Good Morning America.” Mulroney, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, will continue to host CTV’s “etalk,” an entertainment news program in Canada.

“He is a terrific broadcaster, quick on his feet, and excels at live television,” writes Sherwood in a note to the staff. “Ben is a versatile journalist, equally comfortable on the red carpet, covering the Vancouver Winter Games or interviewing Canadian Prime Ministers.”

Mulroney makes his “GMA” bow this weekend.

The Ticker: CNN Social, Zurawik on Hayes, Hoover

  • Inside Cable News interviews CNN’s senior social digital producer (and former TVNewser editor) Steve Krakauer about the net’s social strategy: “When I started as the digital producer of Piers Morgan Tonight, it was very important to get Piers personally involved and invested in the social media strategy. There was only so much I could do from a show account… To do it right, we needed to harness the power of the celebrity status of Piers, and make sure his personality translated to Twitter.”
  • The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik gives his thoughts on the Chris Hayes/“heroes” flap: “No, this is psuedo-intellectual vanity and self-absorbed, TV media talk at its worst . I have a Ph.D. in American Studies, and after spending 10 years in seminars filled with too much of this kind of talk, I can accurately say that people who talk like Hayes did in his remarks are most often self-important b.s artists.”
  • Margaret Hoover, who we noted is now at CNN after many years at Fox News, takes to Facebook to explain to her fans directly why the move was made: “Executives at CNN have been looking for fresh faces and new talent with conservative perspectives, and in the end, offered me an opportunity that was too good to pass up. Indeed, competition, that sturdy pillar of capitalism, is alive and well in the cable news industry.”

Margaret Hoover Joins CNN as Political Contributor

TV political pundit Margaret Hoover has found a new home on cable news, TVNewser has learned.

The great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover has joined CNN as a political contributor. Her first appearance was this morning on “Starting Point.” Hoover’s husband is John Avlon, and is already a political contributor with CNN.

Hoover has been a contributor to Fox News Channel for a number of years, though the two parted ways earlier this year after failing to come to terms on a new contract. She last appeared on FNC in March.

Hoover-Avlon: A Marriage Made on TV

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TVNewser has learned TV pundits Margaret Hoover (great-granddaughter of Pres. Herbert Hoover) and John Avlon are engaged to be married.

Hoover is a GOP strategist who appears on Fox News Channel and has co-hosted The View. Avlon, who was deputy policy director for Rudolph Giuliani‘s presidential campaign, is an analyst for CNN. As the author of “Independent Nation,” Avlon’s politics is down the middle.

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“It’s Not TV” — It’s The Strategy Room

strategy_11-3.BMPThe “studio” is an open room with a table and a couple cameras at the end of a long hallway on the Foxnews.com floor. The “control room” is essentially a person sitting at an audio board. Amid the wires and audio equipment is an XBOX, where guests from Shepard Smith to Geraldine Ferraro have hit the sticks for a round of Guitar Hero.

TVNewser visited The Strategy Room today, located on the 14th floor of the News Corp. building, home to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The Foxnews.com program streams nine hours a day non-stop, even staying “on air” while anchors and guests switch between hours.

“It’s rough by design. It’s not TV, it’s a different platform,” EP of Fox News Digital Mike Straka tells TVNewser.

Whatever it is, it’s working. According to VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti, The Strategy Room averages more than 250,000 streams a day, while all of the Foxnews.com streams get more than one million a day.

“It creates buzz and energy and its really fun,” he says of having the program originate on the floor.

So what will viewers of The Strategy Room see when they tune in? Fox News anchors and correspondents host the program, usually for an hour each, and are joined by everyone from political pundits seen on the FNC air to comedians like Colin Quinn to, um, Michael Lohan. Today, Joe the Plummer was on during the 9amET hour.

strategy2_11-3.BMPThen there’s the moments that develop simply out of having more time and being on the Web. Like Rick Leventhal ragging on Phil Keating for his copious sweating after he finished a report. Or Julie Banderas bringing her puppy Sasha during anchoring duties. Or the Web hit video of Shep playing Guitar Hero (see it here). “You’re not going to see that anywhere else,” says Straka.

For Misenti, it’s part of a larger push on Foxnews.com. “We definitely see that people do want to engage with each other,” he says. As part of the site’s evolution, there can now be up to 12 separate streaming feeds, including The Strategy Room. The player can be the location for FNC/FBN prime time promotion within the flash player, and comments from viewers are added in real time.

So what does The Strategy Room have planned for tomorrow night? And will it still be there when the Election ends?

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