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Former NBC News Correspondent Maria Menounos to Dance ‘With the Stars’

ABC announced the cast of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” on “Good Morning America” this morning, and while Nancy Grace will not be coming back for a second go-around, TV news will still be represented. Former NBC News correspondent and current host of the syndicated entertainment show “Extra” Maria Menounos, will be on the cast this season. In addition, there will be a bit of corporate synergy, with ABC’s “The View” co-host Sherri Shephard also joining the cast.

Nancy Grace’s former dance partner, Tristan McManus, will be dancing this year with legendary singer Gladys Knight, who says the Pips are the reason for her joining the cast. “They never let me dance!” You can see the rest of the cast, which includes singers, athletes and actors, here.

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Maria Menounos Inks Telepictures Deal

In news about entertainment TV news: NBCUniversal’s Maria Menounos, who has been a regular correspondent for “Today” and “Access Hollywood,” has inked a deal with Telepictures. Menounos will become co-host of entertainment news show “Extra,” and will become a contributor to Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s upcoming talk show on The CW, “Dr. Drew’s Lifechanger.” Menounos will also develop and host new show concepts for Telepictures.

Maria Menounos Tweets for Help after Car Accident

NBC News correspondent Maria Menounos, who also appears on Access Hollywood, was injured a car accident yesterday — and tweeted about it.

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Common Bond: The Stephanopoulos-Obama Connection

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

GS_11.20.jpgLike somebody else in Washington, “This Week’s” George Stephanopoulos doesn’t want his two young daughters on TV.

“They’re not allowed to do interviews,” he jokes, referring to six-year-old Elliott and three-year-old Harper. (Type A Elliott “is an intense little girl. She’s fun to watch.” Harper, a B, “is quite laid back.” Guess which one takes after dad?)

When the Obama family sat down with “Access Hollywood’s” Maria Menounos in July for its first – and only – interview, Stephanaopoulos was struck most by the reaction of the President-elect.

“I think he realized, as it was happening, that maybe he ought to pull back a little bit,” he says. “He and his wife are really focused on protecting their daughters.”

Ditto for Stephanopoulos and his wife, Ali Wentworth.

When one’s kids are on camera, “There’s an unreality to it that might not be healthy,” he says. “I’m not sure what consequences would be, but I don’t particularly want to test it.”

Speaking of tests, ABC’s “This Week” is a solid No. 2 in the Sunday-morning wars, ahead of Bob Schieffer‘s “Face the Nation” on CBS and behind NBC powerhouse “Meet the Press,” with interim anchor Tom Brokaw.

Ironically, “This Week” can’t seem to crack Washington, where it’s behind “Fox News Sunday.” (Nationally, however, “This Week” doubles Fox News’ numbers.) A few weeks ago, “This Week” was No. 1 in every Top 10 market – except You Know Where.

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Nightly News’ Immigrant Nation

NNImmigrant_10.16.jpgThis week on Nightly News, Maria Menounos (third from right) is fronting a series called “We the People.” It’s about first and second generation Americans sharing their unique perspectives on being a child of immigrants. The series stems from Menounos’ experience being born to parents who emigrated from Greece.

Turns out the “We The People” brainstorming session included nearly a dozen members of the “Nightly News” staff who also fit that category. Senior Producer ML Flynn (second from left) has Irish roots; producer Joo Lee was born in South Korea but moved to the states as a child; producer Bita Nikravesh is Iranian; producer Marisa Buchanan has Italian roots;
AP Christina Vallice‘s parents are from India; AP Amber Payne‘s mother is from Jamaica; and the Nightly interns are of Dominican, Korean and Indian heritage.

Maybe they should call the broadcast World News. Oh wait, that’s taken.

The Ticker: Haddad, Logan, Clinton…

access_7-11.JPG> Steve Forrest, the Access Hollywood producer who landed the exclusive the mainstream media couldn’t get, appears today on Tammy Haddad‘s radio show at 1pmET. It broadcasts on XM channel POTUS08, and can be heard online here. Update: Maria Menounos, who conducted the interview, will be a guest on the program as well.

> In response to these comments, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman gives, “10 reasons why Lara Logan shouldn’t snub TV news.” Some reasons? FBN’s Neil Cavuto, NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s Nightline.

> “Clintons Never Quit,” an hour-long look at Bill, Hillary and Chelsea, airs tonight on CNN at 10pmET. “They both may be down now, but they’re certainly not out,” writes AC360 correspondent Tom Foreman.

Obama Says in Retrospect he Shouldn’t Have Put Kids on TV — And Wouldn’t Do it Again

obamas_7-9.JPGSometimes media outlets play fast and loose with the term “exclusive,” especially the entertainment news shows. But Maria Menounos‘ interview last week with Sen. Barack Obama‘s family, including his two daughters, appears to be just that.

Sen. Obama confirmed on all three network morning shows today that the Access Hollywood sit-down would be his family’s one and only.

In interviews with Diane Sawyer on ABC, Russ Mitchell on CBS and Matt Lauer on NBC he echoed the same sentiment: “We wouldn’t do it again.”

Obama said he got caught up in the “unique situation” of his daughter Malia’s birthday.

But don’t fret, America — Access Hollywood cranked out four parts from the interview, with the first airing last night, and continuing throughout the week.

Get ready to learn what foods the presumptive nominee likes and hates.

Click continued to see a clip of the interview, including Malia’s advice for her Dad…

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