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Sam Champion to Judge, ABC to Broadcast Miss America 2013

This week “Good Morning America” revealed the judges for the 2013 Miss America Competition which will be broadcast on ABC. And on the panel, an ABC host.

Sam Champion joins Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart and others for the Las Vegas pageant.

And at least one of the contestants has something in common with Champion. Miss Vermont, Chelsea Ingram, is a meteorologist at Fox44 in Burlington.

Just a few years ago, the pageant’s days seemed to be numbered. No broadcast network wanted it. So in 2006, the broadcast moved to CMT then to TLC, but returned to ABC in 2011 when it drew 2.5 million viewers. Earlier this year, the 2012 competition drew 2.8 million viewers — both airings were up against NFL Wild Card games. And that will be the case again this year.

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Lara Spencer Returning to ‘Good Morning America’

Former ‘Good Morning America’ national correspondent Lara Spencer is returning to the ABC morning show as “lifestyle anchor” after a seven year hiatus. At “GMA” she “will focus on many issues including family, parenting, health, fitness and work/life balance,” wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an email to staff.

Spencer, who worked as a reporter for many years at WABC in New York City, joined “GMA” in 1999. She left in 2003 to become the co-anchor of “The Insider,” eventually moving to Los Angeles. At “The Insider,” she served as a regular contributor to CBS’ “The Early Show.”

Spencer was tapped to replace Mary Hart at “Entertainment Tonight” last August. Bad blood between Spencer and Hart ended up stopping the deal from happening, and Nancy O’Dell got the coveted gig.

Sherwood’s full note is after the jump.

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Regis Philbin on Keith Olbermann: ‘I don’t think he’d get along with Gelman for 10 minutes’

What’s next for Regis Philbin? Will he take a page from Oprah and create his own network? “No, Regis wants to relax a little bit,” he says. Will he pair up with his former co-host (for six months in 1981) Mary Hart: “She is an institution in her own right. That might be fun.”

Whatever it is, don’t call it retirement.

Philbin sat down with B&C editor Ben Grossman this morning at the annual NATPE conference in Miami Beach. “It was kind of awkward and not easy,” said Philbin of telling co-host Kelly Ripa and producer Michael Gelman of his departure. “I was nervous.”

As for possible replacements, Philbin says “it’ll be up to the ABC people and Gelman and Kelly.” But what does he think about Keith Olbermann taking over: “I don’t think he’d get along with Gelman for 10 minutes.”

Philbin, along with the also departing “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Mary Hart and NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol, was honored last night at the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award dinner. In 1981 Philbin and Hart co-hosted a short-lived NBC daytime talk show that was canceled by then-network head Tartikoff after 6 months.

30 years later, he takes pride in telling the NATPE crowd that when he brought his talents to ABC: “Every day of every week of every year for 28 years we beat NBC at 9 O’Clock. They (the third hour of “Today”) did come back, and last month they had a week where they topped us.”

B&C's Ben Grossman warmed up Regis Philbin with ice cream bars ahead of his interview this morning at NATPE.

Vizio Tapped as Rose Bowl Presenting Sponsor

Consumer electronics company Vizio has signed on as the rpesenmting sponsor for the Rose Bowl, ESPN announced today.

The deal, which runs through 2014, will see the yearly game called “The Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio,” and also incldues the 2014 BCS Championship, which will be called the “2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.”

Terms of the sponsorship were not disclosed.

“Taking an enhanced and major stake in college football will give VIZIO significant new opportunities to connect with the college football fan,” said Ed Erhardt, President, ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales in a statement. “Together with the Tournament of Roses, we look forward to working with VIZIO to maximize their new sponsorship throughout the season and especially with the Rose Bowl Game itself.”

More information after the jump.

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Yankees-Rangers Game 1 Sets Ratings Record

More than eight million people watched the Texas Rangers bullpen implode Friday night against the New York Yankees on TBS, making it the most watched opening game of a League Champion Series on cable television.

Game 1 of Rangers-Yankees scored a 5.0 rating and 8.11 million viewers, a 19 percent increase over the 2009 NLCS Game 1 between Philadelphia and Los Angeles on TBS.

It was also the second-largest audience for any LCS Game 1 since TBS and FOX started sharing MLB postseason coverage in 2007.

Locally, the game drew a 13.9 rating in the New York market and a 21.9 rating in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.

Brad Bessey Named Executive Producer of ‘The Talk’

Bessey080610.jpgCBS’ upcoming daytime panel show “The Talk” has lined up an executive producer. The program is bringing on Brad Bessey, currently co-executive producer of “Entertainment Tonight” to helm the show.

Bessey had been with “ET” for 15 years.

“The Talk” features Julie Chen and a panel of moms talking about issues of the day. Not surprisingly it has drawn many comparisons to the ABC daytime talker “The View.”

Related: Mary Hart to Step Away from “ET” After 30 Years.

Jon, Not Kate, Makes the TV News Rounds

After revelations that Jon Gosselin and his lawyer pulled the plug on the filming of his children, the divorced reality show dad made the rounds to tell his story.

An “Entertainment Tonight” interview ended up on “The Early Show” this morning:

But, despite the graphics and the intro, Mary Hart‘s interview wasn’t exclusive. Gosselin told Larry King last night he was “shocked” to learn his name was being dropped from the show.

Gosselin: I was totally shocked. It was definitely like I had — it was totally out of blue.

King: Did Kate — you talk to Kate, right?

Gosselin: Uh…

King: Or you don’t?

Gosselin: I don’t talk to Kate

King: She didn’t give you any warning?

Gosselin: No, I had no warning at all.

Oscars Morning: Harry in Hollywood, Levy’s Parents

cbs_2-23.jpgHarry Smith anchored The Early Show out West along with Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart.

But the big booking for CBS was Chandra Levy‘s parents. Smith interviewed the couple at their Modesto, CA home yesterday. “We didn’t appreciate that relationship,” said her father of former Rep. Gary Condit. “You know that was definitely not a good thing. I can say that for sure.”

Related: The Huffington Post’s Jeff Cohen asks: “Will TV News Ever Apologize for Condit Hoax?

Click continued to see the interview with Levy’s parents…

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