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ABC Newsers All Over People Sexiest Man Alive Issue

sexyABC is apparently the sexiest network on broadcast television.

People has named actor Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2014, but football players-turned-ABC newsers Michael Strahan and Tim Tebow appear on the list.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is also featured in the issue, being named among “Men of the Year.” Muir, who we featured in a recent “My First Big Break”, discusses his idea of a perfect evening.

People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” special issue hits newsstands November 21.

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TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Fete

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee hosted a party to celebrate Lara Spencer‘s new book Flea Market Fabulous. Designer Jonathan Adler co-hosted at his store in Soho last night. Among the attendees: ABC News president James Goldston, WABC GM Dave Davis, and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; also Michael Strahan, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Ray, and Simon Doonan. Also top ABC News producers Michael Corn, Chris Vlasto, Rachel Miskowiec, Margo Baumgart, Marc BursteinSantina Leuci, and Spencer’s producers Sabrina Peduto and Kelly Hagan.

(Photos: Heidi Gutman/ABC)

Tim Tebow Joins ‘Good Morning America’ as Contributor

TebowRobertsWith football dominating much of the news this week, “Good Morning America” is adding another former NFL star to its roster.

Tim Tebow will join “GMA” as a contributor on Monday, September 15, the network announced today. Tebow will launch the “Motivate Me Monday” series for the morning show, spotlighting individuals and their “amazing stories of triumph,” according to the network.

The former Florida Gator, who is also an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, will appear in-studio and in towns across America as part of the “GMA” series.  Tebow’s addition adds to the morning show’s athletic ranks. Former New York Giants star—and co-host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael”—Michael Strahan joined the show earlier this year.

ABC Newsers Celebrate at ‘Rock’n Robin’ Launch Party

Champagne glasses were raised high on a sun-glazed Manhattan rooftop last night as Robin Roberts thanked friends, colleagues, and loved ones on the day her production company launched.

“I’m wearing my father’s watch and my mother’s bracelet,” a teary-eyed Roberts said during a toast. “I don’t do that often, they usually just stay in my apartment, but I put them on, because this is something they wanted for me.”

“When you sometimes watch news and television and everything, you turn off the set and you’re just like, ‘oh my gosh, why should I get up in the morning?’ Roberts told TVNewser. “My ultimate goal is that if anybody sees our programming is that they’re going to feel inspired, and they’re going to feel the best is yet to come no matter what kind of situation they’re in.”

Roberts heaped praise on ABC, where she’s worked for 25 years of the 30 years she’s been in the business. “How many can say that?,” she says. “I think my loyalty has been rewarded, and it’s been a two-way street. We’ve helped each other, and they’ve stood by me in some very difficult times.”

And many of Roberts’ colleagues expressed support as she spreads her wings.

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‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Good Morning America’ Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

MJ and GMA

“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and several “Good Morning America” personalities got drenched this week for a good cause.

On Thursday, the “MJ” duo accepted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal‘s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, getting doused with ice water while sitting in a giant kiddie pool (must say Joe got the worst of it). The next day, “GMA’s” Lara Spencer, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, and Tory Johnson accepted colleague Michael Strahan‘s challenge. Standing in NYC’s Central Park, the GMAers received quite the cooldown on a sunny summer day.

Watch both after the jump. Read more

Noah Ritter is a Star

Have you met Noah Ritter? You probably have.

He’s the 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy who was that quintessential “man — or boy — on the street” interview at the Wayne County Fair over the weekend. But it’s how he answered the question from a WNEP-TV reporter, that has made him an internet sensation. As the video started going viral, Gio Benitez traveled to Pennsylvania, even sat Noah’s sandbox, for a feature story for “World News.” This morning, Noah told Michael Strahan live on “Good Morning America” that, despite Strahan having played for the Giants, his grandfather “brainwashed” him into liking the Steelers. He’s also been featured on NBC’s “Tonight Show” and “Today” show, Fox News, MSNBC and countless local news programs.

But it all started on WNEP, the ABC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and a simple question from reporter Sofia Ojeda:

Man Armed With Knife Arrested Outside ‘GMA’ Studio for Threatening to Kill Michael Strahan

michael strahan_304x200The New York Post reports a homeless man armed with a knife was arrested yesterday morning outside of “Good Morning America’s” studio after attacking an ABC employee and threatening to kill “GMA’s” Michael Strahan.

“There was an incident in Times Square, an individual lunged at one of our employees and was heroically tackled by a police officer,” ABC spokeswoman Heather Riley tells TVNewser.

“We understand the man was taken in for psychiatric evaluation. It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD the situation was quickly under control. Michael was never in any danger.”

We’re hearing the incident happened quickly, and Strahan, who was on “GMA” yesterday, wasn’t made aware of the situation until later in the day.

Michael Strahan Shares the Top 5 Reasons He Joined ‘GMA’

On “Good Morning America” today, Michael Strahan — the show’s newest addition — shared the top five reasons he’s excited to join the ABC morning show.

His reasons included “Wait, ‘GMA’? I thought I was getting Barbara’s seat on ‘The View’” and “Because it’s fun to say Stephanopoulos.” Watch:

ABC Toasts Robin Roberts at a Book Party For ‘Everybody’s Got Something’

A crowd of television personalities and executives gathered at George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth‘s apartment last night to celebrate “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, whose memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” was released today.

The memoir is Roberts’ firsthand account of her MDS diagnosis and treatment. Roberts told TVNewser she began to write the book after her return to “GMA,” using entries from the journal she kept during her recovery. When we asked if the writing process was cathartic, Roberts said the real satisfaction came when she re-read the story and realized “how strong and healthy I am.”

On hand to celebrate the book’s launch from ABC: Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, ABC News president James Goldston, vice president of business development Susan Mercandetti, senior vice president for talent Barbara Fedida, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, David Muir, Dan Abrams, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Michael Strahan, Charlie Gibson and Deborah Roberts. CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King were also in attendance.

Roberts tweeted a selfie with Spencer and Zee: “These three are gonna be a wee bit tired in the morning,” she wrote. Read more

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