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‘Good Morning America’ Wins Outstanding Morning Program at Daytime Emmys

Emmys“Good Morning America” took home top morning show honors at last night’s 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills.

The ABC morning show won outstanding morning program, beating NBC’s “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” ABC correspondent Nick Watt accepted on “GMA’s” behalf.

And as her now former syndicated talk show recently wrapped production, Katie Couric tied for best talk show host with Dr. Mehmet Oz. “The Ellen Degeneres Show” won for outstanding entertainment talk show, beating out “The View” in Barbara Walters‘ final season as co-host.

Kathy Griffin hosted the awards show, which was not televised on TV this year, but was streamed on the Daytime Emmy Awards website. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of winners.

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ABC News Slates New Primetime Hidden Camera Show ‘Would You Fall For That?’

ABC News continues to bet big on the “hidden camera” genre, launching a new primetime program Friday evening called “Would you Fall For That?”

Hosted by correspondent Nick Watt, the program bears some similarities to sister program “What Would you Do?,” although the new program seems to have fewer lessons about the human condition, and more wacky hidden camera stunts. To that end, Watt will be joined by a pair of comedians, Scott Rogowsky and Sasheer Zamata, who will help Watt prank unsuspecting people in lighthearted ways. The show will also explain the psychology behind the tricks.

One of the pranks in the pilot features visitors to New York’s Central Park doing wackier and wackier things to help a birdwatcher attract the attention of a prized fowl. Another will have Watt playing an astrologer from London, who gives a group of people the same 60 year old horoscope and see if they think it is meant just for them.

ABC has ordered an additional two episodes of the series, which will air on subsequent Friday nights. Like “WWYD?” If it does well, expect it to return to ABC’s lineup at some point. More below.
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The Morning Shows Have Some April Fools Day Fun

Today is April 1, the worst news day of the year? Why? Because hundreds of news organizations play “tricks” on their viewers and readers, and inevitably some fall through the cracks and are taken seriously.

The network morning shows are no exception. NBC’s “Today” opted not to trick viewers, and instead had a surprise flash mob featuring singer Chris Brown, a surprise proposal (a fake proposal) and a segment featuring a “professional trickster” who played a prank on Natalie Morales and other staffers:

ABC’s “Good Morning America” decided to go with the old “fake news story” route, with Nick Watt presenting a scarily plausible story about the language of gorillas… unless you caught the clues. He even looped in animal expert Jack Hanna, and, er, Kim Kardashian.

Dog Daze at ABC. Network Bypasses Viewers, Says Best Companion Pooch is Producer’s

ABC News correspondent Nick Watt had a piece on “World News” the other night — which was repeated on “World News Now” and dozens of local ABC stations across the country — pegged to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The idea was to get viewers to send in pictures of their own dogs and instead of declaring a “best in show,” Watt would decide which dog is “best in life.” Watt says he got hundreds of pictures from viewers, so it’s curious that the winning dog in the Best Companion category belonged to an ABC News producer.

A TVNewser reader tipped us off about this, so we asked ABC News about it. Here’s the response we got:

“Your question gives us paws and ABC’s spokesdog responds, to quote a famous canine named Scoobie, “Ruh-roh!” Seems that the final picture in the piece was of a dog and a NewsOne producer’s daughter. It’s a doggone shame that we didn’t say so — our tail’s between our legs.”

Other awards like “Most Talented” “Look-a-like” and “Best Athlete” did go to viewers’ dogs. Watch the story after the jump…

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ABC News Investigates: What Happens If Your Phone Rings At a Bad Time?

Following the George Stephanopouloscell phone incident live on “ABC World News,” correspondent Nick Watt decided to look at some of the worst examples of an inopportune phone call, and what t0o do if it happens to you.


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ABC’s Nick Watt Moving from London to Los Angeles

ABC News’s thoroughly Scottish, London-based correspondent Nick Watt is going Hollywood.

Watt, who has covered stories ranging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the British royal family, will move to ABC’s Los Angeles bureau this summer. Watt joined ABC’s London bureau in 1997 as a desk assistant, before moving up to AP and then, in 2000, producer. Watt’s first on-air report came during the U.S. Marines assault on Fallujah, Iraq in November 2004. Watt won an Emmy for that report.

We’re told the move to LA is something both Watt and ABC News brass were interested in. There are no other bureau staffing changes planned for now.

ABC’s 20/20 Scores with Lotto Show

Those Mega multi-millionaires in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland aren’t the only ones who scored Friday night.

ABC’s special “20/20″ anchored by Barbara Walters and all about the ups and downs of being a lottery winner, scored the best demo numbers for the show in more than two years.

“20/20″ was also the night’s #1 show in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos. The show, complete with a count-down clock to the live 11pmET Mega Millions drawing, including reports from Dan Harris, Jay Schadler, John Berman, Nick Watt and Cecilia Vega.

While “20/20″ scored with younger viewers it came in second to CBS’s “Blue Bloods” in Total Viewers: 10.6 million vs. 6.9 million for “20/20.” However ABC did beat its newsmagazine competition “Dateline NBC” by more than 2.3 million viewers.

Morning Shows invade U.K. for Royal Wedding Week

The American morning shows have invaded Great Britain. Coverage of Friday’s royal wedding, which really began over the weekend, kicked in to high gear today. The “Today” show’s Meredith Vieira was outside Buckingham Palace this morning while Natalie Morales reported live from the village of Buckleberry, Kate Middleton‘s hometown. Matt Lauer and Ann Curry were in New York, and Al Roker was on the road in Washington, DC for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

ABC’s Robin Roberts was live in Jubilee Gardens across from Big Ben along with GMA Weekend co-anchor Bianna Golodryga, ABC’s UK reporter Nick Watt and future ABC daytime host Tim Gunn.

“The Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill was live outside the Tower of London while “American Morning” anchor Kiran Chetry was at CNN’s perch across from Buckingham Palace along with CNN’s analysts, “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deely and British record producer Mark Saunders.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, an Anglophile via his obsession with the Beatles and The Who, along with Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist have also begun a week of shows in London.

> RelatedNew York Times: U.S. Networks Add Britons to Royal Wedding Coverage

ABC News Recycles Footage From 2004 Doc, Fails to Tell Viewers

Brainman2060710.bmp On June 1, ABC News ran a special edition of “20/20″ dubbed “SuperHumans!” The special looked at a number of individuals with unusual skills and abilities. One of those people, Daniel Tammet, may have looked a bit familiar to some eagle-eyed viewers. That is because portions of the “20/20″ report were lifted from the 2004 British documentary, “Brainman,” including the impressive finale of the piece, which has Tammet learning Icelandic in just seven days.

ABC News had licensed the U.S. rights for clips to the documentary, but the piece made no mention of “Brainman,” or that some of the most compelling footage was six years old.

The section of the “20/20″ report which sees Tammet learning Icelandic was particularly important, as it was picked up by “ABC World News” to promote the special. It also featured the most egregious error. In it, correspondent Nick Watt says of Tammet:

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FOX Keeps James Cameron, Avatar in the Family


The Fox networks and stations had a hold on film director James Cameron this morning as his new film — his first in 12 years — hit theaters at Midnight. Twentieth Century Fox is the studio behind the $380 million film Avatar so it’s no surprise the director saved his opening day interviews for the FOX news networks

CamFBN_12.18.jpgAfter appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Cameron made the rounds on several Fox O&O stations. The director is also talking with Neil Cavuto for tonight’s “Cavuto” on Fox Business Network.

The “Today” show’s Gene Shalit reviewed Avatar this morning in his Critic’s Corner calling it “the year’s best-looking, fastest 161 minutes.” And Cameron was on Monday’s show. ABC’s Nick Watt reported on the story for “Good Morning America” after attending an advanced screening in London.

It’s an interesting decision of News Corp. to keep the Oscar-winning director within the Fox family on the day of the release.

Fox & Friends averages about 1 million Total Viewers (300k A25-54 viewers) from 6am-9amET. By comparison, the “Today” show averages about 6 million each day. Even if Cameron were to hit all three morning shows — unlikely since one program would want an exclusive — he’d be seen by about 13 million viewers (the combined average of “Today,” “GMA,” and “The Early Show.”)

Cameron hasn’t gone unnoticed — not by a long shot. He was also profiled by CBS’s “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago, he was on “Charlie Rose” last night and has appeared on the syndicated entertainment shows for weeks as well as the daytime talk show “Bonnie Hunt,” which is not a 20th Television production.


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