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Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

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In 17 Years, FNC Has Made 5 Evening Changes; CNN and MSNBC Have Made 75

For those of you keeping score at home: this is just the fifth time in 17 years that Fox News has made changes to primetime. By comparison, CNN and MSNBC have changed their line-up a total of 75 times since 1997. CNN has made 31 changes in that time while MSNBC has made 44 changes. Fox News went on the air Oct. 7, 1996 a few months after MSNBC. Here are FNC’s evening changes since:

  • January 1998 — “Crier Report” moved to 10pm (replacing “Cavuto Business Report” which moved to 5pm, then 4pm). “O’Reilly Report” (6p) became “O’Reilly Factor” and moved to 8pm. “Special Report with Brit Hume” launched at 6pm
  • September 1999 — “Fox Report with Paula Zahn” moves from 7pm to 10pm and is renamed “Edge with Paula Zahn.”
  • January 2002 – Greta Van Susteren joins from CNN and takes over Zahn’s spot at 10pm. Zahn had jumped to CNN a few months earlier.
  • January 2009 — “Hannity & Colmes” loses Colmes, but “Hannity” remains in the 9pm timeslot

The Evening Ticker: Layoffs/ABC, Zahn/ID, Verjee/1D

  • The Disney/ABC TV Group delivered layoff notices today to some 175 employees, mostly in the TV stations group and technical operations. TVSpy has more.

  • The 100th episode of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” delivered its highest ever premiere household rating, and over one million total viewers. it was also its number two telecast ever in the adults 25-54 demo.

  • CNN anchor Zain Verjee was covering the premiere of the movie “This Is Us,” about teen pop stars One Direction (and directed by CNN host Morgan Spurlock). While on the red carpet, she receieved quite the surprise from 1D’s Harry Styles. Watch below.

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‘On the Case’ Celebrates 100 Episodes

Tonight at 10 PM, Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” will mark a significant–if somewhat arbitrary–milestone: 100 episodes.

While your run of the mill cable news shows can cross the hundred episode mark in half a year or so, “On the Case” has had a longer road. It launched in 2009, and set the tone for ID’s newsmagazine programs going forward. It was the first program on the channel to pass a 1.0 Nielsen household rating.

“I think in this world of ‘unreal’ reality television, she is the real deal, and I think people understand that, and benefit from that,” says Henry Schleiff, group president and GM of ID, Destination America and Military Channel, and the former CEO of Court TV.  ”If you watch ‘On the Case’ you will see that Paula is not only such a great journalist in and of her own right, not only does she ask the questions that you want to know, but she asks the questions that I think are on the mind of the audience, and her reactions are real.”

For Zahn–a veteran of CNN, Fox News, ABC News and CBS News–”On the Case” was a chance to own the product she produced. It also allows her and her team to seek out stories of interest to them, with strong emotional resonance and powerful characters.

“What we have tried to do is find stories that will sustain an hour of coverage, and I think our audience is drawn to our stories on a number of levels,” Zahn told TVNewser recently in a studio green room, as a “100th Episode” cake was being wheeled under studio lights nearby. “Our audience is passionate about the pursuit of justice, they are fascinated with the lengths that law enforcement will go to find the truth, and they are drawn in to find the human drama of a family’s loss.”

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Report: Megyn Kelly Moving to ‘Hannity’ Timeslot on Fox News

Megyn Kelly is set to take over the 9pmET hour when she returns from maternity leave this Fall, according to the Drudge Report.

Fox News announced a move to primetime last month. It is not immediately clear where Sean Hannity, who currently hosts the 9 p.m. hour, will move. Hannity, along with Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren, Bret Baier and Shepard Smith, recently signed long-term contracts with Fox News Channel.

Drudge reports an official announcement “is set for later this month.” A spokesperson for the network did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is set to speak to 21st Century Fox investors this afternoon. The heads of all divisions of the newly-formed company are laying out a roadmap for investors.

Kelly’s addition to primetime will be the first significant change to the network’s primetime programming in 11 years, when Greta Van Susteren took over the 10pm slot from Paula Zahn in January, 2002. In 2008, Alan Colmes departed “Hannity and Colmes” leaving the 9pm slot to Hannity.

The AM Ticker: Dokoupil, Zahn, Al Jazeera

  • NBC News Digital has hired Tony Dokoupil as a senior writer for NBCNews.com. Dokoupil joins NBC from Newsweek/The Daily Beast, where he was a senior writer.

  • Investigation Discovery announced that the new season of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” will return Sunday, June 23 at 10 PM. “On the Case” will air its 100th episode this season.

The Afternoon Ticker: ‘Nightline,’ Zahn, CNN

  • ABC’s “Nightline” has been quietly filming behind the scenes at Facebook in recent weeks, and already has a story cued up on the social network’s newest product: Graph Search. Facebook unveiled the new “Pillar,” as Mark Zuckerberg calls it, today. “Nightline’”s story airs tonight.

  • Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” continues to be a ratings driver for the network. Sunday’s episode drew 1.125 million viewers, a record for the show, which is hosted by the former CNN and Fox News anchor.

The Ticker: Katie Guests, Zahn Ratings, CNN Beirut

  • Investigation Discovery’s “On The Case With Paula Zahn” may be in its sixth season, but it isn’t slowing down in the ratings. Sunday’s episode drew a series best 1.11 household rating, and 1.088 million viewers. it has already been green-lit for a seventh season to debut later this year.
  • CNN is adding to its Beirut bureau. Correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom and shooter/producer Raja Razek will be joining the bureau. “Given the daily demands of the news from the region, CNN will be even better poised to cover the stories that need to be told,” senior VP Parisa Khosravi wrote in a note to staff.

The Afternoon Ticker: Lee, Zahn, Diaz-Balart…

  • CNBC’s “Fast Money” is heading to Chicago tomorrow for a special one day live event. Host Melissa Lee and the “Fast Money” traders will be joined by guests Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Tom Ricketts, the chairman of Incapital and owner of the Chicago Cubs. 5pmET on CNBC.

  • Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” which just launched its sixth season last Sunday, has already been given the go for a seventh season. Sunday’s opener drew 947,000 Total Viewers, second best ever for the series which debuted in 2009.

  • Next week the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart with the 2012 Media Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual “whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.”

Investigation Discovery Slates Season Six Of ‘On The Case With Paula Zahn’

Season six of Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” will debut Sunday, June 3rd at 10 PM, the network says. ID has ordered 13 episodes for season six of the series, which is one of the channel’s highest-rated series.

“’On the Case with Paula Zahn’ is a cornerstone franchise for Investigation Discovery and has significantly contributed to the network’s unprecedented explosive growth over the past three years,” said Henry Schleiff, president and GM of Investigation Discovery in a statement. “Paula’s intelligence, empathy, and unique journalistic skill pervade each episode of this series, which exemplifies the network’s dedication to producing the best crime and justice storytelling in all of television.”

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