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The Morning Ticker: WSJ, Perino, Kelly

  • The Wall Street Journal is expanding its online video service in the coming weeks, adding a political talk show based in Washington, according to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko. “WSJ Live” has had production quality comparable to many cable news programs. “There’s much more to come,” writes Alan Murray in the memo.
  • Fox News contributor Dana Perino is profiled by Woman Around Town. Her favorite New York City moment? “Memorial Day weekend as we walked by Times Square, the United States Marine Band was there jammin’ with songs from the Rolling Stones and Soft Cell. They performed right in front of the Armed Services recruiting station, and I will never forget the tears of joy and pride that spilled over as we cheered them on.”
  • “Live with Kelly” is still looking for a replacement for Regis Philbin, and it could be… you? Yes, the show is looking for normal people to serve as guest co-hosts for a day in the “Coast to Coast Co-Host Search.” You can read the rules and enter here.

What Bryant Gumbel Watches in the Morning. (Hint: It’s Not the Shows He Once Anchored)

When “Good Morning America” recently snapped “Today’s” 16-year winning streak, former “Today” star Bryant Gumbel was underwhelmed.

“I didn’t really have much of a reaction,” says Gumbel, 63, “Today” co-anchor from 1982 to ’97. “[The streak] is a long time, but nothing lasts forever. It’s the nature of the business. I’ve been gone a long time now – 15 years. It’s frightening.”

Gumbel returns to mornings today and tomorrow as guest host on “Live! with Kelly.” Today marks his 24th gig; his second since Regis Philbin stepped down in November. No permanent partner yet for Kelly Ripa.

Why does Gumbel do “Live!” so frequently? “[Executive producer] Michael Gelman is a friend of mine,” he says. “Kelly is a friend of mine. The studio is very close to my house. When they ask, if my schedule allows and I’m not in one of my moods, I say yes.”

Gumbel’s moods are no joke, as many can attest. He describes the above-referenced one as: “Screw the business; I’d rather be in a cave and have nobody see me the rest of my life.” Even when he’s not in a mood, Gumbel characterizes himself as “somewhere between a hermit and a recluse.”

These days, he’s a happy hermit. He’s quietly beaten lung cancer, twice, and prostate cancer. He and his wife, Hilary, are about to celebrate their 10th anniversary. He just became a

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David Letterman: ‘Brian Williams Can Have My Job’

Regis Philbin is sitting in for Piers Morgan tonight on his CNN show. And Reeg called in the big gun, David Letterman, who rarely does TV outside of his own show. Regis asked Dave who his favorite guests have been over the years.

“We have several – you, Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, people who really come and do a great job for us.”

“You know that Brian Williams wants your job,” said Regis. “Brian Williams can have my job,” Letterman shot back.

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The Morning Ticker: Regis, ‘Nightline,’ Owens

  • “Nightline” is poised to win the May sweep after winning the week of May 14. It’s the 8th straight week the ABC news show has topped Letterman and Leno in Total Viewers as well as A25-54 and A18-49 viewers.
  • Bill Owens, the executive editor of “60 Minutes,” will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication today.

HLN to Broadcast Daytime Emmy Awards

HLN made it official today, announcing it will broadcast the 39th annual daytime Emmy Awards next month. The daytime Emmys will be presented Saturday, June 23 at 8pmET, at The Beverly Hilton hotel.

“HLN is thrilled to work with NATAS to celebrate some of television’s best programs and performances,” said HLN SVP and general manager Scot Safon. “Every day we focus on the news and information people talk about, and that has included extensive coverage of the Daytime Emmys in the past. This year, we’re very excited to also be carrying the event itself.”

At next month’s event, Barbara Walters will present Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of “The View” and the “Barbara Walters Specials,” with the Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anderson Cooper is nominated as best talk show host, along with Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and the doctors from “The Doctors.” “Anderson” is also nominated in the Best Informative Talk Show category alongside “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors.”

CBS has televised the broadcast the last two years. In 2009, the CW aired the show. And in prior years, the Daytime Emmys aired on ABC, CBS and NBC.

Anderson Cooper is in Demand

CNN’s Anderson Cooper continues to be a hot topic in the media this week. First the New York Times cited a CBS News executive as being a big fan, and now Kelly Ripa says that he was her favorite guest co-host on “Live with Kelly.”In addition, on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last night, Cooper overwhelmingly won a very special viewer poll ( see right). Sorry Piers and Wolf, maybe next time.

The CNN anchor hosted a book party for WWHL host Andy Cohen over the weekend. Attendees included “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King and NBC’s Harry Smith.

Cooper has his own daytime talk show now, so he won’t be replacing Regis Philbin, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a connection between him and Ripa. Watch Ripa explain, after the jump.

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A Viewership Split for ‘Today’ and ‘GMA’ on Day 3 of Couric’s Return

Regis Philbin on Thursday’s “Good Morning America.”

On day three of Katie Couric‘s return to mornings it was a split decision for the #1 and #2 morning shows.

According to Nielsen Fast National ratings “Good Morning America,” with Couric as a fill-in co-host, topped her old show by +87,000 viewers (5.236M vs. 5.149M). But “Today” prevailed in younger viewers with +319,000 more viewers than “GMA.”

“Today” won Monday and Tuesday in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

NBC’s promotable segment Wednesday was with Ryan Seacrest who discussed a possible future role at the show as well as announcing that his new contract with NBCUniversal includes coverage at the London Summer Olympics.

Last week, “GMA” beat “Today” twice: On Tuesday by +107,000 viewers and on Friday by +89,000 viewers.

When you compare Tuesday, March 27 to Tuesday, April 3, it appears the “Today” show’s stunt of making Sarah Palin co-host for the day made a difference as “Today” topped “GMA” by +356,000 viewers.

Regis Philbin, billed as “a true legend,” dropped by GMA this morning. “Katie Couric you’re the best, you really are,” said Reege. “I hate to see you go to 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Afternoon television is dead these days! This is where the action is right here.”

Katie Couric to Co-Anchor ‘Good Morning America’ Next Week

Nearly six years after she signed off from the “Today” show, Katie Couric is making a return to the mornings filling in next week for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”

The fill-in, joining George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer comes as “Good Morning America” continues to chip away at the perennial morning show leader, “Today,” where Couric spent more than 15 years. During the week of March 12, the younger viewer gap between the two shows was the smallest since July 2008.

We hear Roberts will make mention of the fill-in during the 8am hour of tomorrow’s show.

Couric set up shop at ABC News last Spring after spending five years at CBS News. She will launch her syndicated talk show “Katie” in the fall. Couric has hosted a few specials for the network and went on GMA last November to promote her Regis Philbin hour, but this is the first time she’s anchored since leaving the “Today” show in 2006. Couric returned to “Today” last April to promote her book “The Best Advice I Ever Got.”

Calling On His Former Experience As An NBC Page, Regis Philbin Hijacks Guided Tour of 30 Rock

Regis Philbin is making the rounds at NBC — literally. The former “Live!” host stopped by 30 Rock last week ahead of an appearance on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and, calling on his experience as a former NBC Page, took over a guided tour of the NBC studios. In an attempt to find out where “Morning Joe” is taped, Philbin steered the group right into a live studio:

After the jump, watch Philbin talk about his future in television on “Rock Center.”

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Happy Holidays! Have Some Moonshine!

This week on “Morning Joe,” the crew was joined by Regis Philbin, and they tasted the “All American spirit,” moonshine. Co-host Mika Brzezinski took a sip, and looked as though she was about to run off stage, before composing herself.

“Somebody grab Mika!” Philbin shouted. “Mika don’t leave us!”

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