Shepard Smith is bringing the News Deck to primetime tonight to cover several days of severe weather up and down the east coast. Smith will anchor the 10pmET hour, pre-empting Sean Hannity‘s show, focusing on the snow, freezing rain and ice mixture stretching from Georgia to Maine. Smith will also do some weather cut-ins during “The O’Reilly Factor” this evening. Winter storm Pax, as the Weather Channel has dubbed it, has dropped 15 inches of snow in Baltimore, canceled thousands of flights, cut power to hundreds of thousands in Georgia and the Carolinas, and has left at least 14 dead across the South.
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With just a few days to go until the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, the Super Bowl festivities are in full swing in Times Square. One of the attractions on Super Bowl Boulevard, which runs right past the “Good Morning America” studios, is a 60-foot toboggan run, which Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee raced down on the show this morning (video after the jump).
Zee and Spencer were out there a little earlier than CNN’s Andy Scholes and Christine Romans, who arranged to meet at the toboggan after “Early Start” this morning. But they may have overlapped with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and Maria Molina, who also participated in a toboggan race thismorning on “Fox & Friends.”
With three days to go until the Super Bowl on Fox, “Shepard Smith Reporting” and “Hannity” will both broadcast from Super Bowl Boulevard today. “The O’Reilly Factor” was scheduled to broadcast from Times Square, but will now originate from his Fox studio.
At the top of his show today, Smith introduced viewers to Super Bowl Boulevard: “I don’t know. The Weather Channel tries to name storms, I guess Fox Sports can name a street of they want to,” he joked. Watch here.
President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address is being broadcast tonight on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Fusion, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg and C-SPAN, as well as the Spanish-language networks.
Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and Shepard Smith are in Washington D.C. anchoring on the broadcast networks. (They all attended the White House’s annual pre-SOTU lunch for journalists today.) For more on who’s anchoring where, here are the plans for the broadcast networks and the cable networks.
9:20 p.m.: Here’s a look across the cable networks as the President’s speech gets underway:
9:34 p.m.: #foxnewsCHAT, #TheBlazeSOTU and #NBCPolitics are trending on Twitter.
10:20 p.m.: Obama wraps up his speech. On CNN, Jake Tapper announces he will interview with the President this week. Tapper’s interview will air Friday on “New Day” and “The Lead,” two days ahead of Bill O’Reilly‘s pre-Super Bowl sit-down with Obama.
We’ll have more, including ratings, tomorrow.
On his Fox News program this afternoon, Shepard Smith revealed the real reason why anchors and correspondents like to go to D.C. for the State of the Union: the annual White House lunch.
“It doesn’t matter who the President is,” Smith said. “The one thing that is constant — there is no better food on Planet Earth than what comes out of that White House kitchen. I don’t know how they do it.”
Holding up the menu and his place card, Smith described the meal in great detail throughout the hour, starting with the winter lettuces and reggiano crisp, which he said was “like a cracker with air holes in it and it tastes a little bit like cheese.” He also listed a few of the attendees, including Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Bret Baier, Gwen Ifill and Wolf Blitzer, who Smith was seated next to.
“Wolf Blitzer likes to separate all the foods into different piles. There was a meat, there was a vegetable, some starchy stuff, and he put them all in a separate pile before eating them,” Smith said. “I was like, ‘Wolf, that is an interesting way to eat.’”
Here’s what the broadcast networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.
ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from Washington, D.C. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz and Jeff Zeleny before and after the President’s speech. Sawyer will also anchor “World News” from D.C.
NBC: Brian Williams will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined on set by David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell. Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell will report from inside the House chamber. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from D.C.
CBS: Scott Pelley will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. CBS News will also have chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting during primetime.
Univision: Univision will air the speech on cable network Galavision. Enrique Acevedo will anchor.
As Fox gears up for Super Bowl XLVIII next month, Fox News Channel will be contributing to the buildup for the game with special coverage on several of its shows.
The channel will have several of its programs originate from Fox Sports’ Times Square studios in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. On Thursday January 30, “Shepard Smith Reporting” and “The O’Reilly Factor” will be live from Times Square. “The Five” and “The Kelly File” will originate from the same location on Friday, January 31.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade will be reporting from Super Bowl Boulevard, which will be a 14-block stretch running through Times Square, in the week leading up to the game. He will also report from MetLife Stadium on Saturday, February 1 and on game day, Sunday, February 2.
“Garrett would you slide in?’ Smith asked. “We lost him…Garrett is so cold that he has turned into color bars.”
“Cold enough that I can’t stay here in one place,” Tenney said upon reappearing on screen.
New reporter Lea Gabrielle also braved the cold.
“You’re nose is running, isn’t it?” Smith said. “Welcome to reporter-ville.”
Bill Hemmer will take a look at Fox News’ history for a special airing tonight at 10pmET.
“Fox News: Our Story” features interviews with Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and Shepard Smith, who recalls he initially didn’t think the channel could succeed: “Not a chance, no way, no how. And what that shows is that I didn’t know the boss,” Smith says. “I can remember [Roger Ailes] telling me distinctly, we will win … I love what Roger and our folks have accomplished. I’m very proud of it.”
Watch a preview at Fox News Insider.
How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.
The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.
Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:
Open mouth, insert foot.
On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.
Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.
Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.
A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.
In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.
A pair of newbies.
While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.
AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.
AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.
Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.
Would you like your anchors scrambled or poached?