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Matt Lauer, Al Roker Jump the ‘Sharknado’

RokerLauerSharknadoIn a great feat of corporate synergy, NBC News anchors Matt Lauer and Al Roker will have bit parts in the sequel to Syfy’s “Sharknado” appropriately titled “Sharknado 2.” NBC and Syfy are both NBCU networks.

Lauer and Roker shot their cameo yesterday in the “Today” show studio. The film drops on Syfy July 30.

More, from a tipster: There was a sign in the WABC lobby today that they were filming a Sharknado segment with “Kelly and Michael.”

Here’s a sneak peak: Read more

The Ticker: Slide Special, HLN @ Night, Unconscious & Uncoupled

  • The Weather Channel will air a primetime special on the deadly mudslide in Washington State. “A Town Mourns: The Washington Mudslide” airs tomorrow at 8pmET.

  • HLN has shot a pilot for a new late night talk show. Titled “Weekly Mashup,” the show would be hosted by KIIS-FM D.J. Chuey Martinez, according to Capital New York.

The Ticker: Dancing, Singing, Dribbling

  • “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is the first of several guest judges on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Roberts has her turn next to Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann tomorrow night on the ABC show.

  • Matt Lauer sits down with entertainment legend Sir Elton John tomorrow on “Today.” John discusses the 40th anniversary of the release of his album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

  •  Chuck Todd is featuring his own March Madness bracket: “Presidential Near Misses: 64 Who Almost Made It to 1600.” The competition gives viewers the chance to pick history’s top White House contender who never made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Round two starts tomorrow.

NBC News Airs Special Report on Pres. Obama, Pope Francis Meeting

PopeObamaNBC News was the only broadcast news network to provide a network special report of President Obama’s first meeting with Pope Francis this morning.

Matt Lauer broke in at 5:13amET as the president arrived at the Vatican, with correspondent Anne Thompson alongside him in New York and White House Correspondent Peter Alexander reporting from Vatican City.

Many local stations in the eastern and central time zones carried the live pictures as the president and pope shook hands and sat down for what would be a :50 minute meeting.

“Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning each led with the historic meeting. Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reported from Vatican City for ABC, while Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reported live from Vatican City for CBS.

Ben Sherwood’s Disney Promotion ‘Came Together Between Space Mountain and Dumbo’

Ben SherwoodABC News president Ben Sherwood will be taking the red eye back to New York tonight from Los Angeles, along with his new title: Co-president of Disney/ABC.

In his first interview since his big promotion, Sherwood tells The Hollywood Reporter this all came together in the last couple of weeks: “[Disney chairman] Bob [Iger] talked to a number of internal candidates. I spoke to him a couple weeks ago. My family, we went on vacation last week. Turns out we happened to be in Orlando at Walt Disney World for the week. This all came together very quickly between Space Mountain and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.”

While his family will move back to Los Angeles this summer, Sherwood will be splitting time between New York and Burbank for the next 9 months, until he fully takes the reins at Disney/ABC early next year.  “I’m coming from a different part of the company — from news — and so it would be presumptuous that I would be doing anything but observing, listening and learning and contributing where I can,” Sherwood says

THR: The last successful news guy to take over an entertainment division was Jeff Zucker. Anything you learned from his tenure at NBC Universal?

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The Ticker: Elliott, Lauer, Peabodys

  • Page Six reports “GMA” anchor Josh Elliott is looking for a more than 500% raise to stay with ABC News. Elliott, who is currently making about $1.2 million, is seeking $8 million a year. ABC is willing to go as high as $4 million. The current contract expires in four weeks, says the Post.

  • Matt Lauer hosts “Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes,” an NBC News primetime special Wednesday night that takes viewers to the South Pole. Cameras are with Prince Harry, veteran hikers, and actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West to one of the harshest places on earth.

  • This year’s Peabody Awards recipients will be announced on “CBS This Morning” on April 2. Ira Glass, who will emcee the May 19 Peabody ceremony, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a former network correspondent, will be on the show to talk about the winners.

Networks Cover Announcement: ‘MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean’

The broadcast networks all interrupted their programming around 10amET to cover the Malaysian Prime Minister’s announcement that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

ABC News aired a special report with “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott anchoring along with correspondent David Kerley, anchor Bob Woodruff in Kuala Lumpur, correspondent David Wright in Australia, correspondent Gloria Riviera in Beijing, and contributor Steve Ganyard.

NBC News aired a special report on the broadcast network with “Today’s” Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York, correspondent Bob Hager, correspondent Tom Costello in Washington, foreign correspondent Kier Simmons from Kuala Lumpur, and chief global correspondent Bill Neely in Australia.

CBS News also aired a special report with Charlie Rose and Clarissa Ward anchoring. Correspondent Holly Williams reported from Australia, correspondent Seth Doane from Kuala Lumpur, and correspondent Bob Orr from Washington, D.C.

The cable news networks also carried extended coverage of the news.

President Obama Authorizes Sanctions on Russian Officials

Speaking from the White House press briefing room shortly before 11amET, President Obama announced he is authorizing sanctions against Russian officials over this weekend’s Crimea vote.

“As I told President Putin yesterday, the referendum in Crimea was a clear violation of Ukrainian constitutions and international law and it will not be recognized by the international community,” Obama said. “Today I am announcing a series of measures that will continue to increase the cost on Russia and those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine.”

The broadcast networks offered special reports, with Matt Lauer anchoring for NBC News, Josh Elliott for ABC News and Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell for CBS News. Fox News, CNN and MSNBC also had coverage of the President’s remarks, with Bill Hemmer anchoring on FNC, Wolf Blitzer anchoring on CNN and Chris Jansing anchoring on MSNBC.

‘We Are So Not Feeling Your Apps’

Matt Lauer caught some flak from his “Today” colleagues this morning over his suggestions for smartphone apps to download over the weekend. Lauer’s picks started off okay with “Glympse,” an app that allows users to share their location for a set period of time, but got a little strange with “RunPee,” an app that alerts moviegoers to the best time to go to the bathroom without missing any important scenes.

“We are so not feeling your apps, I’m sorry,” Tamron Hall told Lauer. “You’re 0/2,” Al Roker chimed in. Watch:

After Sochi, ‘Today’ Looks to Keep Up Olympic Momentum

today in sochiWith the Olympics coming to a close, the “Today” show crew is headed back to New York. Before they left Sochi, the anchors looked back at their favorite moments from the games, including the USA vs. Russia men’s hockey game that ended in an overtime shootout and Matt Lauer and Al Roker‘s attempt at the double luge.

This week, the show is looking to keep the momentum going: “Today” has interviews slated with several Olympic athletes, including gold-medal figure skating pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who will perform on the ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza. “Today” will also debut an enhanced fan experience on the Plaza, letting visitors register ahead of time when they plan to come to the show.

The show will also launch “Love Your Selfie,” a series of reports on body image. As part of the reports, the show will collect selfies and post them on the “Today” website, and the anchors will examine their own body image insecurities. The series will kick off with Jenna Bush Hager interviewing Michelle Obama.

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