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Anyone paying attention a week ago knew that Al Roker said the new mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, knew nothing about weather (or snow days for schools), and the mayor got mad. It was one ridiculous tempest in a teapot. But we may get to relive it all again Monday when "Today" — working to keep that post-Olympics mojo on track — has Bill de Blasio on the show. No word weather . . . um, whether Al Roker will do the interview, but we kinda doubt it. Nevertheless, we will watch.
Just when you thought -- assuming for some reason you were thinking about this -- Ryan Seacrest was no longer part of the who-will-replace-Matt-Lauer-someday sweepstakes, he pulls himself right back into the discussion: On yesterday's "Reliable Resources," he expressed interest in taking on the role.
And he was serious.
"I like live broadcasting,"...Read more »
NBCUniversal Monday handed the keys to one of its shiniest new cars -- the Weather Channel -- over to Sam Champion, who becomes voice, face and hair of that network starting early next year. He leaves "Good Morning America" -- and ABC, his home of the past 25 years Wednesday, which seems awfully fast for someone who's been a "beloved" member of this particular family since 2006.
So who might be next?
Lara Spencer? Josh Elliott? Or . . . Robin. Ah, yes, even Robin Roberts: She's beloved by "Good Morning America" viewers, although they'd better get ready to do their loving on some other network if ABC doesn't offer enough of that green stuff that binds TV families, especially morning ones, together.
ABC nonetheless said Champion's departure was amicable. In other words, not at all like the Ann Curry "Today" debacle. But that pesky "now who?" question was still unavoidable. TV Newser, the closely read TV journalism website, said Roberts was "close" to a new "GMA" deal, but offered no such assurances about Elliott or Spencer -- the chatty irrepressible youngsters of this "GMA" family. Could NBC be in their future as well?
Champion -- a superlative TV happy talker who can make even an impending nor'easter seem like a cheerful turn of events -- will be replaced by "GMA" weekend meteorologist Ginger Zee. A profile in the Chicago Tribune once noted that "she's Ginger because her father, who moved here from the Netherlands and didn't speak English, loved 'Gilligan's Island.' Though she's more of a Mary Ann."
Her three-hour tour is about to begin. The weather forecast calls for rough seas.
Jim Lovell, a sound technician who was traveling on the Manhattan-bound train that derailed in the Bronx yesterday morning, killing four, was remembered on this morning's "Today" show. Here's the tribute again, if you missed; Lovell, 58, father of four, was heading to Rockefeller Center to work on the Christmas tree lighting show.
Rob Ford, Toronto's bowling ball of a mayor, has done a number of interviews over the last 24 hours to address ...well, where to begin? Here are this morning's encounter on "Today" and "Good Morning, America:"
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The "Today" show started its weeklong JFK retrospective Monday with an interview of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jackie Kennedy and who was seen scrambling on the trunk of the presidential limo after the third shot fatally wounded President John F. Kennedy.
Hill, 81, has been a constant TV presence these past few weeks -- on special after special, relaying his...Read more »