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The Biz: Sam Champion Previews His New Weather Channel Gig

Sam Champion

Sam Champion was the longtime weather anchor on the Good Morning America team that conquered Today, ending the NBC program's 16-year run as ratings leader. He recently left his ABC morning family for The Weather Channel; starting Monday, March 17, he will anchor a morning program of his own, America's Morning Headquarters With Sam Champion (or AMHQ for short, weekdays 7am/6c). The Biz caught up with Champion as he prepared for the launch.

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Sam Champion Leaving Good Morning America for The Weather Channel

Sam Champion

Good Morning America's Sam Champion is leaving ABC to be the managing editor and "on-air face" of The Weather Channel, ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced Monday. Ginger Zee will take over Champion's duties at ABC.

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Top Moments: SVU's Sexy Reveal and Tina Fey Resurrects Sarah Palin

Tina Fey

Our top moments of the week:

15. Tackiest Move:
After Andy Dick's earnestly charming debut dance on Dancing with the Stars, Brooke Burke-Charvet bursts the positive-energy bubble in the room by abruptly and awkwardly asking Dick about being a recovering addict. "Is there a part of you that's concerned, considering that you're a recovering addict, of the pressure that the show puts on everyone?" she asks. "Uh, OK, so you went there," Dick replies, before... read more

First Look: Good Morning America Anchors Help Phineas and Ferb Celebrate Platypus Day

Phineas and Ferb

Disney Channel is launching a month-long Phineas and Ferb event leading up to its annual National Platypus Day celebration on Saturday, March 2 — in honor of the show's resident platypus, Perry.

This year, they've enlisted some unusual help: Good Morning America anchors George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion can be seen in one spot dancing along to "O.W.C.A." (a riff, of course, on the Village People's "Y.M.C.A."). Phineas and Ferb fans know that "O.W.C.A." stands for Organization Without a Cool Acronym, the evil-fighting group where Perry the Platypus serves as his alterego Agent P.

The "O.W.C.A" song premieres on Radio Disney on Friday, the same day Disney Channel introduces the music video (which also includes a wide variety of Disney Channel stars dancing along).

The flagship episode ("Sidetracked") for this year's Phineas and Ferb "Platypus Day" will air Friday, March 1 at 9/8c. In the episode, Agent P teams up with his former partner, the human agent Lyla (voice of The Daily Show's Samantha Bee) to stop a hijacked train. On March 2, Disney Channel will air multiple episodes, while boy tween-centric Disney XD will run a five-hour marathon, starting with the new episode "Primal Perry," starting at 8 a.m./7c.

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When Will Robin Roberts Return to Good Morning America?

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts won't be returning to Good Morning America full-time until May or June, TMZ reports.

Although ABC News executives were reportedly hoping she would be back as soon as... read more

Good Morning America's Sam Champion Marries

Robin Roberts, Sam Champion, Rubem Robierb, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott

The forecast looks full of love for Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion, who married Rubem Robierb Friday in New York, People reports.

The couple made it official at... read more

Good Morning America's Sam Champion Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend

Sam Champion

Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion is engaged to his longtime boyfriend Rubem Robierb, according to the New York Times.

Robin Roberts Update: My doctors are "very pleased with my progress"

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Robin Roberts Update: My Doctors Are "Very Pleased with My Progress"

Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott

Exactly two weeks after her bone marrow transplant, Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts says she's feeling great.

In a new entry on her blog, Roberts says that her blood counts are "GREAT!" and that her doctors and nurses are... read more

Robin Roberts Undergoes Bone Marrow Transplant

Robin Roberts

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant Thursday as part of her treatment for MDS, a rare blood disorder.

Before the transplant, Roberts released a video message thanking her fans for their support.

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Ratings: Good Morning America Ends Today's 16-Year Winning Streak

Good Morning America

The Today show's 16-year winning streak is over.

ABC's Good Morning America toppled its NBC rival for the week ending April 13 by 13,000 viewers, according to preliminary numbers. GMA averaged 5,147,000 viewers; Today, 5,134,000. Final numbers are due Thursday.

The Biz: Inside the morning show wars and Matt Lauer's new deal

"This is an exciting day but we will ...
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