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The Biz: Analyzing TV's New Hosts

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

From daytime to late night, familiar faces are popping up in new places this season. Here's a progress report on how these hosts are doing in their latest roles.

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The Biz: How JFK's Death Changed TV News

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the first president to embrace television. His assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963 — which will be revisited, 50 years later, in numerous TV documentaries and specials this month — made an indelible impact on America's relationship with the medium as well.

Before that heart-wrenching weekend, extended live network news coverage was limited to planned events such as political conventions and election nights. Network correspondents gathered in Texas that week expecting to cover Kennedy's visit via filmed reports for their evening newscasts. Instead... read more

The Biz: Jorge Ramos Breaks News Barriers on Fusion

Jorge Ramos

Unless you watch Spanish-language TV, Univision's Jorge Ramos is the probably the most famous TV news anchorman you've never heard of. "It's like being invisible," says Ramos, whose newscast, Noticiero Univision, draws 2 million viewers nightly. "Other than appealing to the 55 million Latinos, sometimes we are in a parallel world in which people are not even aware we exist."

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The Biz: Is Katie on the Way Out?

Katie Couric

Next on Katie: How to survive in the syndicated-TV jungle.

The daytime talk show hosted by former Today and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric was the highest-rated new syndicated talker of last season. This season, Katie is averaging... read more

The Biz: Chris Hansen Preps New Syndicated Talk Show

Chris Hansen

Former NBC News correspondent and predator-catcher Chris Hansen could be back on TV soon with a new daily syndicated talk show with a true crime focus.

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has shot a pilot with Hansen, according to sources familiar with the project. WBDTD had no comment, but ...
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The Biz: Shark Tank Changes the Rules

Shark Tank

Entrepreneurs no longer have to give up a piece of themselves to compete on ABC's Shark Tank. In past seasons, people who wanted to pitch their product or service to the panel of potential investors had to give up 2 percent of future royalties or ...

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The Biz: Anthony Bourdain Previews Parts Unknown Season 2

Anthony Bourdain

The second season of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown debuts Sunday on CNN (8e/7c) with the wanderlust-filled celebrity chef making his first trip to film in Israel, West Bank and Gaza. His other stops in the next eight episodes include Sicily, Detroit, Copenhagen, Spain and New Mexico. The Biz got him in one place long enough to provide a taste of what's coming up on his Emmy-nominated series... read more

The Biz: Carson Daly on Joining Today

Carson Daly

Carson Daly seems a little taken aback at the idea that he could be Matt Lauer's heir apparent on NBC's Today. "Oh God I wouldn't go that far," he told TV Guide Magazine on Sept. 12, shortly after being named a full-time member of the morning team.

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The Biz: Shepard Smith Assumes New Role at Fox News

Shepard Smith

Shepard Smith is giving up Fox Report, his nightly 7 p.m. newscast, to become chief anchor and managing editor for a division in charge of handling all breaking news coverage for Fox News.

Instead of a doing a fixed hour of straight news amid the commentators that front most of the Fox News shows, Smith's reporting will be "weaved in," as he says, throughout the day when necessary...

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The Biz: Elisabeth Hasselbeck is Making New Friends on Fox News Channel

Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade

After 10 years as the lone conservative voice on ABC's The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck heads to the curvy couch of Fox & Friends on Monday, Sept. 16 (6 a.m./5c, Fox News Channel). Ideologically, the 36-year-old cohost should be more at home with her new TV family of Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. But will we again see the fiery passion that made for must-watch moments on Barbara Walters' coffee klatch? We asked Hasselbeck as she prepared for her new morning gig.

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