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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.
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.
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.
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...