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Channel 7 co-anchors depart

The Channel 7 morning team of co-anchors Cole Heath and Tiffany Lundberg exited the ABC affiliate this morning after a year on the job.

“The company has decided to go in a different direction and they are no longer at the station,” General Manager Mike Nurse confirmed.

The departure of the anchors isn’t a surprise; “Good Morning” has been a ratings disaster and hit rock bottom during the July sweeps.

At 5 a.m., Channel 7 didn’t even hit a 1 rating and received about 20 percent of first place Channel 2’s audience and about 35 percent of Channel 4’s audience.

At 6 a.m., Channel 7 had a 1.5 rating, which was slightly less than 30 percent of first place Channel 2’s audience and slightly more than 40 percent of Channel 4’s audience.

Of course, the anchors with West Coast roots – Heath is originally from Arizona and Lundberg is originally from California – took over a morning program that was deep in third place when they started and now is even deeper in the basement.

Nurse said John Borsa will temporarily anchor the mornings, with Desiree Wiley either co-anchoring or being a reporter. Mike Randall also will continue doing weather on the program.

“We are in the process of working with E.W. Scripps (the station’s new owner) to develop a new morning program,” said Nurse.

– Alan Pergament

‘Bang’ stars renew contracts

Three stars of the hit television comedy “The Big Bang Theory” got the big payday they were waiting for, agreeing to new three-year contracts with Warner Bros. Television worth about $1 million per episode for each actor, people familiar with the deal said Tuesday.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, who negotiated jointly, renewed their contracts for an additional 72 episodes, according to the people with knowledge of the outcome, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations were private.

The new agreement will take the series through its 10th season. “Big Bang” produces 24 episodes a season.

Snipes returns to big screen

Action star Wesley Snipes is back on the big screen for the first time since his release from prison as he joins Sylvester Stallone and the cast of “The Expendables 3.”

Speaking ahead of the movie’s world premiere Monday, Snipes joked that Stallone had him in mind for the first “Expendables” movie but he was “just a little occupied at the time.”

“They reserved a spot for me and when the opportunity came along he reached out again and said come join us, we would like you to be a part of this.”

Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 after failing to file income tax returns. He began his jail term in December 2010.