Paul to share weather duties
Get ready for some weather changes at Channel 4 on Monday.
Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy confirmed this morning that meteorologist Todd Santos will be moving from the morning to the evening newscasts starting on Monday.
However, this doesn’t mean meteorologist Don Paul is out in the cold.
Santos, who appeared to be Paul’s eventual replacement when he arrived at Channel 4 in August, 2013, will be the solo meteorologist at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. with anchor Nalina Shapiro. Paul had been working those newscasts.
Additionally, Santos will be joining Paul on the weather for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Asked why the station needs two meteorologists on the same newscast, Levy said: “We want to put the focus on weather. In a market like Western New York, where weather is important, it also is important to showcase our experience.”
Mike Cejka will return to the mornings to replace Santos on “Wake Up!”
Andrew Baglini , who joined Channel 4 in September, will add the weekend shifts that Cejka had been doing to his previous weekend duties.
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For “Saturday Night Live” fans among us, the TV cup is about to runneth over. Before you get to the surfeit of NBC-related programming (online and on-air) leading up to the Feb. 15 40th anniversary special, you must first navigate this: a VH1 Classic “SNL” marathon beginning Wednesday that will span the program’s full history.
The marathon, starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, will end Feb. 15, a total of 433 hours. About half of the 850 or so episodes will air, with all seasons except the current one represented.
For many years, VH1 and VH1 Classic have aired “SNL” reruns, but not the first 20 (or so) seasons. A special deal was reached with NBC to pull episodes from those earlier seasons, or seasons 1 through 23, per Zurier.
Consider this a “rewind” marathon. The most recent (from last season) is first up . . . and it all ends with the very first, the George Carlin-hosted opener from Oct. 11, 1975, which will end the marathon, on Feb. 15 at 6:30. That will end just as NBC’s prime-time special, celebrating the 40th, begins at 8 that night.
Abdul back on Fox
Paula Abdul will return to Fox as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Just announced, she’ll join Jason Derulo as a judge, too.
This is a bit of a reunion for Abdul, who will join Nigel Lythgoe on the judging panel as well. Lythgoe moonlighted during his years as producer-judge of “SYTYCD” to also produce “American Idol,” with Ken Warwick.
“I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season on ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before.”
Abdul left “Idol” in 2009, after an eight-year run.