TVLine Items: ET Adds CNN's Rob Marciano, USA and WWE Pay Tribute to the Troops and More!

Entertainment Tonight Adds Rob MarcianoCNN vet Rob Marciano has been named Entertainment Tonight‘s new co-anchor.

“I am honored to be joining the distinguished and talented team at Entertainment Tonight, all of whom are the gold standard in entertainment journalism,” the journalist said Monday in a statement. “For over 30 years, ET has been a powerhouse in the entertainment industry and to be part of that blue chip franchise is a dream come true.”

Marciano, who has covered news and weather for CNN since 2003, is slated to begin co-hosting opposite Nancy O’Dell in Jan. 2013.

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• USA Network and NBC are teaming with WWE for WWE Tribute to the Troops. The holiday special’s 10th anniversary, which features WWE Superstars and Divas traveling to Naval Station Norfolk (In Norfolk, Va.) to entertain sailors and their families, will premiere on USA Network as a two-hour event on Dec. 19 at 9/8c, then air on NBC as a one-hour installment on Dec. 22.

• United States of Tara alumni Rosemarie DeWitt and Patton Oswalt have joined HBO’s The Newsroom for Season 2. Per Deadline, DeWitt will recur as a powerful litigator defending Atlantis in a wrongful-termination suit, while Oswalt will play the new VP of ACN’s Human Resources.

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• Pretty Little Liars‘ Janel Parrish will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-0, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing a chemistry student with a temper.

• Syfy’s has set a launch date of Monday, Jan. 14 (at 8/7c) for Continuum, the time-traveling police series it acquired from Canada. Rachel Nichols (Criminal Minds), Erik Knudsen (Jericho) and Victor Webster (Castle) star.

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• ABC has cut the episode order for its Kyle Bornheimer and JK Simmons-fronted midseason comedy Family Tools from 13 to 10, Deadline reports, due to scheduling reasons.

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15 Comments
  1. Bonnie says:

    Happy Continuum is going to be shown in the states. Have been wanting to see it since I first saw the trailer online.

  2. dan says:

    Rob Marciano joining ET is great. Now they just need to drop Nancy O’Dell. She is the worst. Anybody notice how she and her former co-host, Mark Steines, rarely appeared on set together during the last six months he was on the show? Good luck Rob, you’ll need it!

    • Tess says:

      Mark Steines also got another job…which is probably why he wasn’t there much with Nancy. More than half the time that she’s been on the show Mark was “on assignment” and yet we never saw him in taped interview packages or anything like that.

      I’m a bit surprised that they didn’t go with Steve Jones, since he has been on the show a couple of times as a “Special Correspondent” and was pretty good at it. I don’t think Rob Marciano’s been on at all in any capacity (at least not that I’m aware of) so it seems like a bit of an odd choice there. Wonder why they went with Rob over Steve or anyone else who may have filled in (like even Chris Jacobs, who I can’t stand, but at least he’s done the show before).

    • Ivanka Chantecler says:

      Rob Marciano has no poise. He looks so nervous.

  3. Liam says:

    Loved Rob as a weather man in Portland. OR!

  4. mia says:

    Congrats to the US for getting Continuum; you’re going to LOVE it. Its from the same producers as Lost Girl; us Canucks make good tv.
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    And I hope tvline doesn’t start referring to it as “SyFy’s” programming – its super annoying with Lost Girl, Flashpoint and Degrassi when the American network is given the credit

    • RecceR says:

      It would be part of Syfy’s programming, just not a “Syfy Original Series” (which is something they do not advertize Lost Girl as since it’s not from them). This site reports American TV news only, so it would be confusing to report about a Canadian imported series that is airing on an American network by saying its Canadian network instead. Unless someone is referring to an imported series as an “original series” when it’s not, then no credit is being wrongfully given. That being said, I enjoy most imports and look forward to Continuum.

  5. Tom Charles says:

    > • ABC has cut the episode order for its Kyle Bornheimer and JK Simmons-fronted midseason comedy Family Tools from 13 to 10, Deadline reports, due to scheduling reasons.

    And the fact they know anything with Kyle Bornheimer as a lead probably isn’t going to work

  6. Ivanka Chantecler says:

    Rob Marciano…definitely odd choice. He could be Nancy Odell’s son!!!! Not sophisticated enough…the show needs someone more classy and professional next to Nancy;;,,CBS, keept on searching for the right co-host for Nancy.

  7. Geri Adams says:

    Rob is so bad. He has no star factor at all. Mark Steines was so much better. Nancy is ok. Hate the “bye bye everybody” Miss Mary Hart!

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