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George Stephanopoulos signs long-term contract extension with ABC News

ABC News has signed George Stephanopoulos to a contract extension, the last member of its Good Morning America team to agree to a new deal.

ABC News said Thursday that Stephanopoulos will remain as Robin Roberts’ chief partner on the top-rated morning show, and will continue as host on the Sunday morning show This Week. Terms were not disclosed. READ FULL STORY

Lara Spencer promoted to 'Good Morning America' co-host

Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer will now be joining Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos as co-host.

Spencer has been on the show as a lifestyle anchor, a position created just for her, since 2011, but before that, she was a national correspondent for Good Morning America from 1999 to 2003.

This isn’t the only GMA news this week: Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host and former football star Michael Strahan officially announced April 15 that he’ll be joining the hosts a few times a week while still keeping his Live! gig.

Michael Strahan officially joins 'Good Morning America' -- VIDEO

Former New York Giant and current Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan is officially joining the Good Morning America team after a months-long negotiation with ABC News.

Strahan stopped by the Good Morning America set Tuesday morning for the announcement — and to receive both an alarm clock from George Stephanopoulos and a giant coffee cup from Lara Spencer, which should help out with his new extra-early wakeup time. He will join the show a few days a week while still maintaining his Live! co-hosting duties.

Watch the announcement below: READ FULL STORY

'Good Morning America' says goodbye to Josh Elliott -- VIDEO

Good Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott’s defection from ABC to NBC Sports was made public on Sunday, giving the 42-year-old journalist no time to say goodbye to viewers. His morning show colleagues, however, made a point to bid farewell with a highlight reel of Elliott’s best — and silliest — moments behind the GMA desk. The clip, which includes his easy rapport with kids and one unfortunate incident with a kinkajou, aired Thursday morning. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Michael Strahan sort of confirms he'll be co-hosting 'Good Morning America' on 'Live!' -- VIDEO

Michael Strahan addressed reports that he’ll be joining Good Morning America on Wednesday’s edition of Live!, saying he has taken meetings about participating on GMA and would enjoy a co-hosting role on the early morning talker. Strahan stopped short of announcing his new position as a done deal, though insiders have confirmed to EW that he will be pulling double-duty on ABC in the mornings.

When Live! co-host Kelly Ripa asked the former New York Giant about the news, Strahan said he was surprised by the reports. “I went and had a meeting and talked about the possibility of doing something there…and then [last night] I got out of the Captain America screening and I’m looking at my messages, next thing you know I’m on Good Morning America.”

“So, are you gonna do it?” Ripa pressed her partner. “I…I don’t know,” Strahan answered. “If I read the papers I am.” READ FULL STORY

Michael Strahan to join 'Good Morning America' team

Michael Strahan will soon be pulling double-duty at ABC.

The former footballer and current co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael is about to close a deal to join the Good Morning America team, insiders confirm to EW. Strahan will continue his duties alongside Kelly Ripa and contribute to GMA‘s coverage prior to reporting for duty at Live!, where he has co-hosted since 2012.

Strahan’s addition, however, will have no effect on the anchor lineup, which will remain intact. Strahan is expected to appear in GMA’s top hour without affecting the current roles of  Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, and Amy Robach, who this week replaced the exiting Josh Elliott.

ABC News has been in negotiations for months with Strahan, whose addition has been a boon to Live! One insider insists the talks pre-date the current salary negotiations that resulted in a major pay boost for Roberts (who is reportedly making in the $14 million a year range) and Spencer (whose around $8 million). Stephanopoulos’ deal doesn’t expire until year’s end.

Changes on GMA began with the surprise departure of Sam Champion to The Weather Channel in December. Elliott, meanwhile, closed a new with NBC Sports Sunday that led to GMA announcing on Monday that Robach will replace him as the newsreader.

'Boy Meets World' cast talks inside jokes, hair, and Fee-hee-heenay -- VIDEO

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Surprised at the obsessive torch that still burns online for Boy Meets World, a gentle TGIF sitcom that ended its 7-season run in 2000?

So is the comedy’s cast.

“I don’t think any of us anticipated that after the show went off the air, it was going to gain in popularity,” Danielle Fishel — who played smart, incredibly well-coiffed Topanga Lawrence — says in the below video, shot on the set of EW’s annual Reunions issue. But gain in popularity it did — so much that when the Disney Channel announced that it’s bringing some of the show’s most beloved characters back for a next-gen spinoff called Girl Meets World, the news nearly broke the Internet.

What can explain BMW‘s enduring pop-cultural stamp? It’s certainly not the show’s incredibly dated fashions, recalled with fondness by Fishel, Rider Strong (a.k.a. bad boy Shawn Hunter), and Ben Savage (a.k.a. everykid Cory Matthews, the show’s titular “boy”). Instead, it’s Boy Meets World‘s unique brand of heart, humor… and fabulous hair. “I’m still not stoked on the hair,” Strong says of his famously floppy ’90s boy band cut. “You’re the only one who wasn’t stoked on your hair,” replies Fishel.

Watch the gang — including Will Friedle (older brother Eric Matthews), Lindsay Nicksay (younger sister Morgan Matthews, for two seasons), and William Daniels (consummate teacher Mr. Feeny, who followed Cory, Shawn, and Topanga from middle school to college) — reminisce below. READ FULL STORY

'Frasier' reunion: The cast talks fond memories and Eddie -- VIDEO

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If everything had gone Kelsey Grammer’s way, Frasier might have ended up nothing more than an idea.

“My initial feelings were that Frasier should die with Cheers,” Grammer told ABC’s Chris Connelly on the set of EW’s latest Reunions issue. Of course, Grammer eventually changed his mind — paving the way for 11 seasons of intellectually-laced farce on Frasier.

Before signing on for the show, though, Grammer made a few requests: specifically, that his character not be married, and that his onscreen child would make only occasional appearances. “Of course,” adds Grammer, “I forgot to mention I didn’t want any animals on the show.”

Jack Russell Terrier-lovers will forever thank him for making that mistake.

Watch below to see Grammer and his TV family — David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney — reunite in Chicago as the show’s female leads, Peri Gilpin and  Jane Leeves, meet in Los Angeles. Though they’re in separate locations, they share a love for the TV series that brought them together — all mixed up like tossed salads and scrambled eggs. READ FULL STORY

'The Waltons' reunite: Good morning, John-Boy! -- VIDEO

Over three decades after the Walton family — Olivia, John, John-Boy, Mary Ellen, Jason, Ben, Erin, Jim-Bob, and Elizabeth — said their last “goodnights,” the whole gang (that’s Michael Learned, Ralph Waite, Richard Thomas, Judy Norton Taylor, Jon Walmsley, Eric Scott, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, David W. Harper, and Kami Cotler) joined forces once more for EW’s latest Reunions issue.

The world has clearly changed a lot since this rural Virginia clan left the airwaves in 1981. Can any current TV show compare to The Waltons‘ enormous heart? Well, maybe one. When Good Morning America‘s Cam Mathison posed that same question to the reunited cast, Thomas had a prompt answer for him: “True Blood.”

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Amy Poehler and Adam Scott host EW's 'Hart to Hart' reunion -- VIDEO

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ABC’s frothy amateur detective drama Hart to Hart had plenty of fans during its five-season run — but nobody loves it more than Parks and Recreation stars Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. Earlier this year, these superfans painstakingly recreated Hart‘s cheese-tastic opening credits sequence for Scott’s second Greatest Event in Television History special.

So naturally, when EW decided to reunite Hart stars Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, we figured that Poehler and Scott would be the perfect hosts for the event.

Watch Wagner and Powers reminisce about their killer chemistry and styling — Powers did her own hair! — in the video below, courtesy of Good Morning America. Want even more Hart? Head over to Facebook, where fans of EW’s page can unlock an exclusive video of Poehler and Scott seeing if Wagner and Powers remember some of the series’ craziest plotlines — from a dog kennel filled with cocaine to Jonathan and Jennifer being trapped in a “weather chamber.”

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'Mystic Pizza' cast reunion: Julia Roberts was like 'a bomb waiting to go off' -- VIDEO

“I have a feeling that Mystic Pizza may someday become known for the movie stars it showcased back before they became stars,” Roger Ebert wrote upon the film’s release in 1988. He wasn’t kidding: Though this smart coming-of-age comedy has plenty of merits, it’s best known today for introducing the world to a feisty Georgia native with a megawatt smile named Julia Roberts.

“Miss Roberts here — you just knew when she met Julia she was gonna be a huge star,” the Oscar winner’s Pizza costar Vincent D’Onofrio told EW’s Jess Cagle when the movie’s cast reunited for the magazine’s annual Reunions Issue. (Roberts’ response? A skeptical look and a gentle “Shut up!”) “There was no doubt in our minds, any of us,” he continued. “She was like a bomb waiting to go off. A big bomb!”

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'Bachelor' couple sets wedding date

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici announced their wedding date on Good Morning America on Monday. The pair picked Jan. 26, 2014 as the day they will walk down the aisle… on live television. The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding will air live on ABC from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Bachelor is such a cool experience because people at home feel like they know us and they’re invested in our relationship,” Lowe, who proposed earlier this year in the March finale of the show, said on GMA. “We have no problem sharing the actual wedding with everyone who has been with us so far.”

'Good Morning America' pulls away in ratings as 'Today' sinks

Even as Good Morning America solidifies its status as the most popular morning program, ABC isn’t the only network where executives have been smiling lately.

The CBS This Morning broadcast is actually growing at a faster rate, according to the Nielsen ratings company’s measurement of viewers during May. The CBS telecast, though, remains in third place behind Good Morning America and NBC’s struggling Today show.

It’s a remarkable time of viewer experimentation at a time of day when habits are often difficult to break. That has to be encouraging to CNN, which premieres its New Day morning program in two weeks.

During a newsy month, Good Morning America averaged 5.7 million viewers, up 10 percent from 2012. Its nearly million-viewer lead over Today, at 4.78 million, represents a dramatic shift; in May 2012, the two telecasts were nearly tied, with Today holding a slight lead. READ FULL STORY

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