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More Notes - Aug. 20: "NewsNite," "Bunheads" Tweeting, "19 Kids" Returns

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 20, 2012

You may have seen last week's item about "NewsNite" ending its panel format to save money. Here's the station announcement of the show's season premiere on Sept. 7:

Civil discourse in the political arena will be the first topic of discussion for the new season of NewsNite, the weekly Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1) program that airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 7. NewsNite, in its 14th season on Western Reserve PBS, features stories about the greater Akron area and this year has a new host — Jody Miller — and a new format.

 The season’s opening show will feature interviews with John Green, PhD, distinguished professor at the University of Akron and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics; Dan Moulthrop, curator of conversation at the Civic Commons; and Diana Swoope, PhD, senior pastor of Arlington Church of God. They will discuss the Civility Project, a year-long study addressing the impacts of civil discourse, particularly as it relates to politics. Topics planned for upcoming episodes include the work of University Park Alliance and the 10th anniversary of the Akron Marathon.

 Previously composed of a news panel discussing the week’s top regional stories, the program now features one-on-one interviews that address noteworthy news events about Northeast Ohio. Hosting the program islongtime NewsNite panelist Jody Miller, who has also hosted many of the show’s longer-format “NewsMaker Special” programs.

 “Using the ‘NewsMaker’ format provides a way for Western Reserve Public Media to continue its long-standing commitment to keep NewsNite on the air,” said TrinaCutter, Western Reserve Public Media president and CEO. “We will continue to offer timely, in-depth coverage of regional news topics while at the same time broaden the discussion to include community leaders and news makers.”

 "Bunheads" star Sutton Foster will be live-tweeting during tonight's telecast. The official word:

On Monday, August 20th, fans can participate in a live Twitter chat with Sutton Foster, Tony Award-winning actress and star of ABC Family’s original drama series “Bunheads,” during the east coast airing of the show’s summer finale.

Starting now, fans can tweet their questions to Sutton at @sfosternyc using the hashtag #Bunheads. From 9:00pm – 10:00pm ET (6:00pm – 7:00pm PT), Sutton will tweet with fans and respond to questions.

In the “Bunheads” summer finale episode, “A Nutcracker in Paradise,” airing on Monday, August 20th at 9:00pm ET/PT, Michelle and Fanny begin to grow closer and enjoy each other’s creative input as they prepare for Fanny’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Michelle is organizing the fundraiser, advising the girls on their boy drama and feeling more at home than ever before. But their newfound harmony is soon disrupted by honest mistakes. Meanwhile, Boo decides to make a move on the guy she likes.

“Bunheads” recently received a back-order pick-up and will return with new episodes this Winter.

"19 Kids and Counting" begins a new season on Aug. 28. Here's that word:

On Tuesday, August 28 at 9 PM ET/PT, TLC presents another season of 19 KIDS AND COUNTING with the Duggars, showing both the joys and challenges of life with a supersized brood. Though the family is still coping after the loss of baby Jubilee, they pull together to support each other through the hard times. And with 19 kids, there is a lot to keep them busy. In the premiere one-hour episode of 19 KIDS AND COUNTING, the whole Duggar clan heads down to Florida for Anna’s sister’s wedding. Will a Duggar girl be next down the aisle?

 The excitement doesn’t stop for the Duggars as Jim Bob and Michelle have a special dinner with none other than Growing Pains 90’s star, Kirk Cameron. During the season, we watch the older girls begin to be courted while the boys pick up new instruments. The house is certainly noisier than ever now. Jill celebrates her 21st birthday and several Duggars learn how to hunt turkeys. Meanwhile, we check in on oldest son Josh and his growing family. While it’s not quite 19, we see how wife Anna is handling being a mother of two. Will there be any more babies on the way

Kelly Ripa will announce her new "Live" co-host on Sept. 4. That news:

On September 4, 2012, after months of anticipation and endless speculation, TV fans finally will get the answer to the question, “Who will be Kelly Ripa’s new co-host?” That morning, when Ripa walks into the “LIVE” studio, she’ll be joined by her new partner and a whole new era will begin for “LIVE.”

On November 21, 2011, “LIVE! with Kelly” debuted following the departure of longtime host Regis Philbin, and in the following months, 59 different men and women sat next to Kelly at the co-host desk, top personalities from every area of broadcasting and entertainment. One individual from that immensely talented group has been tapped to fill one of the most coveted jobs in television.

Ripa will kick off the new season on Monday, September 3, acting as a solo host for the first time, and the following day, September 4, will mark the first day the new co-host team officially will helm the show together. Stopping by as guests on September 4 will be actress Claire Danes and 2012 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, making his “LIVE” performance debut.

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