Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 19, 2007


WPHT 1210-AM host Michael Smerconish enjoyed his guest appearance discussing his book “Muzzled” on “The View” Thursday on ABC. 


“Everybody treated me well.  It was a far friendlier crowd than when I was on (“Real Time with) Bill Maher,” he said.


Smerconish joined remaining co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the couch to discuss his book “Muzzled.”  Smerconish said there was no mention of former co-host Rosie O’Donnell, who quit the show a couple of weeks ago.


The morning host did not miss his 5:30 – 9:00 a.m. shift on WPHT because “The View” was pre-taped Monday afternoon, due to Barbara Walters being in California on Thursday to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


“Muzzled’s” paperback ranking jumped from 57,301 to 91 after his appearance on “The View.”


Smerconish will sub for Tucker Carlson tomorrow (Wednesday), Thursday, and Friday on MSNBC at 4 p.m.


By the way, despite all the hype about Rosie O’Donnell, “The View” did not win the categories of best talk show or best talk show host at the “Daytime Emmys” Friday night.  It lost both awards to Ellen DeGeneres.  Can somebody explain Ellen’s appeal?  Now-retired Bob Barker won his 19th Emmy for “Best Game Show Host” for “The Price is Right.”  “The Young and the Restless” and “Guiding Light” tied for best daytime drama.


*Trivia – Name all of the full-time hosts of “The View” since it debuted in 1997.  The answer appears at the bottom of the column.


Bad Forecast for Sports
With CBS3 cutting Steve Bucci this week, that leaves only two sports anchors - Beasely Reece and Don Bell, while there are five weather anchors - Kathy Orr, Maria LaRosa, Brooks Tomlin, Carol Erickson, and Tom LaMaine.


Former “Designing Women” star Delta Burke appears on “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle” tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 p.m. on CN8.


Bucks county native Susan Buehler is the new president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).  Buehler, a reporter for Fox29 from 1993-2001, currently serves as vice president of Bellevue Communications Group in Philadelphia.  She is a graduate of William Tennent High in Warminster and Syracuse University.


You are invited to comment about this column or what’s happening in the world of television and entertainment at  So far, I’ve blogged about Kathy Griffin, “Charm School,” and that crazy “Sopranos” finale. 

Trivia Answer

Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Rosie O’Donnell.