Alison Mastrangelo joined the WSB-TV sports staff last month, taking over for Anthony Amey.

TV notes: WSB-TV’s newest sports anchor Alison Mastrangelo, TNT/TBS shift, new judge show ‘Personal Injury Court’ in Atlanta, Sam Champion 

Originally posted Thursday, May 23, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Channel 2 Action News hired a second sports anchor last month to replace Anthony Amey: Alison Mastrangelo.

She came from the ABC affiliate in Denver and joins Zach Klein

By coincidence, she covered Super Bowl 51 two years ago and ran into Klein and producer Justin Reid while waiting in line. “The news world is small,” she said.  

Mastrangelo, aware most folks now get sports scores and highlights on their phones, said she hopes to spend time with the athletes and reveal more layers than they show on social media. 

So far, she has marveled over the fervor of the Atlanta United fans and is looking forward to college football season. 

She will do reporting a couple days a week and anchor on Fridays and Saturdays. She is co-hosting the Sunday night sports show with Klein. 

Amey left the station last fall without explanation.

WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group. 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: Kevin Reilly, President, TBS/TNT and Chief Creative Officer, WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer speaks onstage during the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City. 602140 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia


AT&T, as new owners of WarnerMedia, is already starting to reshape the remnants of what was Turner. 

Over the past 15 years, the two (sorta kinda) Atlanta-based basic cable networks TNT and TBS have been very specifically differentiated. TNT has been all about drama and TBS focused on comedy. 

But at the WarnerMedia upfront presentation earlier this month, TNT/TBS president Kevin  Reilly plans to create close cooperation between WarnerMedia’s linear networks and the streaming platform. He is also planning to revamp brand identities of formerly drama-centric TNT and comedy-focused TBS with more unscripted programming on TNT and drama on TBS. 

Reilly is also taking over comedic channel truTV. 

Read more here. 

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A new judge show is shooting in Atlanta for syndication this fall called “Personal Injury Court.”

It’s produced by the same company that shoots two other judge shows in Atlanta: “Paternity Court with Lauren Lake” and “Couples Court with the Cutlers.” (Both of those shows shoot on CW69.)

The pitch: “Judge Gino Brogdon presides over highly-charged cases involving litigants alleging personal harm caused by the careless actions of the defendant. Using all available evidence including surveillance videos, reenactments, expert testimony and eye-witness accounts, Judge Brogdon must decide who is legally responsible for the litigant’s injuries.”

All three judge shows are casting for audience members now.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Sam Champion attends the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on May 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
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Former “Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion, who made a brief appearance as morning host on The Weather Channel in Atlanta from 2014 to 2016, has landed a new job as the morning/noon weather forecaster at WABC-TV in New York.

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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