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8 hours ago, TheRolyPoly said:

 

I wonder when Janice Dean and The Weather Machine (as Shepard Smith liked to say) will finally show up on the channel.

I know she showed up earlier this year on several shows to promote her new book, but she didn't host any shows.

 

Given that she hosts weather full time Monday-Friday mornings on FNC (unlike Reichmuth and Klotz who mainly appear on FNC on weekends only), she might be exempt from hosting shows on Fox Weather.

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Janice Dean only did promos for The Fox Weather app/website as I sometimes see it while watching Fox Weather kinda surprised that Fox doesn't have promos for Fox Nation or the big Fox must be only on Tubi where they put promos for the Fox shows & Fox Nation. I was surprised to see long form today and Weather Channel had the weekday lineup as is.

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Well, this is interesting. Tonight they're trying something totally different in the 10pm ET and later hours. Instead of the normal Fox Weather @ Night format with tons of pre-recorded interviews and features, tonight they are doing a full nationwide weather synopsis for the full half hour, hosted by Kelly Costa in Orlando (guess the Orlando studio isn't dead after all). This is reminiscent of the overnight content that TWC used to do back in the 90s and early 00s. No interviews, no features - just a constant in-depth examination of the weather.

 

I really hope they keep this up. Best nighttime format they've tried to date.

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I think this may be the first time that FOX Weather broadcasts an entire program live on location. In this case... Fort Myers, Florida for the start of the Hurricane Season.

 

 

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1 hour ago, TheRolyPoly said:

I think this may be the first time that FOX Weather broadcasts an entire program live on location. In this case... Fort Myers, Florida for the start of the Hurricane Season.

 

I wonder if they'll still have Ian and a rotating meteorologist back in the studio. Would have been cool if Ian could have joined Amy on location too.

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Does anyone know if Stephen Morgan is just filling in on Weather Command or if he’s a permanent replacement for Ian. I know Ian’s on vacation, but on Monday Stephen and Amy posted ‘officially official welcome’ for Stephen on the show…. Maybe just because it was his first time on the show?

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4 hours ago, Jman7885 said:

Does anyone know if Stephen Morgan is just filling in on Weather Command or if he’s a permanent replacement for Ian. I know Ian’s on vacation, but on Monday Stephen and Amy posted ‘officially official welcome’ for Stephen on the show…. Maybe just because it was his first time on the show?

There might be a new schedule in effect. I noticed that as of this Monday 6/5, other changes took place as well:

Fox Weather First has moved into the former Fox Business studio (temporarily? permanently? Hard to say for sure.)

Fox Weather Now has been three hours long every day this week from 3pm-6pm ET. Across America has not aired at all.

Fox Weather Live has been four hours long every day this week from 6pm-10pm ET. Strangely, the first two hours are hosted in the former Fox Business studio, and then for hours 3 and 4, Steve and Marissa move over to the main Fox Weather studio W.

-The new untitled show with Kelly Costa continues this week from 10pm ET throughout the entire night, on a half-hour recorded loop. From what I can tell, it seems that it even airs through the overnight, with Night Light seemingly reduced to weekends only.

 

Schedules are a bit weird right now, because Ian is on vacation, and Jason Frazer and his wife just had a baby on Saturday, so Jason's going to be out of action for a while. But some of this stuff feels a bit permanent, because the 4-hour Fox Weather Live thing is brand new.

 

So far this week, Brigit has hosted the Monday/Tuesday editions of Fox Weather Now from the studio and then hosted the Wednesday edition of the show from the field, with rotating OCMs covering the studio duties (Adam Klotz for hour 1, Steve Bender for hour 2, and Craig Herrera for hour 3).

 

I could see a future where, when Ian returns from vacation, Fox Weather Now becomes his only show for three hours instead of one, and either Brigit joins him as a co-host, or Brigit joins the Weather Command crew. I noticed that due to short staffing, both the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of that show were just Amy and Stephen this week, with no third co-host. We'll have to see how it all shakes out next week.

 

Unlike America's Weather Center(still exists) and Across America(RIP maybe?), which both relocated to the former Fox Business studio several weeks ago and use a huge video wall as a backdrop with barely any physical set visible, the new renditions of Fox Weather First and Fox Weather Live from the former Fox Business studio feature the desk rotated in a different direction, such that almost the entire background is a view of the physical set. The new desk angle can be seen in this video, announcing the birth of Jason and Romney's child:

 

 

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The constant schedule changes must be frustrating for producers and talent, let alone viewers…. I understand and fully support time off, however I don’t understand why they change length of shows, swap titles around, etc… just have fill-ins and keep the rest the same!

 

Honestly, not sure why the need for different show names after ‘Weather Command’…. It’s not like the shows are designed around the hosts. Just name the live weather blocks all “FOX Weather LIVE”… 

 

or, what about an afternoon version of Weather Command with Ian as the moderator alongside Bridget followed by an evening edition..

 

8am-12pm - Weather Command w/Amy , Stephen and rotating panelists (weekend primaries)

12-4pm -Weather Command w/Ian Brigit and rotating panelists (weekend primaries)

4-8pm - Weather Command w/ Marissa, Steve & Kendall Smith as panelist

 

8pm-10pm - FOX Weather w/ Kelly Costa and Kendall

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4 hours ago, TheRolyPoly said:

FTVLive here so take it with a grain of salt. However, just read this.

 

https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2023/6/6/fox-weather-staffer-sounds-off

Well, I believe it just based on the schedule nonsense I've seen on the air. They're constantly changing schedules around every few days. As Jman mentioned above, it makes no sense why you would completely change show names and times just because certain on-air folks have the day off. You need to have sufficient fill-ins available to cover shifts when people are off. Take this Monday, for example, the first day of Jason's paternity leave, Kendall had to cover the entire Fox Weather First and then come back on the air 3 hours later to host her entire normal shift on America's Weather Center. That stuff shouldn't have to happen. The whole network schedule shouldn't fall apart because two OCMs are out.

 

They have lost John Marshall and Katie Garner from the network, and they have moved Nick Kosir to a non-host role, yet no effort has been made to replace any of them.

 

I can't speak for what the behind the scenes folks must be experiencing, but I noticed that many of their on-air staff have become a lot quieter on social media than in the early days of the network.

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Marissa Torres just announced on the air, while doing a segment about the air quality's effect on children and mothers who are expecting, that she is 4 months pregnant.

 

Congrats!

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As for the progression of the presentation of Kelly's new show. It started on night 1 (May 30th) as a stand-up show:

 

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On nights 2 and 3 (May 31st and June 1st), the show moved to a seated position in front of the standard Fox Weather Orlando nighttime backdrop:

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The fun police, seeing that Kelly purchased a pair of glasses that matched the background perfectly, decided that the fun had to end, so on June 2nd and going forward to this day, they have now switched the background to a still picture of the Expert Desk area of the NYC studio:

 

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I'm not a big fan of taking a picture of a different studio in a different city and using it as a fake backdrop, but whatever. I liked the standup format they used the first night. Kinda wish they could do at least one stand-up segment per show, even if the rest of it is done sitting down.

 

I'm curious what system they're using to run the lower thirds. It's obviously different and lower-quality than whatever is used on the rest of the shows during the day. Must be some automation software that Kyle David is able to run while simultaneously acting as the weather producer for the show.

 

As for what the sit-down position looks like in Orlando, it's a little more involved than a traditional flashcam setup.

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CtKOz7qOKbp/?hl=en

 

It kinda looks like a converted radio studio, doesn't it? Did any radio stations previously operate in the WOFL building?

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The inconsistency of the schedule has shown up big time yet again. Looks like they're calling it at night early due to short staff this evening. Kelly Costa's pre-recorded show just started at 8pm ET and will presumably run the rest of the night, because Brigit and Steve were the only late afternoon/evening meteorologists available tonight.

 

One thing that always been consistent from mid-February until now, is that whether the show was 1 hour or 3 hours, Fox Weather Now always started at 3pm ET. Welp, even that went out the window today, as America's Weather Center was on the air for 4 hours today, with Fox Weather Now starting at 4pm ET, hosted solo by Brigit. I missed the entire 5pm ET hour, but when I tuned back in at 6pm ET, Fox Weather Live was on the air from the former Fox Business studio, hosted by Steve and Brigit, which ended early at 8pm ET. (It stands to reason that the 5pm ET hour was probably Fox Weather Live with Steve and Brigit as well, but I can't prove it.)

 

Edit: Guess there's only a shortage of staff in front of the camera, but not behind the camera. Kelly's show is being produced out of the normal control room tonight, presumably by the people that normally produce Fox Weather Live at this hour. Kelly's show tonight features the normal lower thirds, not the odd-looking ones, produced by different software, that we normally see on her show. In addition, tonight's show has music beds, a variety of full screen wipes, and also occasional pre-recorded stories, all things we normally don't see during her show.

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At some point during the night, unsure what time, they recorded an updated A-block of the Kelly Costa show, produced using the automation system that's normally used for the show. They left the remainder of the show, which was produced by the control room earlier in the night, in tact throughout the entire overnight.

 

The shorthandedness continues today, as Amy Freeze is filling in for Jane Minar on Fox Weather First Weekend. Craig welcomed her back to the weekend morning shift with their reunion this morning, so that was cool. However, apparently this isn't even the end of the shorthandedness, as Amy said that she will also be filling in for Kiyana Lewis on the later shift as well.

 

But um...while I was looking to make sure that I spelled her first name correctly...

 

https://www.foxweather.com/personalities

 

Kiyana's bio has suddenly been de-listed. It was there on May 11th, the last time that the Internet Archive combed that page.

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20230511070451/https://www.foxweather.com/personalities

 

She last tweeted about Fox Weather on June 7th, which was the end of her previous Sat-Wed workweek. However, this de-linking of her bio makes me wonder if that will be her last tweet about Fox Weather ever.

 

Edit: Turns out that Jane is actually the one covering the Fox Weather Live shift alongside Michael today, not Amy. It wasn't super clear from what Amy said earlier this morning.

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For Sunday 6/11, they decided to not bring in a weekday meteorologist to fill-in. Instead, Craig started the morning solo, Michael ended the afternoon solo, and Jane co-hosted with each of them during the middle hours of the morning. If I had to guess, she probably hosted the 8am-10am block with Craig and then hosted the 10am-12pm block with Michael.

 

If Kiyana is truly gone from Fox Weather, this would mean that they no longer have any Monday-Tuesday fill-ins on staff. If anyone is off (and I would definitely expect at bare minimum for Jason to still be off), they would have to either do more double shifts, bring someone over from FNC, or end the programming day early, like they did this past Friday. We'll see what happens.

 

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I think Janice Dean should fill in from time to time since there short staff. I think it is good that they are putting Kelly's show on a loop until 6AM when Fox Weather is live again, Fox Weather Tonight With Kelly.

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Ok, so Kiyana is still around. She hosted Fox Weather First in for Jason today. The de-linking of her bio is a but strange, although I will say that last year, before John Marshall departed, they did de-link his bio several months beforehand.

 

Also of note, last Thursday when Kelly announced that her show was running until 5am ET, not 6am ET, I set my alarm on Friday and Monday to see what was occupying the 5am ET hour. It turns out that Fox Weather First now starts an hour earlier at 5am ET on weekdays. (The weekend version still starts at 6am ET.)

 

From what I could tell, it seems that the 5am ET hour is solo-hosted by Britta, but I didn't want to stay awake too long to confirm, to avoid not being able to fall back asleep, lol.

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Recap of the day Monday 6/12:

 

- Ian was back from vacation, and he did not appear on Weather Command. Stephen stayed on Weather Command, while Ian hosted a 3-hour Fox Weather Now. This feels like it's indeed the norm now.

 

- No Brigit today, so still no clue where she ends up in this schedule turmoil.

 

- Jason, Brigit, and Kelly were all off today, so the schedule was naturally a total nightmare. Again, just like Friday, regular live programming ended at 8pm ET. Michael was the third host on Weather Command, and then he did his normal America's Weather Center shift immediately afterward. Steve Bender joined Ian on Fox Weather Now as the "sidekick meteorologist" while hosting Fox Weather Live with Marissa immediately afterward from 6pm-8pm ET. At 8pm ET, standard live programming ended, and Marissa hosted the untitled overnight show on loop from that point onward. The untitled overnight show originated from the main Studio W using normal control room production. I was fully expecting another rendition of the show to be recorded at some point later in the night using the automation production like we saw on Friday, but not tonight. Looks like they're gonna run the stuff that they recorded at 8pm ET for the rest of the overnight.

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I hope this schedule change works out for both Stephen Morgan and Ian Oliver. Stephen’s husband often fills in on mornings at NBC News Now - so atleast this aligns their schedules a bit.

 

Ian and Brigit were a great pair in the past, hopefully she joins him in the 3-6 slot

 

Stephen and Amy are good together as well.

 

so is the 12-3 slot just a rotation of the weekend meteorologists? Also, are Steve and Marissa now 6-9pm?

 

 

it’s interesting Kiyana’s bio page is missing as she is clearly still there. Maybe they meant to remove someone else?

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Jman7885 said:

I hope this schedule change works out for both Stephen Morgan and Ian Oliver. Stephen’s husband often fills in on mornings at NBC News Now - so atleast this aligns their schedules a bit.

 

Ian and Brigit were a great pair in the past, hopefully she joins him in the 3-6 slot

 

Stephen and Amy are good together as well.

 

so is the 12-3 slot just a rotation of the weekend meteorologists? Also, are Steve and Marissa now 6-9pm?

 

 

it’s interesting Kiyana’s bio page is missing as she is clearly still there. Maybe they meant to remove someone else?

 

 

 

12-3pm ET is Kendall Smith Mon-Fri alongside Michael Estime Mon-Tue and then Craig Herrera Wed-Fri.

 

Steve and Marissa start at 6pm ET, but given how weird the schedule has been, it's difficult to determine what their scheduled end time is actually going to be. They went till 10pm ET Monday-Thursday last week, but then ended at 8pm ET this past Friday and Monday due to shorthandedless.

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Brigit co-hosted Fox Weather Now from Dallas today while Ian hosted from the studio. Maybe this means they'll be on this show together regularly...we'll see.

 

Despite Brigit being back, Fox Weather Live still aired only from 6pm-8pm ET. The untitled overnight loop, hosted tonight by Steve Bender, again started at 8pm ET.

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Tonight, with the severe weather outbreak ongoing and Kelly Costa back, they stayed fully live until 10pm ET and then switched to a mix of live weather updates with Steve Bender plus non-time sensitive material with Kelly Costa that's meant for playback on the overnight loop. Not sure what went wrong, but Steve's live 11pm ET radar update wound up in the recorded loop, and it re-aired at 12am ET, showing a bunch of old radar info and old severe thunderstorms from the previous hour. I hope this doesn't persist through the entire overnight.

 

Edit: They got it fixed for the 1am ET hour.

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Is Kelly Costa in the building from 10pm-5am in the event of breaking coverage? Or is she just there to tape her 1/2 hour show and then it’s on repeat, but if break-ins are required it’s someone else??

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