Stormy the Weather Dog has met his match.
Stormy, a cuddly mixed-breed who serves as an on-air mascot for CBS affiliate KYTX/Ch. 19 in Tyler, Texas, is no longer top dog at the station, now that a bikini model with no journalism experience has taken up residence as a co-anchor on the station's 5 p.m. news.
And it's all being filmed for an unscripted Fox series billed by the network as "a comedy/reality hybrid" and titled "Anchorwoman," scheduled to premiere Aug. 21.
The hiring of curvaceous blonde Lauren Jones, 24 — bikini model, magazine pin-up, onetime "Price is Right" spokesmodel, WWE "Smackdown" diva and, now, fledgling news-babe — is getting thumbs-down reactions from rival news organizations and feminists.
One Texas newspaper — the Midland Reporter-Telegram — blasted the station on Friday, just five days after Jones started working on-air.
"CBS affiliate KYTX of Tyler is another example of bringing journalism integrity to a new low in Texas," the paper editorialized. "We wish KYTX would reconsider allowing Fox to use its station for this counterproductive endeavor. But that's probably not going to happen. After all, this is the same station that features 'Stormy the Weather Dog' in every newscast."