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Diane Sawyer Interviews Gabrielle Giffords About Returning to Washington (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 3:00AM
Mike Kelly & Gabrielle Giffords, '20/20'After surviving a shooting rampage in January, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords sat down with her husband Mark Kelly for an interview with Diane Sawyer on '20/20' (Mon., 10PM ET on ABC). While she's made remarkable progress, and looked happy and confident, it was clear that Giffords still has a long way to go.

While her mind clearly knows how she'd have liked to respond to Sawyer's questions, often those responses came in short phrases or repeated words. The word she attributed to her husband Mark, who's been by her side every day, was "brave." He, however, turned the word right back around, attributing it to her.

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Gabrielle Giffords' First Post-Shooting TV Interview Airs Tonight: Watch a Preview (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 14th 2011 6:45AM
Gabrielle Giffords interview with Diane SawyerTonight ABC will air the first TV interview with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot in the head at a Tuscon grocery store back in January. In 'ABC News Special: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords,' Diane Sawyer sits down with Giffords and her husband, astronaut Commander Mark Kelly, to talk about the ordeal and her painful road to recovery. Amazingly, when Sawyer asks how she feels, Giffords replies "Pretty good!"

The special also includes some of the many hours of footage recorded by Kelly in hospital during his wife's long ordeal and rehabilitation. The footage documents landmark highs, such as her first words, and lows, like the discovery of what happened that fateful day in Tuscon. It also includes interviews with Giffords' closest confidants, including her mother, who says "I think Gabby now has a message that exceeds the political one."

Watch a preview of tonight's special after the jump.

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Diane Sawyer Talks Jackie Kennedy Special on 'Colbert Report' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 13th 2011 4:33AM
Diane Sawyer, 'The Colbert Report'Jackie Kennedy has been elevated to an almost legendary status in the world of politics. In Diane Sawyer's new television special, 'Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words,' the former First Lady "speaks" candidly in a way people have never heard before. But Stephen Colbert was surprised by this on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

"Were women allowed to have their own words back then?" he asked. "I thought their husbands could have them committed if they used their own words."

He went on to list some of the less-than-flattering descriptions Kennedy used in describing various foreign dignitaries and other famous people she met during her life.

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Fox Orders More 'Napoleon Dynamite' & 'Allen Gregory,' 'Torchwood' Gets Good Start on Starz & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 7:00PM
Allen GregoryBefore either show has debuted, Fox has handed out additional script orders to new cartoons 'Allen Gregory' and 'Napoleon Dynamite.'

According to Vulture, 'Gregory' received an order for six new scripts and 'Dynamite' got seven.

More script orders could happen this fall if Fox continues to like what it sees.

Look for 'Gregory' to premiere Oct. 30 after 'The Simpsons' traditional 'Treehouse of Horror' special. 'Dynamite' is set for mid-season.

In other TV news ...

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Kidnap Victim Jaycee Dugard Talks About Reunion With Her Mom on 'Primetime' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 11th 2011 5:04AM
Jaycee Dugard & Terry Probyn, 'A Special Edition of Primetime with Diane Sawyer'For 18 years, Jaycee Dugard was held captive after having been kidnapped at a bus stop within sight of her home in California when she was 11 years old. She was rescued in August 2009 along with two daughters fathered by her abductor.

She sat with her mother, Terry Probyn, by her side to talk with Diane Sawyer on a 'A Special Edition of Primetime' (Sun., 9PM ET on ABC).

The women recalled the emotional moment over the phone when the authorities called Probyn at work to tell her that Dugard had been recovered.

Probyn said her response was that it was "absolutely unbelievable. And then it was disbelief. I said, 'No, you're joking. Don't do this to me. This is not funny.'"

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Diane Sawyer and Oprah Winfrey Swap Interview Horror Stories (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 6th 2010 4:27AM
Oprah Winfrey queried Diane Sawyer about her worst interview on Friday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' When Sawyer seemed a bit hesitant, Winfrey pressed her. 'Oh dear, I've had so many,' Sawyer said. 'The worst ones really tend to be celebrities because they're so shy. And to be sitting there with someone who just can't talk. I remember Joaquin Phoenix ... he just gets in my lap at one point ... because there was nothing more for us to do." Winfrey agrees. "I had to pull him out of the green room" for her interview with him, she said. Who woulda thought.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Regis Recalls Passionate Kiss From Diane Sawyer (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 23rd 2010 1:00PM
On 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Regis Philbin and Diane Sawyer reminisced about a kiss they shared in the past, which started out as a joke, but turned into something with real passion.

"It was, really, a heck of a kiss ... I've been kissed before, you know, but that had a little inspiration behind it," Philbin said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Diane Sawyer's Ratings Success at ABC's 'World News': Lessons Learned

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 27th 2010 2:30PM
While NBC has been mired in a public bloodbath over job changes among some high-profile employees, ABC has quietly and smoothly managed the job transition between two of its biggest on-air personalities, Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer. Not only did Sawyer's replacement of Gibson last month as anchor of 'World News' occur with a minimum of fuss and strife, but it also has met the network's goal, at least so far, of a ratings boost for the nightly newscast.

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Diane Sawyer Delivers the 'World News' -- And Ratings

by Bryan Enk, posted Jan 25th 2010 10:12AM
The woman who was once the intangible object of desire for Opus the Penguin in the 'Bloom County' comic strip is now delivering the 'World News' -- and the ratings -- for ABC.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Diane Sawyer's new position as head anchor of ABC's 'World News' has had an almost immediate effect on the show's ratings. Since Sawyer took over four weeks ago, the evening newscast has averaged 8.8 million viewers, a spike of about 8 percent over its season-to-date average. Sawyer's debut appearance on Dec. 21st averaged 8.97 total viewers, whereas Charles Gibson's final broadcast on Dec. 18th took in 8.96.

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'World News' Ratings Up Under Diane Sawyer

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 30th 2009 11:15AM
Things are looking up for 'World News' anchor Diane Sawyer -- at least in the ratings.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sawyer averaged 8.6 million viewers and a 1.8 rating (adults 25-54) in her first three days on the job, up 6 percent from where Charles Gibson was last year. In doing so, Sawyer helped 'World News' post its highest audience gain over CBS' 'Evening News With Katie Couric' (6.2 million) in 11 months.

That said, Sawyer still has her work cut out for her. Although 'World News' has pulled ahead of CBS' 'Evening News,' it still trails NBC's 'Nightly News With Brian Williams' (9.4 million) by about 800,000 viewers.

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TV Moment of 2009: Rihanna's '20/20' Interview with Diane Sawyer

by Adam Keleman, posted Dec 29th 2009 9:00AM
Rihanna's first sit-down interview after her breakup with Chris Brown stirred h-diane-sawyeralmost as much attention as the initial scandal.

Diane Sawyer
scored the exclusive for a hotly anticipated, hard-hitting episode of '20/20,' which revealed for the first time exactly what happened on that heated February night when Rihanna's then-boyfriend Brown struck her, and why Rihanna briefly returned to him.

In the ratings-busting segment of '20/20,' a still-shaken Rihanna recounted in detail how an otherwise uproarious night quickly turned into a nightmare after she spotted a questionable text from Brown's cell phone. The picture-perfect pop star was clearly broken by the event, and it was moving, and humbling, to watch her in the seat opposite Sawyer confessing, "I just wanted it to stop."

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Diane Sawyer Begins at ABC's 'World News'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:40AM
Diane Sawyer, ABC World NewsWith very little fanfare, Diane Sawyer debuted on ABC's 'World News,' taking over the anchor desk as if she'd been doing it forever. With a quick "Good evening, and it is so good to be here with you tonight," she immediately launched into news about health care reform, stranded travelers, and a new storm headed into the nation's midsection.

Unlike when Katie Couric took over the anchor desk for CBS Evening News, Sawyer's debut was low key and uneventful. She wore a dark suit with a white top and white earrings. She made the most of her conversational style by chatting with correspondents George Stephanopoulos, Dan Harris, David Muir and others reporting on various news items.

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Katie Couric vs. Diane Sawyer: Who Will Be The Ratings Winner?

by Liane Bonin, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:00AM
Diane Sawyer and Katie CouricAs you've undoubtedly heard, Diane Sawyer has ditched 'Good Morning America' to take over 'World News' from Charlie Gibson (her gig began yesterday). And while plenty of people are wondering how George Stephanopoulos will fare in her stead, what we're far more interested in is seeing the bloody ratings catfight that will now be taking place nightly at 6:30 p.m., as Sawyer goes up against Katie Couric over at 'CBS Evening News.'

Sure, it's a battle for second place (the multi-talented and funny Brian Williams is a consistent winner with 'NBC Nightly News', one of the few bright spots in NBC's schedule). But it's one that has the potential for major upheaval (Couric's contract is up in 2011). So, who will win? Right now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.t now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.

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Brian Williams on Tiger coverage, his funny self, and what's on his iPod

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 17th 2009 2:03PM
Brian WilliamsWhen NBC was promoting Brian Williams' fifth anniversary as anchor of the NBC Nightly News, I figured it was a good opportunity to ask him a few questions. After all, with two wars, a lousy economy, the health care debate, and Tiger Woods, there's lots of news going on right now.

And, in such a relatively short period of time, the news landscape has changed on both the broadcast and the cable fronts, including the fact that on Monday, when Diane Sawyer takes over ABC's World News, he'll be the only male evening news anchor left.

Williams (or as he's been called lately, BriWi) was nice enough to answer some questions via e-mail about his new competition and how he lets his famous sense of humor come through during a serious newscast. Finally, he gives me some insight into what he's listening to right now (if you've seen previous interviews with him, he leans more towards the college radio side).

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Diane Sawyer Bids 'Good Morning America' a Tearful Goodbye

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 11th 2009 5:10PM
After more than 10 years and 2,880 episodes as the face of morning television on ABC, Diane Sawyer woke up the nation one last time today with a heartfelt "good morning America."

Sawyer's final appearance as co-host of 'Good Morning America' was a touching send-off for the legendary anchorwoman, who leaves the show to take over the reins of the network's primetime news platform, 'World News.' Stepping in next week to fill her chair is political wonk George Stephanopoulos, whose appointment ends weeks of speculation about the future of the show.

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