But there were a fair number of people who asked us "Where's Ellen DeGeneres?" or "Where's Oprah?" among others. Well, since we were talking about TV characters and not real people, those folks had to be left off the list (And, yes, we know Ellen played a pretty important TV character ... more on this later.)
Fear not, loyal TV watchers. We've got a list for those of you who want to celebrate women who put themselves out there, have created a brand, or have made significant contributions to the current TV landscape as themselves and not a fictional character.
The list isn't in any particular order; after the first few obvious names, the rest of the women on this list come so close, it's hard to rank them. So we'll just start with TV's most accomplished woman (hint: her name starts with an O ... and it ain't Omarosa) and go from there.
"I'm glad to have you here, because my previous guest on the subject was my psychic cat correspondent Christianne Aman-purr," Colbert explained, and then explained how the cat never did get to the bottom what was going on in the embattled nation.
The real Amanpour offered a more coherent breakdown of the situation, and then gamely offered Colbert a "little Aman-purr safari suit with an ABC news pin on it" to give to her cat counterpart.
As the violence between pro- and anti-government protesters in Egypt has escalated, several well-known TV journalists covering the clash have come under attack.
CNN's Anderson Cooper was punched in the face repeatedly by a pro-Mubarak mob, and now CBS's Katie Couric and ABC's Christiane Amanpour have also had frightening run-ins with angry protesters. Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot was severely beaten, according to Fox News.
"For the first time in the last few days you can really feel what dictatorship means," said CBS correspondent Lara Logan.
The CNN veteran was tapped in March to replace George Stephanopoulos on ABC News' 'This Week.' According to the report, the August start date will allow Amanpour some time to get comfortable in the hosting seat before the midterm elections heat up. Jake Tapper has hosted the program in the interim.
"I leave CNN with the UTMOST respect, love and admiration for the company and everyone who works here," Amanpour said in a statement from March 2010. "This has been my family and shared endeavor for the past 27 years and I am forever grateful and proud of all that we have accomplished."
Christiane Amanpour has accepted the offer from ABC's news division to anchor the Sunday show 'This Week,' taking over for George Stephanopolous, who now anchors 'Good Morning America'. This means she'll be leaving CNN where she has racked up an impressive 18-year body of work consisting mostly of international reporting and journalism.
However, does this give her the chops to moderate a political fueled talk fest? There are yeas and nays on both sides of the question.
This would be quite a change for Amanpour. Her work on CNN has her trotting all over the globe (and hosting her own international affairs show 'Amanpour'). Sources say that she has told friends that she doesn't want to move to Washington, D.C., she wants to do the show out of New York City and also travel a lot for the show and report from foreign locales. This could change the focus of 'This Week' from mostly domestic political issues to international issues.
I'm wondering if CBS has tried to get Amanpour on a full-time basis. CNN's Anderson Cooper does regular reports for '60 Minutes' and so has Amanpour.
Behar and Lopez bookended the session, and they were an interesting contrast. Two comedians, both opinionated, both with things to say about current events. But while Behar's gentle jabs played to mostly silence among the cranky writers in attendance, Lopez got more than a few of us to laugh. I've never been the biggest Lopez fan, but I have to admit, he was ready for us: he made most of us stand up to talk to him, he jostled us on our reluctance to be enthusiastic, and he was able to make pretty quick comebacks with ease. Must be the years of dealing with hecklers.
Anyway, after the jump, some details of Turner's day in Pasadena, including audio of an interview with O'Brien that I started with the word "cankles."
God's Warrior, a CNN documentary, will delve into the world of religious fundamentalism.
A lot has been said about religious fundamentalism in the United States, but CNN's doc, hosted by reporter Christiane Amanpour, has a wider scope, looking not only at Christian fundamentalism here at home, but Jewish and Islamic fundamentalism around the globe. The doc will also feature the final television interview of the late Jerry Falwell, who passed away back in May. The report will center on how certain groups wish to bring religion and politics together, and how this is happening everywhere in the world, not just the United States.
On Saturday, January 20 at 8pm CNN will debut a new investigative series, CNN: Special Investigations Unit, that is meant to correspond with CNN Presents, the news network's documentary series. Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'Brien will anchor the program, which will air on Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm. The new program is designed to provide in-depth coverage of specific news events. The first episode of the new series, "The War Within," will focus on Muslim extremism in the United Kingdom. Reporter Christiane Amanpour will report on how Muslims of all kinds deal with the conflict of living in the Western world.
Other reporters for upcoming episodes of the series include John Roberts, John King, Candy Crowley and Drew Griffin.
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