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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 Lands Exclusive TV Interview With Jaycee Dugard

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 9th 2011 4:15AM
Jaycee DugardJaycee Dugard, the California woman who was abducted as a child and held in captivity for 18 years, will break her silence about the ordeal in an exclusive TV interview with Diane Sawyer.

Multiple news organizations had been trying to secure an interview with Dugard and, according to 'The New York Times,' ABC signed a deal earlier this week.

A spokesman for the network said that "Dugard will be asked about the extraordinary and heartbreaking story of her captivity [and] her reunion with her family," adding that the interview will air shortly before her memoir, 'A Stolen Life,' is published on July 12.

However, exact details of when the interview will air, and on which show(s), have not yet been announced.

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The 16 Most Accomplished 'Real' Women on TV Right Now

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 16th 2011 1:30PM
Oprah WinfreyA couple of weeks ago, we gave you the list of the 100 most memorable female characters in TV history. There was lots of talk and conjecture among the readers about who we missed and who shouldn't have been there, which is why we do these lists to begin with.

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.

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Diane Sawyer's Interview With Capt. Mark Kelly to Air Tuesday on ABC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 17th 2011 8:42AM
Capt. Mark Kelly Talks to Diane SawyerABC will air the first interview with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' husband, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, since the Tucson shootings.

The interview will form a special edition of '20/20' -- 'The Congresswoman and the Astronaut: An American Story of Love and Strength' -- on Tuesday night.

According to ABC News, Sawyer sat down with Kelly over the weekend at the hospital where his wife is being treated after being shot in the brain. He opened up about the "extraordinary progress" she's making every day, and he even said that he'd be willing to meet with the parents of accused shooter, Jared Loughner.

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Diane Sawyer Talks Historic Saddam Hussein Interview on Oprah's 'Master Class' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 3rd 2011 7:00AM
Diane Sawyer Talks Saddam Hussein on 'Oprah Presents Master Class'In the premiere episode of 'Oprah Presents Master Class' (Sun., 10PM ET on OWN), Diane Sawyer recounted an interview she held nearly 20 years ago with then-president of Iraq Saddam Hussein. It was his first interview on Western television in a decade.

The venerable reporter said she realized that dictators like Hussein, "start hearing only what [they] want to hear. And so [they] become increasingly ignorant of the real world." Sawyer asked him, "Why do you put people in jail if they criticize you?" He replied, "You do the same thing in America."

The ABC World News anchor then concluded that he didn't think the U.S. would invade. "He really did not believe it -- because those around him had continued to tell him what he wanted to hear."

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Diane Sawyer: I'm "Okay" With Jason Bateman Using My Photo For Masturbation (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 10th 2010 8:25AM
Diane Sawyer: I'm 'Okay' With Jason Bateman Using My Photo For MasturbationJimmy Kimmel is not exactly a hard-hitting investigative journalist. Still, the talk show host is brash and direct, and has a way of provoking a response. If Jimmy wants an answer, he'll probably manage to get one. On the latest 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), Mr. Kimmel happens to talk with an actual investigative journalist. 'ABC World News' anchor Diane Sawyer is his guest -- and Jimmy has a fairly delicate question that he wants to ask her.

Kimmel brings up 'The Switch' -- a romantic comedy starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. Diane plays a part in the film, although she doesn't actually show up in flesh-and-blood form. There's a scene where Bateman picks up a magazine that has Ms. Sawyer on the cover. Jimmy points out that Bateman uses the photo to help "produce a, um ... 'sample.'"

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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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