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Musician Blake Shelton is Cranky With Elizabeth Vargas on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Aug 12th 2010 12:30PM
Country music star Blake Shelton appeared on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) and seemed a little cranky having to perform so early.

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A Superhuman on '20/20' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 2nd 2010 3:50AM
A Superhuman on '20/20'31-year old Daniel Tammet seems like a normal man. But beneath his unimposing exterior there lies an extraordinary human being.

Daniel is an autistic savant. Which basically means that he's amazingly gifted in certain areas, but has trouble recognizing his own gifts. Daniel also has synesthesia -- which means that he combines his senses in ways that most people cannot.

'20/20' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC) examines Daniel as part of the show's "superhuman" series. During the course of the show, Daniel displays his incredible gifts in a shockingly offhand way. He is capable, for instance, of reciting the number "Pi" (an infinite number) from memory, without a mistake -- for five hours and nine minutes.

And even though Daniel already speaks eight languages fluently, he also manages to master the Icelandic language in a single week. Incredible! We are speechless. If you're not impressed, then maybe you should try learning a new language in seven days sometime -- it's hard, we promise you.

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ABC's Charlie Gibson retiring this month

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 1st 2009 8:01PM
To the three of you who still watch the news on a regular basis, here's some news you would have seen coming.

ABC World News' lead anchor Charlie Gibson has announced his retirement. He will leave the show on Dec. 18 and Diane Sawyer will take over the anchor's chair on Dec. 21.

He has only been the station's lead news anchor since May of 2006 when he stepped in for Bob Woodruff who sustained injuries from a roadside bomb in Iraq. Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas replaced World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings who left due to medical reasons.

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Seventeen of TV's hottest women over 40

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 6th 2007 11:22AM
Kate WalshAbout two years ago, I set out to list the hottest women on TV who are over 40, over 50, and over 60. There were a lot candidates to choose from, even in the over 60 category, making it a particularly tough set of list to compose.

But now that our friends at AOL have decided to compile a list of TV's 50 sexiest women of all time (starting today with Nos. 50-41), I'm going to take on an even greater challenge: making one master list of seventeen beauties over 40. It's not as easy as you think; the TV landscape has changed a bit, and a few new strong contenders have recently entered their 40s, and a few of the previous list members have left the TV landscape. To make this list, a woman has to have been a regular or significant guest on a TV series or news program in 2007. So, after the jump, a list -- in no particular order -- of fifteen beauties who combine looks, maturity and grace to make one compellingly sexy package.

Thumbnails are with the list, but you can click on the gallery below to get a much better view of these lovely women. Then add your own choices in the comments.
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Elizabeth Vargas gives birth to a boy

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 17th 2006 10:35AM
Elizabeth VargasAfter lots of controversy, one of America's notorious babies not named Suri has been born. Elizabeth Vargas, who stepped down as anchor of ABC's World News Tonight because of the pregnancy and other family issues, gave birth to a boy yesterday. She and husband Marc Cohn named the baby Samuel Wyatt, and it appears both mother and son are doing well.

Vargas, who still appeared on 20/20 after she stepped down, insisted that she wasn't pushed out of WNT because of ratings slippage, but that she realized that she couldn't travel all over the place when she had two small children to take care of. So, just because she had her baby doesn't mean we'll see her increase her workload again. Even if she did try to lobby for her anchor job back, Charles Gibson would pour sugar in her gas tank on her first day back at work.

[via Mediabistro]

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Bob Woodruff visits ABC newsroom

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2006 9:14PM
bob woodruffABC has a short story with video on its website (scroll down to the Entertainment section) of former World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff's surprise visit to the newsroom on Tuesday. In the video, Woodruff is all smiles and looks pretty good, if not a little beat up. The explosion in Iraq that injured him and a photographer in January did damage his face, head and body.

As you can see in the picture, Woodruff now has a little hair on what was once a shaved head, where doctors performed several surgeries to save his life. (His wife is the blonde woman in the background) Woodruff told his colleagues that he was unconscious for 36 days after the explosion. He spent three months in the hospital and is now receiving out-patient rehabilitation at a New York clinic. Charlie Gibson has been named anchor of World News Tonight and Woodruff's future with ABC News is still uncertain.

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Gibson said he'd quit if he didn't get World News Tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2006 12:50PM
Charles GibsonThat's the news from Joe Hagen at New York magazine, in this long (but worth reading) piece. Before ABC tapped Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas to be co-anchors on World News Tonight, they approached Charles Gibson, asking him to "keep the seat warm" until the 2008 election and then they would find a permanent anchor. But Gibson said he didn't want to just fill the seat (and he also didn't want to continue doing Good Morning, America), and that if he didn't get the anchor position for good - and without Vargas - then he was going to walk.

Vargas is said to have been surprised by her ouster from the show.

[via Romenesko]

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Vargas insists she wasn't pushed out of WNT job

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 6th 2006 12:24PM
Elizabeth VargasWhen Elizabeth Vargas stepped down from her job anchoring World News Tonight, many felt that she was forced to do it by ABC higher-ups because of an unfortunate confluence of poor ratings, Bob Woodruff's injury and her unexpected pregnancy. The pregnancy angle riled up lots of people, including feminist groups such as NOW. In fact, these groups publicly criticized the network, even bringing in its treatment of the Geena Davis-led Commander-in-Chief into their tirades (talk about going a step too far...).

But Vargas insists that the decision to give up the WNT anchor chair was hers. In fact, as she tells Gail Shister of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "I played a crucial and active role in this decision. It's the best thing for me and my family and my career right now... . I have no complaints." She still wants to anchor a five-day-per-week show in some capacity -- maybe even in the mornings -- but she won't even attempt to do so until both her kids are a little older.

[via Mediabistro]

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Charlie Gibson named sole World News Tonight anchor

by Joel Keller, posted May 23rd 2006 12:31PM
ABC News announced today that Charlie Gibson will be taking over as sole anchor of World News Tonight on May 29. He will be juggling the assignment with his duties as anchor on Good Morning America until the end of June, after which he will work only on the evening newscast. This news comes in the wake of Elizabeth Vargas' impending maternity leave; she will return in the fall to her duties on 20/20, and will do occasional news specials, but she will not return to WNT. The ABC announcement also mentioned that this move gives Bob Woodruff time to recover from the injuries he suffered in Iraq earlier this year; whether he'll make it back at all is still up in the air, though.

[via Mediabistro]

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Bob Woodruff releases statement about recovery

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 6th 2006 7:40PM
Bob Woodruff is on the mendTo the right is the first picture America has seen of Bob Woodruff, co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight since he was severely injured in Iraq back in January. To accompany the picture, ABC released a message he sent to the news division president, David Westin, which was then relayed to his co-workers.

"Though I know there is still a long road ahead, it's nice to be feeling more like myself again laughing with family, reading bedtime stories and reminding my kids to do their homework," Woodruff wrote.

No indication was given as to when he'd return to WNT, who will be losing their other co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, when she goes on maternity leave later this year.

[Photo: ABC News/Ida Mae Astute via AP]

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Elizabeth Vargas is having a boy

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 17th 2006 9:16AM
elizabeth vargas baby boyAccording to the New York Post, ABC World News Tonight anchor Elizabeth Vargas is having a boy. The network news anchor is due in late summer.

The little boy will be her second son. She and husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, have another son, Zachary, who is three.

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Bob Woodruff leaves the hospital -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 16th 2006 9:04PM
bob woodruff releasedABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was released from a military hospital today, six weeks after being seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He suffered injuries to his neck, head, face, and chest and will requires many more months of rehabilitation, first in a private facility and then at his home. When he was released, doctors say he was laughing and joking with family and staff. Doug Vogt, the ABC cameraman also injured in the explosion, was released from the hospital in February.

ABC News has said that Woodruff is welcome to return to the anchor chair when he is ready. In the meantime, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson have been subbing for him. ABC will dedicate Monday's entire episode of World News Tonight to the third anniversary of the Iraq war.

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ABC's Elizabeth Vargas pregnant - BREAKING NEWS

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 10th 2006 1:12PM

Elizabeth VargasAnd in a related story, ABC World News Tonight will now be anchored by talking robots. Well not really, but ABC has to be worried about the future repercussions that will arise when Vargas has to take maternity leave. Still reeling from the absence of Bob Woodruff (who's condition has been improving), ABC has been pulling out all the stops to keep the evening news program on it's feet. Charles Gibson and Dianne Sawyer have helped out since Woodruff was injured in Iraq.

Vargas is married to songwriter Mark Cohn and this will be the couple's second child together. Cohn has children from a previous marriage. ABC News Prez David Westin was excited for the couple in the midst of what has been some rough times for the entire ABC News family. Vargas has been co-anchoring World News Tonight since January 3, but the baby is not due until the summer.

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Woodruff, Vogt improving -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 9th 2006 10:03AM
bob woodruff improvingDoug Vogt, the ABC camerman who was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, is in an outpatient facility this morning. He was moved to Bethesda Medical Center to continue his recovery.

ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff, who was injured in the same attack on Jan. 29, remains sedated. His injuries, to his upper torso, head, face, and brain, are much more serious than Vogt's. Doctors say that Woodruff is showing signs of improvement, but his road to recovery is going to be much longer and harder than Vogt's. In the meantime, ABC News chose to move Woodruff's co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, off the anchor desk and replace her, at least temporarily, with Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer.

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Why did ABC choose Sawyer and Gibson?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 3rd 2006 11:21AM

Elizabeth VargasWe've already told you the news that Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will take turns filling in for the injured Bob Woodruff. But I wonder: why don't they just let regular anchor Elizabeth Vargas do the job herself? Sure, ABC does a lot with their nightly news (two live shows - one East Coast, one West), but since they picked Vargas and Woodruff to replace Peter Jennings, why not have her as the only anchor until Woodruff recovers or they pick another permanent co-anchor?

I can understand getting someone in there quickly, since they want to keep the show a two anchor newscast, but why veterans like Sawyer and Gibson? What does this say about their choice of Vargas? Why not get other anchors and correspondents in there?

Remember when Sawyer and Gibson were only going to be "temporary" hosts of Good Morning America? Look how that turned out.

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