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OWN Orders ABC News ‘Beyond Belief’ To Series

OWN, the cable channel owned by Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, has ordered “Beyond Belief” to series. “Beyond Belief” started as a series of primetime “Nightline” specials last year.

The hour-long series will debut Tuesday, January 24 at 10 PM, and will be hosted by author Wes Moore. Moore will be joined by ABC News correspondents Elizabeth Vargas, Bob Woodruff, Jay Schadler, Bill Weir and JuJu Chang in presenting the stories, which focus on amazing and unusual people and events.

A spokesperson for OWN says that the series will combine new segments, as well as re-purposed segments from the “Beyond Belief” series on ABC.

ABC News Stars Assemble for Photo Shoot

Just about anybody who is on ABC News was in a photo studio on Manhattan’s West Side this morning for what ABC News president Ben Sherwood calls a one-of-a-kind photo shoot. “Never in the history of the industry has there been a photo like this,” said Sherwood to his team, according to someone who was there. “It is a real Mt. Olympus shot,” he added.

Among the ABC News talent on hand Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, Cynthia McFadden, Bill Weir, Terry Moran, Bianna Golodryga, Dan Harris, Ron Claiborne, Chris Cuomo, Elizabeth Vargas, Bob Woodruff, John Quinones, David Muir, Brian Ross, Jake Tapper and Rob Nelson.

Expect to see the photos in marketing a promotional materials on air and online, soon.

ABC’s Robin Roberts: ‘You Don’t Have to Grill People to Get the Best Answer Out of Them’

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts — who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 — is interviewed in the September issue of Ladies’ Home Journal by Lee Woodruff, the wife of Roberts’ ABC News colleague Bob Woodruff. Roberts, who said she prefers “thriver” to the traditional “survivor,” opens up about how her diagnosis gave her a new perspective on her career:

Woodruff: Have your relationships changed?
Roberts: I tell people I love them more. And hey, I’m Southern. We believe in hospitality. I sometimes get accused of being soft as a journalist, but I believe you don’t have to grill people to get the best answer out of them. You can still be nice and be fair. I interviewed Sarah Ferguson recently and she was in tears because she told me I was so nice to her. But I have also found I have no time for people who don’t add joy to my life. I am not going to spend my time with negative energy and I tell people who are going through treatment to let the negativity go. If someone crosses my path now and they are dark, they’re gone. Read more

Nightline’s Supernatural Summer

Following a trial run last summer, “Nightline” is expanding this summer to 13 hour-long specials in primetime. The first five episodes, which begin next Wednesday, are delving into the supernatureal and are titled “Beyond Belief.”

The 5-part investigation will feature Bob Woodruff reporting on his memory of seeing “his body floating below in a kind of whiteness” after the 2006 IED attack that left him and his cameraman with head injuries in Iraq. It will also feature installments from Juju Chang on “Twin-tuition”, Terry Moran dances with the devil and Bill Weir looks into miracles.

ABC is hoping the summer series will capitalize on the recent success of “Nightline,” which was the most-watched late night show for the 2010-2011 season.

The full press release after the jump…

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A Royal Exclusive?

Update: It seems ABC did have the exclusive, more details below.

Original Post: With the Royal Wedding less than a month away, news divisions are scrambling to get whatever exclusives they can in advance of the nuptials.

When Prince William’s younger brother Harry announced that he would be trekking to the North Pole to raise money for charity, the press jumped at the chance to get some quality time with the young Prince in Norway.

Unfortunately, ABC News chose to market Bob Woodruff‘s interview as a “Royal Exclusive” on “Good Morning America” this morning:

Exclusive it may have been, except for the fact that NBC’s Ben Fogle interviewed the Prince as well for his “Today” piece, which aired yesterday:

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Bob Woodruff Reflects 5 Years after Brain Injury: ‘I couldn’t even say scissor’

ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff spoke with TV Guide about the traumatic brain injury he suffered as a result of an IED explosion in Iraq in 5 years ago.

“I couldn’t say hammer,” Woodruff told the magazine. “When I could finally say it, I spelled it h-a-m-o-r. This was my therapy in the first month or two after I woke up — just trying to name these things.”

Five years later, Woodruff finds himself talking to Gabrielle Giffords‘ husband — Mark Kelly — about Giffords’ similar brain injury: “I told him about the pace of recovery and the unpredictability.”

The ABC anchor isn’t fazed by the attack. He’d like to travel to Egypt, to report on what’s happening there, but his ABC news bosses are hesitant. For now, Woodruff has started filling on “GMA” and “World News” weekend newscasts.

ABC’s Bob Woodruff to be Disciplined for Donation

ABC’s Bob Woodruff will be disciplined for attending an event that benefited the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance, The Enterprise Report reports. Woodruff also bought an item at the group’s auction which constitutes a donation to the group.

Mr. Woodruff’s actions are in violation of the company’s standards policies and ABC has told The Enterprise Report it will take “appropriate disciplinary action” for his not reporting his advocacy activities to them.

Bob Woodruff on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Recovering From His Own Brain Injury

ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff weighs in on the current status of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at Woodruff has a different perspective than many other reporters covering Giffords, as he has survived a traumatic brain injury himself.

Woddruff was severely wounded by an IED in Iraq in 2006.

He ended up undergoing surgery very similar to the one that was done on Giffords, with doctors removing a section of his skull to deal with brain swelling.

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CBS & ABC to Launch On-Going Specials

CBS launches its new series “Tough Choices” tonight on the CBS “Evening News with Katie Couric” at 6:30pmET.  The launch is in conjunction with the bipartisan Federal Deficit Commission’s final report. “In the near term, there is no more pressing domestic issue for America than the deficit,” said Executive Producer Rick Kaplan said.

ABC News is starting an on-going special of their own titled “Afghanistan: Can We Win?” which will air across all ABC platforms. The series kicks off with George Stephanopoulos co-anchoring “Good Morning America” from Kabul on Monday and continues throughout the week with reports from Martha Raddatz, Nick Schifrin, Bob Woodruff, and Mike Boettcher.

The press releases for the specials are after the jump…

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Peter Jennings’ Children Reflect on their Father’s Life and Death

On GMA this morning, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff talks with Elizabeth Jennings, the daughter of legendary ABC News anchor Peter Jennings. Elizabeth, and her brother Chris, are speaking out now during national lung cancer awareness month. The disease took their father’s life in August, 2005. In the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Jennings, who’d quit a decade earlier, began smoking again. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2005 and died four months later.

In December of that year, Woodruff was paired with Elizabeth Vargas to take over the anchor duties on World News Tonight. Just a few weeks into their pairing, Woodruff was seriously injured in an IED attack in Iraq.

Chris Jennings writes an essay about his father’s fight to quit on, while his sister talked with Woodruff on today’s “Good Morning America.”

Woodruff: What’s it like to not have your father anymore?

Jennings: Well, the obvious answer is that it’s very difficult. And I sometimes always think that, “maybe, you know, maybe he’ll walk through the door.” Or there are times when you really need a dad’s advice. So you have this dialogue inside. And in my head, he’s still there in a lot of ways.

Woodruff: Given the fact that your father was so well known, do you think that people really woke up about lung cancer because of that?

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