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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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How ABC’s ‘What Would You Do?’ Restored John Quiñones ‘Faith in Humanity’

QuinonesWWYDWe’ve all had those moments where we’re internally torn when observing others doing heinous things next to us. ‘Should I mind my own business or do something?’ you ask yourself.

For ABC’s “What Would You Do?” host John Quiñones, seeing more people choose the latter has lifted his spirits.

“My faith in humanity is restored in every one of our scenarios,” Quiñones told TVNewser in an interview earlier this week ahead of the hidden-camera show’s return to ABC  tonight at 9pmET.

“There may be folks who don’t want to get involved, but in every scenario, someone steps in at the end, and does something heroic, not because they’re going to be on television (they have no idea), but because their heart tells them it’s the right thing to do.” (One of those brave people was this author’s aunt, who during a “WWYD?” scenario two years ago, took on a cheating husband who was purchasing jewelry for his both wife and girlfriend at my parents’ Long Island jewelry store.)

As we spoke with Quiñones, “WWYD?” was filming another scene where people do right: intervening as a son yells at his elderly mother for getting lost at the market. “People have taken so much time explaining things to her, staying with her regardless of their own schedules.”

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The New York correspondents who got the LA ‘get.’ Andrea Canning, Jeff Rossen and Charlie Sheen

James Goldston, welcome to the morning show booking wars.

On his first day as EP of “Good Morning America” the show got scooped by cross-town rival NBC News. Here’s how it all went down.

ABC’s Andrea Canning got an interview with troubled actor Charlie Sheen at his LA home on Saturday. Canning paved the way for an interview by exchanging texts with Sheen last week about what led to the shut-down of his hit CBS show “Two and a Half Men.” And not long after crews packed up their gear, ABC began promoting the interview as part of a Tuesday night “20/20″ special with excerpts airing today and tomorrow on GMA.

But by that time, NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen was on his way to Los Angeles with hopes of getting an interview with the CBS star. The Sheen folks agreed to an interview Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon, Rossen was at his front door. The NBC News PR department went into high gear calling their sit-down Sheen’s “first television interview since his contentious public comments against CBS and “Two and a Half Men” co-creator Chuck Lorre.” Which isn’t accurate since ABC’s interview was 24 hours before of NBC’s.

Anyway, we wondered if this is a story of two highly competitive, rival network correspondents. It’s not so much.

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