Brace yourself, because it looks like ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” may have quite the roundtable on Sunday. The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will appear, as will Fox Business Network correspondent Charlie Gasparaino. They will be joined by ABC’s George Will and Brookings Institution fellow Alice Rivkin. It is a safe bet that the debt ceiling and the economy will be a big topic of discussion.
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“This Week with Christiane Amanpour” debuted this morning on ABC with the veteran foreign correspondent telling viewers, “After 20 years covering the world, the story in this country is turning into one of the most fascinating.”
The headline from Amanpour’s two headliner guests, Secy. Robert Gates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both pre-taped on Friday to accommodate their schedules, was their disagreement on the pace of U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan.
While the host was new, the round-table consisted of three familiar names: George Will, Donna Brazile and Paul Krugman and a new face who fit with Amanpour’s goal of giving the show a more outside-the-beltway feel: from Madrid, Amanpour welcomed Ahmed Rashid, who was billed as “the world authority on the Taliban.” The opening voice-over also featured a new tagline featuring the global focus: “From all across our world to the heart of our nation’s capitol.”
There was new music from trumpeter Chris Botti and a new show open and set backdrop, changing out the blue “This Week” logo with a map of the world in red. The Sunday funnies remained.
Following this morning’s show Amanpour told TVNewser, “It’s great to finally be underway, and I’m so pleased to have had two great first guests and a wonderful round table. I’m excited about having this platform to explore the issues that affect Americans. I want to open the window on the world to help with the understanding of all of the global challenges out there.” Amanpour’s opening welcome after the jump…
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As we reported earlier today, Christiane Amanpour is leaving CNN after nearly 27 years with the network and heading to ABC News where she’ll succeed George Stephanopoulos as moderator of that network’s Sunday public affairs show, “This Week.”
TVNewser spoke with Amanpour this evening for a Q&A about working on a D.C.-based political show (she’ll still live in New York) and her thoughts about departing the network where she’s been such a prominent figure.
What are your feelings about leaving CNN?
Amanpour: I thought about this long and hard. Clearly, as you can imagine, it was an intense decision-making process. I’ve spent 26 and a half years at CNN and together with my colleagues we’ve built this incredible place. I have a great amount of respect and admiration for CNN.
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a part of this honored tradition that is “This Week” and to build on it with an international perspective, and build on what “This Week” has forged over the years.
What kind of changes are you planning for the program?
Amanpour: The nuts and bolts are a work in progress. This is a show that’s established in viewers’ minds and in their hearts and in their interests. What we’re doing is building on it to include the international perspective. We’ll focus on the vital domestic policies and issues of the day and the international policies and issues of the day. We’ll use the perspective that I’ve gained over the years of being around the world and interviewing world leaders all over the place.
The round table will continue with the amazing people like George Will, who’s a national treasure, Paul Krugman, Donna Brazile and the ABC correspondents, Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz, who’s had incredibly distinguished career. I’m very very proud to be able to join in a collegial way with all these people.
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This morning, the “Roundtable” on ABC’s “This Week” discussed the White House’s war with Fox News Channel.
Referring to comments made by White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, George Will says that Fox News might be “opinion journalism,” but that also “describes The New York Times, and certainly MSNBC.”
“Charlie has had an amazing career,” said Stephanopoulos. “Let’s set aside that moment.” Much more in the clip:
Meanwhile, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” discussed the issue as well. Huffington Post national editor Nico Pitney, declaring, “By and large, the network is a 24-hour campaign against the Obama administration.” Pitney, like John Podesta on the “This Week” panel, used the talking point about Fox News SVP Bill Shine saying that Fox news is “the voice of the opposition.”
“Reliable Sources” clip after the jump…
Every network will cover President Barack Obama‘s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET (right after our TVNewser Summit party tonight in NYC — it’s not too late to RSVP). Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s Republican response:
• ABC — Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage from the Capitol, from 9-10:30pmET. Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, George Will and Donna Brazile contribute. Nightline provides additional coverage and analysis at 11:35pmET, with Terry Moran anchoring from D.C.
• CBS — Katie Couric anchors from 9-10:30pmET, with a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com immediately following. Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Nancy Cordes, Lara Logan, Anthony Mason, Chip Reid and Dan Bartlett contribute.
• CNN — Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and John King lead coverage from the Election Center in New York. Members of the BPTOT, including Gloria Borger and Roland Martin, will contribute. Shortly before the 9 p.m. address, Blitzer will introduce the address. A two-hour edition of AC 360 starts immediately after the address. “Larry King Live” airs live at MidnightET, with special guest, Sen. John McCain.
• FNC — Bret Baier anchors, beginning at 8:55pmET. Bill O’Reilly hosts a live O’Reilly Factor from 8-8:55pmET. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren airs live from 10:30-11pmET, followed by a Sean Hannity hosting a live “Hannity” from 11pm-MidnightET. Brit Hume joins Juan Williams, Nina Easton and Charles Krauthammer for post-address analysis, Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, Brian Wilson and Chris Wallace report for the coverage.
• MSNBC — Keith Olbermann introduces the address after Countdown, and a special edition of Countdown airs at 10pmET. The Rachel Maddow Show airs live at 11pmET and Hardball with Chris Matthews is live at MidnightET.
• CNBC — John Harwood and Larry Kudlow anchor the pre-speech coverage and a panel of guests join Harwood after the address. Also — Brian Williams will be on “Street Signs” at 2pmET after his lunch at the White House with the other anchors.
• C-SPAN — Airs the address live, with coverage beginning at 8pmET and a re-air at 11pmET.
> WebNewser has the coverage plans on the Web…
Larry Kudlow revealed a few details this morning on “The Call” about the off-the-record meeting last night between President-elect Barack Obama and many prominent conservatives held at ABC News contributor George Will‘s house.
“This was a good conservative group, and we just had a great back and forth,” he said. “And he wants to keep the dialogue going with conservatives.”
Also at the dinner were Peggy Noonan, Paul Gigot and FNC contributors Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer. “He is charming, he is terribly smart, bright, well-informed, he has a great sense of humor,” said Kudlow.
It will be his first Sunday morning interview since arriving in Washington, and begins ABC News’ week-long series, “America’s Economy: What’s the Fix?”
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George Will says he would never do it.
Lou Dobbs calls it “a novel idea” but can’t imagine doing it.
Tucker Carlson says he’d do it in a heartbeat.
Will, Dobbs and Carlson, along with 20-plus other conservatives, were apparently on CBS’s list of potential candidates in fall 2004 for its investigative panel on Memogate, the New York Observer reports.
Newsweek’s Will, CNN’s Dobbs and MSNBC’s Carlson all say they were never contacted.
After stopping by the CNN viewing party in Duffy Square we headed a few blocks south to ABC’s Times Square studios. As we walked in, GMA Weekend anchor Bill Weir was heading outside to begin live shots for the network’s coverage. On the second floor studio, Charles Gibson was just beginning World News, which lead right in to ABC’s coverage for the night.
We stopped in the green room where ABC News president David Westin was watching coverage along with correspondents Dr. Timothy Johnson, Betsy Stark and Brian Ross. Dr. Johnson, physician first, told us that he’d checked earlier in the day and there is a defibrillator in the studio. “A lot of adrenaline rushing tonight,” he said. Westin was pleased with the final story on World News, which featured ABC’s two off-air reporters following the Obama and McCain campaigns.
In a second green room, on-air guests waited for their turns on air, and, in the meantime, enjoyed the catering, as we discovered in the clip below.
Before we departed we ran into Good Morning America senior EP Jim Murphy who came to watch the coverage, so he knows what to expect first thing in the morning.
More pictures after the jump…
This morning on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, the roundtable made their predictions as to the outcome of Tuesday night.
Mark Halperin, Time Magazine
Electoral Vote — 349 Obama
Senate — 59 Democratic seats
House — Democrats net 28 House seats
Matthew Dowd, former Republican strategist:
Electoral Vote — 338 plus Obama
Senate — 8 plus pick up for Democrats
House — 17 plus pickup for Democrats
George Will, ABC News contributor:
Electoral Vote — 378 Obama
Senate — 8 pickups for the Democrats
House — 21 pickups for the Democrats
Donna Brazile, former Democratic strategist:
Electoral Vote — Obama 343
Senate — Democrats 59 plus runoff
House — Democrats pick up 29
Electoral Vote — 353 Obama
Senate — 58, or 59 if there’s a run-off in Georgia.
House — 264 House Democrats (+28)
For what it’s worth Pres. Clinton won 370 electoral votes in 1992, 379 electoral votes in 1996. Pres. Bush won 271 electoral votes in 2000 and 286 electoral votes in 2004.