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‘The View’ to Be Overseen by ABC News

ROSIE PEREZ, ROSIE O'DONNELL, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, NICOLLE WALLACE“The View” is moving from the entertainment unit of ABC to the non-fiction programming group of ABC News.

Season 18 of “The View” kicked off last month with a new cast, a new studio adjacent to ABC News HQ, and a new production team. This move further aligns the daytime show with ABC News resources. The show was co-created by ABC News anchor Barbara Walters, who continues to hold the executive producer title and was informed of the news earlier this week.

While continuing their roles with ABC News, executives Tom Cibrowski, Barbara Fedida and David Sloan will work closely with Co-EPs Bill Wolff and Brian Balthazar and their team.

“Tom, Barbara and David have helped take our shows to the next level and worked on a wide range of diverse news and non-fiction programming,” ABC News president James Goldston writes in a note to staff. “Now they’ll help guide ‘The View’ in its exciting next chapter.”

We’re told the ABC News execs met with cast members Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace yesterday. Wolff also introduced them to many show staffers.

“The View” is the second non-fiction unit of ABC News, joining Lincoln Square productions which produces programs for ABC and other networks and is overseen by Morgan Hertzan. “I feel incredibly fortunate that we’re now expanding our non-fiction roster to include The View. We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with its terrific team, and we look forward to exciting days ahead,” Goldston writes.

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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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Previewing ABC’s Cold War Thriller ‘The Assets’

the assetsA CIA mole, a KGB defector, the height of Cold War tension, and American agent Sandy Grimes‘ race against time to protect her country.

That’s the backdrop for the new ABC mini-series “The Assets,” shot in Lithuania and debuting tonight at 10pmET. Co-executive producers Morgan Hertzan and Rudy Bednar recently spoke with TVNewser about what audiences can expect from the show.

TVNewser: What was the motivation behind producing a 1980′s Cold-War thriller in 2014?

Hertzan: The story. We went and met with the real Sandy Grimes, who this show is really about. Sandy was such an incredible character and so passionate about this story and so passionate about the patriotism that she had, we just felt we had to do this.

Bednar: Sandy sort of clinched it for me. Her husband [Gary] was lovely too. The two of them together is what this story is about. What is it like to be a mom at night and a CIA operative during the day. That whole funny constellation of one’s life really made for an interesting drama.

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ABC News To Produce Scripted CIA Miniseries ‘The Assets’ In 2014

First on TVNewser: ABC News will produce a scripted miniseries for ABC next year called “The Assets.”

The limited series is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, by veteran CIA officers Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille.

“The Assets” will look at the end of the Cold War through the eyes of the CIA and its agents, and will likely air next Summer, though no timetable has been set.

ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions will produce the series for ABC, with Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman serving as EPs. Bednar also produced a limited series for ABC last year called “Final Witness.” Like “The Assets,” “Final Witness” was a scripted series based on actual events.

The Ticker (ABC Edition): Hertzan, Besser, GH

  • Morgan Hertzan is joining ABC News as VP of a new non-fiction content development business for ABC’s cable, broadcast and digital operations. He’ll report to James Goldston. Hertzan joins ABC News from Plum TV. Before that, he was an SVP at NBC and GM of LX.TV.

  • “Tell Me the Truth, Doctor,” out later this month, is the first book from ABC’s health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. Dr. Besser delivers practical answers to the questions he hears every day empowering readers with vital information.

  • Today marks the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital,” one of the remaining daytime dramas still on the air. Members of the cast rang the opening bell at the NYSE this morning, which got a mention on the cable news networks.