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ABC’s ’20/20′ Cribbed from CBS’s ’48 Hours’

MicheleWilliams2If you watched last night’s “20/20″ on ABC you also caught a glimpse of CBS’s “48 Hours.”

ABC’s Matt Gutman reported on the case of Michele Williams, a Texas woman accused of murdering her husband. Williams was about to get away with the murder, after agreeing to a plea deal which would have meant pleading guilty to a lesser charge: tampering with evidence.

But after she conducted an interview with “48 Hours’” Peter Van Sant, claiming her innocence in the 2011 murder, the judge withdrew the plea deal and forced her to stand trial for murder.

“20/20″ used the clip, crediting “48 Hours” by name. It had been entered as evidence in the case.

A jury found Williams guilty of murdering her husband, Greg Williams, late last month.

 

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A Friday Night of Oscar Pistorius on TV

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CBS’s “48 Hours” is planning a special Friday edition following the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial. The decision, along with an interview with Pistorius’ former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, will be part of a new primetime special tomorrow at 8pmET. “Blade Runner: The Verdict” features reporting by correspondents Debora Patta, Peter Van Sant and Richard Schlesinger. ABC’s News’ Matt Gutman also spoke with Taylor who says she feels parts of Pistorius’ story did not ring true. Gutman’s interview airs tomorrow on “20/20″ at 10pmET. Also at 10pmET, on CNN, Robyn Curnow hosts “The CNN Spotlight: Oscar Pistorius,” re-airing Saturday night at 7:30pmET. For now, “Dateline NBC” tells us they are sticking with their scheduled 2-hour program called “Deadly Valentine” at 9pmET.

CBS News Correspondents Reflect On 25 Years Of ’48 Hours’

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the primetime CBS newmsagazine “48 Hours.”

To honor the program, a number of correspondents reflect on their time working on stories for the show. Below, Maureen Maher talks about what types of stories she seeks out.

Correspondents Richard Schlesinger, Susan Spencer, Troy Roberts, Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant and others give their takes here.

’48 Hours Mystery’ Continues to Top Saturday Nights

The venerable CBS News show “48 Hours Mystery” continues to rule Saturday nights on broadcast TV.

Last Saturday, the show was the most-watched of the night drawing 6.78 million total viewers. It was also number one in the A25-54 and A18-49 demos. Compared to the same night last year, the show was up +13% in households, +6% in A25-54 and +8% in A18-49. It was the show best performance since December.

The broadcast featured correspondent Maureen Maher’s report, “The Writing on the Wall,” about a triple homicide in a small Illinois town. Christopher Coleman (above), head of security for well-known televangelist Joyce Meyer, was found guilty of strangling his wife, Sheri, and their two young sons, Gavin and Garett.

Tonight’s episode features Peter Van Sant‘s report titled “Ransom” about the kidnapped son of a millionaire and the wild ransom note that followed.

’48 Hours Mystery’ is Saturday’s #1 Program

Drawing 5.38 million viewers, CBS News’ “48 Hours Mystery” was the most-watched show on TV Saturday night. The broadcast, which featured a Peter Van Sant report about a mother’s search for justice after her daughter’s death was ruled a suicide. Renowned true-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote a best-seller based on the case, was also featured. The show was also #1 in the key demos, drawing a 1.4 rating/4 share in A25-54 viewers and a 1.0/03 in A18-49 viewers.

Broadcasters Plan for Amanda Knox Verdict

The jury in the Amanda Knox trial has reached a verdict, and the broadcast networks will all offer special reports when the decision is announced (expected around 3:30 p.m.ET).

Lester Holt will anchor from Perugia, Italy, on NBC. Special reports from ABC and CBS will both originate from New York, with correspondents reporting from Perugia — on ABC, Diane Sawyer anchors with Elizabeth Vargas contributing, and on CBS, Bob Schieffer anchors with Peter Van Sant contributing.

>Update: All three networks went to their respective special reports around 3:45 p.m., shortly before the jury overturned the murder conviction. Knox, now a free woman, is reportedly headed back to the U.S. CBS wrapped up their special report at 3:52 p.m., followed by NBC at 3:55 p.m. and ABC at 3:57 p.m.