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ABC News is the news gathering and program production division of the ABC TV network, a subsidiary of the Disney/ABC TV Group. ABC News programs include “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week.” James Goldston is the president of ABC News. He succeeded Ben Sherwood who was elevated to the position of co-president of the Disney/ABC TV Group in March 2014.

‘NY Med’ Wins Timeslot Third Week Running

NYMedThe ABC News program “NY Med” was the most-watched show on broadcast TV in its 10pm timeslot for the third week running. The show, which takes viewers inside New York-area hospitals for real-life emergencies, averaged 5.2 million total viewers and was up week-to-week: +11% in viewers and up +29% in A18-49 viewers.

Among total viewers, the show topped NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and a repeat of CBS’ “Extant.” In the demo that means the most to advertisers in primetime, A18-49, “NY Med” was fourth, with Univision first in the 10pm hour.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck: ‘I Don’t Hate Rosie’

The exchange between Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck continues as Hasselbeck responded on Instagram last night to O’Donnell’s critical Twitter comments about her.

Hasselbeck noted that she’s given her take on all of “The View’s” recent exits—not just O’Donnell’s return—and would be open to speaking with her former co-host.

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Diane Sawyer: ‘We Made a Mistake’

GazaABC304On last night’s “World News,” Diane Sawyer apologized for a mistake made on a story about the growing violence in Gaza.

“On Tuesday evening, we made a mistake…I misidentified these powerful images,” Sawyer said while showing images of Palestinians in Gaza following Israeli missile strikes (pictured left).

“The people in these photos are Palestinians in Gaza in the aftermath of an airstrike by Israel, not Israelis, as I mistakenly describe them.  And we want you to know we are truly sorry for the error.”

While misidentifying the scene, Sawyer had described “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”

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‘NY Med:’ Behind the Numbers

NY MEDWhat’s it take to turn real-life medical drama into a weekly TV show?

The producers of ABC News’s “New York Med” have added it up.

The third episode of the show’s second season airs tonight on ABC. Since filming began, crews have shuffled between 14 hospitals, interviewing 1,823 patients — all of whom signed consent forms — and recording 96 surgeries.

“Most of these statistics don’t surprise us because we’ve made a hospital series on this scale before,” EP Terry Wrong tells TVNewser, who oversaw ABC’s “Boston Med” in the summer of 2010. “However,” Wrong adds, “we have never seen or imagined a patient surviving 12 bullet wounds with almost no damage apart from holes that needed stitching. This series always reminds not just how fragile but how resilient the human body is.”

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Rosie O’Donnell Returning to ‘The View’

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View” as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter a short time ago. ABC says O’Donnell will be a co-host of the show joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The show is looking for at least two other co-hosts, who may come from the cable news ranks.

O’Donnell left the show in 2007 after an infamous spat with former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Last night, O’Donnell responded on Twitter to comments Hasselbeck made about her. On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Hasselbeck said Barbara Walters‘ farewell show in May was really O’Donnell’s “hello show.” A Rosie fan chimed in:

The Daily News reports O’Donnell’s return might mean the departure of co-executive producer Bill Geddie. Rosie’s response to that:

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ABC ‘World News’ Misidentifies Gaza Destruction As Being In Israel

GazaABCAs Hamas militants continues to fire rockets into Israel, and the IDF escalates its aerial assault in Gaza, the destruction on both sides seems to be indistinguishable to some.

On Tuesday’s “World News” ABC’s Diane Sawyer misidentified the aftermath of an Israeli missile strike in Gaza as destruction from Palestinian rocket fire. In the lead-in to a story on the crisis, Sawyer showed an image of a Palestinian family gathering belongings in the debris of a home in Gaza, but says it’s “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”

An ABC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “We regret the error and will correct it.”

A few weeks ago we brought to light a video blunder on “NBC Nightly News” when months old footage was used to discuss the current march of ISIS through Iraq.

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Hasselbeck: Barbara Walters’ Farewell Show Was Rosie O’Donnell’s ‘Hello Show’

elisabeth-hasselbeck-295x300As Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly set to return to “The View,” her former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck chimed in this morning.

“Talk about not securing the border,” a vacationing Hasselbeck said via phone on “Fox and Friends.” “Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who’s spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there… not surprising.”

Hasselbeck added that Barbara Waltersfarewell show was actually O’Donnell’s “hello show.”

“Rosie herself told me on-set, while we were mice-ed up, that she produced the reunion show to have everyone together, and it was her idea. Would you think that the woman who left the way she did would be producing Barbara’s goodbye show? Here’s the shocker…it was actually her hello show.”

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Rosie O’Donnell to ‘The View;’ Is MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman Next?

ODonnellViewAs Rosie O’Donnell prepares for a return to “The View,” which is what TMZ is reporting, there is increased speculation that the new right-leaning panelist will come from the cable news ranks. Abby Huntsman co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and Margaret Hoover, a CNN contributor, are being considered as co-hosts.

“At this time, we have no announcement to make and we are weeks away from making any type of announcement about anything pertaining to the show,” an ABC spokesperson told TVNewser this afternoon.

Insiders tell us Huntsman has been meeting with the ABC powers that be. She joined “The Cycle” a year ago. Hoover has been a contributor at CNN for two years.

O’Donnell left “The View” in 2007. Her exit came on the heels of a highly contentious shouting match with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is now co-host of “Fox & Friends.” Earlier this year, O’Donnell expressed eagerness to return to TV, denying rumors she was being considered to be CNN’s Piers Morgan replacement, but acknowledging she’d love the job. She was also in the running to host an MSNBC primetime show in 2007.

Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be leaving the show this summer; Barbara Walters retired in May, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the only returning host in the fall.

Is Sarah Palin Pitching Herself to ‘The View’?

sarah palin_304x200The rumor mill on who will replace ousted “The View” hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy is in full force, and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin seems to be throwing her hat in the ring.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Palin talks about possibly co-hosting a political talk show, mentioning that “The View” might be better if it goes “rogue.”

Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous! It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for. Media needs that today, versus the condescension that oozes from TV and radio. I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.

In our poll on potential new hosts, NBC’s Ann Curry led the way, followed by CNN’s S.E. Cupp and Palin’s former running mate’s daughter, Meghan McCain.

Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

The View hosts poll results

The results are in from last week’s TVNewser poll on who the next hosts of “The View” will be: Ann Curry led the way with 29.01% of the vote, followed by Meghan McCain with 19.95%, S.E. Cupp with 15.17%,  Anderson Cooper with 14.48%, and Alicia Menendez with 9.63%.

11.76% of you answered “other,” filling in the blank with candidates like Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Don Lemon, and Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos‘ wife.

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