Posts Tagged ‘Deborah Roberts’
With Kate Snow departing ABC, as we first reported earlier today, for NBC’s “Dateline,” the natural question arises: who will take over the “Good Morning America” weekend edition slot co-anchoring with Bill Weir?
Juju Chang and Bianna Golodryga both taped auditions for newsreader when the weekday edition added George Stephanopoulos as co-anchor late last year. Chang got the job, leaving Golodryga as the front-runner for the weekend show. But don’t rule out Chang for the job either.
Chang and Elizabeth Vargas will co-anchor with Weir this Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
A special edition of “20/20″ last night which featured the real story behind the movie “The Blind Side” drew 7.9 million Total Viewers — ABC’s biggest audience in five weeks. The hour, hosted by ABC’s Deborah Roberts, saw its audience grow by nearly 1 million viewers (7.5m to 8.4m) from the first half-hour to the second. The show came in second in Total Viewers at 10pm to CBS’ Kennedy Center Honors (9.21m).
The 10pm hour was Tuesday’s #1 program in two ad-friendly demos: Women 18-34 and Women 18-49.
Tonight on “20/20″ Deborah Roberts reports on scandal and deception during the final years of millionaire socialite Brooke Astor‘s life. Her son is accused of neglecting her and siphoning off her fortune for his own use. Astor died in 2007 at age 105. Roberts talks with Philip Marshall, Astor’s grandson, who brought to light many of the allegations against his father and step-mother. Tonight at 10pmET/PT on ABC.
> Being an expert isn’t so easy — just ask PBS’s Gwen Ifill. Appearing on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire as last night’s “Ask the Expert” resource, she tried to help contestant Jennifer answer the question at hand…but guessed wrong. Politico has the video.
> Former CNNer Daryn Kagan is making the magazine rounds. She writes an essay in September’s Guideposts about creating her post-TV career, and she’s featured as September’s “Big Idea Profile” in the Martha Stewart publication body + soul.
> ABC’s Deborah Roberts and her husband, NBC’s Al Roker, will appear in a forthcoming Sesame Street special, “Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times”. The program, which will also feature Today financial expert Jean Chatzky, is scheduled to air in September.
(Photo: Sesame Workshop)
Diane Von Fustenberg hosted a party in New York for ABC correspondent Claire Shipman and BBC correspondent Katty Kay‘s new book, “Womenomics.” In attendance: Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts and more.
The book, released last Tuesday, is currently the #1 book in the Women & Business category on Amazon.com.
Shipman and Gibson:
Shipman and Kay:
> TV Guide Magazine’s Stephen Battaglio talks to FNC’s Glenn Beck about his early radio days, why he owns a gun, and what he likes about Pres. Obama. “I think he’s brilliant. I think he is an effective communicator. He is a very good politician,” he says.
> Remember Sir Allen Stanford (here)? CNBC presents “Secrets of the Knight: Sir Allen Stanford and the Missing Billions,” reported by Scott Cohn, tomorrow night at 9pmET.
> GMA’s Robin Roberts was honored with a Susan G. Komen award this afternoon, presented by her colleague Deborah Roberts. GMA EP Tom Cibrowski and CBS anchor Harry Smith were in attendance:
Weatherman. Raconteur. Chef. Cable host.
“Today” weatherguy Al Roker is shopping an animated cartoon about the life of a “major player in the culinary world” — read “chef” — as a child, he confirms.
Like any oyster with strong survival instincts, Roker’s lips are sealed about details. He will say, however, that two networks are interested “and it’s looking pretty good.”
Roker’s latest extracurricular project is a three-part MSNBC series on drugs in America. Part 2, “Al Roker Reporting: Heroin, Inc.,” debuts Sunday.
Back to the fun stuff, one of Roker’s most cherished daily rituals was reading the comic strips with his dad. Roker’s favorites: Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Gasoline Alley.
“He was a gifted artist, but he couldn’t get a job as a commercial artist because he was black, so he drove a bus,” recalls Roker, 54, a New York native.
He keeps the family tradition alive by reading the Sunday comics with his daughter, Leila, 10. She likes Archie and Batman and the Nick-in-print strips.
He and his wife, ABC’s Deborah Roberts, also have a six-year-old son, Nicky. Roker has a daughter from a previous marriage – Courtney, 21, a culinary arts major. (Talk about traditions…)
Roker’s drug series grew out of a Court TV piece he did several years ago on crystal meth.
Al Roker, and his “Today” show crew, are in the midst of what will prove to be a busy month — Pasadena, Las Vegas, Washington, and Tampa. Roker is in Las Vegas this week in conjunction with NBC Universal’s position as broadcast partner for the 2009 International CES.
We caught up with Roker in between segments of this morning’s show which originated live from Ceaser’s Palace. Roker talks about gadgets, his tvnewser wife Deborah Roberts, and yes, the Chris Cuomo feud continues…and this time it’s personal!
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