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ABC’s Hillary Clinton Interview Orgy Scheduled For June 9-10

BARBARA WALTERS, HILLARY CLINTON, ROSIE O'DONNELL (IN AUDIENCE)Four days after Hillary Clinton was a “surprise guest” on Barbara Walters’ final day on ABC’s The View, the network announced Diane Sawyer would interview Clinton during a one-hour ABC News primetime special on Monday, June 9 at 9 PM, in conjunction with Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices. But, even before that primetime special, excerpts from the interview will air that night on World News With Diane Sawyer at 6:30 PM. Excerpts from that sit-down also will run across other ABC News programs and platforms, including Nightline, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, ABC NewsOne and Fusion.

Then, if that’s not enough Clinton, Robin Roberts will have the first live interview with the former Secretary of State, Senator and FLOTUS on ABC’s Good Morning America the next morning, June 10.

Clinton’s book is published by Simon & Schuster – a division of CBS Corp.

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‘Good Morning America’ Promotes Lara Spencer To Co-Anchor

laraspencerBurying his lead, new ABC News President James Goldston sent around a memo to staff today — in Paragraph 6 of which was the announcement he’d promoted Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer to co-host of the program along with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Roberts recently signed a new contract to stay with the show; ditto Spencer. Stephanopoulos’ contract was due to come up later this year — his reps are in talks with ABC News now.

Related: ‘GMA’ Beats ‘Today’ By Biggest Margin In Three Months

Spencer was the only one of three GMA-ers whose contracts came up around the same time as Roberts’ who re-signed. The two guys — Sam Champion and Josh Elliott both got poached by NBC, whose Today show saw its longtime ratings record snapped two years ago by GMA.Which brings us to Goldston’s memo: celebrating tomorrow’s anniversary of GMA ending Today’s 852-week winning streak. Here’s the memo:

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Michael Strahan Debuts On ‘Good Morning America’: Video

Live With Kelly And Michael co-host Michael Strahan stopped by Good Morning America this morning to talk about his gig with the show, making sure to say “couple days a week” several times to calm Live! fans’ fears. Expect to see Strahan mostly in GMA’s  first hour, so he can continue to co-host Live!, at 9 AM in many markets. In addition to the NFL Hall of Famer, GMA recently added ESPN’s Tony Reali to its Social Square; both hires were made in the wake of the departure of GMA’s Josh Elliott, who moved to NBC Sports. Watch here:


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OSCARS: Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer To Host ‘Red Carpet Live’

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 6:05am PST

Oscars 2014Good Morning America anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, joined by Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly, return to host the network’s pre-Oscar Red Carpet Live show along with television host Tyson Beckford. “The Oscars “Red Carpet Live” airs on SUNDAY, MARCH 2 at 7:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air immediately following “Red Carpet Live.”

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‘Today’ Ad Blitz Unveiling Upstaged By Robin Roberts Coming Out On ‘GMA’: Video

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198NBC began its Today show Olympics walk-up this morning with a strategically timed piece in The New York Times about a Comcast-wide ad blitz for a new show tagline “Rise to Shine”.  It’s part of a big push to get Today back on top in the morning infotainment show ratings.  In the article, NBC noted that Today, which lost its ratings crown to ABC’s Good Morning America some time ago, has been Todayshow07__120726201155-200x129chipping away at GMA’s lead, even beating its rival by 18,000 in the news demo the week of December 16 (aka The Week GMA Sent Robin Roberts to the Vatican). The head of NBC News research spoke passionately about Matt Lauer‘s importance to the show’s ratings resuscitation,  and Matt himself discussed taking selfies when you think you’re looking good, not when you’re looking bad.

GMA responded this morning with a news release announcing that it won all four quarters of 2013, including its largest fourth-quarter total-viewer lead over Today in more than 22 years, and its biggest demo lead over Today in 19 years (371,000 viewers) during the final full week of the calendar year.

Oh, and Robin Roberts come out on GMA this morning — taking some of the wind out of Today’s carefully orchestrated “Rise to Shine”. Read More »

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Did Visit To Vatican Cost ‘GMA’ A News Demo Win For Week Of December 16?

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 2:22pm PST

Today Todayshow07__120726201155-200x129finished first among 25- to 54-year-olds for the week – its first demo win in nearly six months. The NBC morning infotainment show edged out ABC’s Good Morning America by 18,000 viewers in the age bracket, while also snagging its closest total-viewer position relative to front-runner GMA in nearly a year.

Related: Bryant Gumbel And Jane Pauley To Reunite On ‘Today’

Today actually outstripped GMA in the news demo on every morning of the week except Friday, when GMA posted a commanding 212,000 lead – its  second-largest Friday margin of the season over the NBC program. On Monday, Today led by a mere 1,000 demo viewers, Tuesday by 26,000 and Thursday by 67,000. But Wednesday, when GMA sent Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott to the Vatican to cover the huge crowd gathered to hear Pope Francis’ last public-speaking engagement of 2013 (the pope having just been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year), GMA fell 211,000 viewers behind Today. That wiped out GMA’s boost on Friday, when Roberts hosted GMA’s review of the year, in partnership with People magazine.

On the bright side for GMA, all three of the broadcast network morning infotainment programs were up in ratings compared to same week last year, though Today showed the most growth, percentage-wise:  12% in overall audience and 16% in the demo.

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ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Wins TV Season For First Time Since 1992-93

ABC News will officially announce tomorrow that Good Morning America has won the morning infotainment war for a full TV season. It marks GMA‘s first victory since the 1992-93 season in the news demographic, and in total viewers for the first time since the 1993-1994 TV season when the show was co-hosted by Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden. GMA not only won every week of the season in total viewers (it won 43 weeks in the news demo), it also copped the No. 1-rated telecast of each of those weeks. For the full 51-week season (Nielsen specialed-out Hurricane Sandy Week owing to massive schedule, and reception, interruption), GMA clocked about 5.3 million total viewers and nearly 2 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Growing for a third straight year — up 9% compared to last season’s total viewer average of around 4.9 million — GMA won the 2012-13 season with its largest overall audience and largest season margin (about 680,000 viewers) over No. 2-ranked Today in more than 21 years. In adults 25-54, GMA also increased for the third year in a row — up 4% compared to last season’s demo average of 1.897 million — to deliver its strongest news demo performance in 5 seasons, and beat Today by its biggest news demo gap  — nearly 90,000 –  in 21 years. Read More »

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Robin Roberts Back At ‘GMA’ Anchor Desk

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 6:53am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Robin Roberts this morning co-anchored her first Good Morning America since leaving more than five months ago to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. “I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real. This is really happening,” Roberts said. She already has scheduled her first post-medical leave interview — a sit-down with First Lady Michelle Obama to air next Tuesday.

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Robin Roberts To Return To ‘GMA’ Feb. 20

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

On today’s Good Morning America telecast, George Stephanopoulos announced that his co-anchor Robin Roberts will be back on the air February 20, with her return and the countdown to it happening during the current February sweep. She will resume duties part-time, gradually expanding to hosting the show five days a week. Roberts left GMA for a bone marrow transplant August 31. She began dry runs on the set two weeks ago. Here is GMA‘s video, which includes a promo with celebrities welcoming Roberts back.

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Robin Roberts Visits ‘Good Morning America’ Set For Test Run

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 7:01am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts today made her first visit to the set of the ABC morning show since her bone marrow transplant in September. She arrived at the studio at 5 AM for for a behind-the-scenes test run. Roberts is expected to do a series of “dry runs” before officially returning on the air, following recommendations from her doctors who want to see how her body will react to the studio environment and anchor duties. Roberts is scheduled to get back in the GMA anchor chair during the upcoming February sweep.

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Robin Roberts Returning To ‘GMA’: Video

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 8:17am PST

The Good Morning America co-anchor’s last show before departing for a bone marrow transplant was August 31. She joined her crew via satellite today to say she’s received the all-clear from her doctors to begin the process of returning to the ABC morning show — beginning with studio visits next week. Here’s the interview:

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Stephen Colbert, ‘Modern Family’ Cast To Guest Host On ‘Good Morning America’

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 12:55pm PDT

We’re getting more details on who will be stepping in as Good Morning America guest hosts while Robin Roberts is on medical leave. Stephen Colbert, the cast of Modern Family and Rob Lowe will be coming up soon, the Associated Press reports. The show’s senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski says a different cast member of Modern Family will be featured each day for a week as the new television season begins. As GMA did with Jessica Simpson last week, celebrities will be featured during the second hour alongside show regulars George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Amy Robach. “It shows them in a different light for a little bit and you get to see them do something different,” Cibrowski said. “It might be a little funny if they have to read the prompter and there’s some slip-up. It’s all spontaneous.” Roberts went on medical leave on August 30 for treatment of MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She’s due to undergo a bone marrow transplant this week.

Related: Robin Roberts Plans Late Summer Medical Leave From ‘GMA’

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‘GMA’s Robin Roberts Begins Medical Leave On September 3

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT

Robin Roberts announced this morning on Good Morning America that Friday, August 31 will be her last day on air before she starts an extended medical leave to undergo a bone marrow transplant for a disease previously known as preleukemia. The move was expected since Roberts announced in June that she had been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. The GMA co-host left mid-show in late July, saying she was taking time off because she was “not feeling too well”. She returned on August 20, saying she felt rested and well. ABC says this week’s program will celebrate Robin and provide extensive reporting on her treatment, procedure and recovery process. Roberts’ doctor will also be interviewed. Beginning on Thursday, ABC says Robin’s team and her doctors will post information on her recovery in the months ahead and viewers will be able to leave personal messages for her. In July, GMA overtook Today in ratings for the first time in 17 years, coming in at number 1 in total viewers and Adults 25-54.  Season to date, GMA has cut its gaps with Today in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 compared with a year ago.

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Robin Roberts Says She’s Feeling Rested On Her Return To ‘GMA’

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT

Robin Roberts says the break was good for her and she’s rested and ready to go. “My needle was past E when I left here a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve got a full tank, so watch out,” she told Good Morning America viewers yesterday. The GMA co-host left mid-show in late July, saying she was taking time off because she was “not feeling too well.” Roberts was diagnosed in June with the bone marrow disease MDS, previously known as preleukemia. While she was gone Roberts says she continued her pre-treatment for a bone marrow transplant and took a trip to Italy for a friend’s birthday celebration. She’ll begin a longer medical leave in a few weeks when she undergoes surgery for the transplant.

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Robin Roberts Plans Late Summer Medical Leave From ‘GMA’

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Why GMA Host Robin Roberts Left Mid-Show

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 10:06pm PDT

For the record, it’s a very sympathetic way to exit. Because here’s how Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts told viewers that her medical problems were taking their toll a little early. ”Well, a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well,” Roberts said at 8:08 a.m. EDT. “In fact, I’m going to leave, and let you all do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off, just to get some vacay. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.” Roberts was diagnosed last month with the bone marrow disease MDS, previously known as preleukemia. This morning, she appeared upbeat, joking with colleague Josh Elliott and even making fun of herself for having trouble pronouncing a word. ”I can’t talk on this side of my mouth”, she said. Roberts was suffering from a sore jaw as a result of her treatment. ”We’re going to miss you, but we do appreciate the Jimmy Cagney impersonation before you leave,” Elliott joked.

Related: Robin Roberts Plans Late Summer Medical Leave From ‘GMA’

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Robin Roberts Plans Late Summer Medical Leave From ‘GMA’

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 11:13am PDT

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Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts revealed this morning at TCA via satellite feed from ABC’s studios in New York that she hopes to take a medical leave from the show sometime between the end of August and early September to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Roberts was diagnosed last month with the bone marrow disease MDS, previously known as preleukemia. She was upbeat about things during the panel, continuing to put a brave face on what has to already prove a frightening ordeal. “It’s fascinating and-slash-scary how you…prepare yourself for something like this. But I have some wonderful, wonderful friends at ABC News, who also happen to be colleagues…and everybody here is going to step up their game”. Roberts mentioned that those who have volunteered to serve as replacements during her convalescence include Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric, while GMA exec producer Tom Cibrowski added Kelly Ripa and the women of The View to the list. Cibrowski added, “We have so many people who love Robin so, so much…Everyone is willing to come in and join us for a little bit”.

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‘Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts Reveals She’s Been Diagnosed With MDS

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 7:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, who successfully underwent breast cancer treatment five years ago, announced this morning that she has been diagnosed with MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as preleukemia. She said she is starting pre-treatment today -– chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year. “I received my MDS diagnosis on the very day that Good Morning America finally beat the Today show for the first time in 16 years. Talk about your highs and lows!” Roberts said on the show this morning (video below). She said that despite her medical procedures, “it’s business as usual at GMA, which means I’ll be right here every day with George, Sam, Josh and Lara….  When I undergo the transplant later this year, I’ll miss a chunk of time.”

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