June 19, 2013 |
ABC News has tapped Dan Abrams to be an anchor of "Nightline. " The appointment of Abrams comes on the heels of ABC's decision to shift "Nightline" anchor Terry Moran to chief foreign correspondent for the network's news unit. Moran will be based in London. Abrams has been at ABC News since 2011. A lawyer, he has provided analysis of high-profile trials for the network, mostly on its morning show "Good Morning America. " ABC News President Ben Sherwood said Abrams would continue to appear there and have his own regular segment on the show.
January 3, 2013 |
USC and a lawsuit filed against the school and others by former defensive lineman Armond Armstead are part of a report on a painkilling drug and its use in college football that will air Thursday night on the ABC News program "Nightline. " In his lawsuit, filed last August, Armstead claims he received improperly administered painkilling injections of Toradol -- a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug also known as Ketorolac - that caused him to suffer a heart attack and hurt his chances for an NFL career.
November 26, 2012 |
Kathryn Bigelow and her screenwriter, Mark Boal, are now deep in the middle of the awards season push. Hot on the heels of the very well received first critics' screenings of their "Hurt Locker" follow-up, "Zero Dark Thirty," Bigelow and Boal are doing a big sit-down with ABC's "Nightline" on Monday night. The film, starring Jessica Chastain as a CIA agent, chronicles the U.S. manhunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the Navy SEAL raid on his hideout in Pakistan. Among the topics that Bigelow and Boal are addressing are the accusations that the filmmakers got improper access to classified documents in their preparation for the film.
August 22, 2012 |
Jimmy Kimmel's impending move to 11:35 p.m. was the talk of the television world Tuesday, and no one, it seems, is more thrilled about it than Kimmel himself. He opened his monologue Tuesday by addressing the time-slot change, which he described as “almost as exciting as Miley Cyrus' new haircut.” “It was a big day for us here today,” Kimmel admitted. “Starting in January - right around our 10-year anniversary - our show is moving from midnight to 11:35. I hope this doesn't throw off my feeding schedule.” Kimmel claimed that while the move “might not sound like a big deal - it's only 25 minutes,” it was nevertheless “the most important 25 minutes of my life since the first 14 times I had sex.” Best of all for Kimmel, it means people will no longer be able to use his ABC show's late time slot as a reason not to watch.
August 21, 2012 |
Want to know why ABC is moving "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to 11:35 p.m. from its midnight home? Just follow the money. In 2010, Kimmel's late-night show took in almost $82 million in advertising revenue, according to consulting firm Kantar Media. Last year, it took in almost $100 million. Clearly, Kimmel is on the rise and ABC thinks that moving him to an earlier time slot, when a bigger audience is available, will mean higher commercial rates. Kimmel has his work cut out for him. NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" made $159.4 million in 2011, and CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" generated $154.6 million.
August 21, 2012 |
ABC's decision to move Jimmy Kimmel from midnight to 11:35 p.m. starting in January is a sign that the network thinks David Letterman and Jay Leno are there for the taking. While Leno is still the king of late night and Letterman remains the critics' darling, Kimmel has made ratings gains over the last year. As Leno and Letterman head toward the finish line of their long runs, ABC wants to have their guy in place to do battle with NBC's Jimmy Fallon and whoever succeeds Letterman at CBS. Kimmel has been pushing for an earlier time slot for years, but ABC News fought to keep "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. Though the show has delivered solid ratings for ABC and is profitable, the network is betting that advertisers will pay more for Kimmel's audience and that he can attract a younger crowd than "Nightline.