DONNA J. PLESH
...takes over ABC's "This Week"
...and other interesting developments on TV
By DONNA J. PLESH
Nobody asked me but...
ABC has scored a coup in landing CNN star Christiane Amanpour to anchor
This Week, the networks Sunday morning public affairs program starting
Amanpour, who joined CNN in 1990, is one of the worlds most recognized -- and honored -- journalists. She has reported from the world's major conflicts Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans. Not to mention her sit-downs with many of the worlds major leaders.
I first became an Amanpour fan during her reports for CNN in the Persian Gulf War. I was in awe of her knowledge and her ability to dig out the news in the midst of the chaos of that war. Then she went on to distinguish herself with her reports during the war in Bosnia, and in major world conflicts in the years since.
ABC says Amanpour will appear on other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis on the issues of the day, as well as anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for the network.
I hope the network follows through and gives Amanpour exposure other than on Sunday mornings. With Amanpour, ABC now has the top three newswomen in the business as she joins Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.
Yes, sometimes bad news can be good news. Especially when the good news is that Fox is finally showing the door to Til Death. That should have happened in September 2006, right after this so-called comedy about long-time marrieds and their interaction with their newly married neighbors premiered. The show was terrible in 2006 and it hasnt gotten any better. I am still trying to find someone who watches it, or at least watched it once. So far no luck. At least the leads, Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher, will hopefully move on to something better. And, believe me, anything would be better than Til Death. Kudos, though way late, to Fox for this move.
Isnt ABCs Lost just great as it winds down its run? Ive been a fan since the first episode and, granted, I havent had a clue what was going on most of the time. Polar bears on a tropical island? A smoke monster? People who are dead, but then they arent. Time shifting. Good guys becoming bad guys. Puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles, then a few answers, then more puzzles. With the series ending in May I know many fans are hoping all the questions raised over the years will be answered. I doubt it will happen. But thats OK. The show has been a fun, wild rollercoaster ride and I will miss it.
Is Rome coming to the big screen? Those rumors about a theatrical movie based on the HBO series that ran for two seasons on the cable giant keep resurfacing. I loved the series and I love that period in world history. The writers, producers and cast did a fabulous job telling the story of war, greed, love and lust way, way back when. Recently Kevin McKidd, who starred in the series as Roman soldier Lucius Vorenus and who currently is starring in Greys Anatomy, said he would be on board for the film. Bruno Heller, who created Rome and is the creator of CBS hit
The Mentalist, has said in the past he would be interested in producing a Rome movie. Fingers crossed.
Summer is coming a bit early for Lifetimes Army Wives. The series, focusing on Army wives (and one Army husband) has, for its first three seasons, been a summer staple on the network. Its Lifetimes highest-rated show ever, so maybe thats why it is getting a spring start this year on April 11.
ABCs Castle is a really good show! Once again I was slow to join the ranks of Castle fans. I watched a few episodes of the series about a mystery writer working with the NYPD when it debuted last spring, but the show didnt grab me. But I took another look when it returned last fall and it has since become one of my weekly must sees. Why? Ive always liked Nathan Fillion (Firefly and his brief run on Desperate Housewives) and his portrayal of Richard Castle makes this show. His
Castle is attractive, witty, sometimes too full of himself, but always dead on when it comes to helping NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) solve cases. And that hint of romance between the two leads (a la Moonlightings early years) doesnt hurt!
©2010 by Donna J. Plesh. The photo of Christiane Amanpour is courtesy of CNN. This column first posted March 29, 2010.
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