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18 items from 2017

Looking Back at Barbara Walters’ History-Making Nightly News Job

21 April 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Barbara Walters made television history in 1976 as the first woman to anchor a nightly newscast at a time when the three networks were the principal source of information for many Americans. Walters was paid a then-remarkable sum of $1 million a year, for five years.

To mark the show’s launch on Oct. 4, 1976, ABC News hosted a press conference and luncheon at Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green with Walters and her co-anchor, Harry Reasoner. As Variety reported: “Most of the questioning was aimed at Walters, who was asked to explain her high salary.” However, Walters “refused to condemn herself for taking the fee that was offered.” Toward the end of the afternoon, Walters walked over to Reasoner’s table, saying “she had spent most of her time answering what she would wear for the first show, so she thought it only fair for Reasoner to reveal his own clothes. He mumbled something about a dark suit and »

- Tim Gray

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'Will & Grace' Star Debra Messing to Be Honored With Excellence in Media Award at GLAAD Media Awards

17 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Debra Messing is being honored for her tremendous support of the Lgbtq community.

The Will & Grace star will receive the Excellence in Media Award at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City on May 6, the organization announced on Monday.

Watch: Troye Sivan on Touching GLAAD Awards Acceptance Speech: 'I'm Still Shaking'

The prestigious award is presented to individuals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of Lgbtq people. Previous recipients include Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Kelly Ripa, Patti Labelle, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Diane Sawyer.

"A steadfast supporter of the Lgbtq community on social media, Messing is a voice not only on Lgbtq issues, but against discrimination of any kind," GLAAD said of the 48-year-old actress in their press release for the awards show. "Messing has consistently shown commitment to Lgbtq youth, participating in Spirit »

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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to Be Honored as Disney Legends at D23

6 April 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Every two years, at the biennial D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company honors the most remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy, recognizing them as official Disney Legends. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. Today Disney proudly announced the names of the nine gifted individuals who will be joining past Disney Legends such as Julie Andrews, George Lucas, Alan Menken, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams. said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

"The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company. It's a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men »

- MovieWeb

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The View vs. The Talk: A History of Daytime TV Talk Show Trash-Talking

24 March 2017 8:28 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The ViewThe Talk...the shade. The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg got fired up this week after The Talk's Sara Gilbert mispronounced a few names of co-hosts of two rival daytime talk shows—Goldberg's and The Real, while talking about all the programs' 2017 Daytime Emmy nominations. Gilbert later apologized on the air, saying she was nervous when she made the blunders. This incident marked the latest to fuel what appears to be a growing rivalry between The View and The Talk. The View debuted in 1997 and was created by Barbara Walters, who left the co-hosts' panel in 2014. The Talk debuted in 2010 and was co-created by Gilbert, while »

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Ben Affleck's History With Alcohol Addiction: A Timeline of the Actor's Struggles and Road to Recovery

14 March 2017 7:16 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ben Affleck revealed on Tuesday that he had completed treatment for alcoholism in order to be "the best father I can be," but his history with addiction goes back much further. In fact, the 44-year-old actor's experience with alcoholism began as a child, watching his own father, Timothy, battle the disease.

Though Affleck has remained selective in speaking about his struggles with sobriety, he has on several occasions opened up about his past with alcoholism, from his family's cycle of addiction, to his 2001 rehab stint, to his recent recovery.

Related: Ben Affleck Completes Rehab for Alcohol Addiction: I Want to 'Be the Best Father I Can Be'

1986: Parents' Divorce

"To be honest with you, the marriage was so bad, and I remember feeling relief," Affleck told Barbara Walters in a 2012 interview, reflecting on his parents' divorce when he was just 12 years old. 

"[My father] was an alcoholic... I did know that as a child. He drank a »

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Buffy, Lorelai, Olivia, Janeway, Murphy and 15 More Female TV Characters that Blazed a Powerful, Iconic Trail

8 March 2017 10:40 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

They are women, hear them roar — and hear us cheer them on while they do so, too!

In honor of International Women’s Day, your feminist friends at TVLine have compiled a list of 20 trailblazing female characters who made a big impact through their presence on the small screen. Among the iconic creations who made the cut, you’ll find everyone from the captain of a spaceship (Star Trek: Voyager) to an especially plucky news producer (The Mary Tyler Moore Show). 

Oh — and, before you grouse, “Where’s Oprah Winfrey? Where’s Barbara Walters?” go back and reread the criteria »

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Anthony Anderson to Host Live Post-Oscars Special for ABC

23 February 2017 8:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Blackish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host a live post-Oscars special for ABC on Sunday, which will take over the slot that had been filled by Jimmy Kimmel for the past decade.

With Kimmel occupied as Oscar host this year, ABC has opted to go live with a special that will feature interviews from the red carpet outside the Governors Ball and backstage moments with winners. ABC said it was the first time the network has served up a live post-Academy Awards telecast.

Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer, ABC NewsChris Connelly and Yahoo style editor Joe Zee will also be featured in the hourlong “Live From Hollywood: The After Party” special. Brian Teta and Marc Burstein are exec producers for ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions.

Kimmel has hosted a taped post-Oscars special for ABC since 2006. Barbara Walters had a platform on Oscar night with her celebrity interview specials that ran from 1981 to 2010. In East »

- Variety Staff

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Transgender TV, YouTube Personality Jazz Jennings Inspires Doll Based On Her Likeness

22 February 2017 2:41 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Since she sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters a decade ago, Jazz Jennings has been one of the youngest transgender women to receive national attention. Now, 16-year-old Jazz, who has her own show on TLC and a bustling YouTube channel, is back in the spotlight thanks to a new item that bears her likeness. The Tonner Doll Company has unveiled a Jazz-inspired figure that will begin to ship in July 2017.

In occasional YouTube updates, Jennings, who is the primary figure in the TLC program I Am Jazz, discusses life as a teenage transgender woman while mixing in typical YouTube fare such as Diy videos and question-and-answer sessions. While she updates fairly infrequently, she has still gained a following of more than 300,000 subscribers, which has delivered more than 13 million views since July 2013.

Tonner unveiled its Jazz Jennings doll at the annual Toy Fair at New York City’s Javits Center. »

- Sam Gutelle

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The Short List of Famous People Who Think the Earth Is Flat (Yes, Really)

20 February 2017 11:42 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

NBA star Kyrie Irving made headlines last week when he revealed that he believes that the world was flat, and surprisingly he’s not the only famous person who doesn’t believe the globe is … well, a globe.

Over NBA All-Star weekend, Irving’s comments became a hot topic of conversation, and even resulted in some gentle ribbing from fellow Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James. While Irving later said he found the reaction to his flat-Earth theory “hilarious,” he also said that his opinion on the shape of the world we live in shouldn’t really matter to other people. »

- Alex Heigl

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Barack and Michelle Obama Take First Steps Toward Next Chapter: Memoirs and Speeches

10 February 2017 12:46 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Former President Barack Obama wasn’t kidding when he said he and wife Michelle Obama would “get back to work” soon after their post-White House vacation in the British Virgin Islands.

Less than one month after leaving office, the Obamas have signed Washington, D.C., attorneys Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell to “manage contract negotiations with potential publishers for the former president and Mrs. Obama’s respective books,” Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, says in a statement to People.

With an eye on the equally lucrative speakers’ circuit, the Obamas also announced on Friday that they have »

- Tierney McAfee

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George Clooney: Having Kids Is ‘the Most Responsible Thing You Can Do’ — Read His 2006 Sexiest Man Alive Interview

9 February 2017 1:51 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

George Clooney is going to be a dad! The actor and his wife, Amal, are expecting twins, People has confirmed. Take a look back at the actor’s 2006 Sexiest Man Alive interview, in which he opens up about his thoughts on marriage and kids.

He kicked off the year in dapper style to accept his first-ever Oscar, but on this cool L.A. evening, George Clooney is movie-star dazzling in an offhanded way: jeans, scuffed Harley motorcycle boots, a black tee and a green rubber bracelet that reads “Not on Our Watch,” a reference to his activism on behalf of »

- Lizz Leonard

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Mourning Mary Tyler Moore: A Guide to TV Tributes to the Trailblazing Star

26 January 2017 11:06 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

In the wake of of Mary Tyler Moore‘s death Wednesday at age 80, many are looking for ways to pay tribute and rewatch her trailblazing work.

And while fans can watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show any time on Hulu, iTunes and Amazon, many networks are honoring Moore by airing special programming and reruns of her greatest hits. From new specials to documentaries to the best episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, here’s your guide to where you can see that winning smile (all times Et unless otherwise »

- Lanford Beard

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Mary Tyler Moore to Be Honored With TV Specials, Tributes and Marathons

25 January 2017 7:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Following the death of TV icon Mary Tyler Moore, the television industry will honor the star through a series of special programming. The beloved star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” died Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Connecticut at the age of 80.

Here are the TV tributes to watch this week, in remembrance of Moore…

Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around,” CBS, Thursday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.

Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” will anchor the new one-hour special on the life and legacy of the legendary actress, which will feature original reporting and materials from CBS’ archives. Also, the special will include interviews with Oprah Winfrey, newsmakers, admirers, and others expressing their thoughts about Moore’s influence on acting, women in the media, and work outside of the entertainment biz. Susan Zirinsky is senior executive producer of the special.

“20/20,” ABC, Friday, Jan. 27, 10 p.m.

“20/20” will »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Mary Tyler Moore’s 5 Best Interviews: Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, and More

25 January 2017 1:40 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mary Tyler Moore, who died Wednesday at the age of 80, was an extremely influential actress and comedian who was viewed by many as an icon of women’s liberation and empowerment, encapsulated through her role in the 1970’s series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” In the many interviews Moore gave during her decades-spanning career, she brought along her on-stage humor, wit, and fervency while speaking to hosts and journalists, including Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters.

Here are five of Moore’s interviews that show some of the pop-culture icon’s most enchanting qualities:

1. Moore surprises Oprah Winfrey during her tribute on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1997

Moore had a laundry list of celebrity fans, but the moment she makes a surprise appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and puts Winfrey to tears proves Winfrey may be one of her biggest fans of all. Winfrey sits down to discuss the impact Moore had on the host from the »

- Sarah Ahern

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Star Jones Brings Daytime Drama to VH1 for 'Divas' Series: I Had a Lot to Work With

13 January 2017 5:18 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Star Jones isn't afraid to spill the beans.

The former View co-host first penned a book inspired by her dramatic tenure on the ABC daytime talk show for 2011 work of fiction called Satan's Sisters. Once again, she's revisiting her time working alongside Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and the rest of the team to bring the drama back to the small screen, this time as a scripted series for VH1.

"I've seen everybody, heard everything, the least of which is an affair behind the scenes, so I had a lot of stuff to work with," Jones, who is an exec »

- Kate Stanhope

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‘Daytime Divas’: No Closed-Door Secrets, But Two Sh*ts, Four D*mns, One F-Bomb And Occasional “C” Star Jones Promises – TCA

13 January 2017 5:18 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“My only rule was not to violate any closed-door sessions I had with my co-hosts or in any interviews I’ve done over the years,” Star Jones said of VH1’s series Daytime Divas, which is based on her book “Satan’s Sisters” which, in turn, is based on her time on The View. “You can’t tell secrets of those you put your Spanx on with,”  Jones, who appeared on the Barbara Walters-created ABC daytime series from 1997 to 2006, said to the disappointment of TV critics at TCA. Dayti… »

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Megyn Kelly and the Problem With Being Conservative Media’s Most Elegant Talking Head

3 January 2017 3:59 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For years, Megyn Kelly has been the one anchor at Fox News who is granted grudging respect. Partly this is because she is so different from her peers; where they are frequently graying or balding older men who seem to be frothing at the mouth, Kelly is a poised, still-young mother of three, sharply dressed, and strikingly beautiful. She deviates from mainstream assumptions about what a conservative is supposed to be like, which adds dimension to the network and to her own personal brand. Unlike her peers, she has crossover appeal — she is an all-American heroine, with a spotless, tranquil family life, roots in upstate New York, and a look that is always ruthlessly poised, as if a stray hair would signal the end of days. Her image projects an elegant refinement, a sense of class and poise, of traditional values. These are qualities Fox News hilariously lacks, when it comes to both the sometimes-seedy reputations of »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Megyn Kelly Will Leave Fox News Perch for NBC News

3 January 2017 9:39 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Megyn Kelly has decided to move to NBC News from Fox News Channel, according to a spokesperson for NBC News, setting in motion a seismic shift in the TV-news business that will leave a major gap in the primetime schedule of one of 21st Century Fox’s most important operations while sending NBCUniversal scurrying to accommodate a new set of programs built around the outsize talent.

Representatives for the popular anchor and for Fox News Channel could not be reached for immediate comment.

Under a new deal, which was announced Tuesday, Kelly will join NBC News later in 2017, and will anchor what NBC billed as “a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues.” The show is expected to air Monday through Friday at a time to be announced in coming months. NBC already airs four hours of  “Today” each weekday and it remained unclear as to whether the network intended »

- Brian Steinberg

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