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It Came From The Tube: Cry For The Strangers (1982)

I normally equate seaside towns with peace and tranquility, a place for rest, relaxation, and perhaps writing the Great Canadian Novel (it’s going to be a thinly veiled takedown of beloved children’s TV host Mr. Dressup, for the record). Clark’s Harbor however, the setting of Cry for the Strangers (1982), is a place where my laptop and I shall never set foot; there’s just too much damn tribalistic murder.

Originally broadcast by CBS on February 11th, Cry for the Strangers would have to contend with Barney Miller, Taxi, and 20/20 on ABC and Different Strokes, Gimme a Break! and Hill Street Blues on NBC, and it’s safe to say most eyes were peeping these network staples. But for those with a salty taste for the macabre, the Eye was the network to be. (For this occasion anyway; they can’t all be ABC Movie of the Week’s.
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Friday TV Ratings: Jane the Virgin, Taken, Child Support, Hell's Kitchen, Blue Bloods

Friday, January 26, 2017 ratings -- New episodes: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Blindspot, Taken, Dateline NBC, Child Support, Marvel's Agents of Shield, and 20/20. Special: Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo. Reruns: Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, and The Resident.Read More…
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Amy Robach Frontrunner to Replace Elizabeth Vargas at ’20/20’ (Exclusive)

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Amy Robach Frontrunner to Replace Elizabeth Vargas at ’20/20’ (Exclusive)
ABC News journalist Amy Robach is a frontrunner to become the next anchor of “20/20,” after Elizabeth Vargas departs, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap on Friday. A formal announcement from ABC is not expected until at least next month. Robach would fill the a vacancy left by Vargas, who said Friday in an internal memo that she would step down in May after she wraps up the show’s 40th season. Vargas has been with the program for 14 of those seasons. Also Read: 'Young Turks' Founder Cenk Uygur Apologizes for 'Ugly,' 'Insensitive' Old Blog Posts (Exclusive) “I will be leaving.
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Swayze 'Scared And Angry' About Cancer Battle

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Swayze 'Scared And Angry' About Cancer Battle
Patrick Swayze often feels scared and angry as he faces his battle against cancer - but fears he has only seen the beginning of his fight against the disease.

The Dirty Dancing star announced he was battling pancreatic cancer at the beginning of last year and has since undergone treatment for the illness.

In his first televised interview since he was diagnosed, he talks candidly about his worries to U.S. broadcaster Barbara Walters on the programme 20/20.

He says, "There's a lot of fear here. There's a lot of stuff going on. Yeah, I'm scared. Yeah, I'm angry. Yeah, I'm (asking) why me. Yeah, I'm all this stuff. You can bet that I'm going through hell. And I've only seen the beginning of it."

And Swayze reveals the terrifying moments when he realised something was wrong - and the physical anguish he faced before his diagnosis.

He adds, "I tried to have champagne, and it would be like pouring acid, you know, on an open wound. My indigestion issues got gigantic and constant. And then I started thinking, 'I'm getting skinny.'

"I dropped about 20 pounds in the blink of an eye. And then when you see it in the mirror, when all of a sudden, you pull your eyes down and the bottom of your eyes go yellow and jaundice sets in - then you know something's wrong."

Doctors found Swayze had a malignant tumour in his midsection and a tiny mass on his liver, but after a series of procedures over several days, doctors discovered it was worse than they originally thought - the actor had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

But Swayze was optimistic about his diagnosis, telling experts, "Watch me! You watch what I pull off."

The exclusive interview is set to air in the U.S. on Wednesday.

Brinkley Takes Cook To Court Over Confidentiality Breach

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Brinkley Takes Cook To Court Over Confidentiality Breach
Christie Brinkley has reportedly filed suit against ex-husband Peter Cook for breaching the confidentiality agreement in their divorce settlement.

During a candid interview with Barbara Walters on a U.S. news show 20/20 last week, Cook spoke of his regret of the affair that ended his marriage.

The interview reportedly angered Brinkley, who failed in her attempt to secure a restraining order against Cook just prior to its airing - which would have prevented him contacting the couple's two children.

Brinkley claimed that by opening up about their marriage problems, he violated the confidentiality provision set out in the terms of their divorce, which was agreed upon following a bitter public trial over the summer.

Cook could be subjected to a $10,000 (GBP5,405) contempt of court fine if he is found to have violated the terms of the deal, according to the New York Post.

Brinkley could also be allowed to respond to his allegations.

But Cook has defended his decision to open-up about his failed marriage on the news programme, telling the newspaper: "Anything I've done to resurrect my image for the sake of my children she finds offensive... It's clear that she's threatened by my relationship with them. Really, I just want her to leave us alone."

Cook has also countered that Brinkley has "multiple breaches of the agreement" herself.

His lawyer, Steve Kuhn, insists his client's on-air comments did not constitute a breach of the confidentiality agreement.

Brinkley's lawyer, Robert Stephan Cohen, was unavailable for comment.

Cook: 'I Was an Idiot'

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Cook: 'I Was an Idiot'
Christie Brinkley's ex husband Peter Cook has spoken of his regret of the affair that ended his marriage.

Brinkley filed for divorce after learning Cook had had an affair with an 18-year-old in 2004.

During a candid interview with Barbara Walters on ABC show 20/20, which aired in the U.S. on Friday, Cook admits he behaved like a "cowardly idiot".

He tells Walters, "I was a great father, a great husband. I failed as a human being. I failed myself.

"Christie is mad at me. She's entitled to be mad at me. I'm an idiot. I made a mistake."

Cook claims he knew his marriage was over when he began seeking attention from someone else.

He says, "I think the emotional aspect of our lives had changed. I think we were both feeling more like we were living with a brother and sister than a life partner.

"I realised my needs hadn't been taken care of, and I took the coward's way out and had an affair instead of approaching my wife and saying, 'Ya know what? I'm not happy.'

He adds, "I wanted a little acknowledgement, a little attention, a little thank you every now and then for my efforts, for the amount of time I took to care for her and my family, for the wealth I was building. Just the tremendous amount of work I was putting into my family."

The interview - which was taped earlier this week (begs06Oct08) - has angered Brinkley, who failed in her attempt to secure a restraining order against him, which would have prevented him contacting the couple's two children.

She claims that by opening up about their marriage problems, he breached a confidentiality agreement in their divorce which they settled on following a bitter public trial over the summer.

Their divorce was finalised in Suffolk County, New York on 3 October.

ABC wins royally with '20/20'

Yup, ABC's veteran newsmagazine led the night with its two-hour look at the British royal family.

The special presentation bested Fox's two-hour Terminator finale and NBC's game shows. In 20/20: The Royal Family (14.2 million viewers, 3.7 adults 18 to 49 rating and a 9 share according to preliminary Nielsen returns), a documentary film crew followed Queen Elizabeth II and other British royalty for more than a year. The strong lead-in didn't help October Road, (5.3 million, 1.9/5) however.

Fox tied ABC for the first-place overall nightly demo average, with back-to-back episodes of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (7.7 million, 3.0/8 and 8.2 million, 3.3/8). The final hour jumped to post the show's best performance in three weeks.

Second-place NBC tried My Dad is Better Than Your Dad (7.3 million, 2.4/6) in the 8 p.m. slot, moving Deal or No Deal (10.8 million, 3.1/8) to 9 p.m. Without the Deal lead-in, "Dad" came in third place for the hour and was down 23% from its two-week average at 9 p.m.

New schedule for freshman 'Samantha'

ABC's promising new comedy Samantha Who? took a big step towards a full-season pickup Wednesday when the network ordered six additional scripts of the series starring Christina Applegate.

In another sign that ABC plans to keep Samantha around, the network announced that the freshman comedy, now airing after Dancing with the Stars Mondays 9:30 p.m., will slide back to 9 p.m. beginning Nov. 26, the night of the one-hour final performance show of the current DWTS cycle. As previously announced, Samantha will be paired in the 9 p.m. hour with returning comedy Notes From the Underbelly. They will be followed by sophomore drama October Road, which will premiere in its original post-Grey's Anatomy Thursday 10 p.m. slot Nov. 22 before moving to Monday Nov. 26.

ABC is making another scheduling move in November, swapping newsmagazine 20/20 and the well-reviewed but low-rated sophomore dramedy Men In Trees. Beginning Nov. 2, "Men" will air at 8 p.m., while "20/20" will return in its traditional 10 p.m. slot.

Based on an idea by best-selling author Cecelia Ahern, Samantha, from ABC Studios, has emerged as the highest-rated freshman comedy this season.

'20/20' shifts to 8 p.m. on ABC fall sked

NEW YORK -- ABC's long-standing newsmagazine 20/20 is changing time slots in the fall.

After nearly 20 years at 10 p.m. Fridays, "20/20" will move two hours earlier to 8 p.m., the network said Wednesday, making way for the new drama The Women's Murder Club and the returning drama Men in Trees.

ABC News found out about the change Tuesday, and executive producer David Sloan said Wednesday that he thinks "20/20" will do just fine at 8 p.m. He said he hopes the strength of "20/20" will help launch the other dramas.

"The network recognizes and acknowledges that "20/20" has been the top-rated show on ABC -- and sometimes on all networks -- on Friday," Sloan said. "It is a very, very reliable delivery platform for audiences and in the demo."

"20/20" debuted June 6, 1978, at 10 p.m. Tuesday and moved a year later to 10 p.m. Thursdays. That's where it stayed until Sept. 18, 1987, when it moved to Friday nights.

The current "20/20" anchors are John Stossel and Elizabeth Vargas.

'Primetime' is on again, off again

'Primetime' is on again, off again
NEW YORK -- 20/20 got another year on ABC's schedule, but Primetime was assigned another year riding the bench -- coming on and off the network as a limited-run series.

It's much the same arrangement announced last year, when Primetime lost its regular spot on the ABC schedule and executives pledged the show would return later in the year and through the summer. It responded with a group of limited series, including Primetime: Basic Instinct, Primetime: Medical Mysteries and Primetime: The Outsiders.

This summer, Primetime will debut two new series, Primetime: Family Secrets and what is now being titled Primetime: Crime. Details of those shows will be announced next week.

There will be more details surrounding the new season of Primetime, but executives said the 2007-'08 order, like this season's, will amount to a full-season order. ABC News executives don't anticipate any changes to staffing levels at Primetime.

The moves came a day after NBC renewed Dateline: NBC for a Saturday run as well as Sundays after the football season ends. Upcoming on Wednesday is a decision on CBS' 48 Hours Mystery, which has been a steady performer in a tough Saturday night time slot.

ABC, Yahoo! extend vid content deal

ABC, Yahoo! extend vid content deal
ABC News is becoming Yahoo! News' premiere video content partner through an expansion of their current deal, the companies are set to announce Wednesday.

Under the new agreement, ABC News will double the amount of content it contributes to Yahoo! News, including clips of breaking news stories as well as additional features and interviews like video segments from Good Morning America and 20/20.

The deal extends the current relationship between ABC News and Yahoo! News, which began in September 2005 and provides ad-supported video free to Yahoo! users.

"We've worked very hard in the last year to make it a bigger partnership, and this agreement just steps up our relationship with the top video news provider," said Neil Budde, general manager of Yahoo! News. "ABC News has lots of assets that work well with us, and our users have responded."

While Scott Moore, Yahoo! Media Group head of news and information, noted that the video streams on Yahoo! News have increased more than tenfold during the past year, Budde described the new agreement as a deeper partnership in which Yahoo! will be in greater communication with ABC's newsroom.

ABC, Yahoo! extend video content deal

ABC, Yahoo! extend video content deal
ABC News is becoming Yahoo! News' premiere video content partner through an expansion of their current deal, the companies are set to announce Wednesday.

Under the new agreement, ABC News will double the amount of content it contributes to Yahoo! News, including clips of breaking news stories as well as additional features and interviews like video segments from Good Morning America and 20/20.

The deal extends the current relationship between ABC News and Yahoo! News, which began in September 2005 and provides ad-supported video free to Yahoo! users.

"We've worked very hard in the last year to make it a bigger partnership, and this agreement just steps up our relationship with the top video news provider," said Neil Budde, general manager of Yahoo! News. "ABC News has lots of assets that work well with us, and our users have responded."

While Scott Moore, Yahoo! Media Group head of news and information, noted that the video streams on Yahoo! News have increased more than tenfold during the past year, Budde described the new agreement as a deeper partnership in which Yahoo! will be in greater communication with ABC's newsroom.

'Criminal' record fuels CBS' Wed. win

'Criminal' record fuels CBS' Wed. win
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters' 20/20 interview with the widow of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin tied with CSI: NY as the night's top show in the advertiser-friendly adults 18-49 demographic. The 10 p.m. special hour with Teri Irwin -- the first time she's talked to an American network -- drew 13.3 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. That tied with CSI: NY (16.1 million, 5.1/4) in the demo although the youngest member of the CBS franchise brought home more viewers. ABC took first place in the hour in the female demographics, rose slightly in viewership as the hour progressed and gave the network its highest ratings for a newsmagazine since May 2005.

'Criminal' record fuels CBS' Wed. win

'Criminal' record fuels CBS' Wed. win
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters' 20/20 interview with the widow of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin tied with CSI: NY as the night's top show in the advertiser-friendly adults 18-49 demographic. The 10 p.m. special hour with Teri Irwin -- the first time she's talked to an American network -- drew 13.3 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. That tied with CSI: NY (16.1 million, 5.1/4) in the demo although the youngest member of the CBS franchise brought home more viewers. ABC took first place in the hour in the female demographics, rose slightly in viewership as the hour progressed and gave the network its highest ratings for a newsmagazine since May 2005.

NBC hires Snyderman as medical editor

NBC hires Snyderman as medical editor
Former ABC News medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman has signed a deal to return to TV as NBC News' chief medical editor. Snyderman is familiar to viewers as the former Good Morning America substitute co-host and 20/20 medical correspondent who left television in 2002. She had been vp consumer education at Johnson & Johnson for four years before joining NBC. She also is with the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. At NBC, she'll work for the NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams as well as Today, Dateline NBC and MSNBC, among NBC Universal-owned news platforms. She will work with NBC chief science correspondent Robert Bazell.

Cruise: "Baby Experience Was Just What We Wanted"

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An excited Tom Cruise has spoken about the birth of his baby girl, Suri, admitting the labor experience was everything he and his fiancee Katie Holmes could have wished for. The Mission: Impossible III movie star sat down with US newscaster Deborah Roberts for his first post-birth interview, which will air tonight on news magazine show 20/20. Cruise told Roberts, "It was everything that we wanted. You hear about it and you experience it. It was spiritual, it was powerful, it was indescribable. What words can you use? It's still something I'm processing and reliving." Holmes gave birth to Suri on Tuesday in Los Angeles. In a related story, language experts are amazed that Cruise and Holmes have named their baby daughter Suri - because there is no record of the name meaning "Princess" in Hebrew. According to Hebrew linguists, Suri has only two meanings - one is a person from Syria and the other "go away" when addressed to a female. Hebrew expert Jonahtan Went says, "I think it's fair to say they have made a mistake here. There are variations of the way the Hebrew name for princess is spelled but I have never seen it this way." Suri can also be translated into a Hindi boy's name, and it also means "pointy nose" in some Indian dialects and "pickpocket" in Japanese.

'Reunion' starts strong for Fox

'Reunion' starts strong for Fox
Fox got its new Thursday lineup off to a credible start last week with the return of The O.C. and the debut of its 9 p.m. drama Reunion, but ABC ran away with the night with its NFL kickoff game between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots. Friday's primetime landscape was dominated by the hourlong Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, which aired commercial-free in roadblock fashion at 8 p.m. on more than two dozen broadcast and cable outlets. Viewership estimates for the telethon special are expected to be released today by Nielsen Media Research. NBC followed the Shelter telecast with a two-hour Dateline NBC, which averaged 6.7 million viewers and a 2.1 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. That was strong enough to overshadow the season opener of ABC's 10 p.m. newsmagazine 20/20 (6.1 million, 1.7/5).

Blake Weeps in Court

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Robert Blake was escorted from his murder trial at Van Nuys, California court on Monday, after breaking down in tears at the sound of his own voice. The prosecution wrapped up their case against the former Baretta star by playing jurors a jailhouse interview the actor recorded with TV interviewer Barbara Walters which aired on US news show 20/20 in February 2003, and audio recordings of Blake talking with an unnamed visitor while he was in jail. Blake broke down after he heard himself saying, "What the f**k are they going to do to me? God's been on my shoulder since I was born. God's been on my shoulder since Rosie (his daughter) was born. When this s**t is over, no matter what happens, they're going to be all right financially. Rosie is safe. Those monsters will never get her." Deputy District Attorney Shellie Samuels argued "monsters" was a direct reference to Blake's late wife Bonny Lee Bakley's family. Blake was removed from the courtroom by his concerned legal team, but his distress could be heard down the hallway. He later returned looking calm and composed. The 71-year-old is charged with shooting Bakley on May 4, 2001 as she sat in a car near their favorite restaurant.

Feldman: "Jackson Threatened My Life"

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Child actor Corey Feldman has revealed his former pal Michael Jackson once threatened his life because he thought The Goonies star was planning to reveal all about their friendship. Feldman taped an interview with British investigative reporter Martin Bashir just before he was called as a prosecution witness in Jackson's child molestation trial and told the journalist his friendship with the King of Pop ended badly on the eve of the terrorist attacks on New York in 2001. The actor was among the celebrities attending Jackson's star-studded anniversary concert in New York and was shocked by a brief chat he had with his friend backstage. In the Bashir interview, which was featured on US news show 20/20 on Friday night, Feldman recalled, "Michael had some paranoid delusion that I had some ill-fated intentions to write some sort of book about him, which was categorically untrue. What happened next was basically, the way I perceived it, is that he threatened my life." Jackson refused to transport Feldman out of New York on his tour bus the following day, after terrorist planes had hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Feldman is scheduled to testify against his former friend on March 15.

Feldman To Be Prosecution Witness in Jackson Trial

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Former child star Corey Feldman will be called as a prosecution witness in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial - after he expressed concerns about his own childhood friendship with the Thriller star in a TV interview. The 33-year-old, who has been unwavering in his support of Jackson until recently, says in an upcoming interview with American TV show 20/20, that he's come to a "sickening realization" about his friendship with the 46-year-old singer. Feldman became friends with Jackson after finding fame in movies including Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, but they reportedly fell out in the aftermath of September 11, when Jackson refused to let Feldman onto his bus leaving New York. In 1993, when Jackson stood accused of molesting another young boy, 22-year-old Feldman told police, "Nothing ever happened with Michael and me." But his perception of events has since changed, and he will take the stand to give evidence against his former friend later this year.
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