J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s most successful authors, embarks on a new adventure in her first novel in seven years. She invites ‘Nightline’ co-anchor Cynthia McFadden to Scotland for a rare interview and exclusive preview of The Casual Vacancy. This is Rowling’s first U.S. network television interview to discuss one of fall’s most anticipated novels. Her bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books has sold over 450 million copies worldwide.
The interview will air on ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘World News with Diane Sawyer’ and ‘Nightline’ on Wednesday, September 26. More of the interview airs on ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday, September 27.
Calling all expectant moms! Today the Million Moms Challenge, in collaboration with ABC News, the United Nations Foundation, Disney Baby and Anne Geddes, launched Imagine Me & You, a photo contest to win a trip for two adults, plus baby, to Australia for a photo shoot with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes.
The contest, which was announced on “Good Morning America” today, Monday, November 28 is designed to celebrate the universal dream that mothers everywhere have for healthy, happy babies who will grow to reach their full potential. To enter the contest, expectant moms in their third trimester can upload a picture of their “baby bump” on www.Facebook.com/millionmomschallenge, along with an original, creative message written on their bellies capturing their wishes and dreams for life with their little one.
America will vote on the images from December 6 to December 15. The three finalists will be announced on December 16. Anne Geddes will personally select the grand-prize winner in January, and will shoot a rare private portrait of the winning mom and newborn in her Sydney, Australia studio.
“To illustrate the importance of love and family in the earliest stages of life is a message that I stand behind and feel privileged to experience every day,” said Geddes, who has made a commitment to the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child effort to raise awareness about the need to improve the health of women and children in the developing world. “That is why I am proud to be a part of the Million Moms Challenge Imagine Me & You contest.”
Realizing that a healthier tomorrow for our world starts with healthy moms and babies today, the Million Moms Challenge engages millions of Americans with millions of moms in developing countries around issues that affect pregnancy, childbirth and children’s health.
“Mothers around the world look forward to sharing special moments with their babies,” noted Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation. “But in developing countries, up to 1.5 million newborns die within the first 24 hours – and most of these lives could have been saved with better health care. This contest will highlight those precious milestones in life that partners like the United Nations and the Shot@Life campaign will help make a reality for mothers and children around the world.”
“There is so much we can do together – so many simple ways for us all to link arms to help every mother and child have a chance to lead a healthy life,” said Diane Sawyer, anchor of “ABC World News.” Sawyer will anchor a primetime special on maternal/newborn health that will air December 16 on “20/20.”
Disney Baby, a new brand from Disney Consumer Products, which provides parents with the essentials they need to bond with baby at every stage, is pledging to donate $50,000 to several of the largest NGOs helping moms and babies throughout the world. Each semi-finalist will receive a gift basket of Disney Baby merchandise valued at $500. Finalists will also win a year’s worth of Huggies brand diapers.
“Our goal with Disney Baby is to help moms create magical moments with their babies right from the start. We’re excited to join the Million Moms Challenge, to share those moments with America, and generate awareness for such a great cause,” said Jessi Dunne, executive vice president, Disney Moms and Babies for Disney Consumer Products.
Submissions for Imagine Me & You are open from now until 11:59 p.m., ET, December 4, 2011. Expectant moms in the United States can upload pictures on www.Facebook.com/millionmomschallenge.
The morning of November 17, 2011 brought lots of mayhem to Times Square as well as the ‘Good Morning America’ Studio as ABC’s popular national morning program was taken over by its distant cousins, the Muppets for the duration of the show.
We were on hand to capture some of the mayhem (and magic) as Muppeteers such as Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson and Bill Barretta brought many of the classic characters to life in the heart of Times Square. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Swedish Chef, Pepe, Fozzie Bear and many more were on hand for the event which included a live performance of ‘Mahna Mahna’ and Swedish Chef joining celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse for the ‘America’s Pie of Emeril’s Eye’ segment.
Below is a gallery of some of the moments we captured on camera that you weren’t likely to see on television, which includes not only performances, but rehearsals and a behind-the-scenes look at how the magic comes to life on the small screen (and silver screen come November 23). At the end of the gallery are some additional publicity images provided to us by ABC.
We also have some video from the event which includes a look at the ABC marquee (where Four Square check-ins from some favorite, furry celebs intertwined with the usual greetings from viewers) and a rehearsal performance of ‘Mahna Mahna’
Most photos © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved. Where noted, photos © and courtesy of ABC. All Rights Reserved.
October 31, 2011. History will eventually come to refer to it as ‘the morning of the living dead,’ but to the hundreds of New Yorkers in New York City’s Times Square, trudging between home, work and one of the hundreds of Starbucks, it was just a day like any other — filled with venti lattes, tourists and — most common of all — zombies.
But to the trained eye, there was a difference, slight as it may seem. For today, the zombies had an agenda and that was to occupy — not Wall Street, but the studios of ABC’s Good Morning America and I had the good misfortune to witness every last nail-biting, chilling moment of it. Clawing at the panes of glass that separate the stage of the hosts of the morning news program from the outside world which usually plays to out-of-towners, waving their birthday and hello signs to loved ones back home where it’s safe, these zombies representing AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ made it clear what they were craving most of all.
What follows is footage from this morning’s events — provided not for your enjoyment, but for documentary purposes. What happened here should never happen anywhere. If you wish to view the footage, we kindly ask that you remove all small children and puppies from the room before proceeding and remind you that you view at your own risk.
As for what happened after the camera stopped rolling, the photo above provides substantial evidence that the zombies were in fact successful with their mission and this is for certain — life in New York City will forever be changed because of it.
Photo courtesy of and © copyright ABC
For the first time ever, on Thursday, September 8, ABC News’ “Good Morning America” will air its popular “Your Three Words” franchise LIVE from a dozen locations throughout the United States and abroad, all while One Republic plays their hit song “Good Life” LIVE from the show’s brand new Times Square Studio. From Boston’s Fenway Park to The Statue of Liberty, from a base in Afghanistan to Chicago’s Millennium Park, from to a fish market in Seattle to a beach in Connecticut, the unprecedented live event will feature “GMA” viewers at each location showcasing their own inspiring messages. No editing… no do-overs… it’s all LIVE.
Confirmed locations are: The Statue of Liberty in New York, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Boston’s Fenway Park, Arizona State University in Phoenix, Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, a fish market in Seattle, a hot air balloon in Nashville, a beachfront in West Haven, Connecticut, the roof of our Times Square Studios in New York City, and Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.
“Your Three Words” is a weekly segment where the program takes video, along with three words sent in by the audience online, and the final product is set to music. In the past, “GMA” has used the music from such diverse artists including Lady Gaga, Adele, Seal and Phish. “GMA” has used this popular segment in a variety of ways, including to allow viewers to send messages of hope to the people in Japan following the devastating earthquake, to send well wishes to Prince William and Catherine Middleton on their wedding, and a few viewers have even submitted videos to propose.
Viewers at home can submit their own three words via social media using hashtag #your3words. Those submissions can be viewed Thursday morning on our social ticker on the Times Square Jumbotron.
Barbara Walters will sit down with Casey Anthony’s lead lawyer Jose Baez in his first network interview since the jury acquitted his client of murder, manslaughter and child endangerment charges yesterday in Orlando, Florida. In a wide-ranging interview, Walters will ask Baez about his courtroom strategy, his client’s demeanor, the reasons he thinks she was found not guilty, how he was ceaselessly second-guessed by trial watchers and the media during the six weeks of testimony, and his newfound fame, among other topics.
Portions of the interview will air tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” (6:30 – 7:00 pm ET/PT), “Casey Anthony: Not Guilty” a “Primetime Nightline” Special (10:00 – 11:00 pm ET/PT) and again tomorrow, Thursday, July 7 on “Good Morning America” (7:00 – 9:00 am ET/PT) and “The View” (11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET/PT).
Interview excerpts will also air across ABC News’ platforms, including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW, ABCNEWS.com, and ABC NewsOne.
Lady Gaga to Kick off ‘Good Morning America’ Summer Concert Series; Other Acts Include Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj
“Good Morning America” today announced its sizzling 2011 Summer Concert Series lineup with the hottest chart-topping acts in the country and the biggest names in music, a mix of the best pop, country and nostalgia acts around. There is something for everyone — from mega-watt stars including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson to pop sensations Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, all Top 11 American Idol contestants, Taio Cruz, Florence + The Machine and The Goo Goo Dolls, to country superstars Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert, plus the best nostalgia with The GO-GO’s in their final television performance, and Debbie Gibson and Tiffany on stage together for the first time.
“GMA’s Summer Concert Series” kicks off on May 27 in an exclusive television event with the revolutionary Lady Gaga performing songs from her new album, “Born This Way.” This first concert will be a ticketed event; details to follow.
The 2011 Summer Concert Series returns for the third year to the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Burger King Corp.
Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 69th street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00 a.m., when the park opens to the public. For more information on how to attend a summer concert in Central Park, click on the “GMA” website at abcnews.go.com/gma.
With the exception of Lady Gaga being a free, ticketed event, all concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7:00-9:00 a.m., ET. Dates and additional acts will be announced throughout the summer.
With her own hit television show and starring roles in popular movies, gold records and an international concert tour, Demi Lovato appeared to have it all. But during her tour last fall, the 18-year-old star slowly began to unravel and, after a family intervention, checked into treatment. Now Demi sits down for her first television interview since spending three months in treatment. She speaks candidly to ABC News Anchor Robin Roberts about her struggles with cutting and food addictions, and, for the first time, talks about the depression that has plagued her since childhood — and how she’s learning to find her smile again.
A portion of Robin Robert’s exclusive interview will air Friday, April 22 on “Good Morning America” (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) and the full interview will air that night on “20/20″ (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
George Stephanopoulos to Interview President Obama for ‘Good Morning America;’ Viewers Invited to Submit Questions
This week as President Barack Obama unveils new initiatives to rebuild the economy and create jobs, “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos will conduct an exclusive interview with the President in Cleveland, Ohio. The interview will be featured on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, September 9. Viewers can submit questions for Mr. Obama here.
“Good Morning America” today announced its sizzling 2010 Summer Concert Series lineup with the hottest chart-topping acts in the country, including mega-watt stars Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys; pop sensations the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus; country superstars Sugarland and Lady Antebellum; and the best nostalgia as The GO-GO’s perform for the final time on television. The 2010 Summer Concert Series returns for the second straight year to the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Walgreen’s (first seven concerts) and John Frieda(r) Frizz-Ease(r) Hair Care (final eight concerts).
“GMA’s Summer Concert Series” kicks off on May 21 with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato performing songs from the highly anticipated “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”
Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 69th street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00am when the park opens to the public. For more information on how to attend a summer concert in Central Park, click on the “GMA” web site at www.abcnews.com.
All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET. Additional dates and acts will be announced throughout the summer. Concerts scheduled-to-date include the following: