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.
ABC News’ 13-week primetime summer series, “Nightline Prime,” premieres WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, with a five-part investigation into the realm of the extra-sensory, the spiritual and the experiences many call “beyond belief.”
“Sometimes the most interesting trips are the ones that take you places you never thought you’d go. These are mysteries in the most profound sense,” says “Nightline” executive producer Jeanmarie Condon. “Stories that defy proof and perception are the ultimate adventure – and perfect for summer – to kick off our 13 specials.”
The five installments of “Beyond Belief” begin airing Wednesday, June 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and continue on the four subsequent Wednesdays (through July 20):
Wednesday, June 22: Juju Chang investigates “Twintuition,” the special connection between twins that allows some siblings to share a language, know what the other is thinking, or share physical sensations across distances. If twins can communicate on a level that defies spacial and time constraints, what does that mean for the rest of us?
Wednesday, June 29: “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir journeys from Nazareth and Rwanda to Spain, Bosnia and across the U.S. to explore “The Miracle Mysteries.” These destinations have become pilgrimage sites for people who believe profoundly that the Virgin Mary has appeared to and communicated with ordinary people.
Wednesday, July 6: “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran takes a closer look at the “Battle with the Devil,” a resurgent belief that satanic will or demon possession causes acts of evil. Can a real-life killer get away with the “demon defense” for murder?
Wednesday, July 13: Juju Chang and others unravel the power of the 21st century psychic. “Psychic Power” features a medium to the stars, psychic addicts who can’t make a decision without consulting a clairvoyant, and people who believe their pets are psychic.
Wednesday, July 20: Bob Woodruff unlocks the mysteries of what he remembers in the terrible minutes after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and he saw his body floating below in a kind of whiteness. He speaks with others who report the same type of out-of-body experience and with theologians, preachers, neurologists, psychologists and anthropologists for “The Other Side.”
“Nightline’s” summer series builds on the success of a four-part exploration of the mystery and the science of the brain that aired in primetime last year. ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. John Donvan and Juju Chang are correspondents. Jeanmarie Condon is the Executive Producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on ABC.
This spring a modern day fairytale unfolds as Prince William and Catherine Middleton exchange wedding vows after nearly a decade of courtship. ABC News will take viewers inside the Royal nuptials with nearly 20 hours of original programming on the ABC Television Network, as well as comprehensive coverage across all platforms, including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. Throughout its coverage the News division will work closely with its longstanding international partner, the BBC, the principal public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In addition, ABC News will create a unique experience for its youngest viewers through partnerships with the Disney Channel and DisneyFamily.com.
As the couple walk down the aisle on Friday, April 29, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters will anchor special live coverage from Buckingham Palace from 4:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., ET followed by a live West Coast edition of “Good Morning America.” “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will be live from Westminster Abbey. They will be joined in London by a team of ABC News anchors and correspondents including: “ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir, who will bring American viewers into the broadcast as he captures real time reactions to the wedding on Twitter and Facebook; “20/20″ co-anchor Chris Cuomo; “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden; “GMA Weekend” co-anchor Bianna Golodryga; ABC News London-based correspondent Nick Watt; and ABC News Special Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl, columnist for The Daily Mail and author of The Making of a Royal Romance: William, Kate and Harry – A Look Behind the Palace Walls, the definitive biography of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Contributors to the broadcast will include: Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles and Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast; Royal insider Colleen Harris, who served as Press Secretary to Princes Charles, William and Harry from 1998 to 2003; one of Princess Diana’s Bridesmaids, India Hicks; Royal historian Robert Lacey; and Royal editor for the Sun Newspaper, Duncan Larcombe.
ABC News will live-stream full coverage of the Royal Wedding on April 29, delivering news content to viewers in more places than ever before. Consumers will be able to access ABC’s live coverage anchored by Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters on ABCNews.com, ABC News app for iPad and iPhone, Hulu, Yahoo! and on Facebook.
ABC News will kick off its coverage on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 p.m., ET with a “Special Edition of 20/20: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale,” anchored by Barbara Walters. Throughout the week leading up to the wedding “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline” and “20/20″ will all broadcast from London.
Special Editions of “20/20″
On the eve of the wedding, “20/20″ will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the life that awaits Catherine after she walks down the aisle. This special hour will air Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m., ET and will be anchored by Chris Cuomo in London and Elizabeth Vargas in New York.
In addition to Barbara Walters’ “Special Edition of 20/20: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale” airing on Monday, April 18, Walters will anchor a special two-hour edition of “20/20″ on Friday,
April 29 from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET, bringing viewers a look back at the wedding watched by the world.
“Good Morning America”
Robin Roberts will co-anchor “Good Morning America” live from London throughout the week of April 25. On Monday Roberts will broadcast from Jubilee Gardens. Beginning Tuesday, she will be joined by Barbara Walters when “GMA” originates from Kensington Palace, William’s childhood home. On Wednesday the show will originate from Buckingham Palace and on Thursday from Westminster Abbey.
“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer”
Diane Sawyer will anchor the broadcast live from London on Wednesday, April 27 through Friday, April 29.
Beginning Monday, April 25, Cynthia McFadden will co-anchor the No. 1 show in late-night from London. McFadden will anchor “Nightline” from Westminster Abby on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29. On Thursday, just hours before the wedding, “Nightline” will air a live edition of the broadcast for the West Coast. Throughout the week fashion guru Tim Gunn will contribute to the program.
Bianna Golodryga co-anchors the Saturday edition of “GMA Weekend” from London with the latest news on the morning after the wedding.
“This Week with Christiane Amanpour”
On Sunday, April 24, Christiane Amanpour will have a preview of the wedding and all of the history and tradition that surrounds such an affair.
ABC News Digital
Leading up to the wedding, viewers can stay with ABC News Digital as every detail is unveiled. On ABCNews.com get all the details and latest news in ABC’s special section at www.abcnews.com/royalwedding. The section includes up-to-the minute information and insider details on our Royal Diary blog, a fully interactive Family Tree of the Royal Family, a Guestbook for visitors to leave their well wishes for William and Catherine, and a library of video content featuring both historical and current moments throughout the history of the Royal family.
ABC News and Yahoo! have joined forces to create a program exclusive to digital platforms. Straight from London, Wedding Royale is a must-see weekly digital show with the latest news about Prince William, Kate Middleton and their big day. Hosted by Nick Watt, Wedding Royale is an informative yet witty take on the future King and Queen of England – delivered with a twist.
Follow the coverage on Facebook and Twitter: Follow ABC News’ twitter feed @ABCROYALS for the latest details leading up to the big day and catch live tweeting of the event on the @ABC, @ABCROYALS twitter accounts. Plus, “Like” ABC News on Facebook at Facebook.com/abcnews to watch live streaming coverage on April 29th. Connect with ABC News’ latest coverage on mobile: Both the ABC News app for iPad and ABC News app for iPhone feature special sections with the latest Royal coverage & will live stream the event the day of the wedding.
Enhanced ABC News Video eBook
A Modern Fairy Tale: William and Kate and Three Generations of Royal Love is an original enhanced eBook that tells the story of how Prince William and Kate Middleton grew up, fell in love and became engaged. With text by bestselling author Jane Green, video culled from the ABC archives and dozens of photographs, this 360-degree storytelling experience provides background on the modern young prince, his captivating fiancŽe and their upcoming wedding at Westminster Abbey. A Modern Fairy Tale delves into the history of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip; their love stories; and the details and impact of their historic weddings. To be published on April 11, 2011, this special Hyperion/ABC Video Book is available on the top retailer platforms and includes an original video Foreword by Barbara Walters, featuring Walters’ recollections of covering the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
ABC News Radio
ABC News Radio will have extensive coverage of the Royal Wedding, providing live anchored coverage of the day’s events beginning at 5:00 a.m., ET. The live coverage will be anchored by ABC News Radio Correspondents Aaron Katersky and Cheri Preston from outside Buckingham Palace. ABC News Radio Correspondents Tom Rivers and Linda Albin will contribute from Westminster Abbey and London, respectively. A number of special guests and Royal experts will also contribute to the coverage. ABC News Radio will offer one-minute status reports throughout the day of the Royal Wedding to the 2,400 affiliate stations that broadcast ABC News’ coverage across the globe.
ABC News One
Starting the week of April 4, ABC News’ affiliate news service will provide special weekly features on the wedding to all ABC stations and to all ABC clients and partners, including the BBC, Bloomberg, NHK Japan, CTV Canada and Univision. NewsOne Correspondent Diana Alvear will be reporting from London beginning Monday, April 25.
In recognition of the increased interest in all things Royal, Disney Channel will present “A Modern Fairytale: The Royal Wedding Week,” a short-form series for kids, tweens and families, Monday-Friday, April 25-29. Hosted by ABC News’ Juju Chang, the series will tell the story of the Royal couple. Disney Channel will present a week-long primetime programming event that includes telecasts of prince and princess-themed movies, including “Enchanted” and “Cinderella,” every night (check local listings).
DisneyFamily.com has launched a month-long online celebration titled “Happily Ever After.” The website features tips from Disney’s expert princess-makers on how to have a fairytale wedding or vow renewal celebration; a showcase of Disney Princess-inspired wedding gowns; ideas for mom and daughter Royal Wedding viewing parties; and fun tips for moms to feel like a princess every day!
ABC News launches a new primetime series, “Nightlineprime,” with four installments of “Secrets of Your Mind — Why We Do What We Do.” This marks “Nightline’s” first foray into primetime series. “Secrets of Your Mind” premieres THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and continues for three successive Thursdays, concluding September 9.
In this series, “Nightline” anchors and producers explore the mystery and the science of the brain through a range of extraordinary case studies. The series also features the work of world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes, of West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, and his patients. Each installment of “Secrets of Your Mind” will focus on a different research area, including love’s impact on the brain, medical emergencies involving the brain, violence and the brain, and food and the brain.
Thursday, August 19: “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden explores the brain in love. She follows a remarkable story of love lost and found again after a traumatic brain injury. McFadden also talks to a man who is literally paralyzed by love-a peculiar brain condition that causes his body to shut down when he experiences feelings of love for his wife.
Thursday, August 26: Martin Bashir takes a journey inside the mind of a psychopath. Bashir examines evil’s origin in the brain, whether people are born with a tendency for evil or violent behavior, and whether that can be detected in childhood. In his reporting, Bashir visits death row for a close-up look at two of the country’s most notorious serial killers. He also speaks exclusively to the distraught father of Chris Benoit, the pro-wrestler who murdered his family then himself.
Thursday, September 2: “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran embeds with Dr. Bailes for a first-hand look at life-and-death drama inside the operating room. It’s a race against time as cameras capture an aneurism bursting on the operating table and Dr. Bailes and his team have only seconds to react.
Thursday, September 9: Food on the brain and its impact on America’s obesity epidemic is the topic of the fourth and final installment. Martin Bashir reports on a story of an obese woman who has tried everything to lose weight, and now is embarking on the most revolutionary weight loss procedure ever attempted-brain surgery. Bashir also peers into the mind of a woman who eats out of control while she sleeps. The brain’s mysterious relationship with food closes out the series.
James Goldston is the executive producer of “Nightlineprime.”
ABC News today announced that ABC News programming from its platforms and shows will be featured on a branded page on Hulu, an online video service. The site will feature short form news content and long form programming from morning to night — including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “This Week,” “20/20? and “Primetime” limited series.
“We’re happy to be able to provide our audience with another way to watch ABC News,” said David Westin, President, ABC News. “We look forward to sharing our reporting with users on one of the top video destinations on the Internet.”
Select programming from ABC News NOW, the network’s digital channel, such as “Top Line,” a daily political program hosted by ABC News’ Political Director David Chalian and Senior Political Reporter and author of The Note,’ Rick Klein, will also be available on Hulu. The channel will also feature ABC News NOW’s “Good Morning America Health,” a health and wellness program, as well as ABC News Specials and content from the ABC News Archives.
The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 60 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com and Disney Channel programming.
The ABC Television Network received 56 nominations, including a Drama Series and Writing in a Drama Series nomination for previous Emmy winner “Lost,” produced by ABC Studios, and key nominations in the acting categories: Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Sally Field for “Brothers and Sisters”; Christina Applegate captured a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for her starring role in “Samantha Who?”; Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson both were recognized in the Supporting Actress Drama category for their roles on “Grey’s Anatomy”; “Lost’s” Michael Emerson, a past Emmy winner for a guest appearance on “The Practice,” captured his third straight Supporting Actor nomination as the mysterious Benjamin Linus; William Shatner was recognized with a Supporting Actor nomination for the last season of “Boston Legal,” along with his co-star Christian Clemenson; Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominations went to previous Emmy nominees Kristin Chenoweth for “Pushing Daisies” and Vanessa Williams for “Ugly Betty.”
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