Saturday, July 19, 2003

Sunday morning blues 

ABC has ordered that George Stephanopoulos' sunday morning show be revamped under 'Nightline' executive producer Tom Bettag. The man who defined fear for copy editors in the first Clinton Whitehouse has been anchoring ABC's 'This Week' since Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson where shown the door last fall. Stephanopoulos has "suffered a rough year at the hands of critics and rivals who note that the show has slipped behind CBS' 'Face the Nation'." 'This Week' will be reformatted to better mach Stephanopoulos' strengths, and will include "'Nightline'-type reports on the show."

Here's a bit of free advice for ABC... get this show away from Tim Russert's time slot! Before Stephanopoulos took over and ABC slid the syndicated version of Chris Matthews behind him, 'Meet the Press' and 'This Week' would start at the offset times of 10:30 am and 11 am. Now the shows go head-to-head, and ABC hardly ever gets my viewership. Back in the day I may have flipped from Tim's show over to ABC at 11 am if he were brining on his 'zzzz' inducing Doris Kearns Goodwyn panel, but now I rarely ever swap the channel because I hate coming into a show midstream.
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