Sawyer leaves ‘World News’
Diane Sawyer signed off Wednesday evening as anchor of ABC’s “World News,” telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the “home port” of the network’s news team each weeknight.
In a transition previously announced, she will be replaced next week by David Muir.
Sawyer, 68, one of television news’ best-known personalities, has anchored ABC’s flagship newscast since December 2009.
Sawyer isn’t retiring. She said Wednesday that she’ll move “down the hall and up the stairs” to a reporting job.
For most of Sawyer’s tenure, “World News” was second in the ratings to NBC’s “Nightly News,” anchored by Brian Williams.
Spacey plans benefit concert
He has lied, cheated and killed, but “House of Cards” President Frank Underwood isn’t done yet. Next he’s going to sing.
Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will take time out from filming the third season of the Netflix hit series to show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only gala concert Sept. 29 at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The concert will benefit scholarships and grants for emerging artists.
Spacey, who played singer Bobby Darin in “Beyond the Sea,” promises some Billy Joel songs, some Simon & Garfunkel, a bit of Sinatra, plenty of swing, a few stories and a surprise guest or two, all backed by a 40-piece orchestra.
Farmer picked as ‘Bachelor’
ABC has chosen its next “Bachelor.” Chris Soules, who came in third last season on “The Bachelorette,” will look for love among 25 women vying for his heart. His selection was announced Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”
The 32-year-old Iowa farmer said he was “humbled, flattered and grateful” to be selected.
“The Bachelor” features a single guy who goes on a series of dates to choose a potential bride.
The last go-round with former pro soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis wasn’t as popular as the network had hoped, and this time, ABC seemed to want to involve the fans in its decision for the upcoming season. For weeks, executive producer Mike Fleiss teased viewers on Twitter about who would become the next “Bachelor.”
One of the names in the running was race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., the runner-up on Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette.”
Leno to receive humor prize
Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
The performing arts center announced Wednesday that Fallon will join Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Betty White, Kevin Eubanks and others in honoring Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians on Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations.
The prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society through their humor and social commentary in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, the writer and satirist better known as Twain. Past recipients include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Cosby.