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Meghan McCain is leaving ABC's 'The View' as daytime TV's favorite villain

It’s the end of yet another era at “The View” as Meghan McCain announced her imminent departure after a tumultuous four years on the program. (She’ll stay through the end of the season in July.) McCain was a lightning rod, a person people who didn't even watch “The View” loved to hate. But she was also a necessary part of the formula for the long-running series, which has been one of the few female-driven shows to take on politics. And for those already celebrating her expert, brace yourselves: Whoever producers hire to be McCain’s replacement may end up making viewers wish she’d come back.
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Rachel Nichols Out for N.B.A. Finals Coverage on ABC

Rachel Nichols, who was expected to be ABC’s sideline reporter for the N.B.A. finals, will not work that role when the first game of the series tips off Tuesday night, ESPN announced. She will be replaced by Malika Andrews. Nichols was the sideline reporter for the finals last year and...
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Malika Andrews to serve as NBA Finals sideline reporter for ESPN/ABC, the role Rachel Nichols held last year

The NBA Finals begin Tuesday night, and normally, ESPN would have put out a release announcing their coverage plans (including for the ABC broadcast) days in advance. They did that on May 26 for a May 30 start in 2019, and on September 28 for a September 30 start in 2020. This year, the release came the afternoon of the event (at 12:12 p.m. Eastern, with the game beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern). It seems quite possible some of that delay may be around Sunday’s NYT reporting on Rachel Nichols’ 2020 comments on Maria Taylor and the behind-the-scenes tensions that’s led to, which has sparked plenty of further discussion (and an on-air apology from Nichols Monday).
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Watch a Never-Before-Aired James Baldwin Interview From 1979

In 1979, up-and-coming television producer Joseph Lovett scored the opportunity of a lifetime. Just a few months into his stint at 20/20, ABC’s upstart television news magazine, Lovett was assigned a profile of James Baldwin, pegged to the publication of Baldwin’s nineteenth novel, Just Above My Head. Lovett was “beyond thrilled” to tell the titanic American writer’s story—but it’s taken until 2021 for that interview to see the light of day. Buried by ABC at the time, the segment has resurfaced over four decades later, revealing a unique glimpse into Baldwin’s private life—as well as his resounding criticism about white fragility, as blisteringly relevant today as it was in 1979.
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ABC Pilots Update: ‘Triage’, ‘National Parks’ & ‘Dark Horse’ Not Going Forward; ‘Epic’ & ‘Promised Land’ Remain In Contention

ABC has made decisions on three of its five outstanding drama pilots, passing on Triage, Dark Horse and the Kevin Costner-executive produced National Parks Investigation. Meanwhile, Epic and Promised Land, whose final cuts are still being locked in, remain in consideration for midseason. They come from ABC Signature, has options on the casts until September I hear.
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ABC News declares SCOTUS ruling 'delivers a blow to election rights'

ABC News offered a very skewed framing of the recent Supreme Court ruling that upheld Arizona's efforts to ensure election integrity. In a 6-3 decision on Thursday, the court backed the state's new law which outlawed ballot harvesting, which criminalizes the submission of another person's completed ballot by a third party, other than a family member, caregiver, mail carrier or election official and the disqualification of provisional ballots that are cast in the wrong precinct.
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ABC to stop selling low-alcohol beverages

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - ABC recently announced they’d stop selling any beverages with less than 7.5 percent alcohol content on January 1. Stores are now starting to phase the drinks out. Instead, consumers can find those drinks in grocery and convenience stores. An ABC representative says it won’t be...