Originally posted by Shem the PenmanIt seems like ABC has already been moving to phase him out, though -- Mrs. Shem and I watch World News Tonight, and it seems like half the time someone else is standing in for him.
I think he's been out because of the lung cancer. He's apparently been pretty unhealthy for a while, with respiratory infections and the like, until they realized that it was cancer.
He has been out due to the cancer; if you hear his voice, it's completely changed from what it used to be. It makes sense (well -- what was Bob Scheiffer doing) why Brian Williams was the only main anchor on the day of the Pope's death on-air.
This puts ABC in a good ol' conundrum, if you ask me; Jennings will have to step down eventually, and Koppel already is stepping down. Do you bring in Charlie Gibson from GMA? Do that and your GMA ratings could slip a bit... and they're nipping on Today's heels here and there.
You could go off the board and stick with Elizabeth Vargas; it would be an alternative choice in that other than Connie Chung, you really haven't had a main female anchor.
Personally? I'd say Anderson Cooper, but that's just me. He's been able to handle big news events at CNN; he's done news and entertainment for the MouseNet... and once again, a counter-programming in younger demos (if there are any in network nightly news) against Williams.
Jack Elam did have 198 credits going back to 1944. Robert Donner who played Exidor in Mork & Mindy was a character actor that you would recognize though couldn't name. In fact he is one of Ed Asner's henchmen in John Wayne's "El Dorado".