February 08, 2010 12:00 PM

ABC World News With Diane Sawyer

ABC, weeknights, 6:30 p.m. ET |

Good Morning America

ABC, weekdays, 7 a.m. ET |

NEWS

In recent weeks Diane Sawyer has moved from Good Morning America, where her cooing voice greeted the day for more than a decade, to the anchor desk of the network’s evening news. Sometimes I wish she could deliver the headlines without so many deeply searching, quizzical looks—as if she were personally trying to fathom the day’s issues for our sake at home—but she’s a consummate journalist, able to cover Haiti, terrorists and Scott Brown with a firm but light gravity. Meanwhile, political power-hitter George Stephanopoulos is now GMA’s co-anchor. It’s odd to hear him using phrases like “savory soups for this cold winter weekend,” but he’s an unabrasively scrappy presence, and he pairs well with the warm Robin Roberts.

Kell on Earth

Bravo, Feb. 1, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

REALITY

Kelly Cutrone, head of the fashion publicity and marketing agency People’s Revolution, isn’t terribly telegenic. Her clothes are so dark and undefined, she seems to be dressed in shadows. You don’t imagine a room humming with energy when she walks in. But she has an unflinching, if unpleasant, integrity: As Lauren Conrad‘s boss on MTV’s fashionista fantasy The Hills, she personified the importance of a solid work ethic. I’ll take her over Rachel Zoe any day. The premiere hour of this new series follows Cutrone and her staff as they race through preparations for Fashion Week. None of it is glamorous, much is ridiculous, but some is instructive: If Cutrone snaps at a photographer, she spells out her reasons. Miranda Priestly would have loved her. So, perhaps, would the Puritans.

Temple Grandin

HBO, Feb. 6, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

DRAMA

In this fact-based movie, Claire Danes plays Temple Grandin, an autistic woman whose strongly visual thought processes and unusual empathy with cattle resulted in a career as an animal behavioralist and engineer in livestock yards. As played by Danes—in a performance that can be deliberately off-putting—Grandin is gawky, panicked and loud, but also sympathetic as she struggles to advance in a world that frightens her. Unable to tolerate hugs, she builds herself a sort of holding pen that makes her feel protected and comforted. This is horribly sad, and also ingenious.

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