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Feb 27, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Donaldson/MSNBC discussions break down: MSNBC is playing with its lineup again, but ABC News stalwart Sam Donaldson will not be on it as had been expected.

Mr. Donaldson had been in discussion about hosting a prime-time news-interview show on MSNBC. Asked on Thursday about the status of the negotiations between Mr. Donaldson-who was rendered invisible to TV viewers when he and Cokie Roberts were succeeded by George Stephanopoulos as moderator of “This Week” last September-a spokeswoman at ABC News said Mr. Donaldson and MSNBC were unable to make a deal but had “parted ways as friends.

“Sam continues to do his [ABC] radio program and is preparing to bring the radio program overseas” if events dictate and will be available to all ABC News broadcasts, said the spokeswoman pronounced ABC “delighted” that Mr. Donaldson would be remaining in the family and be available to supply expertise earned during the Persian Gulf war.

UPN announces end of ‘Buffy’: UPN’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will finish its seven-year run on Tuesday, May 20, in an episode written by series creator and executive producer Joss Whedon. “Buffy” star Sarah Michelle Gellar signed on to do a feature film later this summer and told Entertainment Weekly in its March 7 issue that she wouldn’t come back to the show, leading to speculation about the end of the series. UPN today confirmed that “Buffy” won’t be back. UPN is still in discussions with Mr. Whedon and producer 20th Century Fox Television about a possible “Buffy” spinoff.