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Christiane Amanpour debuts on 'This Week.' How did she do?

Christiane Amanpour hosted ABC's 'This Week' for the first time Sunday. Christiane Amanpour says that she is 'eager to open a window on the world.'

By Frazier MooreAP Television Writer / August 2, 2010

Christiane Amanpour, shown here in New York in May, is the new host of ABC's 'This Week.'



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Saying she's "eager to open a window on the world," ABC's Christiane Amanpour has joined the company of Sunday morning television political talk hosts.

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The former CNN correspondent claimed her role at "This Week" on Sunday, replacing George Stephanopoulos on the show that competes with NBC's "Meet the Press," CBS' "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday."

Amanpour appeared comfortable and aggressively inquisitive in her new position.

Guests on her first broadcast were Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Both interviews were pretaped — a double departure from the usual live nature of the Sunday shows.

But mostly the hour format stuck closely to the past.

The second half consisted of the traditional round-table analysis by a trio of familiar faces: journalist George Will, political strategist Donna Brazile and economist Paul Krugman, along with Pakistani journalist and Taliban expert Ahmed Rashid, from Madrid.

"This Week" continues to originate from Washington's Newseum, but the show is newly billed as "from all across our world to the heart of our nation's capital."

"Having witnessed firsthand the global challenges and opportunities that America faces every day, I'm also eager to open a window on the world and cut through those classified issues that we all confront," Amanpour said at the top of the broadcast.

Of course, domestic politics was never too far from the conversation.

"What is it you can do for the (American) people in this highly polarized situation?" Amanpour asked Pelosi.

Pelosi replied that what Amanpour called a highly polarized situation "is a very big difference of opinion. The Republicans are here for the special interests; we're here for the people's interests."