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Seth Meyers' former Saturday Night Live cohort Jimmy Fallon inheriting The Tonight Show means there will be a new host of Fallon's former show, Late Night. Enter Meyers.
The Weekend Update anchor discussed the transition on Today. Does Meyers have what it takes to compete in the late night talk show wars? Watch a clip after the jump!
After years in daytime as a co-host on The View and a co-anchor on Today, is Meredith Vieira ready to take the plunge with her own daytime talk show? According to Us Weekly, Vieira is taping a pilot for NBC.
Insiders tell Us that Vieira, 59, is currently filming the pilot for her NBC show, which is in the vein of Katie Couric's ABC daytime talk show. The series has not yet been picked up, but if and when it is, it would air sometime in 2014.
Previously, The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reported Vieira was in talks with NBCUniversal for a syndicated talk show. Reportedly, if picked up, Vieira’s show could go head-to-head with either The View or Katie Couric’s Katie. Talk about intrigue in daytime. READ MORE
Just how unbearable was Today for Ann Curry in the months leading up to her exit? According to an excerpt published by the New York Times from Brian Stelter’s new book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, Curry told friends “her final months were a form of professional torture.”
One staff person recalled that “a lot of time in the control room was spent making fun of Ann’s outfit choices or just generally messing with her.” On one memorable spring morning, Curry wore a bright yellow dress that spawned snarky comparisons to Big Bird. The staff person said that others in the control room, which included 14 men and 3 women, according to my head count one morning, Photoshopped a picture of Big Bird next to Curry and asked co-workers to vote on “Who wore it best?”
Sometimes the best thing to do after months of bad press is find the humor in your situation. That appears to be what Today’s Matt Lauer is trying to do. According to the New York Post, Lauer joked about his plummeting Q Score and The New York Times scathing coverage, at New York’s Broadcast Cable & Film Division event.
“a bit surprised to be asked to host this dinner. If you’ve been following the papers lately, you know it’s been a bit rough for me. These days, I only get asked to host dinners if polio is busy. Yup, I have a lower Q rating than polio right now.”
“Katie has a way of making headlines. Who can forget when she was co-host of the ‘Today’ show? She got a colonoscopy on TV. Not to be outdone, two weeks ago, I got one in The New York Times.” READ MORE
ABC’s Good Morning America has a firm grip on its new throne as the king of the morning show wars. GMA was the No. 1 morning program during the first quarter of 2013 in both total Viewers (5.389 million) and among adults 25-54 (2.026 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.
Just how many new shows can Anderson Cooper do? According to Deadline, the journalist and Kathy Griffin filmed a pilot for CNN. The website is also reporting NBC approached Cooper to replace Today's embattled Matt Lauer.
I hear NBC toppers recently reached out to CNN’s Anderson Cooper to replace Lauer on the show before the end of the year. After their initial approach to Cooper, I hear NBC reached out to Lauer to get his blessing about the changeover. But I heard they got pushback from the Today veteran, who contacted Cooper to express his disapproval. I also hear that call caught Cooper by surprise, as he had assumed Lauer had been brought on board before NBC began making overtures.