If there's anyone who knows about taking massive media hits, while being the anchor of an NBC institution, it's Jay Leno. Perhaps this is why Today's embattled co-host Matt Lauer went on The Tonight Show Thursday to discuss, among other things, the rocky year he's been having. Watch a clip after the jump! READ MORE
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
First, Jeff Zucker left Katie Couric's self-titled talk show high and dry to go run CNN; now he's snatched up one of Katie's top producers! According to the New York Times, Zucker has tapped former Today buddy Michael Bass to fill a senior vice-president role at the struggling, cable news outlet. READ MORE
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