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'Early Show' finds shelter at 'Evening News'

August 09, 2007|From the Associated Press

In television, it's never a good sign when it starts raining in your indoor studio less than 40 minutes before airtime.

That's what happened to "The Early Show" on CBS Wednesday, forcing a mad scramble across Manhattan in a downpour to broadcast the morning news program out of Katie Couric's empty "Evening News" studio.

Intense storms that disrupted New York City's morning rush hour also caused water to back up on the plaza outside CBS' Fifth Avenue street-side studio. Besides flooding the newsroom and studio, the water leaked into a control room packed with electrical equipment one floor below.

CBS producers quickly made the decision to switch locations, and more than 40 people rushed onto Fifth Avenue in the rain and hailed cabs.

Save for some minor technical problems -- anchor Julie Chen in Los Angeles initially couldn't hear her colleagues -- the top of the show was seamless. Anchors Hannah Storm and Harry Smith briefly explained to viewers why they were on a different set.

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