March 14, 2013 |
At the NBC News Group's upfront presentation Thursday in New York City, “Today” host Matt Lauer wasted no time in addressing the problems plaguing the once-dominant morning program. “I would like to tackle what might be a teeny white elephant in the room. We all love covering the news, we hate being the news,” he said on stage at the New York Public Library's Celeste Bartos Forum, where he was joined by co-host Savannah Guthrie. “I promise to spend all of my time and energy over the next several months trying to keep Savannah out of the headlines.” The joke, of course, is that it's Lauer who's been getting the wrong kind of attention recently, culminating with an ill-timed front-page story in Thursday's New York Times about his plummeting popularity . PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times But if the bad press had him blue, Lauer wasn't letting on. He put on a brave face at the presentation, joking that “we want to go back to the most-watched morning program and the least-talked about morning program.” NBC Universal News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel likewise stressed “Today” in her remarks at the luncheon, pointing out the months of work put into “evolving” the ailing cash cow. “We are really pleased with the direction it's headed,” she said, boasting that with “Today,” MSNBC's “Morning Joe” and CNBC's “Squawk Box,” they “own” morning television.
March 12, 2013 |
David Copperfield was supposed to visit the set of NBC's "Today" show last week, but when his flight had to make an emergency landing in Illinois the network went to Plan B - an interview with the illusionist from a hangar in Peoria. Host Matt Lauer was game but technology wasn't. NBC's Skype connection produced bad audio and grainy images of a cheesy illusion that probably only served to make viewers disappear. Just as that segment stumbled to an end, "Today" cameras caught comedian Chelsea Handler awkwardly walking onto the set before her hosts were ready to greet her. It was amateur-hour television and exemplified the struggles at the once-dominant NBC show.
December 4, 2012 |
On Monday, a 58-year-old Queens man named Ki-Suk Han was killed when an unknown assailant pushed him off the platform at Manhattan's 49 th Street subway station. It was one of those stories that strikes fear into the heart of every New Yorker, and the controversial image on the cover of Tuesday's New York Post - taken by an onlooker in the last desperate seconds of Han's life - only compounded the horror of the incident. Matt Lauer opted to show the New York Post cover to “Today” viewers Tuesday morning, as well as a second image of Han from inside the paper.
November 27, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Hour: The drama series set in a 1957 British TV newsroom returns for a new season with Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Dominic West and cast newcomer Peter Capaldi (6, 7:15, 9 and 10:15 p.m. BBC America). Return to Lonesome Dove: Dunnegan (Oliver Reed) tells Newt (Rick Schroder) he considers him a son while Gideon (William Petersen)
November 21, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 18 - 24 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Twilight Zone: KTLA's annual marathon alternates episodes of the mind-bending anthology series (9, 9:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.; 1, 1:30, 3, 3:30, 5 and 5:30 p.m.) with episodes of the sci-fi series "The Outer Limits" (10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m.). Along for the Bride: TLC offers yet another bridal-themed reality series (10 and 10:30 p.m. TLC)
November 15, 2012 |
Guy Fieri shot back at New York Times critic Pete Wells for a scathing review of his new Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen & Bar (written entirely in rhetorical questions). Some are even calling it the most brutal restaurant review ever. On today's "Today" show in an interview with Savannah Guthrie , the spiky-haired Food Network star said: "I thought it was ridiculous. I mean, I've read reviews - there's good and there's bad in the restaurant business, but that to me went so overboard, it really seemed like there was another agenda.