December 17, 2008 |
Four hours in the morning apparently isn't enough. NBC's "Today" show is going prime-time, for one night only. Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Ann Curry will host a one-hour review on Dec. 22 of the year's biggest news events. It won't be strictly serious; the show will include big moments in pop culture and "Today" show bloopers. With its prime-time schedule suffering, NBC is reaching toward its more successful areas for programming. Late-night king Jay Leno is moving to prime-time next fall.
April 23, 2008 |
As guest host of "Today," First Lady Laura Bush proved Tuesday that she could be as chatty and genial as the broadcast pros. In fact, in the company of the NBC morning show's fawning veterans, Bush brought a welcome air of restraint -- while much of the time, her on-air companions might have seemed to the former teacher like schoolchildren on a sugar rush. "You did that so well, it's obvious that we are overpaid," news anchor Ann Curry marveled after Bush did a brief voice-over announcement.
April 1, 2008 |
Kathie Lee Gifford is returning to morning television next week as co-host of the 10 a.m. hour of the "Today" show with Hoda Kotb, NBC announced Monday. The arrival of Gifford, who spent 15 years co-hosting "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee" before departing in 2000, will allow the show to redeploy news anchors Ann Curry and Natalie Morales to other duties on the morning program. Both Curry and Morales had been named co-anchors of the fourth hour of the show with Kotb when "Today" extended the program in September.
August 15, 2007 |
NBC's "Today" show will expand to a fourth hour starting Sept. 10. The announcement Tuesday nails down a start date for the program's expansion, which was announced months ago. The new hour will be co-hosted by "Today" news anchor Ann Curry, national correspondent Natalie Morales and correspondent Hoda Kotb.
January 18, 2007 |
Love the "Today" show? You're about to love it more. At least, that's what NBC is hoping for next fall when the top-rated morning show expands to a fourth hour. Questions remain about who will lead the hour to be added on at the tail end of the show. By contract, Meredith Vieira, who co-hosts the show along with Matt Lauer, is barred from appearing on NBC's air when episodes of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" -- which she also heads up -- is on in some markets during that hour.
December 31, 2006 |
IT was holiday time on "Today," and Meredith Vieira was quizzing Martha Stewart about picking a Christmas tree. "Do you get the real thing, or do you like to fake it?" Vieira asked the domestic doyenne, her face fixed in an innocent expression. "I do both," Stewart said, going on to explain the benefits of using artificial trees.