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Michael Strahan’s ‘Live’ Exit Just the Latest in Morning Anchor Drama

27 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The network morning shows are in the midst of a musical-chairs moment that is as much about positioning for the future as it is about the day-to-day battle for ratings and bragging rights.

ABC set off a shuffle — and a kerfuffle — with news last week that “Live With Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan would move to “Good Morning America” full-time in the fall. Meanwhile, NBC’s “Today” is mulling shifts in its 9 a.m. anchor team as it looks to see who clicks with whom.

The moves are all part of the ongoing nuclear war in the a.m. between the networks, each eager to conquer the early- and mid-morning crowd. Willie Geist, who co-anchors the 9 a.m. hour of “Today,” was dispatched earlier this month to host a revamped Sunday edition of the program. Even CBS stalwart “Sunday Morning” is facing a generational shift as the network tries »

- Brian Steinberg

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NBC Mulls Changes to 9 a.m. Hour of ‘Today’

16 March 2016 6:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC is feeling its oats in the morning.

Having stabilized the performance of the first two hours of its long-running “Today” show after that flagship program lost standing to ABC rival “Good Morning  America,” NBC is moving to bolster other parts of the “Today” franchise, and could be willing to shuffle some of its on-air talent to do so.

NBC is mulling changes to the 9 a.m. hour of “Today,” according to four people familiar with the situation, though no plans have been finalized. One idea being considered would tweak the format of that hour to make it lighter in tone and compete more directly with its rivals, which include ABC’s syndicated powerhouse “Live! With Kelly and Michael.” Discussions among producers and talent are said to be “collaborative,” according to one person familiar with the program.

If that shift were to happen, some members of the hour’s current on-air crew, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Willie Geist Takes Over Sunday ‘Today’ In April, While CBS Still Mulls ‘Sunday Morning’ Transition Plans

2 March 2016 12:45 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

This morning’s news that Willie Geist will take over as host of NBC’s Sunday Today in April gives that No. 3-rated show a jump on the competition as the top-ranking CBS Sunday Morning plans for a future without longtime host Charles Osgood. The No. 1-rated CBS Sunday Morning continues to dominate the time slot leading in to the Sunday Beltway shows. In overall audience, its 6 million viewers runs laps around ABC's Sunday edition of Good Morning America (3.8M) and NBC's Tod… »

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Willie Geist to Anchor New Sunday Edition of NBC’s ‘Today’

2 March 2016 7:23 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don’t bother Willie Geist on Saturdays. Starting in April, that will be the one day of the week he will have off.

Geist will take on a new role as the anchor of the Sunday version of “Today” on NBC, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The move appears to be aimed at making the Sunday broadcast dovetail more readily with another NBC News weekend stalwart: “Meet the Press.”

The New York Post was first to report the move. NBC has yet to announce the shift. Geist is expected to continue his other roles during the 9 a.m. broadcast of “Today” during the week and on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The Post report cited an executive who billed the revamped Sunday broadcast as being more “thoughtful and reflective,” something that would cover politics, popular culture and social trends, and give Geist a chance to present things in his own voice. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Charles Osgood Stepping Away From ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

15 January 2016 10:16 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Charles Osgood is prepping to step down from his longterm perch as anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. As the 83-year-old readies himself for knee surgery next month, CBS execs are in the early stages of considering Sunday mornings without the steady, welcoming presence of the avuncular host. A spokesman for CBS News declined comment, but sources say that conversations within the news division have begun. Though nothing’s reached the negotiation point, Jane Pauley, who’s… »

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Charles Osgood Preparing To Leave ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

15 January 2016 7:16 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For many Sunday-morning TV viewers, Charles Osgood has become a habit so ingrained that missing his “CBS Sunday Morning” would be like forgoing eggs and coffee. At some point in the not-too-distant future, however, the ritual of watching the veteran may come to a close.

CBS News and Osgood have begun discussing when he might leave the show, according to a person familiar with the situation. There is no set date when the newsman might step down, this person cautioned, though he is scheduled to be absent from the program for a few weeks due to knee surgery. Osgood’s negotiations were previously reported by the New York Daily News.

CBS declined to make executives available for comment.

Among the pool of potential successors would be Jane Pauley, the former “Today” anchor who joined the Sunday program as a contributor in 2014. No one has been signed as a new host of the program, »

- Brian Steinberg

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