16 items from 2011
Gayle King and Charlie Rose are to join the news lineup at CBS's Early Show. The network will announce the news on Tuesday (November 15), according to Entertainment Weekly. Early Show already features Erica Hill, Chris Wragge and Jeff Glor, but the show has been struggling in the ratings compared to its early-morning rivals. In July, former CBS Early Show host Harry Smith left the network after 25 years for rival network NBC. Rose is the host (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
CBS plans to announce on Tuesday that Charlie Rose and Gayle King will take over a revamped, news-focused Early Show, according to the New York Times. The current show, which features Erica Hill, Chris Wragge, and Jeff Glor, has struggled to keep up with its early-morning rivals and its ratings are down 6 percent this fall compared to last year. Rose, who hosts his own show on PBS, and King, who has her own program on Own, would join Hill and Glor on the revamped show sometime early next year.
Charlie Rose in talks for ‘Early Show’
- Jeff Labrecque
Folks at ABC are “doing a happy dance” over word that CBS is about to remake The Early Show into a Morning Joe-like ensemble gabfest with Charlie Rose and Gayle King joining current co-hosts Erica Hill and Jeff Glor, The New York Times says. The plan indicates that the network is abandoning any hope of overtaking ABC’s Good Morning America or NBC’s Today in the ratings, and are settling instead for the cachet of being a hard-news alternative — which appeals to CBS’ older demo. CBS hasn’t decided whether to stick with the Early Show name, and it seems there’s no role for another co-host, Chris Wragge. The revamped show would have a regular group of contributors with Rose guiding things at 7 Am, and King taking charge at 8. CBS execs can’t be pleased with the way The Times framed their plans: The paper says that the »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Charlie Rose in the morning? It may happen. This morning, CNN host Howard Kurtz posted an interesting tweet: “Charlie Rose tells me he’s talking to CBS about co-hosting Early Show, is ‘intrigued’ by taking a non-traditional approach. In Newsweek.”
So can we trust Kurtz? Seems so. Following the tweet, EW reached out to sources, who told us that Rose is indeed in talks to join The Early Show, currently anchored by Chris Wragge, Erica Hill, and Jeff Glor. Rose continues to host the self-titled interview series, Charlie Rose, which is syndicated on PBS. Could Rose make CBS mornings a little, »
- Kate Ward
NBC didn't spill any secrets about the unnamed hourlong prime time news program that Brian Williams is developing when it announced today that former CBS News anchor Harry Smith will join the team as "one of the correspondents." The show's exact format is still a mystery, although NBC News president Steve Capus says that Smith's “vast experience, covering everything from interviews with world leaders to wars and natural disasters, makes him a perfect fit for this new broadcast," which will also feature NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC anchors and correspondents. NBC's praise must be refreshing for Smith to hear. In January, CBS pared back his role at The Early Show. CBS put Chris Wragge and Erica Hill in as anchors, replacing Smith and Maggie Rodriguez, in an effort to narrow the ratings gap with NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America. Smith had hosted CBS’s This Morning from »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Harry Smith has found a new home. The former Early Show host — who first joined CBS back in 1987 — is swapping networks to NBC News, where he will collaborate with Brian Williams on a primetime newsmagazine. The show is set to premiere during the 2011-2012 season.
- Kate Ward
CBS News veteran Harry Smith is leaving the network to join NBC, six months after CBS replaced his "Early Show" team. NBC said a formal announcement of Smith's hiring will come Monday. TV Guide reported that Smith, who joined CBS in 1986, will join a new primetime newsmagazine show with Brian Williams. CBS announced in November that it would replace Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price in the morning show, which lags behind "Today" and "Good Morning America." The new team of Erica Hill, Chris Wragge and Maggie Castro took over at »
- Tim Molloy
Vanessa Hudgens spotted stylish,sexy for Beastly NYC movie promotion. The mega cute,actress Vanessa Hudgens was recently spotted out on the "Beastly" movie,promotion trail in New York City,New York yesterday. She sported a very stylish,sexy type dress that showed off her great figure. According to sources,Vanessa was all dressed up for a couple of morning interviews. She went to a few upscale boutiques on Madison Ave. Then she headed to CBS' Early Show to promote her new "Beastly" movie with co-anchor Chris Wragge (video below).
Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man who became a YouTube sensation due to his golden radio voice, returned to the CBS Early Show this morning to discuss his roller-coaster ride of sudden fame. Looking polished and more comfortable in front of the cameras, Williams reflected on his emotionally jarring recent experiences, including his decision to leave a Texas rehab center. “It was too much, too fast, and I was just not really focused on what I should be doing,” he said. “I felt scripted. I was doing live phone-ins (to TV shows) from rehab.”
Williams initially relapsed under the immense »
- Jeff Labrecque
The network, which is shaking up its management, has asked anchor Katie Couric to stay on through the 2012 elections-for significantly less money than her original $15 million deal, a source tells Howard Kurtz.
CBS has asked Katie Couric to stay on as anchor after her lucrative contract expires at the end of May, a source familiar with the situation tells The Daily Beast.
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While negotiations have not yet started and a deal might fail to materialize, this is the first concrete indication that Les Moonves, the company's chief executive, has made a decision on extending her deal.
That word comes amid a management shakeup in which Jeff Fager, the 60 Minutes executive producer, takes over CBS News from Sean McManus, the man who helped lure Couric from NBC's Today show five years ago.
If Couric and the network reach agreement, »
- Howard Kurtz
HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.
New York City – Television, film, stage, and news headliners are set to take the stage for the 2011 Writers Guild of America Awards ceremony in New York City. Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Flight of the Conchords) will host the 63rd annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the Axa Equitable Center. Award presenters include: Kathleen Turner, John Larroquette, Donnie Wahlberg, Judah Friedlander, Merritt Wever, Vincent Piazza, Gretchen Mol, Erica Slezak, Matthew Settle, John Hodgman, John Waters, Peter Riegert, Marshall Brickman, Jenny Lumet, and Chris Wragge. Additional presenters are expected to be added to the line-up. In addition: * Tony Gilroy will present his father Frank Gilroy with the Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing. * The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television will receive the Burkey Award for contributions that have brought honor and dignity to writers. * Marianne Pryor will »
- MIKE FLEMING
It's all over the tabloids: Kelsey Grammer left his wife, "Real Housewife" Camille, for Kayte Walsh, a 29-year-old British flight attendant whom he's now engaged to. Camille reportedly rejected Kelsey's original $30 million settlement offer, believing the absence of a prenup could net her more money in child and spousal support. Kelsey is said to have requested a quickie divorce in order to speed up his upcoming nuptials. With all the he-said she-said, it's hard to separate fact from fiction. Camille opened up to The Early Show's Chris Wragge about the perils of going through a divorce in the spotlight.
On going through a divorce on TV:
"Well, divorce in itself is so difficult to go through. I mean, anybody knows who's gone through it. It's just so hard. And then to have to play it out on some reality TV show is, again, is surreal. It's hard to show »
- Huffington Post
In their first week, the new "Early Show" team earned eight percent fewer viewers than the veteran team they replaced did in the same week last year, final Nielsen numbers show. But they didn't suffer a mass exodus. The new team, led by Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, scored 2.82 million viewers in their debut week, which began Jan. 3. The old team, led by Smith and Maggie Rodriguez, scored 3.08 million viewers in the equivaent week last year, Jan. 4-8. Also read: Dave Price Exits 'Early Show' Early The numbers don't indicate, »
It was Day One of the new Early Show this morning on CBS. Gone were Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, and Dave Price. In their seats were Chris Wragge, Erica Hill, and Marysol Castro. When the decision to revamp the third-place morning show was announced in November, some folks were none too pleased: Wragge was too handsome, said many critics, and his hard-news bonafides — he logged time on Entertainment Tonight — weren’t up to Smith-ian levels. Many loyal and disappointed fans of the previous team vowed not to watch the program. But the new gang seemed poised and professional this morning, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The small talk that opened Monday's "Early Show" wasn't so small. "Anything big going on for you in the new year?" new anchor Chris Wragge asked his equally new co-anchor, Erica Hill. "Uh, not so much," she said. "No, back to work on a Monday." That was the low-key way the key players in CBS' major morning shakeup acknowledged their replacement of Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez, who were ejected from the show with the new year. CBS wants to juice the ratings for the show, which generally earns about half the viewers »
16 items from 2011
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