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Carson Daly Joins Today Show (TVNewser)
Carson Daly is joining the Today show as the host of what NBC calls a first-of-its-kind digital studio, dubbed the Orange Room. Daly will continue to host The Voice, and NBC’s New Year’s Eve special, but is giving up Last Call as NBC decides the fate of that late, late show. Daly has also signed a first-look development deal with NBC for scripted and alternative programs under his Daly Productions banner. Reuters Today is revamping its show as it tries to retake the ratings lead it held for decades, adding Daly and a new set to lure back viewers. The hub of the show will be a new set, which features a desk area for hosts that can rotate 360 degrees, state-of-the-art weather screens for Roker, bright orange couches, and Daly’s new digital set, which will allow him to chat with guests after they appear on the main set. Today.com “When I got the call about being permanently on Today and launching the Orange Room, it was like a dream come true,” Daly told us earlier this week. “You know that scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, where Charlie peels back the wrapper and finds the golden ticket? I felt like I got the golden ticket.” FishbowlNY Shama Hussain, who recently moved over from New York magazine to NBC News as social media communications manager, was all over the Orange news Thursday morning.
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Among the more recognizable people in the jazz club audience for the first of the 61-year-old actress’ three 8:30 p.m. singing performances were Les Moonves and Julie Chen. Though Moonves was of course not head of CBS back when the network aired Seasons Two and Three of Wonder Woman, pretty cool nonetheless. Carter had also done The Talk with Chen the day before.
Our spies tell us actress Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue, The Line) was also there to enjoy the March 14 performance and got a nice shout-out at one point from Carter. Cover versions performed for Lawrence, Moonves, Chen and co. Thursday included Adele’s “Rumor Has It,” the Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Fever.”
Kristine Johnson is making another appearance on The Talk. The Channel 2 anchor joins the panel of ladies next Monday from their Los Angeles studio. The Talk airs at 2 each afternoon on WCBS. The daily one-hour program is co-hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Aisha Tyler.
Johnson first guest hosted on The Talk in June 2011.
Johnson, a multiple Emmy Winner, joined WCBS in 2006. She co-anchors with Maurice DuBois at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Channel 2 weathercaster John Elliott is visiting Los Angeles for today’s edition of The Talk.
The show, co-hosted by Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Aisha Tyler, is assembling some of the best CBS-owned news and weather anchors from around the country. The talent will join the roundtable as guest hosts in place of vacationing Julie Chen each day this week.
For Elliott, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Before joining WCBS, Elliott had two-year stint as the KCBS morning weather forecaster.
The Talk appearance also gives Elliott a chance to get his banter going in preparation for his work on WLNY’s new morning program, starting early next month.
The two-hour Live from the Couch is expected to give viewers a focus on entertainment and lifestyle stories.
The Talk airs from 2 to 3 p.m. every weekday on WCBS.
— DIANE CLEHANE
Sure, it’s fun checking in with the media mavens and moguls during our weekly Wednesday outings at Michael’s, but sometimes it’s the random celebrity sighting that can be the most entertaining. When I heard that Dolly Parton was coming today, I was really looking forward to chatting with her. I first sat down with her and Jane Fonda way back when there was some big anniversary for her breakthrough film, 9 to 5. Of all the celebrities I’ve interviewed over the years, Dolly was by far one of the least pretentious. The hair, the outrageous outfits, the nails — the boobs — it’s all part of a perfectly calibrated persona that is as compelling today as it was back then.
When she arrived in the dining room, every head turned. Trust me, she’s like no one you’ve ever seen. At 63, she looked like a living doll with her expertly made-up ageless face, Barbie doll suit (paired with sheer black leggings), that famous platinum mane, and shoes that no other human being could possibly walk in. When I stopped her to chat, she gave me a big smile and grabbed my hand. “Of course I remember you!” she drawled when I explained when we last spoke. I almost believed her — she’s that genuine. When I asked her how things were going with 9 to 5 set to debut on Broadway next week (she wrote 40 songs for the show; 16 made it into the production), she said, “We’re working like crazy just tweaking little things until we get it right. We’re working ’til midnight. I’m really enjoying myself!” Then she sailed in to meet her producer Bob Greenblatt (Showtime’s president), Matt Blank and the rest of her table.
I was dining today with my good pal Kathryn Leigh Scott, who is one of the most prolific women I know. She’s written so many books I’ve lost count (and is currently working on two — one fiction and one nonfiction). But her really big news involves the article she’s penned on “the star and the stalker” for Opera News, due out in August. Kathryn has left no stone unturned in the account of the downside of divadom, which chronicles the complicated and chilling relationship between legendary opera star Birgit Nilsson and her stalker, model Nell Theobald. Kathryn uncovers some startling details in her report, which has attracted the attention of some Hollywood bigwigs: “There’s some interest in the dramatic rights,” Kathryn tells me. Like they say in Tinseltown, stay tuned…
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Dolly Parton, Showtime’s Matt Blank and Bob Greenblatt and Lee Resnick. There was also an imposing looking fellow at the table who, from the looks of things, keeps things running smoothly for Dolly. I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to mess with him…
2. The first lady of New York, Michelle Paterson, and Jackie Rogers. For the moment, at least, it seems as if her husband’s dismal poll numbers weren’t top of mind: We spotted Michelle yukking it up as she enjoyed some white wine with her friend.
4. Expectant father Les Moonves (congrats!) and Viacom’s Philippe Dauman. When Michael McCarty offered the television titan a hearty greeting of “Dad!” Les looked a little sheepish and uttered, “I’m an old man.” What’s that old saying about kids keeping you young? Please extend our congratulations to the missus, Julie Chen.