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Matt Lauer, Jorge Ramos, Willie Geist Write Open Letters to Their Daughters

matt lauer and daughterIn celebration of Father’s Day, TIME and Lean In have published a series of open letters from famous dads to their daughters. This year’s collection includes notes from Unvision’s Jorge Ramos and NBC’s Matt Lauer, Carson Daly and Willie Geist.

Matt Lauer:

Thank you for the gift of your compassion — for always being the first to want to help others, whether they’re friends or total strangers. Thank you for your humor and even your moods — because one gets us all through the other. On this father’s day, I want you to know that I feel I’m right where I belong — tightly wrapped around your little finger.

Jorge Ramos:

There’s a beautiful picture of us, with you sleeping on my chest. You were only a few weeks old and I was clearly mesmerized by you. That moment, captured in an old photograph, is my idea of happiness. It’s true love.

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The NBC Ticker: Mancini, ‘Skywire,’ Dads

  • The AP’s John Mancini is joining NBC News as the director of digital newsgathering. In a note to staff, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi said the hire “is the next step in our transformation to creating content for all our users and viewers no matter how they choose to get their news.”

  •  Discovery’s “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” which was produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, is the winner of two 2014 Realscreen Awards. The special was honored this week for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project and for Most Original Concept.

  • Leading up to Father’s Day, the “Today” show is dedicating next week to “Modern Dads.” The weeklong series of reports will include interviews with Rob Lowe and Terry Crews, as well as stories from”Today” show fathers Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Carson Daly and Lester Holt.

Carson Daly and Fiancee Expecting Third Child

It’s a “Today” baby boom: Carson Daly and his fiancee, Siri Pinter, are expecting their third child this summer. Daly, who has a 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter with Pinter, announced the news yesterday on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

The due date for Baby Daly is just one week away from the due date of Savannah Guthrie‘s first child. “I can’t wait until we all go to Lamaze class together,” Guthrie quipped on “Today” this morning. Watch:

That Time Carson Daly Started a Meme Called #Rokering

With every awkward morning show moment, a viral meme can’t be far behind. It all started when Jeff Rossen took Al Roker‘s seat at the “Today” anchor desk on Friday, forcing Roker to lurk awkwardly in the background. Carson Daly spotted Roker next to a lamp with a half-bored, half-grouchy look on his face and saw the viral potential: he posted an Instagram picture replicating the pose, and #Rokering was born

Lost Remote has more #Rokering pictures.

‘Today’ Golden Globes Red Carpet Special

golden-globes-logo 304 “Today” co-hosts will host a live red carpet special from the Golden Globes Sunday night right before the big award ceremony.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly and Tamron Hall will interview the stars as they roll in, followed by a special bi-coastal Monday episode of “Today”, with Guthrie, Daly, and Al Roker hosting from Los Angeles and Lauer and Natalie Morales in New York.

Monday’s show will feature interviews with winners and a look into all the events and parties.

This year’s Golden Globes is more active than ever with social media, leveraging Instagram and Facebook to bring fans into the show.

The “Today” pre-show red carpet special airs Sunday, January 12 at 7pmET on NBC.

Jimmy Fallon Looks Beyond ‘Tonight Show’ to ‘Nightly News,’ ‘Today,’ and Being the ‘New Carson Daly’

SNLMadonna and the Mayor were just two of the drop-ins on tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” hosted by SNL alum Jimmy Fallon. Paul McCartney, Barry Gibb and Chris Rock stopped by too. During “Weekend Update” there was a passing of the baton. When Fallon, a former “Weekend Update” anchor takes the reins at the “Tonight Show” next year, current “Update” anchor Seth Myers takes over his job at “Late Night.”

“I hosted ‘Late Night’ for five years and now the ‘Tonight Show,’ Fallon said during “Update.” “Five years after that I’ll host the ‘Nightly News,’ then, five years after that the ‘Today’ show. And five years after that I’m the new Carson Daly.”

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is leaving his job on New Year’s Eve talked about his future plans: “I’ll be fulfilling a lifelong dream of consuming a small soda on a smoke-free beach.” Bloomberg also joked that he’s applied to teach Spanish.

Earlier on “Update,” Myers joked about an upcoming New Year’s Eve special: “NBC announced this week that Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will host a primetime special on the network called ‘A Toast to 2013,’ in which they recount their favorite stories from the past year. But, shh, it’s actually an intervention.”

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If Matt Lauer Leaves ‘Today,’ Who Will Succeed Him?

matt-lauer“Today” is actively building its bench of male hosts in the event Matt Lauer leaves the show at the conclusion of his contract in 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie.

Guthrie’s piece reports on the current NBC personalities—and potential outsiders—who might replace the long tenured anchor if he exits.

Which member of the NBC family could possibly fill Lauer’s shoes? Both Willie Geist, who is the co-host of “Today’s” 9amET hour, and “Meet The Press” moderator David Gregorycould be in the running. Both of their Q scores, which measures audience likability toward on-air personalities, are higher than Lauer’s, with Gregory’s standing out highest among the key adult women demo at 18 compared to Geist’s 14.

Other contenders mentioned in the piece—albeit long shots—are Ryan Seacrest and “Today” digital host Carson Daly, with the latter having  ”the weakest emotional connection” to female viewers, according to a Q  score executive.

Outside the streets of Rockefeller Plaza, Anderson Cooper is also mentioned as a possibility, but unlikely since he is negotiating a new deal with CNN while also continuing to contribute to “60 Minutes.”

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NBC’s ‘Today’ Men Tossing The Razors For ‘No Shave November’

Today Show No ShaveIt will be a November to remember on NBC’s “Today,” as the show’s men are letting their facial hair grow for  ”No Shave November.”

Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, and Carson Daly—along with show staffers and men across NBC News— will forego shaving to put a spotlight on men’s health, the hosts announced on this morning’s show. Lauer stressed the seriousness of men’s health, highlighting the importance of early detection for diseases like prostate cancer.

Although she won’t be participating, co-host Savannah Guthrie joined in on the fun, collecting razors and shaving cream from all her on camera and behind the scenes colleagues.

One man who begrudgingly might be left out of fun for a good cause—Willie Geist, who couldn’t be there for the announcement because of his self-described “witch Dr.” visit to try, finally, to grow hair on his face.

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Final Piece of New ‘Today’ Show Set Arrives Just in Time

As the “Today” show took the wraps off its new set this morning, main anchor Matt Lauer was 1,700 miles away in Colorado covering the catastrophic flooding there. “Savannah, Natalie and Al nice to see you there in the new studio 1A. The scene here in Colorado is not good at all,” said Lauer.

As the show progressed, viewers got a peak at all the new elements, including one that arrived just in the nick of time the main anchor desk which now sits in the middle of the studio. It sits on a lazy susan and can have a variety of backdrops. Carson Daly also showed off the Orange Room, and Ryan Seacrest, who is in the middle of hosting NBC’s primetime game show Million Second Quiz, dropped by.

The mood dampened a bit in the 8:30 half hour as reports of a mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC began coming in. “Today” reported the news at 9am. By then NBC O&O WRC was in continuing coverage.

Set designer Jeremy Conway lead a team of 200 people with a 30-day deadline. They got a toast at the end of the show.

New ‘Today’ Set ‘A Place Where the Newsroom Meets the Living Room’

Deborah Turness has only been at the helm of NBC News for five weeks, but the new set of the “Today” show speaks to her vision for the future.

Turness called the new set, which will officially be unveiled Monday, a “physical manifestation of a very clear strategic plan we have for the ‘Today’ show going forward.” She said the strategy is a research-based approach with three guiding principles — substance, uplift and connection — that will push the show forward through “evolution, not revolution.”

The primary color on the new set is orange, which executive producer Don Nash joked was inspired by Savannah Guthrie‘s new hair color. In fact, it is designed to represent the sunrise, which “Today” says they will be incorporating into the set via viewer pictures and live feeds from local affiliates.

The revamped Studio 1A features several large high-definition monitors, one of which can be broken apart into six separate panels, to showcase the sunrises and other video. It has a large orange curved couch that can seat at least eight people comfortably, as well as a more intimate interview area for one-on-one interviews. The anchor desk — expected to be delivered and put in place on Sunday — will be on a rotating disk on the floor, like a large lazy Susan, so its backdrop can change throughout the show.

“The turntable thing is great. I’m trying to picture it on a One Direction morning when there’s 18,000 people out there,” Matt Lauer told TVNewser. “Spinning around and seeing [the plaza] is going to invigorate you.”

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