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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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Carson Daly Joins ‘Today’ Show

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.

The show is hosting a brunch for the media at this hour (Merrill is covering and will have a report later) with details on the new studio. As for the Orange Room, NBC says it will bridge the show’s TV and digital platforms and “offer audiences the chance to communicate and connect with the show unlike ever before.”

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.

“For over a decade now, NBC has allowed me to grow and delve further into live broadcasting and producing, and I am so grateful for these opportunities,” said Carson. “I’m thrilled to be joining the talented team at Today.”

Kathie Lee Wants To ‘Hoda On Your Kotb’

It was Hoda Kotb‘s birthday Friday, and her “Today” fourth-hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford decided to put together a special present for her colleague. The result: a music video and an original song “I Want to Hoda on Your Kotb.”

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Al Roker and Carson Daly even got in on the fun.

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Carson Daly: News Anchor

Most TV watchers probably know Carson Daly as the host of NBC’s “The Voice,” or in his longtime role as host of MTV’s “Total Request Live.” This morning however Daly put on a new hat: news anchor. Daly filled in for Matt Lauer as co-anchor of “Today.”

Daly had been filling in as a guest co-host during the third hour, which skews heavily toward entertainment and lifestyle segments, but this morning was the first time that he served as a news anchor during the 7-8 AM hour.

Update: Daly had filled in on Saturday, July 20 alongside Chris Jansing, though this morning was the first time sitting in on the significantly more popular weekday edition.

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Anchors Away: NBC And CNN Send Hosts On Citibike Adventures

Great minds, as they say.

Let’s say that you are a producer for a morning TV news program. You want your hosts to seem likable and fun. They should be having a good time together, like normal people do. What do normal people do?

If those normal people live in New York City, they are probably trying out the Citibikes, the new public bikeshare system that launched last month in the city.

The result: to close out the 9 AM hour yesterday, Natalie Morales, Al Roker and guest-host Carson Daly rode out of the studio and onto Rockefeller Plaza on the bikes (see photo above).

Meanwhile, it appears as though CNN has decided that a great way for “New Day” hosts Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira to bond on-camera would be to citibike around the Columbus Circle area:
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Where to Ring In The New Year on TV

New Year’s Eve is upon us, and there is a veritable cornucopia when it comes to choosing who to spend the evening with on television.

Below, our guide.

Broadcast

ABC: “Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012″ 10PM-2AM with a local news break

The title is a bit wordy, but still the gold standard after 40 years, even if Clark is limited to a handful of  awkward appearances from a studio. Seacrest can more than hold his own. Musical guests include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, LMFAO and Will.i.am.

NBC: “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” 10PM-12:30AM with a local news break

The former “TRL” host and current “Last Call” host holds down the fort on NBC, with appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, The Roots and Cee Lo Green.

Fox: “American Country New Year’s Eve Live” 11PM-12:30AM

Fox’s special is hosted by a comedian named Rodney Carrington and “Paws Stars” Rick Harrison and “Chumlee.” Toby Keith will perform.

Univision: “¡Feliz 2012!” 10PM-3:15AM

Hosted by “Sábado Gigante’”s Don Francisco, musical acts will include Gloria Trevi, Prince Royce and Chino y Nacho.

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What To Look For On New Year’s Eve: Fewer Commercials on Fox News, Brian Williams on NBC

With New Year’s Eve coming up once again, things look awfully familiar. CNN has the dynamic duo of Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, ABC has Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark, NBC has Carson Daly.

But NYE 2012 will also mark a few welcome additions to the New Year’s Eve fray, making the choice of what to watch that much harder.

Fox News Channel’s “All American New Year” will have fewer commercials than normal, thanks to a sponsorship from Prudential. As Ad Age notes, all ads on the show will be for the insurance company, with fewer commercial breaks, and no local slots. Fewer ads for a sole sponsor is not a new concept, but it is the first time it has been used in recent memory on New Year’s Eve.

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Viewers Flock to CNN, Fox News New Years Eve Specials

We will have the full cable ratings from Friday shortly, but for now, take a look at the strong showings from CNN’s “New Years Live” with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, and Fox News Channel’s “All American New Years” with Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer and the “Red Eye” New Years special.

Related: TVNewser’s on the ground report from Times Square

10 PM ET

FNC: 926,000 total viewers, 206,000 demo viewers

CNN: Did not air

11 PM ET

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What Kathy Griffin Didn’t Say During CNN’s New Year’s Eve

Is it news when something doesn’t happen? Kathy Griffin was not yanked off CNN last night. Griffin, who referred to her turn on CNN’s New Year’s Eve as “Yank Watch 2011,” kept it clean during her co-hosting gig alongside Anderson Cooper. Last year, Griffin dropped the “F” bomb and the year before she heckled an onlooker who’d been heckling her. This year Griffin got physical. She slugged Cooper a few times (above), tried to take off his clothes, and kissed his producer four minutes before midnight.

TVNewser was there again on the press platform where CNN’s Cooper and Griffin broadcast from the west end, while on the east end of the riser, high above Duffy Square, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer hosted FNC’s “All American New Year.” In between stood two rows of local and national news anchors broadcasting in multiple languages to networks around the world.

Fox News hosts Ainsley Earhardt, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Greg Gutfeld roamed the Crossroads of the World talking with some of the 1 million revelers on a rare December night where, thanks to a 40-degree temperature, one couldn’t see their breath.

Leading up to the main events on broadcast and cable news channels, E!’s Bill and Giuliana Rancic hosted festivities for the Times Square crowed. Leading up to midnight, we ran into CBS News “Early Show” EP David Friedman who spent seven New Year’s Eves here producing Carson Daly‘s NBC special. Friedman, who joined CBS in late 2009, is back at work today doing rehearsals with the new “Early Show” anchor team which debuts Monday morning. “We’ve changed the set a bit, so we want to be ready for Monday,” Friedman told us. On the NBC special this year, NBC News’ Natalie Morales and Amy Robach worked the crowd.

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt during FNC's New Year's Eve Special

There was the occasional star sighting from the acts who appeared on Dick Clark’s ABC special: Ke$hia, and the combined New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, to native New Yorker Gary Marshall who’s back in the city filming a new movie and the “Old Spice” guy, Isaiah Mustafa. Photos after the jump…

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