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‘Today’ EP Don Nash: ‘We Hope Matt [Lauer] Stays Forever’

The executive producer of NBC’s “Today” show, Don Nash, talks to TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio about the drama surrounding the show and co-anchor Matt Lauer. Nash weighs in on focus group results about Lauer and the show, and recent news that NBC had reached out to Anderson Cooper about possibly joining the program at some point:

NBC News executives also insist Lauer’s role is secure — despite the fact that one of them made a call to CNN’s Anderson Cooper to gauge his interest in the co-anchor job down the road. While Cooper is said not to be interested, it’s not unrealistic for NBC to start thinking about a successor to Lauer, who has an option in his contract to leave at the end of 2014. “We hope Matt stays forever,” Nash says, “but you’re always looking for talent because you want the person to grow into the job and you want some time to groom them.”

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Palace Intrigue During ‘Today’ Show Changes

Joe Hagan‘s 6,400-word New York magazine cover story on the “Today” show’s troubles includes intriguing behind-the-scenes details that TV producers would love to dramatize for an audience — if so many TV producers weren’t involved. Hagan writes about the acrimony between two now-departed NBC News executives, Jim Bell the longtime “Today” show EP and his boss, Steve Capus, who departed NBC News after 20 years last month.

Bell’s direct boss was Steve Capus, president of NBC News, who’d risen to power as the aggressive producer of Nightly News. Capus was involved in some of those conversations and agreed that Curry was a problem. But that wasn’t Capus’s only issue. He was rankled by Bell’s close relationship with [NBCU CEO Steve] Burke, worrying that Bell was consolidating power and angling to replace him. The two jockeyed for control over the Curry situation, sending mixed messages and sowing confusion, which made the trouble much harder to resolve.

And while Capus and Bell have moved on — Bell to NBC Olympics — the changes did not end there. The two people now in charge of “Today” had also “eyed the door,” reports Hagan:

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Three Producers Upped at ‘Today’

New “Today” show EP Don Nash has made some staff changes. 15-year NBC veteran Matt Carluccio takes over leading the 7am hour. He’s been senior producer of staffing and assignments. That job will now go to Libby Leist, an 11-year NBC veteran who has been the show’s point person in Washington, DC. Leist moves to New York for the job. And back in Washington, Scott Foster, who began his NBC career as a DC desk assistant in 2001,  will become the senior “Today” show producer in Washington.

‘Today’ Plays Cruel Prank On Savannah Guthrie

The crew of NBC’s “Today” decided to play a little prank on co-anchor Savannah Guthrie this week. There was a news brief about a burger chain in Brazil that serves up its sliders in edible wrappers. Natalie Morales threw to David Gregory, Al Roker and Guthrie on the Plaza, and Gregory said:

Don Nash Our executive producer is so thoughtful and forward looking and so trendy that he actually had a couple of these burgers flown in for us to try.”

There was just one problem: they were not burgers with edible wrappers, as Guthrie soon discovered.

“Do the weather, please I beg of you do the weather,” Guthrie quipped to Roker after figuring out the prank.

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of November 26

“Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” showed year-over-year growth last week, compared to the same week in 2011, but “Today” continues to be down double digits: -16% in total viewers. While ABC was up +9% in total viewers and CBS was up +6%, the troubling news for all three shows is that none showed growth in the younger demo. ABC was flat, CBS was down -2% and NBC was down -22%.

A new EP, Don Nash, took the reins at NBC’s “Today” this week. Last week, “GMA’s” lead on “Today” was the largest it’s been in 8 weeks.

The averages for the week of November 26, 2012:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.307M / NBC: 4.676M / CBS: 2.657M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.966M / NBC: 1.894M / CBS: 975K

‘Today’ EP Don Nash: ‘We Hate Being Number two’

New “Today” executive producer Don Nash speaks to B&C’s Andrea Morabito (subscription required). Nash touches upon his new boss, Alex Wallace, what tweaks they will make to the “Today” format, and of course, chemistry and ratings:

How do you feel about the chemistry among your current hosts? 

I feel like there’s an awesome chemistry between all seven of our anchors. I think this is a group that genuinely likes to be around each other, and we all have the same goal in mind, which is just to do a great show every morning. It is among the most functional onair teams I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of different teams come and go on this show, but this group is clicking like I’ve never seen a group click before, and I truly mean that. And I think, unfortunately, a lot of that is getting lost in some of the snarky press that we’re reading about.

Has that been motivating to the staff? 

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of November 19 & November Sweeps

“Good Morning America” has won its first November sweeps in more than 18 years ranking as the #1 morning show in total viewers (first since Nov. 1995) and A25-54 viewers (first since July 1994).

“GMA” led “Today” by +467,000 total viewers and +28,000 younger viewers for the month. Compared to the previous sweeps month, July (which “GMA” took in Total Viewers and “Today” won in younger viewers), “GMA” was up +17.

“GMA” had its largest November audience in 8 years.

The averages for the 2012 November Sweep:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.314M / NBC: 4.847M / CBS: 2.773M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.023M / NBC: 1.995M / CBS: 1.048M

For the week of November 19, Jim Bell‘s penultimate week as executive producer of “Today,” the NBC show notched a win in younger viewers. Bell moves to NBC Sports while senior broadcast producer Don Nash starts Monday as the show’s EP. “GMA” still wins the week in Total Viewers and compared to the same week last year is up +4% in total viewers and up +5 in younger viewers. “Today” is down -16% / -15% while “CBS This Morning” is +9% / -5%

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, ABC’s and NBC’s weekly averages are based on three days (Mon-Wed), while CBS’ average is based on two days (Mon and Tues).

The averages for the week of November 19, 2012:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.174M / NBC: 4.688M / CBS: 2.672M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.976M / NBC: 2.005M / CBS: 925K

Producer Changes at ‘CBS This Morning’

“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht has made some top producer changes at the 11-month old morning show.

Brian Applegate has been named senior broadcast producer and Matthew Glick is a new senior producer overseeing guest bookings.

Applegate had been EP for CBS News’ overnight show “Up to the Minute” and the 4am “CBS Morning News.” Glick joins CBS News from NBC News where he was part of the team that helped launch “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Glick is also a “Today” show alum.

The current Senior Broadcast Producer Tom Mazzarelli will be leaving the show, but staying on through the run of his contract. There is speculation he might return to NBC’s “Today” show where he was senior producer from 2003-2006. A return to “Today” would reunite him with Don Nash, who was named Executive Producer of “Today” earlier this month and who officially takes the reins next Monday.

Mazzarelli joined CBS News in 2008 as senior producer of “The Early Show.”

Jim Bell Talks About Olympics Gig

Former NBC “Today” EP Jim Bell talks to Sports Business Daily about his jump to running NBC’s Olympics coverage full-time. Bell just returned from a trip to Sochi, Russia, one of many he will make in advance of the 2014 games. Bell left “Today” this week, and was replaced by Alex Wallace as executive in charge of the program and Don Nash as EP.

Q: Why do you want this job?
Bell: Part of it goes back to being a kid and watching the Olympics, as an 11 year old, watching the Miracle on Ice. The global aspect of it is particularly appealing to me. Particularly at a time when the world could use its share of positive moments, the Olympics are a particularly great example of the world coming together. That may sound trite to some. But having done my share of Olympics, it doesn’t to me.

Bell also talked about leaving “Today”:
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Steve Capus On ‘Today’ Switch: ‘This was my call’

NBC News president Steve Capus responds to the New York Daily News, which reported Matt Lauer was behind the decision to elevate Don Nash at “Today,” instead of bringing on someone from outside the show like MSNBC producer Izzy Povich.

“Matt doesn’t make editorial decisions and he did not spike anything,” Capus told Kaplan.

“This was my call, I spoke to lots of talented people from both cable and network, and in the end went with someone I believed was best suited for the job,” said Capus.

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