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‘Today’ Show’s New Set Delayed a Week

The “Today” show was planning to unveil its new set in Studio 1A today, but, like any big remodeling project, there’s a delay.

“We are currently putting the finishing touches on the new set, and we are thrilled with how it has come together,” “Today” EP Don Nash tells TVNewser. “We’ve got a lot of exciting new elements, so all this week we’ll be rehearsing and fine-tuning to get Studio 1A ready for its big debut.” The new set will bow next Monday.

The morning program did show off another set for another NBC show. Savannah Guthrie gave viewers a tour of the rooftop set for the much-hyped “Million Second Quiz” which begins a 10-day run on NBC and NBC.com tonight.

New ‘Today’ Set to Debut September 9

First on TVNewser: The new set for NBC’s “Today” will debut on Monday, September 9, according to the show’s executive producer, Don Nash.

“It is much more than a fresh coat of paint,” Nash tells TVNewser. “It is much more ‘current’ than what we have, I think it is much more exciting. We will have a lot more bells and whistles to play with, but it is classy, just like the show itself.”

Next week will be the final week for the current Studio 1A, Nash says, with the show moving out onto the plaza for about three weeks until the new set is complete and ready for production. The show will also be getting a new graphics package to complement the new set.

“It will affect all four parts of the show, it is totally gutting the current studio,” Nash says.

“Today” has also been tweaking its format somewhat. This week  the 9 AM hour of the program was re-branded as “Today’s Take,” featuring a new introduction and voice-over, and expanding on the roundtable format with Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and Al Roker. The first news segment of the third hour was pushed down from where it had been to make room for the expanded chat section, part of a formula Nash says they have been tweaking.

“While the third hour is always going to be part of the Today show, we wanted to give it a little more definition,” Nash says. “We decided we would take what was the chat at the top of the show, called “Today’s take,” and brand the whole show that way.”

Sara Haines Leaving NBC News for ABC News

Sara Haines, a contributing correspondent for NBC News who appears mostly on the fourth hour of the “Today” show, is leaving NBC to join ABC News where she will be a New York-based correspondent. Haines has been with “Today” since 2002, after a stint as an NBC page.

Page Six reports “Today” senior EP Don Nash along with Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and others threw Haines a “boozy brunch” Wednesday. ABC is expected to announce more details of the move on Monday.

‘Today’ Show Brings on New Director

Rob George has been named director of NBC’s “Today,” TVNewser has learned. For the last three seasons George has been the director of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” He replaces Joe Michaels who was upped to Senior Director last month and is currently overseeing a studio revamp set to debut in the Fall.

George got his start in local news at KING TV and later KOMO TV in Seattle. He was a part of the directing team for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; was the director of the syndicated “The Other Half,” an early 2000′s male version of “The View;” and more recently worked on projects for Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Writes “Today” Senior EP Don Nash in a note to staff, “We are fortunate to have such a strong bench of directors on our team and with Rob’s appointment, that bench is even stronger.”

George starts August 12. He will direct to 7-9am hours, while Jim Gaines directs the third and fourth hours.

More Leadership Changes at ‘Today’

Tom Mazzarelli (left) has been named Co-Executive Producer of the first two hours of NBC’s “Today” show, TVNewser has learned. At the same time, Tammy Filler has been named Co-EP of the third and fourth hours of the show. Both will report to show EP Don Nash.

Mazzarelli is a “Today” veteran, having served as a senior producer on the show from 2003-2006. He left NBC for CBS where, most recently, he was senior broadcast producer of “CBS This Morning,” a job he left in January. Nash took the top spot at “Today” in November. He reports to Alex Wallace who is executive-in-charge of the show.

‘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

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