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Lew Wood, Former CBS News and ‘Today’ Show Anchor, Dies

Lew Wood, a former CBS News and NBC News reporter and anchor, has died. Wood, 84 died of kidney failure Thursday. Wood was a correspondent with CBS News when, in 1963, he covered a speech by Pres. John F. Kennedy in Ft. Worth, TX. A few hours later, Kennedy would be assassinated.

Wood moved on to NBC and, in 1975, replaced Frank Blair, an original member of the show. Wood anchored alsongside Barbara Walters and Jim Hartz as well as Gene Shalit. He would leave after a year and be replaced by Floyd Kalber.

After leaving “Today,” he worked in public relations.

“He was a workhorse, very steady and reliable, excellent reporter and had good on-camera presence,” former colleague Dan Rather told The Associated Press.

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While Katie Couric Sits in on ‘GMA,’ A Legend Returns To ‘Today’

The “Today”show isn’t letting Katie Couric‘s return to morning TV go unchallenged. In the ultimate of TV teases, the network began running promos today about a secret guest who will appear Monday — “for one show only” — the same day Couric begins a week of fill-in co-hosting on cross-town and cross-country rival “Good Morning America.” And as teases go, the promo gave no hint about who it might be. Gene Shalit? Bryant Gumbel? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

On tonight’s “Nightly News” Lester Holt also promoted a Tuesday visit to “Today” by Sarah Palin.

‘Today’ Show Anchors Past and Present Say Goodbye to Gene Shalit

Katie Couric, Jane Pauley, Byant Gumbel, and Tom Brokaw all took part in Gene Shalit‘s goodbye on the “Today” show this morning.  On Tuesday, Shalit announced that after 40 years he was leaving “Today.” The current anchors also participated as did Shalit’s producer of 21 years.

One person who didn’t appear: Gene Shalit. Matt Lauer explains why.

Gene Shalit Leaving Today Show

One of the longest continuous on-air runs by anyone on a network program in the history of television is about to come to an end. After 40 years, Gene Shalit is saying goodbye to the “Today” show on Thursday — Veteran’s Day.

Known for his pun-laden movie reviews — and his out-sized hair and mustache and bow-tie — Shalit said in a statement obtained by THR, “It’s enough already.” Producers are putting together a retrospective which will air Thursday.

Shalit’s movie reviews have only been turning up occasionally recently, but as this YouTube look-back shows, Shalit once had a prominent role on the show.

“Today” show EP Jim Bell tells TVNewser: “Gene is not just a Today show treasure but a television legend and an American icon. We salute him for his unprecedented 40-year run on a single television program, a feat unlikely to ever be matched.”

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FOX Keeps James Cameron, Avatar in the Family

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The Fox networks and stations had a hold on film director James Cameron this morning as his new film — his first in 12 years — hit theaters at Midnight. Twentieth Century Fox is the studio behind the $380 million film Avatar so it’s no surprise the director saved his opening day interviews for the FOX news networks

CamFBN_12.18.jpgAfter appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Cameron made the rounds on several Fox O&O stations. The director is also talking with Neil Cavuto for tonight’s “Cavuto” on Fox Business Network.

The “Today” show’s Gene Shalit reviewed Avatar this morning in his Critic’s Corner calling it “the year’s best-looking, fastest 161 minutes.” And Cameron was on Monday’s show. ABC’s Nick Watt reported on the story for “Good Morning America” after attending an advanced screening in London.

It’s an interesting decision of News Corp. to keep the Oscar-winning director within the Fox family on the day of the release.

Fox & Friends averages about 1 million Total Viewers (300k A25-54 viewers) from 6am-9amET. By comparison, the “Today” show averages about 6 million each day. Even if Cameron were to hit all three morning shows — unlikely since one program would want an exclusive — he’d be seen by about 13 million viewers (the combined average of “Today,” “GMA,” and “The Early Show.”)

Cameron hasn’t gone unnoticed — not by a long shot. He was also profiled by CBS’s “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago, he was on “Charlie Rose” last night and has appeared on the syndicated entertainment shows for weeks as well as the daytime talk show “Bonnie Hunt,” which is not a 20th Television production.



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