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Meredith Vieira’s Show Will Have a Band

MVieiraMeredith Vieira talks with THR about why, after several years of several offers, she decided now is the right time to host a daytime talk show.

“I’m not trying to beat people over the head with my views or be polemic or insipid,” says Vieira. “I just want people to feel like they want to spend an hour at Meredith’s home.”

She will have a sidekick, and there will be a band. “[T]hat’s long been one of my fantasies: Whenever I had a bad day, I wanted to go home and open the door and have a band playing. I thought that would be cool. If I can’t have it at my real house, I may as well do it here.”

As for her “Today” show predecessor’s try at a talk show:

What do you think went wrong with Katie Couric’s talk show?

I can’t really speak to what happened. I don’t know. All I know is that it’s really important, I think, to have a cohesive staff. And I know that’s not always easy to do, but that’s why I think we’re being so meticulous about it.

In its three years on the air, Couric’s show had several executive producers, including Jeff Zucker, Michael Bass, Kathy Samuels, Michael Morrison, Ethan Nelson and Rachel Miskoweic (some working together as co-EPs). Vieira’s show launches this fall and is already sold in 85% of the country, including on the 10 NBC-owned stations.

Meredith Vieira: ‘Concerned’ About Sochi Security

060822_vieira_meredith_vmed_1p.grid-4x2Former “Today” co-host Meredith Vieira is ready for her role covering the Sochi Olympics for NBC, but tells The Hollywood Reporter the security situation in Russia is on her mind.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t [concerned about security],” said Vieira in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I really believe the Russian government is going to do everything it can to avoid that situation. This is [Russian president Vladimir] Putin’s baby and they don’t want anything to go wrong. But that doesn’t mean things won’t happen elsewhere in the country because I think those terrorists are given an opportunity and they will take it.”

Vieira noted that she was part of intense discussions about the situation in Russia and whether it was safe before she made the commitment to go. In the end, she says it has to be about the athletes.

Vieira also talks about one of her best friends being gay, and hoping there are shows of peaceful support for gay rights in Russia, where anti-gay laws have been pushed over the last year.

“In terms of demonstrations and all that. I would love to see everybody walk out with rainbow ribbons. I think something will happen at the opening ceremony.”

Matt Lauer Celebrates His Birthday With Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel and Just for Men

Just a few days after Savannah Guthrie celebrated her birthday on “Today,” it was Matt Lauer‘s turn to celebrate. Lauer, who anchored the show with guest hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel today, received a surprise phone call from Meredith Vieira — who also celebrates a birthday today — as well as a Just for Men kit from Al Roker. Watch:

Morning Show Ratings: Week of September 23

AMShowAnchorsThe three network morning shows averaged a combined 13.15 million viewers last week, the most for this comparable week since the week of Sept. 25, 2006, when 13.24 million tuned in to the three morning shows, which also happened to be  Meredith Vieira‘s third week on “Today.”

The morning broadcasts, which all experienced growth last week, added 1.51 million viewers from the same week in 2012.

And here’s something we haven’t written in a while: the biggest growth was experienced by the “Today” show.

“Today” was up +15% in total viewers and up +19% in the A25-54 demo. “Good Morning America” was up +12% in viewers and up +7% in the demo and “CBS This Morning” was up +13% in viewers and up +5% in the demo.

“GMA” still topped “Today” by nearly 800,000 viewers and wins the first week of the 2013-2014 season.

The averages for the week of September 23, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.547M / NBC: 4.752M / CBS: 2.851M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.067M / NBC: 2.011M / CBS: 977K

Elizabeth Smart to Reveal Story of Captivity to Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira and Elizabeth SmartNBC’s Meredith Vieira interviews Elizabeth Smart for a one hour special airing this Friday.

Smart was 14 in 2002, when a kidnapper snatched her from her Salt Lake City bedroom. She would be held for the next 9 months. For the first time, Smart will reveal the details of life with her captors.

Despite having a year-long contributor arrangement with ABC News, Smart never talked about her captivity. When the ABC deal was announced, a spokesperson told us Smart’s appearances would be, “very much focused on looking ahead, not looking back on her own story.” Smart’s deal with ABC ended in July 2012. NBC tells us this is a one-time interview with Smart, not part of a larger contributor deal.

The interview is timed to the release of Smart’s book “My Story,” which is out next Tuesday.

The special airs Friday night at 10pmET and on Monday, Smart will be in the “Today” show studio.

The PM Ticker: Malala, B&C HOF, Vine

  • CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will interview Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot by the Taliban for trying to get an education. The interview will be conducted live at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and will air as a special called The Bravest Girl in the World on CNN Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7PM.

  • The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame has lined up former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl as the co-hosts for this year’e event. The honorees include “Live! with Kelly and Michael and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • NowThis News has hired Cody Johns as a videojournalist reporting exclusively for Vine, Twitter’s six-second social video service. Johns has amassed more than one million followers on the service. Watch the announcement (via Vine, natch) below.

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The Evening Ticker: Vieira, ALMA, Velshi

  • Former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira is launching a YouTube channel called “LIVES.” The channel comes as Vieira plans a new syndicated talk show for Fall, 2014. HuffPost has more.

‘Today’ Remembers Studio 1A Before Renovation

Today is the last day in the current Studio 1A for the NBC “Today” team. As we reported last week, the show will originate from Rockefeller Plaza over the next few weeks, before unveiling the new set on September 9. Some pieces of the current set will be sent to the Newseum in Washington DC for display.

This morning, “Today” ran a retrospective on the last seven years of the studio. Though, as a few viewers noted on Twitter, while Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and even Meredith Vieira were featured multiple times, Ann Curry was shown only briefly in a cutaway.

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On Her Final Show, Joy Behar Says To Barbara Walters: ‘F*ck Harry Reasoner’

Today ABC aired Joy Behar‘s final edition of “The View” as co-host. It was a star-studded affair, with Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers and Meredith Vieira all stopping by to wish her well.

Barbara Walters got emotional, as she wished Behar well:

“Anytime things can got too sentimental, you could always rely on Joy to punch a hole in the conversation and bring us back to reality,” she quipped. “Whatever you choose to do, it will be smart and provocative. I love you Joy.”

Behar, in her final words, decided to speak up on behalf of the ABC News anchor, and mention her former “ABC Evening News” colleague.

“Barbara, what can I say Barbara, thank you for asking me to join the table all these years ago,” Behar said. “If you will allow me to say so, there is something I have been wanting to say on your behalf for 16 years. F*ck Harry Reasoner.”

For the backstory, you can read in depth about the Walters/Reasoner tension here.

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‘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.

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