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‘Today’ Execs Tried to ‘Nudge Curry Off the Co-Host Track’ as Early as 2003

The first excerpts of Brian Stelter‘s upcoming book Top of the Morning, went online this morning, and will be featured in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, ahead of Tuesday’s publication. This excerpt takes a deep dive into the “dysfunction” at “Today” that led to Ann Curry‘s forced departure from the show last June. Curry was named the show’s co-host in 2011, but discussions about moving her off the show were happening long before, something Stelter told us in our Media Beat interview (running next week on TVNewser). As far back as 2003, Stelter writes, “executives were already trying to nudge Curry off the co-host track:”

They saw that she and Lauer, who had hosted together dozens of times, demonstrated a distinct lack of chemistry. “I don’t think anybody back then thought Ann was right,” said Tom Touchet, the executive producer of “Today” at the time, who called her a “wacky chick” with a “great heart.” Neal Shapiro, who succeeded Lack as president of NBC News, suggested that Curry be moved to “Dateline NBC,” the prime-time newsmagazine. “The audience would understand moving to prime time was a great promotion, and there would be no backlash against ‘Today,’’” Shapiro recalled. “By making her a host of ‘Dateline,’ we could open up the news-anchor job on ‘Today’ to someone like Natalie Morales or Hoda Kotb” and start publicly grooming another successor for Couric.

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TV News Booker Finds the Right Hotel Can Make All The Difference

Keeping a booking producer at one of the top hotels in Los Angeles on Oscar night, paid off for CBS News. While ABC, which carried the Oscars, sent the entire “GMA” team to Hollywood, and even NBC’s “Today” had Al Roker and Meredith Vieira there, only one show got an interview with Best Director winner Ang Lee. And that show didn’t have any of its talent in LA and wasn’t planning much post-Oscars coverage. While the other networks got plenty of interviews with other winners at the Dolby Theater, CBS kept a booker at the hotel where Lee was staying. The “Life of Pi” director returned around 3amPT and after some prodding agreed to the interview with Charlie Rose and Gayle King. WATCH:

The Weekend Ticker: Granddad, Spanx, Greed

  • Tom Brokaw has his first grandson. Brokaw’s daughter, Sarah Brokaw gave birth to Archer Thomas Merritt Brokaw Monday. Brokaw and his wife Meredith have six granddaughters.

  • CNBC’s “American Greed,” returns to the network’s lineup Thursday. The Stacy Keach-narrated series examines the dark side of the American dream.

NBC, Meredith Vieira In Talks For Daytime Show

As I suspected last week week, NBC is talking to former “Today” co-anchor and “The View” host Meredith Vieira about potentially hosting a daytime talk show, The New York TimesBrian Stelter reports.

The earliest that a show could debut would be Fall of 2014, when the 2014-2015 syndication season kicks off. The show, if it happens, could potentially put Vieira up against her former program “The View” in some markets, and her predecessor on “Today” Katie Couric in others.

Last week Vieira left the long-running syndicated game show “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” Given that she was able to host that program even as she hosted “Today,” it seemed clear that she was at least thinking about entering the syndication arena for another company.

Meredith Vieira Leaves ‘Millionaire’ For ‘New Adventure With NBC’

Former “Today” co-anchor and current NBC news contributor Meredith Vieira is leaving her long-time side job as the host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants To He a Millionaire.”

According to Brian Stelter, Vieira is “about to embark on a new adventure with NBC,” though no details on that were immediately available.

Given that Vieiera has remained a contributor to NBC News since she left “Today,” and that she hosted “Millionaire” even as she led the morning news program, once can infer that her “new adventure” may involve a new syndicated program. The AP also reports that Vieira is launching a YouTube channel which will focus on soft-news stories.

The Ticker: Piers & Guns, Tantaros & Radio, Bush & Christmas

  • Piers Morgan Tonight” will have a LIVE “Guns in America” special tonight addressing the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, Tucson survivor Daniel Hernandez, and others affected by recent gun violence will participate.

  • FNC’s “The Five” co-host Andrea Tantaros will host a new radio show called, “The Andrea Tantaros Show” on Talk Radio Network Entertainment. Jason Mattera of Human Events will join her.

  • Tomorrow night NBC’s Meredith Vieira hosts a special look at Christmases past and present in, “A White House Christmas: First Families Remember.” “Today” contributor and former White House resident Jenna Bush Hager talks about her favorite White House holiday memories.

‘Madam’ Meredith Vieira Returns To ‘General Hospital’

10 years ago, former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira guest-starred on the legendary ABC soap “General Hospital” as Bree Flanders, the proprietor of an upscale call-girl service. On Friday, December 14, Vieira will return to the program as Ms. Flanders, though since we last saw her Ms. Flanders has left the world of prostitution and moved into the world of cosmetics.

The appearance is part of a crossover with “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” which Vieira also hosts. TV Guide has the details, and an interview with Vieira.

TV Guide Magazine: Remember when you started on The View and were worried it would ruin the legitimacy you’d achieved on 60 Minutes?
Vieira: I was sure I was flushing all my credibility down the toilet. [Laughs] And I pretty much did. But it all ended up being great. Now, as you can see, I’ll do anything

‘Today’ Toasts Jim Bell

The cast and crew of NBC’s “Today” (including former co-anchor Meredith Vieira) held an on-air toast to honor executive producer Jim Bell today. Bell is moving to NBC Olympics, where he will lead the network’s coverage of the Games. NBC has the rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 games.

“He will do a fantastic job at that, and we want you to know that you have been a great producer, and also a great friend,” Matt Lauer said.

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Deggans: Four Problems Facing NBC’s ‘Today’

Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans writes about NBC’s “Today,” and highlights four problems that he argues are facing the program. Among them: Matt Lauer has become the face of the show, even at the expense of his colleagues

When Curry was forced off the show amid a tearful goodbye, I cautioned that NBC couldn’t let new female co-anchor Savannah Guthrie become the hated replacement the way Deborah Norville was back when Jane Pauley left back in the late ’80s.

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Meredith Vieira on ‘Today,’ ‘Going through more of a difficult time than we did a few years ago’

Former NBC “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira was a guest on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” this week, and one of the topics of discussion was her tenure on the program, and where things stand now. Vieira rebuffed Morgan’s efforts to say whether she would ever return to the program and had nothing but nice things to say about the show’s current anchors and leadership.

“Obviously things happen. There are ups and downs for shows. And right now, “Today Show,” where I was and I love and I hope to do more pieces with them – obviously that’s – my heart and soul is with NBC,” said Vieira, who remains a contributor and special correspondent for the network. “Going through more of a difficult time than we did a few years ago. But we will be fine. We certainly will.”

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