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There are many morning programs on TV to entertain those of us that do not have to go into work late however the Today Show is one of the better viewing programs. This NBC program has been running for several years and is still increasing in popularity as more and more viewers start to catch the latest in news, current affairs, local and international trivia plus a whole lot more. Celebrities are talked about and the latest in fashion and technology are also discussed plus often you will get live music from one of the latest sensations to hit the music scene. Every morning the crew from the Today show get together to present their morning talks back prime time TV show to all the people who are getting the kids ready for school, taking time to get ready for work and many other daily chores. The Today Show is just about as routine as brushing your teeth for some people which just go to show how popular these shows can be.

According to the Wikipedia internet encyclopedia the Today Show is the third longest running show in America which is the obvious reason it is so popular because people just keep watching it. As well as Americans there are also people from other countries who get the NBC network on their satellite and watch the show each morning. Running since 1952 the Today Show is the first ever talk back show on TV with the idea coming from the radio talk back shows. When the Today Show first started the show was aired once a day in the morning five days per week however once the popularity set in it was not long before a two hour segment was introduced to the Sunday morning timetable. Within a few years of this happening the Today Show was then granted a spot on Saturdays TV programming.

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Today Show Beats Good Morning America With Paula Deen Interview

Filed under: News - 28 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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Paula Deen has surely managed to impress with her emotional speech at the Today Show. The star made an appearance on the set of Today Show on Wednesday morning. The exclusive interview with Matt Lauer was watched by millions of Americans, for the first time in months, Today managing to beat Good Morning American when it comes to ratings.

Paula agreed with the interview on Today, as she wanted to defend herself against all accusations that she was racist. The successful businesswoman is now struggling to keep her career afloat, after being caught making an offensive remark. Paula was actually sued by an ex-employee, who claimed that she made offensive remarks when planning her brother’s wedding, which had a Southern plantation-style theme. However, the celebrity chef claimed that none of these accusations are true.

“I am here today because I want people to know who I am, and people who have worked beside me walked beside me, know what kind of person I am. I am so distressed that people I have never heard of are experts on who I am,” she claimed.

The interview was so emotional that Paula even burst into tears. “I believe that every creature on this earth — every one of God’s creatures — was created equal,” she said. Matt asked Paula if she was a racist and the woman claimed that she isn’t. “The day I used that word was a world ago — I had a gun put to my head,” she said.

“I know my love for people, and im not going to sit here and tell everything I’ve done for people of color,” she went on to explain. “I would never hurt anyone on purpose.” “I’m heartbroken. I’ve had to hold friends in my arms while they’ve sobbed because they know what has been said about me. It’s not true,” Paula shared with her viewers.

“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me,” she said. “Please. I want to meet you,” Paula concluded. And this is how her very emotional interview ended.

Over 4.84 million people watched Paula Deen’s interview on the Today Show. And more importantly, for the first time in several months, Today was watched by more people than Good Morning America, even though the audience differences were small.

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Today Show Names Holland A Top Vacation Spot

Filed under: News - 27 May 2013  | Spread the word !

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Today Show has just named Holland a top beach vacation destination for summer gateway. The small town located in West Michigan received recognition from Today last week. According to Today Show, Ottawa Beach, at Holland State Park, has numerous features that place this destination on the best affordable beach vacation locations top. Clean water, beautiful sunset and great nearby cottages and cabins are some of the most important such features. The city is filled with delicious restaurants, entrainment possibilities, as well as great shops. In fact, Holland has it all visitors may be looking for a unique vacation.


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According to Today Show the first five most affordable beach locations in the United States are:

1. Sanibel Island, Florida,
2. Hynnais Cape Cod, Massachusetts,
3. Holland, Michigan,
4. Carmel, California,
5. Cannon Beach Oregon.

Kathie Lee Gifford, one of the cast members of Today Show, claimed that she will spend her next vacation in Holland, trip which is set in a couple of weeks. According to the famous television show host, Holland is an adorable vacation spot. Kathie claimed that she loves this beach city and she just had to come back. Now, Holland is expected to experience a boost in tourism, as it happened in 2011 with the Northern Michigan national park. Only that back then the park was voted by viewers of Good Morning America as the most beautiful place in the country. It seems that the vote had a great influence on views, visits in the area growing with no less than 60%.


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If Today Show will now have a similar impact when it comes to the beast affordable beach vacation spot in the country, is something we will surely find out by the end of the summer. Even though Sanibel Island was voted the top affordable beach vacation spot in the country, Holland enjoyed higher publicity. Which of the two resorts will be preferred by visitors is yet to be established.

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Top of the Morning Explains Today Show Drama

Filed under: News - 25 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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The Today Show has been the most successful morning television show in the United States for no less than 16 years. However, starting with last summer the success of the Today Show has started to drop. Soon, Today show fell to the second place in the ratings, loosing its supremacy to Good Morning America. How and why this happened is something that has many times been debated since the firing of Ann Curry, when the success of the show first started to pale. Well, now a new book is trying to answer all questions regarding the reason why Today lost no.1.


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Top of the Morning is the book that debates the success and the downfall of Today in viewers’ preferences. The book is written by Brian Stelter, who debates that the firing of Ann Curry caused the change in the morning television show’s ratings.

“When Matt Lauer decided to renew his contract, that’s when NBC was pretty convinced they should remove Ann Curry from the show … But Matt doesn’t shoulder all the blame himself. The real culprits are the executives behind the scenes, but unfortunately viewers never knew their names so they took it all out on Matt Lauer,” the author of this book claimed according to WTOP. But why was Ann fired? Well, according to Brian the Today Show has been winning for such a long period of time that they actually forgot how to lose. And that is a problem, at least this is what the author thinks.


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Currently, Good Morning American is the no. 1 morning television show in the United States. The show is watched by millions of Americans each day. Well, it seems that Brian has an explanation for that, as well. According to the author of Top of the Morning, immediately after the firing of Ann Curry Good Morning America realized how to capture the viewers who became disappointed with Today.

“I think GMA figured out how to stop being the ‘Today’ show. It had to be its own thing. GMA was more fun. It was more lighthearted, definitely more entertainment- driven than the ‘Today’ show and more importantly — it was ready to take an opportunity that was given by the ‘Today’ show,” Brian Stelter explained.


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In Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, Stelter talks about the dismissal of Ann Curry, the Today’s impossibility to get out of second place, despite all their attempts, but also the financial pressure in morning television. Brian Stelter is a media reporter for the New York Times. The entire subject is fully debated in the journalist’s book, which should be read by all those interested in the fate of the Today Show.

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Matt Lauer To Be Replaced From Today Show

Filed under: News - 18 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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The Today Show has been struggling for quite some time now to become once again the number one morning television show in the United States. Various changes and strategies have been tried by the producers of the show, but it seems that none of them really worked. Well, now new reports indicate that the Today Show producers are considering replacing Matt Lauer, the host of the morning television show.

A report published by The New York Times indicated that the morning television’s low ratings are actually the main reason why Matt’s days in the show are numbered. As The Today Show is still on the second spot behind Good Morning America when it comes to morning television, there is no shock in the fact that producers are considering replacing Lauer.


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Recently, an executive producer of the Today Show claimed that what matters most to make this morning television show successful is the connection that the audience has with its anchors. “What matters most is the anchor connection to the audience; what we need to work on is the connection,” the executive producer claimed. Still, a staff member declared that the producers were referring to Matt Lauer, exclusively, and the decision does not also include Savannah Guthrie, as well. Lauer was blamed by some for the departure of Ann Curry, which took place in June, 2012. It has even been claimed that Matt Lauer will be replaced by Willie Geist or David Gregory.

Despite these rumors, officials from NBC said that they actually have no intention of replacing Matt. A source told US Weekly that NBC has no plans in replacing the star. On the other hand, Matt Lauer claimed that the way NBC treated Ann Curry and handled her departure from the show was not the most inspired one. While Lauer said that NBC could have handled better that transition, officials from the network claimed that Lauer had nothing to do with Ann’s departure, insisting that the current anchor of the show is not responsible for the exist.


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What are the show’s producers willing to do next and if Matt Lauer will be replaced from the Today Show is something we will find out in the near future. For now, the Today Show remains the second most watched morning television program in the US. If this situation will change in the following months and the show will be able to regain its first spot in the audience’s preferences is something no one can tell for sure.

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The Today Show Will Broadcast Live From Faneuil Hall On 15 February

Filed under: Today Show - 12 Feb 2013  | Spread the word !

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The snow has made walking on the Boston’s streets and widewalks very difficult, driving being also hard. Thus, the Faneuil Hall crew has decided to prepare a totally new set of visitors. The Today show will not take place in Rockefeller Plaza this week, but will make its way up on the Hub on Friday, February 15th.


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Hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer will broadcast their news program live from Faneuil Hall, Bostonians having the opportunity to watch the Today show in a totally new way. On the Fabeuil Hall Facebook message has been written the following message: “We are thrilled to announce the Today Show will be here at Faneuil Hall Marketplace with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie for a love broadcast this Friday Feb. 15th 6am-9am! and we’re inviting YOU to come be a part of the live audience! What better way to start your weekend? Bring your friends and as much coffee as you can drink!
Follow us at @FaneuilHall for more updates!”


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This will surely be a new experience as audiences are encouraged to come out to the beggining of the show at 6:30 a.m. and spend the morning watching how the two hosts, Lauer and Guthrie deliver news live.


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The hosts will be in the Upper Rotunda and also in the West End of Faneuil Hall, so it will definitely be a wonderful event.

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NBC Named New Chiefs For Today Show

Filed under: Today Show - 31 Jan 2013  | Spread the word !

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NBC announced new changes for “Today Show”. Comcast’s NBC has appointed two executives to make the right changes of the “Today” show. This happened just a day after the television network announced that longtime producer Jim Bell will leave to take a larger role in the sports division.


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Don Nash will become the executive producer, reporting to Alexandra Wallace, who is the executive in charge of the show. Previously, Don Nash was a broadcast producer who has worked on NBC’s morning’s show for 23 years.


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NBC strives to refresh the show because it had began to fade as its rating has decreased. Moreover, ABC’s “Good Morning America” has beaten “Today” show.


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Today is one of the most important and profitable NBC’s TV shows. It generates $485 million in ad revenues in 2011, up 6.6 percent from 2010, according to Kantar Media. Its rival, “Good Morning America” won $299 million last year.


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The show had problems mainly after NBC has announced that former executive producer Bell will leave the show in order to become a full-time executive producer of the Olympics. Bell and Matt Lauer were blamed for firing of Ann Curry, which was a very controversial event that harmed the image of the show.

It remains to be seen if 2013 will be a better year for “Today” show, with less scandals, a reinforced brand and also an increased profit.

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NBC To Replace Today Show Producer

Filed under: Today Show - 13 Nov 2012  | Spread the word !

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NBC, who is still struggling to make the Today Show successful once again, will bring new changes to the morning television show. The Today Show lost its supremacy when it comes to morning shows to Good Morning America, following Ann Curry’s departure from the team. Ratings dropped amazingly in the past few months and the reality is that NBC has to make a change.

Now, NBC is expected to name Alexandra Wallace as the executive producer of the Today Show. Until today, Alexandra has served as a senior vice president for the network. The change is not very shocking, as current producer Jim Bell, failed to keep the show’s ratings at the highest level possible. However, if Alexandra Wallace will be named the new executive producer of the Today Show, she will be the first woman in charge of the long-running NBC show. The pressure and the responsibilities will surely be impressive.


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Jim Bell was blamed for all the problems that the Today Show is going through nowadays. Jim Bell has been in charge with the show since 2005. He was also considered to be responsible for the way Ann Curry’s departure from the show was handled. The firing of the co-host of the Today Show was an extremely controversial event. Ann Curry was replaced with Savannah Guthrie earlier this year. Ann left the Today Show in June.


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The Today Show was the top-rated morning television show for no less than 16 years in a row. In 2012, the show lost its supremacy. There is no wonder a change had to be made. If Alexandra Wallace will be confirmed to take the responsibility of making once again the Today Show the most successful morning television program or not is something we are about to see. When the new change is expected to take effect is not known yet, either.

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Meredith Vierira: Today Show Best Moments

Filed under: Today Show - 25 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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Last year, the day Meredith Vieira left the cast of the Today Show was very sad. Her co-hosts, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales all sported I Love Meredith shirts, and each offered a mini-tribute to the departing host. Matt spoke about her small ego, Curry talked about how they’re family, and Morales waxed poetic over Vieira’s general amusingness.

Here are some of the best moments of Meredith Vieira on the Today Show.

In this video, Meredith gets into an icing fight with Matt. It’s actually really funny and goes to show that a morning TV show doesn’t necessarily has to be very serious.

Meredith accidentally drops the S bomb on air, while she tries to play a car-driving simulation game.

Ice and Will Ferrell. Sounds like fun. Meredith went ice-skating with comedy actor Will Ferrell. Although she is a great anchor, she is not that great of an ice-skater.

Watch as Meredith challenges Hillary Clinton into a talk about politics. Meredith had guts to pull this short interview through.

Skating doesn’t work? Why not try dancing? Here, Meredith dances with Apollo Ono.

Meredith was one of the hosts for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics. Both Vieira and co-host Matt Lauer were criticised for their NBC coverage of the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

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Ann Curry To Return To The Today Show?

Filed under: Today Show - 04 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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Ann Curry left the Today Show earlier this summer, but it seems that the star already is wanted back. Ann was actually let go from her job as co-host of the show in June. Today Show producers claimed that the departure was not in fact their fault and all they want is for Ann to come back. It seems that the low ratings the show registered in the past few months are the main reason why producers want Ann Curry to return to the Today Show.


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Why Ann Curry was let go from the Today Show is a question that many tabloid magazines have tried to answer. Over the summer Ann told People that Today Show producers wanted her to dye her hair and dress more feminine and contemporary. The star said she refused to do so, as she wanted to remain true to herself and her own tastes.

Soon after leaving the Today Show, Ann signed a contract with NBC News. If Ann managed to do just fine, we cannot say the same thing about the Today Show. Following Ann’s departure the ratings of the show have much decreased. The new co-host, Savannah Guthrie, failed to convince the audience, so Ann is now asked to help the show regain its success. The Today Show has been for years the number one watched morning news program, aspect with changed over this summer.


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An insider told Radar Online that Ann loves her new job at NBC and she is so much happier as a front line reporter. If she will receive an official proposal to come back from the Today Show, and mostly if Ann will accept it, is something we will probably find out in the following weeks.

Until then, problems seem to continue for the Today Show. According to the latest rumors, Matt Lauer is dealing hard with the drops in ratings. It seems that the star has been much affected by the fact that the show lost its place as the leader morning television show to Good Morning America. The show’s ratings continued to get lower each month since the summer.


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Still, Matt receives all the needed support from the show’s producers, who seem to believe that he is the heart and the soul of the show. Producers also said that the whole issue linked to ratings is more complex than just the dismissal of Ann Curry. According to the Associated Press, producers believe that any time there is a change, people need to process it in order to adapt to it and accept that change.

There is no doubt in the fact that the Today Show has been through a rough time, but probably producers will find the best ways to overcome it.

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Today Show Sparked Outrage on September 11

Filed under: Today Show - 25 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Today Show is a daily American morning television show on NBC dating back to 1952. The first three hours of the show are anchored by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Al Roker gives frequent weather forecasts and Natalie Morales reports from the news desk. Roker and Morales co-host the third hour, while Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford co-host the fourth hour. Weekend editions are anchored by Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe. Meteorologist Bill Karins appears on Saturdays and Stephanie Abrams on Sundays.


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There was a high scandal that went off around the cast of Today Show. On 11 September 2012 sparked outrage after the program declined to cutaway from an interview with Keeping With the Kardashians co-star Kris Jenner, in which she discussed the show and her breast augmentation, to broadcast the 11th anniversary remembrance ceremonies of the September 11th terrorist attack at 8:46 am, ET.

At that time, a moment of silence was held in memory of the the 2.996 people who died in the tragedy was being conducted. That was the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.


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NBC was the only national television news outlet in the United States that did not interrupt regular programming to broadcast the moment of silence live. While the coverage of the ceremonies was not seen on the NBC network feed in most of the US, WNBC/New York interrupted the Today broadcast to run locally produced special coverage of the ceremony.

NBC News CEO Steve Capus sent out a memo directly to all NBC affiliate station managers on September 12th, apologising for severe criticism that the stations faced following the incident, and acknowledging that the situation touched a nerve with viewers.


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Nevertheless, Steve Capus did not issue either a public apology or an official press release to the media concerning their decision not to air the moment of silence. The memo notes that the moment of silence had not been routinely broadcast on Today since 2006, with the exception of September 11, 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

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