Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Today seeps into tomorrow


NBC just announced that the "Today" show will expand to four hours in September. That, my friends, is a lot of morning television news.

Not to fear, however: Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira will only go three-deep -- Ann Curry will anchor Hour Four with Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb.

At the rate we're going, it's only a matter of time until the network morning shows last clear up til noon, then we'll have local news til 6, network news til 7, an hour or so of primetime and then another six or eight or 12 hours of news.

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At 2:04 PM, August 14, 2007, Blogger Dr. B said...

'Today' is nearly unwatchable after the first 1/2 hour (20 minutes if you don't count the local news/weather rehash) and continues to go downhill as the next 2.5 hours progress. I can not imagine what trite "news" they will feature in the 4th hour.

 
At 5:08 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous ethan said...

Re: "what trite 'news' they will feature in the 4th hour" - they don't even pretend that it's news beyond the first 20 minutes.

Rather, it's unabashedly lifestyle programming. Your cue: when they move to a secondary set or when they hit the street.

The "Today Show" is an NBC News product, but no one would suggest (or believe) that it's 3 - and soon to be 4 - hours of "news."

 
At 8:12 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just dont like the news here this morning..we have too many newsfox21..gma..11 news..etc..ill just read a good book..its okay for folks in denver or chicago land .. but not here..

 
At 8:07 AM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I look at it this way: if they don't have news programs, you'll have to suffer through reruns of seinfeld or friends...or WORSE, hour long commercials trying to sell you something...The news is ok, would be ok to simulcast msnbc or cnn instead of the fluff and no brianer tv like today or this morning programs...I think the tv networks have run out of ideas for game shows...

 
At 7:18 AM, August 16, 2007, Anonymous TC said...

Four hours of Today

Four hours of Dateline

Eight hours of Law & Order

Eight hours of Paid Programming

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Schedule done. Send me a check, Jeff Zucker!

 
At 10:03 PM, August 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes ,i cant wait for drew carey to come up and go after today show , but im cautious..he wont be a barker..i still watch 5/30 tyra banks show..and your right anon ..i cant stand those info commericals also..but it pays the bill for fox and krdo and kktv and etc.etc.etc..all those videographers..ugh...

 

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