CBS Devoting Monday's Early Show to U.S. Airways Pilot
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
Sully's 15 minutes of fame are morphing into 60 Minutes and counting.
Viewers got a preview of Katie Couric's sitdown with Chesley Sullenberger, the hero pilot of Flight 1549, when she visited CBS's Early Show Friday to show an excerpt from the interview. The rest will air on Sunday's 60 Minutes. She also provided a preview on Thursday's Evening News.
"It was the worst sickening, pit-of-your-stomach, falling-through-the-floor feeling I've ever felt in my life," Sullenberger says in the interview excerpt.
The Early Show will also devote its entire episode Monday to Flight 1549, which Sullenberger successfully touched down in New York City's Hudson River last month after bird strikes took out its engines. Guests will include the crew, rescuers and survivors, among them Australian singer Emma Sophina, a passenger who will debut the song she penned about the experience.
Though The Early Show is devoting the whole show to Sully & Co., they won't be on during the entire broadcast because they're also scheduled to drop by ABC's Good Morning America.
One place they won't appear is NBC's Today, which retracted its invitation to Sullenberger after he decided to appear on 60 Minutes. On Monday, Today will counterprogram by continuing Ann Curry's interview with Nadya Suleman, the Californian who gave birth to octuplets last week.
Whose story would you rather hear Monday: the heroic pilot's or the new mom's?