Today Moving to Prime Time?
Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Anne Curry, Today
Jay Leno isn't the only one encroaching on prime time TV real estate. With four hours on air in the morning apparently not enough for Today, the gang is set to take over prime time — for one night at least.
The chatfest will air a one-hour retrospective of the year on Dec. 22, called 2008: Today Looks Back, a Holiday Special, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It was such an incredible year, with the economy and the election and the Olympics, just for starters," Jim Bell, executive producer, said. "There were a range of emotions and stories that resonated, in particular on the Today show."
The special, which had been gestating for a few months, will mark the first time Today has ever been featured in prime time. The usual morning crew — Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry and Al Roker — will put in some overtime to create the program, which will review 2008's five top news stories, "moving moments," personalities and a Today blooper reel.
Other Today staffers, Lester Holt, Amy Robach, Willard Scott, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, will appear on the taped special as well, which could turn into an annual event.
"I suppose but I don't know if we're going to have another year like we did in 2008," Bell said. "I really think it was the year that called for it, too. There was such incredible material. But you never know. We're always here to help."
2008: Today Looks Back, a Holiday Special will air Dec. 22 at 8 pm/ET on NBC.