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The Biz: Celebrating the Life and Career of News Veteran John Palmer

If you were anywhere near a TV set on Jan. 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, chances are you learned the news of the tragedy from NBC News correspondent John Palmer. With NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw temporarily unavailable that afternoon, it was Palmer, the newsreader for Today, who broke in with a special report and stayed with the story for hours as it unfolded.

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Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel Returning to Today to Guest-Host with Matt Lauer

Viewers of the Today show will wake up to a couple of familiar faces Monday morning: Former anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley will return to guest-host with Matt Lauer,NBC announced Thursday.

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VIDEO: Charlie Rose (November 14, 2003)

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Web-only video: See Joan Rivers' 1986 interview: 'I'm a lucky lady'
Barbara Walters -- Every Newswoman EVER Shows Up For Last Day
NYC Startups and the First Entrepreneur At Large
Wendy Davis; Women-Owned Businesses; Jane Pauley

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Charlie Rose (November 14, 2003)

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2011 Indy in the 60s TV Show Series, Remarks by
2006 Generation Boom TV Show Series, Remarks by
2004 The Jane Pauley Show TV Show Series, Host
2003 JFK TV Show Series, Narrator
1998 Time and Again TV Show Series, Host

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Ask Matt: The Today Mess, Glee-vs-Glee Project, Royal Pains and More

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: What the heck is institutionally wrong with NBC that they can't seem to handle transitions with any class or make a choice and stick with it? I can remember the first Today show debacle when they pushed out Jane Pauley and put poor Deborah Norville in her place, only to abandon Norville to take the brunt of the backlash for their bad decision. Jump ahead to the next century where they push Jay Leno out before he's ready to go, but won't completely let go of him because they can't make up their minds. They put Leno where he's pretty much guaranteed to fail in prime time and then give up on Conan O'Brien before he's really had a chance to grow into the job. Again, treating both performers pretty shabbily considering what they'd contributed to the network.

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The Biz: Inside Ann Curry's Today Exit — What Went Wrong

Ann Curry learned that you're a member of the Today family until the ratings say you're not.

Curry spent her final morning as co-anchor with Matt Lauer on Thursday, giving a tearful goodbye before heading to a new role as the program's anchor-at-large and NBC News national and international correspondent (which came with a new long-term contract). Savannah Guthrie, NBC News legal correspondent and co-anchor of the third hour of Today for the last year, will be named as Lauer's new partner on Friday, according to sources familiar with the plan.

Curry, who joined Today in 1997 as a newsreader, was part of ...
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The Biz: Dateline NBC Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago, the hottest genre in network television wasn't sitcoms, dramas or reality shows — it was newsmagazines. CBS's 60 Minutes was the number-one show. ABC had Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs scoring big ratings on 20/20 and signed Diane Sawyer for Primetime. NBC had the most difficult time getting a newsmagazine off the ground until it launched Dateline NBC on March 31, 1992 after trying and failing with 17 other shows.

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Michael Douglas Says Catherine Zeta-Jones Was "Outed" for Bipolar Disorder

Catherine Zeta-Jones has been publicly commended for coming out with her bipolar disorder by the likes of Demi Lovato and Jane Pauley, but according to husband Michael Douglas, it wasn't her choice to discuss her diagnosis publicly.

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My favorite TV moment this week...

My favorite TV moment this week (granted, I've been on the road and haven't watched a lot) occurred early Wednesday morning, as Matt Lauer defused the mawkish sentiment on the Today set in the wake of Katie Couric's long-awaited announcement that she would be leaving soon for CBS.

"Also coming up in this half hour..." Lauer quipped, as the Today crew (a great group, as I can attest to from the experience of being on the show a handful of times) broke into laughter.

What I loved about that gag was how it underscored the fact that life on Today would go on, no doubt quite robustly, after the Katie Couric era ends. (There have been so many: the Bryant Gumbel-Jane Pauley era; the Barbara Walters-Hugh Downs era; and so on).

This is a historic shift, no question, and shouldn't be underestimated even as it's overanaly read more


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