At the top of Thursday's The View, Meredith Vieira announced that she is leaving the talker to fill the vacancy being left by Katie Couric at NBC's Today, effective this September. Couric, meanwhile, may face an uphill battle as the just-christened anchor of CBS Evening News. In a poll conducted by TV Guide and the Associated Press, 49 percent say they prefer Couric as a morning-show cohost, versus 29 percent who say they'll prefer her in the evening. But Couric has the vote of no less than venerable news vet Walter Cronkite, who tells the New York Post, "I think she's highly capable and I'm absolutely delighted that she's come over to CBS."
Meredith Vieira, The View
History is about to repeat itself at NBC's Today.
Any minute now, The View's Meredith Vieira will sign on as coanchor to replace Katie Couric after she leaves to join the CBS Evening News. But it looks like Vieira will keep her other gig as host of the syndicated
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
Katie Couric's out at Today; Meredith Vieira in?
Ending months of speculation, Katie Couric marked her 15th anniversary on Today by announcing on Wednesday morning that she is leaving NBC's morning news program. "After listening to my heart and my gut, I've decided I'll be leaving at the end of May," she said on air. The longest-serving anchor in Today history, Couric is expected to fill the anchor chair at CBS Evening News, in a deal the Wall Street Journal says will also get her face time on 60 Minutes, as well as her own documentary crew, and fetch her a cool $15 million a year. "Sometimes change is a good thing," Couric told viewers. "Although it may be terrifying to get out of your comfort zone, it's very exciting to start a new chapter in your life." As for her Today successor, a source at The View tells the New York Daily News that it's all but a done deal that Meredith Vieira will fill the vacancy.
Star Jones was rushed to Saint John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., last Friday when she suffered life-threatening blood loss following routine breast-lift surgery. While such mags as the National Enquirer allege that Jones nearly went into cardiac arrest, a spokesperson for The View tells the New York Daily News, "Star Jones is anemic, but she did not almost die."
Amanda Bynes bends her gender in She's the Man.
In the new comedy She's the Man (in theaters now), Amanda Bynes plays Viola, a soccer star forced to get her kicks by masquerading as her twin brother, Sebastian. Along the way, of course, all manner of hunky guys and ironically attracted girls find themselves mesmerized by this gal in disguise. Was Bynes able to pull it off? Should Felicity Huffman be looking over her shoulder? And more to the point, is the perky What I Like About You star ready to kick some Natalie Portman butt this weekend? Here's what Bynes shared with TVGuide.com in a fun one-on-one.
TVGuide.com: Seeing She's the Man almost — and my AP English teacher will be happy to hear this — made me want to actually read Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, on which it is loosely based. Or at least revisit the CliffsNotes
Jesse Lee Soffer and Jennifer Landon, As the World Turns
Did you know As the World Turns toasts a half-century of daytime television on April 2? "I don't want to go too epic on you," says Ellen Dolan (Margo), "but it's incredible that our show has been in American homes for 50 years. What a milestone!"
ATWT isn't waiting until spring to celebrate its birthday, though, since the CBS sudser just snapped up a slew of Daytime Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama, outstanding writing team and five acting nods.
"When I heard my name [announced] on The View, I was in shock," enthuses Jennifer Landon (Gwen), who's a shoo-in to win outstanding younger actress. "Mom was so happy. She didn't even say any words. She just screamed!" No doubt her father — the late, great Michael Landon — would be a proud papa, too.
"I was happy Jennifer was nominated because it would be
Caroll Spinney adds a special award to Big Bird's nest.
On April 28, puppeteer Caroll Spinney, the man who has brought Big Bird to life since Sesame Street's 1969 debut, will be honored at the Daytime Emmys with a Lifetime Achievement Award. At last week's nominations event, TVGuide.com chatted with Spinney about his fine-feathered friend's big night — but alas, not before he put away his other alter ego, a certain green Grouch. (Kids, click away now before I traumatize you with too much about Sesame Street's inner workings.)
TVGuide.com: I see that you just packed Oscar away in his duffel bag....Caroll Spinney: That's what he likes best. That way, he doesn't have people bothering him.
TVGuide.com: How has your j
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, The View
Last week was an emotional roller-coaster for Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Just days after brother-in-law Matt Hasselbeck's Seattle Seahawks were deprived of a Super Bowl win, she and the other ladies of ABC's The View racked up 10 Daytime Emmy nods. Is this the year that they at last grab the gold for Outstanding Talk Show Host? Just minutes after the nominations were announced, TVGuide.com caught up with Hasselbeck, aka that sunny Survivor, to discuss the show's chances and to tackle a very hot topic — the questionable refereeing during that Super Bowl loss.
TVGuide.com: First of all, congratulations on The View's nominations [including best talk show]!Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Thank you. The show's been nominated right from the jump, so it's nice to know it's always been in the game. It's certainly deserved it every single year.
TVGuide.com: From where you're sitting, when
Meredith Vieira somewhat skirted talk that she may replace Katie Couric on NBC's Today should the perky pixie get recruited to anchor CBS Evening News. Acknowledging that her deal with The View is up in August, she told CNN's Showbiz Tonight on Wednesday, "I never predict what's going to happen next, because my career has been so bizarre." As bizarre as there being only two Emmy nominees in the game-show categories?