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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Making Room For More "Today" Show

The "Rachael Ray" daytime show will move back an hour, to 11 a.m., on Channel 5 to make room for the new fourth hour of the "Today" show starting Sept. 10.

NBC announced today that Ann Curry, "Today" and "Dateline NBC" anchor, will stick around to co-host the new 10 a.m. portion with national correspondent Natalie Morales and correspondent Hoda Kotb. Also making "regular appearances" as co-anchors will be familiar "Today" show faces David Gregory, Nancy Snyderman, Amy Robach, Giada DeLaurentiis, Jenna Wolfe and Tiki Barber.

Channel 5 is among the 90% of NBC affiliates carrying the fourth hour of the TV’s No. 1 morning show. "Rachael Ray" will bump "Montel Williams" to 2 p.m., replacing NBC’s canceled "Passions." The soap's last telecast is Sept. 7.

Is a fourth hour of "Today" too much? Will you watch without Matt, Meredith and Al? Or will Ann Curry keep viewers tuned in?

What makes the "Today" show No. 1 for almost 12 years?


at 8/14/2007 12:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Ann Curry is awful.

at 8/14/2007 1:14 PM Anonymous Scott said...

I watch Good Morning America on ABC.

at 8/14/2007 2:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know this is tv but did you see this:

Variety reports that Boomer Esiason and Craig Carlton, a broadcaster, will take over the morning slot that Imus filled at WFAN-AM.

at 8/14/2007 2:46 PM Blogger Kevin LeMaster said...

Moving one insipid show to add another hour of another insipid show. Fantastic.

I would also like NBC to add more Datelines.

at 8/14/2007 3:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I'm at work, an additional hour of Today is no big deal, though if I was home, I'd pass...Natalie Morales is good, but Ann Curry wore out a long time ago.

at 8/14/2007 4:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather watch Saved by the Bell on TBS.

at 8/14/2007 5:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since it isn't #1 Cincinnati, how can people in Cincinnati answer the question? Perhaps you should ask "Why isn't Today #1 in Cincinnati?" People prefer GMA. People prefer local news on 19. People don't watch Ch 5. All possible answers.

at 8/14/2007 6:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now I watch the Today Show from 7-9 am then switch over to Regis and Kelly. I think that the 9 am hour of Today is boring. The only bright spots I see are Natalie Morales and Tiki Barber. I agree that Ann Curry is bad. I know that she thought she would get Katie's spot when she left. I always feel that she is so cold towards Meredith and everyone else for that matter. She is good at sitting behind the anchor desk and reading the news.

I have been switching to Good Morning America more. I always loved watching Robin Roberts on ESPN and have been watching more of GMA since she started being a regular.

at 8/14/2007 7:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Passions isn't really cancelled. Its going to air on some DirecTV channel. But it will still be in production.

at 8/15/2007 8:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 19 morning news show? Please. Cindy Matthews is a reporter not an anchor. Then Shiela (are my teeth shining) Grey. Please

at 8/15/2007 9:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Natalie Morales --- yum yum!!! She could talk about paint drying and it would be good. She is soooo hot.

at 8/15/2007 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Curry is great. I do not know where all of these comments are coming from. How anyone can say she is cold is ridiculous. She is very warm towards Meredith and everyone else.

at 8/15/2007 3:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i could care less about network shows. give me cincinnati news on 19.

at 8/16/2007 4:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I havent really watched the Today show,other than on Sundays since back in the days of Dave Garroway et all. I am sorry that the Rachael Ray show wont be on until 11, because my work schedule will keep me from seeing it then.
from the neighborhood

at 8/17/2007 6:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning America is the only game in town for morning TV as far as I'm concerned. They are head and shoulders above all the rest.

at 8/17/2007 7:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

19 news? Please

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