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Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: DrBear on April 04, 2006, 04:33:01 PM
With Katie Couric reportedly heading to CBS and Meredith Viera reportedly the favorite to replace her at "Today"  (http://\"http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/04/business/media/04cnd-tube.html?ex=1301803200&en=bb2c3f181f51fc99&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss\") the next domino to fall may be the syndie WWTBAM? (which, of course, is the only one these days). Viera still has a two year contract for Millionaire but one wonders if NBC really wants their host doing a game show (then again, it worked for Hugh Downs).

So, any nominees for the hot seat across from the Hot Seat?

(NY Times, requires registration, but what the hell, I wasn't going to link to a cheezy entertainment blog)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Don Howard on April 04, 2006, 04:37:26 PM
[quote name=\'DrBear\' post=\'115290\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 04:33 PM\']
With Katie Couric reportedly heading to CBS and Meredith Viera reportedly the favorite to replace her at "Today"  (http://\"http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/04/business/media/04cnd-tube.html?ex=1301803200&en=bb2c3f181f51fc99&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss\") the next domino to fall may be the syndie WWTBAM?
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Why? Someone else could host it. I understand Richard Karn and Blake Emmons are available. They could co-host.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FOXSportsFan on April 04, 2006, 05:27:42 PM
I don't think Meredith should be the favorite at all...I'd put the (sadly taken) Campbell Brown as the favorite.  She actually has the opposite problem that Katie has...she's more known for her hard news ethic and doesn't come out as big in the lighter stuff according to pundits.  I think she does a fine job alongside Lester on the weekends.   But seeing as how a deal may be done soon, I dunno...I see Meredith, if she indeed signs the dotted line as a transitional host.  A 4 year deal, and that's about it, friends.

The talented Natalie Morales is likely going to be groomed to be filling Ann Curry's spot, no doubt that Natalie is the rising commodity at NBC News.  Ann Curry...not big on her "newsreading" personally.

Alexis Glick shouldn't be let near the show, and hence she won't be again.  She was really ill at ease...stick to the stocks, my friend.

Now, I don't wanna get off on a rant here, but Katie Couric is really going through with the most lucrative career suicide in entertainment history!  She may make a hell of a lot more dough, but she's gonna lose any credibility she has.  This is not to say that she had much to begin with.  I mean when you are more known for your high pitched voice (for which CNN sent her packing), your attempts of dressing half your age, and your interviews with "Hollywood Hunks", I don't think you get instant credibility for an evening newscast.  

Let me compare/contrast a little with the a one Elizabeth Vargas.  Elizabeth Vargas is doing a fine job at ABC...I have no problem with her.  In fact, back when they were hiring she was second in line in my pick to get the gig (I was like the consensus in hoping that Charles Gibson would get his due.)  Elizabeth has a much harder work ethic and has dealt with more hard news than Couric ever has.  Vargas has the credentials to be where she is.

Couric on the other hand...not so much.  I'm sure others agree and some disagree, but "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" may just make Dan Rather's reign at the newscast look like glory days.

Of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong...but I betcha I'm not! : )
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Mr. Bill on April 04, 2006, 06:43:55 PM
[quote name=\'DrBear\' post=\'115290\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 04:33 PM\']
...the next domino to fall may be the syndie WWTBAM? (which, of course, is the only one these days). Viera still has a two year contract for Millionaire but one wonders if NBC really wants their host doing a game show (then again, it worked for Hugh Downs).
[/quote]
Two words -- Walt Disney.  No way they'd let Meredith keep Millionaire as long as The Mouse is in charge of its production (the Enemy!).  In fact, a more recent article I've seen online indicates that there is NO DOUBT she will be told to quit WWTBAM if she wants to be on Today.

Re:  Hugh Downs.  He was hosting Concentration, which at the time was an NBC Production.  He was still working for the same boss, the same as when he was announcing the Tonight Show with Jack Paar during the same time frame.

The difference here is obviously the interests of TPTB.  Downs was not potentially working for a conflicting interest.

Mr. Bill
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Don Howard on April 04, 2006, 10:32:09 PM
[quote name=\'Mr. Bill\' post=\'115306\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 06:43 PM\']
Downs was not potentially working for a conflicting interest.
[/quote]
It's always been a curiosity to me how John Daly was allowed to be in a leading role with ABC News while also moderating What's My Line? on CBS.
Is this because ABC was still considered a joke in those days?
Ann Curry I have never liked and will never understand how she was even permitted to sub for Faith Daniels at the news desk back in the day.
Elizabeth Vargas. I'll never forgive the fact that her ABC News ascension cost Morton Dean his spot. Victim of circumstance, I know, and admittedly a blind spot but your Don is human and that's my opinion.
When Connie Chung was paired with Dan Rather, it made me realize that Dan was better than I thought he was. Anyone who replaced Cronkite was doomed due to the comparisons. Roger Mudd was too dull. Charles Kuralt might have been a better choice. I maintain Bob Schieffer should stay put, but I really believe he's taking one for the team by interim-anchoring and would prefer to get back to Washington full-time.
Campbell Brown is excellent. I'd love to have her take the Today spot. I've no idea who'd work well for weekends. Would Natalie Morales be interested in that, I wonder?
All speculation, of course, but that's fun to do sometimes and that's a main reason we're here.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: goongas on April 04, 2006, 11:14:08 PM
So, any nominees for the hot seat across from the Hot Seat?

Tony Danza's show is about to be cancelled, so they may consider him.  Or one of the remaining hosts of The View.  Or perhaps Kelly Ripa (her sitcom will probably be cancelled).  Not that I would enjoy any of these choices...
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: sshuffield70 on April 04, 2006, 11:44:17 PM
Yeah, Kelly Ripa hosting a game show would do wonders for her resume.....let's see....

A dance show...
A soap opera...
A gabfest...
A sitcom....
A game show??.....

Yeah...right.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: DrBear on April 04, 2006, 11:47:04 PM
[quote name=\'Don Howard\' post=\'115333\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 09:32 PM\']
It's always been a curiosity to me how John Daly was allowed to be in a leading role with ABC News while also moderating What's My Line? on CBS.
Is this because ABC was still considered a joke in those days?
[/quote]
Back in the day (CAUTION: UNFOCUSED OLD FART RAMBLING FOLLOWS) networks didn't keep as tight a leash on "their" talent. Curt Gowdy could do damn near every sport for NBC, and still cross over and do "American Sportsman" for ABC. And team announcers, not network crews, did the World Series in whole or in part for NBC (until ABC started in doing baseball in 1976 and insisted on having its own crews work the big games).

Now? Read those no-compete clauses, network jumpers. I'm still surprised Al Michaels is going to NBC. Disney must have REEEEEEEALLLY wanted that rabbit.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 04, 2006, 11:57:55 PM
[quote name=\'DrBear\' post=\'115348\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 08:47 PM\']
I'm still surprised Al Michaels is going to NBC. Disney must have REEEEEEEALLLY wanted that rabbit.
[/quote]
Word is that Al made the request himself, and the Mouse granted it to him as thanks for his many years of faithful service.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Mr. Bill on April 05, 2006, 02:29:19 AM
[quote name=\'DrBear\' post=\'115348\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 11:47 PM\']
[quote name=\'Don Howard\' post=\'115333\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 09:32 PM\']
It's always been a curiosity to me how John Daly was allowed to be in a leading role with ABC News while also moderating What's My Line? on CBS.
Is this because ABC was still considered a joke in those days?
[/quote]
Back in the day (CAUTION: UNFOCUSED OLD FART RAMBLING FOLLOWS) networks didn't keep as tight a leash on "their" talent.

Now? Read those no-compete clauses, network jumpers. I'm still surprised Al Michaels is going to NBC. Disney must have REEEEEEEALLLY wanted that rabbit.
[/quote]
Glad to see I'm not the only "Unfocused Old Fart" on the board, DrBear! :)

In the '50s networks weren't ratings-oriented as much as they are now, so they were a lot more lax about crossovers.

Re: Oswald the Rabbit -- Eisner was fulfilling a promise he made to Walt's daughter that he'd rescue the Rabbit someday.  Surely the additional access to Olympic highlight footage that he "insisted" on receiving from NBC in return for Michaels played at least a "small" part.

And, yes, I'm old.  (How old?)  Old enough to have watched the Black & White Overnight programming when it originally aired on CBS, etc.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: zachhoran on April 05, 2006, 07:31:33 AM
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115340\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 11:14 PM\']
So, any nominees for the hot seat across from the Hot Seat?

[/quote]

Bergeron is about a good a choice as comes to mind offhand. Is he still living in Connecticut as he was when still doing Squares?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
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Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 05, 2006, 08:36:49 AM
Myself, I'd rather see Laurie Hibbard.

Is Millionaire that vital to stations anymore?  It's not really viable in prime access.  Maybe they should rest it for a while.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: NickS on April 05, 2006, 08:44:34 AM
[quote name=\'Jimmy Owen\' post=\'115362\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 07:36 AM\']
Myself, I'd rather see Laurie Hibbard.

Is Millionaire that vital to stations anymore?  It's not really viable in prime access.  Maybe they should rest it for a while.
[/quote]

If you're talking about access, you're correct -- but I still think that it would do well in early fringe as a compliment to entertainment news or a lead-in/out to J!, which is what we're doing in fall '06 (lead-in).
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Neumms on April 05, 2006, 11:40:45 AM
Millionaire wasn't on all that many stations in prime access to begin with, at least not the big markets. That speaks volumes about how badly ABC screwed it up, if it couldn't replace Access Hollywood. (Obviously, luring Pat O'Brien away might have helped.)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: aaron sica on April 05, 2006, 11:45:08 AM
[quote name=\'Neumms\' post=\'115380\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 11:40 AM\']
Millionaire wasn't on all that many stations in prime access to begin with, at least not the big markets. That speaks volumes about how badly ABC screwed it up, if it couldn't replace Access Hollywood. (Obviously, luring Pat O'Brien away might have helped.)
[/quote]

Nope, in my area it airs on the local ABC affiliate (WHTM) at 12:30pm.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: mystery7 on April 05, 2006, 12:29:24 PM
It's also airing in Philly on WPVI at 12:30. Not prime access, but with Action News as your lead-in, not a bad deal.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FOXSportsFan on April 05, 2006, 12:48:58 PM
Jeff Kaye (who these days sounds like he's on his last gasp): "Action News!  Delaware Valley's Leading News Program."

Indeed, it's the best lead-in in the market (though I like CBS 3's Noon Newscast).  

I have to beg a question here in terms of Millionaire presuming Meredith bolts for "Today".  I know he said he'd never wanna do it, but...is it time for Regis again?  I mean he's a company player and is closely identified with the format.  What's another 30 minute show for the king of TV, right?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: uncamark on April 05, 2006, 02:39:17 PM
[quote name=\'Neumms\' post=\'115380\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 10:40 AM\']
Millionaire wasn't on all that many stations in prime access to begin with, at least not the big markets. That speaks volumes about how badly ABC screwed it up, if it couldn't replace Access Hollywood. (Obviously, luring Pat O'Brien away might have helped.)
[/quote]

But you have to realize that the ABC-owned stations are tied up with "J!" and "Wheel" in access for many years to come--and that the CBS and NBC-owned stations naturally gravitated towards stuff they own ("ET," "Insider," "Access") instead of stuff they don't own (WWTBAM").

Disney's happy with what they have--the midday time slots have done good enough and all are resigned to the fact that they don't have a megahit on the level of "Wheel" with the show.

Not as successful as they might've wished?  Perhaps.  A "screw-up?"  I don't think so.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Tony on April 05, 2006, 02:52:37 PM
[quote name=\'Mr. Bill\' post=\'115357\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 01:29 AM\']

Re: Oswald the Rabbit -- Eisner was fulfilling a promise he made to Walt's daughter that he'd rescue the Rabbit someday.  Surely the additional access to Olympic highlight footage that he "insisted" on receiving from NBC in return for Michaels played at least a "small" part.

[/quote]
Don't you mean, "Iger was fulfilling a promise..."?  Eisner left the Walt Disney Company late last year (to which I can only say HOORAY!!!!).
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: mystery7 on April 05, 2006, 03:01:39 PM
[quote name=\'Tony\' post=\'115406\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 02:52 PM\']
  Eisner left the Walt Disney Company late last year (to which I can only say HOORAY!!!!).
[/quote]
Too bad CBNC can't say the same thing (http://\"http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-eisner30mar30,1,3864291.story?coll=la-mininav-business\").
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: uncamark on April 05, 2006, 03:15:52 PM
[quote name=\'mystery7\' post=\'115408\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 02:01 PM\']
[quote name=\'Tony\' post=\'115406\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 02:52 PM\']
  Eisner left the Walt Disney Company late last year (to which I can only say HOORAY!!!!).
[/quote]
Too bad CBNC can't say the same thing (http://\"http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-eisner30mar30,1,3864291.story?coll=la-mininav-business\").
[/quote]

It's interesting that in some new trade ads CNBC is using the "Bob Barker/David Letterman Defense" that they have a lot of viewers that Nielsen doesn't measure--in their case, places where there are a lot of rich people.  As much truth as there is in that defense, it still looks like a sign of desperation.

ObGameShow:  "DOND" repurposes every Tuesday and Thursday nights in prime time.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Terry K on April 05, 2006, 06:57:55 PM
WWTBAM was part of Meredith's contract with ABC to keep her on the View a few years ago.  Considering potential replacements...

Well, there's an issue of Regis potentially competing with himself (eg, Regis & Kelly), so they won't put him on both shows at once.  That would limit what stations can have WWTBAM and that would be very bad in the long run.

I agree with the sentiment that Bergeron is a very good choice for a replacement.  He's done this type of show before (Squares), and we know his ability to have fun with the contestants is pretty good.  

Another good choice would be Vicki Lawrence.  I think she'd be a very good choice for this show, she's got the personality and she DOES have the experience in hosting a game show.  Plus she's well known, which helps her considerably.  

One other choice that might work is Howard Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers.  She's got a great personality, she's played the game, she can relate to ordinary people (well, think of it this way, she has deal with Howard's guests every day!), and she would be the first black female game show host.  (It also doesn't hurt that she's in NYC and could easily do Millionaire in the afternoons...at one point they were talking about giving her a talk show in syndication anyway)

Jane Pauley might be an interesting choice, but considering how she flopped as a talk show host, I'm not sure they'd want to put her back into syndication again.

As it was discussed a few years ago, they had a very tough time finding Meredith, and finding someone to fill her shoes will be even tougher.  (and since Dick Clark's not an option this time...there will be a long search for a host.)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Kevin Prather on April 05, 2006, 07:28:40 PM
One of my friends suggested Jon Stewart. I dunno how great a pick he'd be, but what do you think?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 05, 2006, 07:51:13 PM
[quote name=\'Terry K\' post=\'115425\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 03:57 PM\']
Regis
Bergeron
Vicki Lawrence
Robin Quivers
Jane Pauley
[/quote]
Oh good lord.

The autistic/Asperger's/whatever you wanna call it tendencies of this board's membership really stand out when there is the least little shakeup in their game shows. Everyone gets in a completely ridiculous tizzy.
[quote name=\'whoserman\' post=\'115427\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 04:28 PM\']
One of my friends suggested Jon Stewart. I dunno how great a pick he'd be, but what do you think?
[/quote]
I think it would be a complete and total waste of Jon Stewart's considerable talents.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FeudDude on April 05, 2006, 07:57:12 PM
[quote name=\'clemon79\' post=\'115428\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 07:51 PM\']
The autistic/Asperger's/whatever you wanna call it tendencies of this board's membership really stand out when there is the least little shakeup in their game shows. Everyone gets in a completely ridiculous tizzy.[/quote]

And there's nothing wrong with that.  Sorry that you can't appreciate our unique way of thinking.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 05, 2006, 07:59:33 PM
[quote name=\'FeudDude\' post=\'115429\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 04:57 PM\']
And there's nothing wrong with that.  Sorry that you can't appreciate our unique way of thinking.
[/quote]
If your "unique way of thinking" is "OMG SOMETHING CHANGED IN MY LITTLE WORLD HOW WILL I COPE I MUST KNOW WHO THE NEW HOST IS GONNA BE SO I CAN GET USED TO THE IDEA!!!111!!!ELEVEN", then yeah, I can't appreciate it, sorry.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Kevin Prather on April 05, 2006, 08:01:43 PM
I see no tizzy. I see a perfectly valid discussion topic. What, praytell, is so wrong with that?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FOXSportsFan on April 05, 2006, 08:43:39 PM
Chris, as a person who has 2 autistic brothers, I just ask you be careful in your comparisons to autistic like actions and this board, just a friendly warning.  This board ain't nothing compared to the living a life with two younger autistic brothers.  Rant over, thanks for reading, lol.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 05, 2006, 09:10:42 PM
[quote name=\'FOXSportsFan\' post=\'115433\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 05:43 PM\']
just a friendly warning.
[/quote]
Or else what?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Kevin Prather on April 05, 2006, 09:14:38 PM
Chris, come on. It's a reasonable request. Don't ding him for word choice when the point he's making is obvious.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 05, 2006, 09:17:44 PM
[quote name=\'whoserman\' post=\'115435\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 06:14 PM\']
Chris, come on. It's a reasonable request. Don't ding him for word choice when the point he's making is obvious.
[/quote]
Nope. If he's gonna issue a "warning", then I want to know what he thinks he's "warning" me from. Nevermind the fact that, as usual, his comment was minimally relevant in the first place.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: dzinkin on April 05, 2006, 09:30:59 PM
I don't think Chris was criticizing all of those with autism and related conditions as a whole, particularly since I would bet that he could cite several members of the Don't-Change-A-Thing-About-My-Favorite-Show-Or-I'll-Die crowd who have no such challenges whatsoever, and at least a few members of this board have stated that they have autism and yet don't behave in that fashion.

I still think that Chris's reference to autism was a poor choice of words, and I'm particularly sensitive to it given my training in psychology and the fact that I work closely with special education teachers every day.  That said, given that one of the symptoms of autism is a higher-than-normal resistance to change -- as well as the fact that at least three people from the ATGS days have explicitly stated that they were using their autism as an excuse to behave as they did, rather than as a challenge to overcome -- I see why he chose it and I'm not going to burn him at the stake for it.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FOXSportsFan on April 05, 2006, 10:05:03 PM
I should have said a friendly reminder, perhaps, it's just I didn't want to start another flame war over the comparing of activities on this forum to that of a condition my brothers have.  But, be it for Chris Lemon to try to take something I say, stretch it out to it's worst common denominator and wanna be the initiator of starting stuff and of course it allows you a chance to get your little shot in on me.

This is for those who don't know the life story I have to live with (a.k.a. those with "normal" families): The loons in here ain't got nothing on my brothers.  We're talking people who put their heads and fists through walls, hit themselves, hit their parents (they fear me for some reason), and throw tamper tantrums the size of Russia...and they do it over petty things like...oh I don't know...not getting a little tinker toy or a certain tape at a certain time.  Believe me, while child-like antics abound here, it's far more civilized than the life my little brothers endure.

I live with both a higher functioning "case study" and a low functioning "case study", so I know the topic from each angle of the spectrum essentially.  I apologize if my sensitivity is too such an extreme, and perhaps it is much, but it's a cause that's near and dear to me.  Accept it, please.  And, end of discussion on the matter.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Brandon Brooks on April 05, 2006, 10:13:12 PM
[quote name=\'clemon79\' post=\'115436\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 08:17 PM\']
Nope. If he's gonna issue a "warning", then I want to know what he thinks he's "warning" me from. Nevermind the fact that, as usual, his comment was minimally relevant in the first place.
[/quote]
Chris, back down.  This isn't a battle really worth fighting.  

Brandon Brooks
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: tyshaun1 on April 05, 2006, 10:17:38 PM
And this just in......   Meredith Vieira believed to have signed NBC deal (http://\"http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6322541.html?display=Breaking+News&referral=SUPP\"), from Broadcasting & Cable.

Tyshaun
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: mystery7 on April 05, 2006, 10:33:06 PM
Sorry to be fashionably late, but as an autistic myself, I can assure you that we're not all fanatics whose worlds will end over some little thing like Meredith Vieira possibly leaving Millionare for Today. I, for one, have much more significant, albeit personal things to worry about, like preparing for my new job and the associated move out of state.

I used to be like William's younger brother, and as David said, it is quite a challenge to overcome. But it can be done. I'm living proof. Thank you both for your stories.

PS: April is Autism Awareness Month, and it's strictly by coincidence that I mention it here. Now back to the thread, already in progress.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 06, 2006, 12:14:40 AM
[quote name=\'tyshaun1\' post=\'115444\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 10:17 PM\']
And this just in......   Meredith Vieira believed to have signed NBC deal (http://\"http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6322541.html?display=Breaking+News&referral=SUPP\"), from Broadcasting & Cable.

Tyshaun
[/quote]

According to the above story, NBC is cool with Meredith doing both Today and Millionaire, so it is a moot point.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FeudDude on April 06, 2006, 12:21:44 AM
[quote name=\'mystery7\' post=\'115445\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 10:33 PM\']
Sorry to be fashionably late, but as an autistic myself, I can assure you that we're not all fanatics whose worlds will end over some little thing like Meredith Vieira possibly leaving Millionare for Today. I, for one, have much more significant, albeit personal things to worry about, like preparing for my new job and the associated move out of state.

I used to be like William's younger brother, and as David said, it is quite a challenge to overcome. But it can be done. I'm living proof. Thank you both for your stories.
[/quote]

I should apologize, as I probably overreacted a bit to Chris's remark.   And I would like to think that I don't get riled up over small changes either - in fact, more often than not, I enjoy and anticipate change.  I do sometimes get overtly obsessive over certain things, but I try my best not to let such things take over my life.  Most of my difficulties these days involve everyday social interaction.

That said, I didn't get such an impression from Terry's post either.  To me it just seemed like perfectly normal speculation over who the next host might be - not a plea to find out who the new host is right now or anything like that.  But, no matter.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: MrBuddwing on April 06, 2006, 12:58:08 AM
[quote name=\'Jimmy Owen\' post=\'115454\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 12:14 AM\']
[According to the above story, NBC is cool with Meredith doing both Today and Millionaire, so it is a moot point.
[/quote]


But would YOU want a schedule like that? (I assume that doing the "Today" show five mornings a week would be a lot tougher than "The View.")
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Terry K on April 06, 2006, 01:14:50 AM
[quote name=\'MrBuddwing\' post=\'115461\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 11:58 PM\']
[quote name=\'Jimmy Owen\' post=\'115454\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 12:14 AM\']
[According to the above story, NBC is cool with Meredith doing both Today and Millionaire, so it is a moot point.
[/quote]


But would YOU want a schedule like that? (I assume that doing the "Today" show five mornings a week would be a lot tougher than "The View.")
[/quote]

Three hours a day on the air PLUS the prep time?  And when Today goes on the road?  They'll almost have to do the show from Orlando on a regular basis when Millionaire goes down there.  

Of course, though, Millionaire tapes so much at one time, they may just scoot all the tapings out to weekends, provided Meredith stays.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 06, 2006, 01:20:51 AM
Most folks eight hours a day, so maybe it's not that much of a stretch.  Isn't the third hour of Today skipped by Matt and Katie anyway?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: MrBuddwing on April 06, 2006, 01:32:55 AM
[quote name=\'Terry K\' post=\'115463\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 01:14 AM\']
Of course, though, Millionaire tapes so much at one time, they may just scoot all the tapings out to weekends, provided Meredith stays.
[/quote]

Speaking strictly for myself, the thought of having to get up at 2 or 3 a.m. every weekday morning for a live morning show, plus doing a mess of WWTBaM episodes at least a couple of weekends a month, would be a bit more than I could stand, no matter how much money they threw at me.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: peiboy91 on April 06, 2006, 02:43:16 AM
I agree, The View and Today are completely different monsters, and I would think Meredith would have a tough time doing both Today and Millionaire simultaneously.

As for a possible replacement, a name that came to my mind is Pat Kiernan since he's hosting the upcoming World Series of Pop Culture on VH1 and has previously hosted the short lived Studio 7 on the WB, both of which are incidentally Michael Davies productions. I can't really judge his hosting yet since the only time I've seen him is Studio 7 (and in a format where the host nods to indicate a right answer, I'd give him the benefit of the doubt). It also seems like he's pretty popular in New York where he anchors NY1 News, so we'll see.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: tvwxman on April 06, 2006, 04:37:53 AM
[quote name=\'MrBuddwing\' post=\'115465\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 01:32 AM\']
Speaking strictly for myself, the thought of having to get up at 2 or 3 a.m. every weekday morning for a live morning show, plus doing a mess of WWTBaM episodes at least a couple of weekends a month, would be a bit more than I could stand, no matter how much money they threw at me.
[/quote]

Not so sure about that...i've read the limo picks up matt/katie/charlie/diane/etc. closer to 5am(!) for the 10 minute ride in 5am traffic...they then spend 90 minutes researching notes, but more importantly , applying makeup...

Most of the research is done afterwards...books are brought home, movie screeners are watched....but not much is 'done' before the show....

I'm not saying the job isn't demanding, but since millionaire is covered 3 days a week for 4 months, "I" think she can pull both off.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: weaklink75 on April 06, 2006, 10:59:11 AM
We'll know definitely sometime this afternoon. (http://\"http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/06/tv.couric.ap/index.html\") , but it does look like it is Viera...
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: goongas on April 06, 2006, 11:05:00 AM
According to this link Meredith will be leaving WWTBAM.

Washington Post Article (http://\"http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/06/AR2006040600723_pf.html\")
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FOXSportsFan on April 06, 2006, 11:11:37 AM
She's making an announcement on "The View" as I speak...nice of her to overshadow Star Jones' trash bag makeover.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 06, 2006, 11:20:12 AM
[quote name=\'FOXSportsFan\' post=\'115491\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 08:11 AM\']
She's making an announcement on "The View" as I speak...nice of her to overshadow Star Jones' trash bag makeover.
[/quote]
Sounds like a public service, to me. :)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Mr. Bill on April 06, 2006, 07:19:17 PM
[quote name=\'Tony\' post=\'115406\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 02:52 PM\']
[quote name=\'Mr. Bill\' post=\'115357\' date=\'Apr 5 2006, 01:29 AM\']

Re: Oswald the Rabbit -- Eisner was fulfilling a promise he made to Walt's daughter that he'd rescue the Rabbit someday.  Surely the additional access to Olympic highlight footage that he "insisted" on receiving from NBC in return for Michaels played at least a "small" part.

[/quote]
Don't you mean, "Iger was fulfilling a promise..."?  Eisner left the Walt Disney Company late last year (to which I can only say HOORAY!!!!).
[/quote]

Bad memory circuit.  :)

You are, of course, correct sir.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: catkins522 on April 06, 2006, 07:38:55 PM
Note for self...

Buy GE light bulbs and send it to Walt Disney.

Charles
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: GiraffeBoy on April 06, 2006, 07:43:09 PM
[quote name=\'DrBear\' post=\'115290\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 12:33 PM\']
So, any nominees for the hot seat across from the Hot Seat?
[/quote]
(raises hand) I'm available! I've done the WWTBAM updates on a.t.g-s, plus I've been in the Hot Seat at DCA in Anaheim, where I got my MPW title, so I fully understand the pressure of trying to win this game. I know the rules, I know the lifelines, I'm very witty, I have a good poker face, and I'm willing to relocate to New York for this.

I think I have enough experience for the job. . .so, am I hired? (:))

--Charlie, MPW
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: TimK2003 on April 06, 2006, 09:17:13 PM
Who to take over for Millionaire?

One person who came to my mind is George Gray.   Sure, the majority of us hated him and his game show debut in Extreme Gong, but he did redeem himself when he did Weakest Link.

Yeah, George may need to be a little more serious on WWTBAM, but he does have the wit and subtle cruelty needed to tease contestants before revealing the answers.

I'm also surprised that no one has yet to mention Chuck Woolery with his prior work on Millionaire wannabe "Greed" -- not that I endorse him for the gig.  But Shandi, on the other hand...  :-)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: goongas on April 06, 2006, 10:25:37 PM
If Meredith does leave, I am guessing they will pick someone with talk show host experience, not a game show host.  The show has morphed into a talk show would occassional questions being asked.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 06, 2006, 10:49:01 PM
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115533\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 07:25 PM\']
If Meredith does leave, I am guessing they will pick someone with talk show host experience, not a game show host.  The show has morphed into a talk show would occassional questions being asked.
[/quote]
Huh?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FOXSportsFan on April 06, 2006, 11:59:08 PM
Maybe they should stay the talk show route.  If I recall correctly the likes of Montel and Maury were considered at one point for hosting either the network or syndie Millionaire.  Thoughts?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Dbacksfan12 on April 07, 2006, 12:06:26 AM
[quote name=\'GiraffeBoy\' post=\'115529\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 06:43 PM\']
--Charlie, MPW
[/quote]
Dang, is this Charlie Pevey?  If so...there's a name I haven't heard since we left ATGS!
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Brandon Brooks on April 07, 2006, 12:16:32 AM
[quote name=\'clemon79\' post=\'115537\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 09:49 PM\']
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115533\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 07:25 PM\']
If Meredith does leave, I am guessing they will pick someone with talk show host experience, not a game show host.  The show has morphed into a talk show would occassional questions being asked.
[/quote]
Huh?
[/quote]
I kinda see what he's saying.  WWTBAM is very "talky" and it helps to have someone comfortable delving into back stories, like talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Meridith Viera, and not people like John Davidson.

Brandon Brooks
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: GiraffeBoy on April 07, 2006, 12:17:59 AM
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115533\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 07:25 PM\']
If Meredith does leave, I am guessing they will pick someone with talk show host experience, not a game show host.  The show has morphed into a talk show would occassional questions being asked.
[/quote]
Seriously, I'm thinking Tom Bergeron would be great for this. He's part of the Mouse House. I don't think "Dancing with the Stars" will be renewed, so he's in need of something to do, and he does have talk show credit ("Fox After Breakfast") and an Emmy ("H").

Yeah, Modor, it's me. I've been lurking, but the typing bug has been biting a little bit lately. The real world has kept me pretty busy between finishing an accounting degree and preparing for a teaching credential. I still play the netgames a bit.

Now who's got the number to BVTV? I've got a call to make. (:))

--Charlie, MPW
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: dzinkin on April 07, 2006, 12:24:24 AM
Hmm, I wonder if hosting nine episodes (ten if the "lost episode" is included) of Who Wants to Be a Moronionaire would qualify as experience... maybe I'll call BVTV myself.

Naah -- on second thought, I'm guessing that somewhere in the contract is a requirement to be nice to the contestants. ;-)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 07, 2006, 12:47:07 AM
[quote name=\'dzinkin\' post=\'115553\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 09:24 PM\']
Naah -- on second thought, I'm guessing that somewhere in the contract is a requirement to be nice to the contestants. ;-)
[/quote]
Which is why I won't even bother applying. :)

Bergeron is a _great_ idea, if someone can talk him into hosting another game show. (Mind you, Bergeron's getting into that rarefied air previously only held in my mind by Alan Rickman...I'd watch him read the phone book.) Maury Povich wouldn't offend me, either, he kinda has that friendly-while-still-curmudgeonly Regis vibe.

Whoever they get, though, it needs to be a name, I think...you can't take some nobody and give them the Millionaire job, it requires a certain amount of prestige to be convincing, I think.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: johnnya2k3 on April 07, 2006, 01:33:56 AM
[quote name=\'GiraffeBoy\' post=\'115552\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 08:17 PM\']

Seriously, I'm thinking Tom Bergeron would be great for this. He's part of the Mouse House. I don't think "Dancing with the Stars" will be renewed, so he's in need of something to do
[/quote]
Um, Bergeron already has something to do: "America's Funniest Home Videos."

But I don't know what Daisy Fuentes is doing; they should get her to replace Vieira.

Jonathan Allen
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: BrandonFG on April 07, 2006, 01:39:49 AM
[quote name=\'johnnya2k3\' post=\'115558\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 01:33 AM\']
Um, Bergeron already has something to do: "America's Funniest Home Videos."[/quote]
Um, and? It's not like he's the first person in the world who would have to pull double duty. His biggest challenge would be commuting between NY, CA, and his home state (Connecticut I think).

And you are seriously on some grade-A crack if you think Daisy Fuentes could do Meredith's job on Millionaire.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 07, 2006, 01:40:36 AM
I had a wild thought. If they do have to find someone else, why not a guy who would get the new season some publicity, knows the show inside out, familiar with what makes the show work, and might even work for less money?  How would Michael Davies do as a host?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: TLEberle on April 07, 2006, 01:50:36 AM
[quote name=\'Jimmy Owen\' post=\'115560\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 10:40 PM\']
I had a wild thought. If they do have to find someone else, why not a guy who would get the new season some publicity, knows the show inside out, familiar with what makes the show work, and might even work for less money?  How would Michael Davies do as a host?[/quote]I'll be charitable. Give me word one as to how Michael Davies would be in the top hundred of potential hosts, let alone number one. I don't buy it.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 07, 2006, 02:06:26 AM
I'm hoping Meredith will continue, but Davies does know a lot about the show and how it is put together, whenever I have seen him on TV, he is very poised and articulate. I think he could certainly handle the assignment.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 07, 2006, 02:06:36 AM
[quote name=\'fostergray82\' post=\'115559\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 10:39 PM\']
And you are seriously on some grade-A crack if you think Daisy Fuentes could do Meredith's job on Millionaire.
[/quote]
I can't believe we got this far into the thread without mentioning ubertalent Pat O'Brien.

(Who honestly isn't the worst idea. A damn sight better than Michael Davies, anyhow. Good lord.)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 07, 2006, 02:13:41 AM
With Pat, I'm not sure how he would handle the PAF. :)

Seriously, I think Pat is tied up with his syndicated "The Insider" show for prime access for Paramount.  Generally, one does not host two syndicated strips at the same time.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: BrandonFG on April 07, 2006, 02:20:08 AM
[quote name=\'clemon79\' post=\'115564\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 02:06 AM\']
I can't believe we got this far into the thread without mentioning ubertalent Pat O'Brien.

(Who honestly isn't the worst idea. A damn sight better than Michael Davies, anyhow. Good lord.)
[/quote]
Honestly, I could see it myself...I think he'd do a fairly competent job. And he seems down-to-earth enough to where he could interact with the contestants.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: DrBear on April 07, 2006, 08:01:46 AM
Pat would be OK as long as he doesn't phone it in.

And while I stand next to no man in my appreciation for Tom Bergeron's talents, I think his forte is humor, and WWTBAM takes itself a bit more seriously.

Michael Davies? Well, Chuck Barris hosted HIS own show, and it lasted for a bit...
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Steve Gavazzi on April 07, 2006, 08:22:38 AM
[quote name=\'fostergray82\' post=\'115559\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 01:39 AM\']
And you are seriously on some grade-A crack if you think Daisy Fuentes could do Meredith's job on Millionaire.
[/quote]

Based on what I've seen, she couldn't even do America's Funniest Home Videos.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: sshuffield70 on April 07, 2006, 09:26:09 AM
[quote name=\'Steve Gavazzi\' post=\'115576\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 07:22 AM\']
[quote name=\'fostergray82\' post=\'115559\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 01:39 AM\']
And you are seriously on some grade-A crack if you think Daisy Fuentes could do Meredith's job on Millionaire.
[/quote]

Based on what I've seen, she couldn't even do America's Funniest Home Videos.
[/quote]

Why do think she was canned with that John Fugelsang (2 time loser, including "McEnroe")?

Tom did say a few years back (maybe about the time H2 ended...it's too early to think...) that he didn't want to host another game show.  On the good side for DWTS is I would expect it to be renewed again, and there's not too many weeks involved.  And unlike the current and previous occupants, he doesn't have a morning talk show gig.  I say if he wants it, he can handle it.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: goongas on April 07, 2006, 09:34:55 AM
[quote name=\'clemon79\' post=\'115537\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 10:49 PM\']
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115533\' date=\'Apr 6 2006, 07:25 PM\']
If Meredith does leave, I am guessing they will pick someone with talk show host experience, not a game show host.  The show has morphed into a talk show would occassional questions being asked.
[/quote]
Huh?
[/quote]

IMO, WWTBAM has morphed into a game show where the game is not the most important part of the show.  It is the interaction between the contestant and the host.  Michael Davies said in one of Steve Beverly's interviews that WWTBAM has talk show elements in it, and that is why they cast the show the way they do.  Bill Cullen never spent much time discussing the personal lives of his contestants, There was no chit-chat while a question was being asked.  WWTBAM calls for a host that is able to do ad-libbed dialogue well, and good talk show hosts are able to do that.

I think Tom Bergeron would do a great job as host, but I don't think the producers necessarily are narrowing their potential choices, if Meredith decides to leave, to people who only have hosted game shows.  I do agree they will want a well-known person to host the show.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 07, 2006, 09:42:34 AM
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115587\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 09:34 AM\']

Bill Cullen never spent much time discussing the personal lives of his contestants,

[/quote]


I'm guessing you never had the pleasure of seeing "Love Experts." :)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: BrandonFG on April 07, 2006, 09:50:17 AM
I don't know how well this would fly here, but how about Jerry Springer? (dammit, put down the foreign objects and hear me out!) I know his show is pretty much bottom-of-the-barrel, but he also seems to have good interaction with people, and a pretty witty sense of humor. Don't know how he did on EuroGreed, but I honestly think if you look past his talk show, he actually might not be too bad of a choice.

Now, whether Buena Vista wants to alienate viewers (*cough*Perfesser!*cough*) is another story...especially this is Diz-Nee © we're talking about. Not that it has much to do with it, but I could see someone in the Bible Belt trying to make that correlation.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 07, 2006, 09:54:26 AM
If you want to throw out names, make sure they don't already have a syndicated strip.  Which means Springer, Philbin, O'Brien, Povich, Montel, Geraldo, Mary Hart, etc. are out.  Ricki Lake, on the other hand, has hosted six of the most beloved game shows ever, though she may under a Fremantle development deal.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: BrandonFG on April 07, 2006, 09:58:17 AM
[quote name=\'Jimmy Owen\' post=\'115591\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 09:54 AM\']
If you want to throw out names, make sure they don't already have a syndicated strip.  Which means, Springer, Philbin, O'Brien, Povich, Montel, Geraldo, Mary Hart, etc. are out.
[/quote]
Didn't even realize that...

When is Springer supposed to call it quits, anyway? I thought he was going off the air last year or this one, but haven't heard too much.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: zachhoran on April 07, 2006, 10:05:22 AM
[quote name=\'Jimmy Owen\' post=\'115591\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 09:54 AM\']
If you want to throw out names, make sure they don't already have a syndicated strip.  Which means Springer, Philbin, O'Brien, Povich, Montel, Geraldo, Mary Hart, etc. are out.  Ricki Lake, on the other hand, has hosted six of the most beloved game shows ever, though she may under a Fremantle development deal.
[/quote]

Ricki doesn't currently have a talk show either. Does The View currently air against Millionaire anywhere(which would most likely also put it up against TPIR?)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 07, 2006, 10:06:33 AM
[quote name=\'fostergray82\' post=\'115590\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 06:50 AM\']
I don't know how well this would fly here, but how about Jerry Springer? (dammit, put down the foreign objects and hear me out!)
[/quote]
I don't think it's a bad choice at all.

Expanding the discussion into the realm of the insane, if Rikki Lake shows us something interesting during the GSM, she might be a contender, too. (Mind you, _I_ wouldn't hire her, but it might raise her stock, and especially if the Millionaire people decide they need to hire a female host for whatever demographic reasons.)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: SteveRep on April 07, 2006, 10:26:19 AM
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' post=\'115594\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 10:05 AM\']
Ricki doesn't currently have a talk show either. Does The View currently air against Millionaire anywhere(which would most likely also put it up against TPIR?)
[/quote]
I wouldn't be surprised if it is somewhere but I doubt there are all that many places where WWTBAM airs in the morning. The closest I can find is right here in DC, where WUSA carries Millionaire at 10:30 a.m.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: zachhoran on April 07, 2006, 10:29:29 AM
[quote name=\'SteveRep\' post=\'115602\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 10:26 AM\']
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' post=\'115594\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 10:05 AM\']
Ricki doesn't currently have a talk show either. Does The View currently air against Millionaire anywhere(which would most likely also put it up against TPIR?)
[/quote]
I wouldn't be surprised if it is somewhere but I doubt there are all that many places where WWTBAM airs in the morning. The closest I can find is right here in DC, where WUSA carries Millionaire at 10:30 a.m.
[/quote]

It airs at 10AM EST on WPTT Channel 22 in Pittsburgh.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: scottua1 on April 07, 2006, 11:08:44 AM
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' post=\'115594\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 10:05 AM\']
 Does The View currently air against Millionaire anywhere(which would most likely also put it up against TPIR?)
[/quote]
Here in Albany, Millionaire airs at 10 and 11am on the NBC affiliate, putting the 11am episode against the first half of both the View and PIR.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: uncamark on April 07, 2006, 12:17:29 PM
Also, with Springer there is the matter of his radio show, which he could do anywhere in the morning and then do a TV show in the afternoon.

(Yes, radio show that Air America is syndicating with Premiere--from what I've heard, he's proven that he can still handle something with gravitas to it, even if you don't agree with his politics.)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: tvwxman on April 07, 2006, 03:21:21 PM
No doubt Davies has to begin thinking about an replacement for Vierra. If she stays now, she won't as soon as the contract ends in two years. If anything, it may give Davies the push needed to get a primetime millionaire back on television (either on ABC or not when the contract with the mousehouse ends ),  and this time , perhaps without Reeg, going instead with  a different host that they can test drive in the hot seat.

Now, back to speculation . My vote : Rosie O'.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 07, 2006, 03:40:18 PM
[quote name=\'tvwxman\' post=\'115645\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 12:21 PM\']
Now, back to speculation . My vote : Rosie O'.
[/quote]
God, I'd slit my own throat.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: gsgalaxy82 on April 07, 2006, 03:47:16 PM
Jerry Springer actually wouldn't be a bad selection, he did host Greed in the UK and did a great job. But with his show still on, who knows.
My suggestion as host is kinda off the wall: Dana Jacobson, host of ESPN2's Cold Pizza and an ESPN reporter. Attractive, good personality, could keep control of a show. As I said once, none of us thought Meredith could pull it off (I'll admit, I didn't even know who she was). So I say Disney should look to their all sports network for some ideas.

David
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 07, 2006, 04:01:31 PM
Dare I bring up the name of Ken Jenn....no, better not.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 07, 2006, 04:27:08 PM
[quote name=\'Jimmy Owen\' post=\'115649\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 01:01 PM\']
Dare I bring up the name of Ken Jenn....no, better not.
[/quote]
Yikes. Thing is, I can see them trying it.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: goongas on April 07, 2006, 07:50:50 PM
According to this Washington Post article (yes, I know, it may not be accurate), Michael Davies still expects Meredith to host Millionaire, but her agent isn't so sure:

Washington Post article (http://\"http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/06/AR2006040602301_2.html\")
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: trainman on April 07, 2006, 11:32:11 PM
[quote name=\'SteveRep\' post=\'115602\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 07:26 AM\']
...I doubt there are all that many places where WWTBAM airs in the morning. The closest I can find is right here in DC, where WUSA carries Millionaire at 10:30 a.m.
[/quote]

WWTBAM is also the lead-in to TPIR in Los Angeles, airing at 9:30 A.M. on KCBS.  (Those are the second-run shows; first-run airs at 6:30 P.M. on co-owned KCAL.)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: calliaume on April 07, 2006, 11:49:56 PM
I don't know if anyone's suggested it, but Donny Osmond's at liberty.  Don't know how he'd be at the contestant interviews, however.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: gsgalaxy82 on April 07, 2006, 11:53:17 PM
I believe it also airs in the morning in Detroit on WKBD (or WWJ, they may have flipped it over there) at 10 am. Hopefully when I move to Seattle in 9 months, it'll be still be on KONG in the evening (where it is now). I'm rarely up in the morning.

David
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: TLEberle on April 08, 2006, 12:25:41 AM
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115587\' date=\'Apr 7 2006, 06:34 AM\']
IMO, WWTBAM has morphed into a game show where the game is not the most important part of the show.  It is the interaction between the contestant and the host.  Michael Davies said in one of Steve Beverly's interviews that WWTBAM has talk show elements in it, and that is why they cast the show the way they do.  Bill Cullen never spent much time discussing the personal lives of his contestants, There was no chit-chat while a question was being asked.  WWTBAM calls for a host that is able to do ad-libbed dialogue well, and good talk show hosts are able to do that.

I think Tom Bergeron would do a great job as host, but I don't think the producers necessarily are narrowing their potential choices, if Meredith decides to leave, to people who only have hosted game shows.  I do agree they will want a well-known person to host the show.
[/quote]
If "Millionaire" is becoming a talk show/game show, someone put out the light, because I'm not interested. I enjoy seeing the players, and why they want the money, and their quirks and foibles, but that should be secondary to the questions. If the show can have thirty questions a night and fit the chat segments, I'll be fine with that. I don't see why the host needs to be a grump or curmudgeon, though...that was one of the things I did not like about Regis Philbin as host. There weren't many, but that was one.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: goongas on April 08, 2006, 12:39:15 AM
Quote
If the show can have thirty questions a night and fit the chat segments, I'll be fine with that.  

One show a month ago featured four or five questions.  They mostly showed the giddy contestant laughing when she was in the third tier.  Ever since the second season of the syndicated show, they do not ask many questions.  If they ask twenty questions in one show, it is a lot.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: BrownBoyUT on April 08, 2006, 01:57:24 AM
Here's my vote that I don't think anyone's brought up yet:

Theresa Strasser. She has some hosting experience (if you want to call "While You Were Out" a game show), and whenever I've seen her on panel shows (Balderdash comes to mind), she is really quick.

Just my two cents...

Greg Vallejo
(and the march to 10 posts continues...)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: NickS on April 08, 2006, 12:21:02 PM
Until Vieira's agent has that "official" discussion and anything is said otherwise, I have a BVTV source saying she will be on the show until the contract is up.

Why we are discussing this in a "what happens if Bob Barker dies" manner is beyond me.  The point is, as said before, moot until new information comes out.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Matt Ottinger on April 08, 2006, 06:54:37 PM
[quote name=\'TeppanYaki\' post=\'115680\' date=\'Apr 8 2006, 12:21 PM\']Why we are discussing this in a "what happens if Bob Barker dies" manner is beyond me.  The point is, as said before, moot until new information comes out.[/quote]
Yes, but the point is moot with Barker until new information comes out, and that hasn't stopped anybody either.
 
There are real, logical reasons why this thread is relevant and timely, no matter how far afield the speculation gets. Personally, I'm happy that there seems to be more than a little evidence suggesting Meredith might keep doing it.  Still, Millionaire would certainly have to work around her Today schedule, not vice-versa, so forget that whole "live remotes from Orlando" business.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: NickS on April 09, 2006, 07:46:13 AM
[quote name=\'Matt Ottinger\' post=\'115710\' date=\'Apr 8 2006, 05:54 PM\']
[quote name=\'TeppanYaki\' post=\'115680\' date=\'Apr 8 2006, 12:21 PM\']Why we are discussing this in a "what happens if Bob Barker dies" manner is beyond me.  The point is, as said before, moot until new information comes out.[/quote]
Yes, but the point is moot with Barker until new information comes out, and that hasn't stopped anybody either.
 
There are real, logical reasons why this thread is relevant and timely, no matter how far afield the speculation gets. Personally, I'm happy that there seems to be more than a little evidence suggesting Meredith might keep doing it.  Still, Millionaire would certainly have to work around her Today schedule, not vice-versa, so forget that whole "live remotes from Orlando" business.
[/quote]

Point taken re: Bob.

Regarding Meredith, though, I'm curious to see what BVTV does.  I mean, she is bound to a contract -- who says that they could turn around and try the ol' "shoot at 9:30" deal?  I'm not saying they wouldn't, since that would make them look like bad guys, but I'm not saying they would, either.

IMO, they renegotiate the contract so that everything works out.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Matt Ottinger on April 09, 2006, 12:07:50 PM
[quote name=\'TeppanYaki\' post=\'115745\' date=\'Apr 9 2006, 07:46 AM\']Regarding Meredith, though, I'm curious to see what BVTV does.  I mean, she is bound to a contract -- who says that they could turn around and try the ol' "shoot at 9:30" deal?  I'm not saying they wouldn't, since that would make them look like bad guys, but I'm not saying they would, either.[/quote]
Oh, MAN, wouldn't that be a nasty thing to do?
[quote name=\'TeppanYaki\' post=\'115745\' date=\'Apr 9 2006, 07:46 AM\']IMO, they renegotiate the contract so that everything works out.[/quote]
My personal opinion is that we won't see Meredith on Millionaire this fall, though I'd love to be wrong.  The distinction between newsperson and game show host is blurrier now than it's been since the 50s and 60s.  For Meredith to work for NBC News and continue to host Millionaire would seem to be something of a coup for our side.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: calliaume on April 09, 2006, 01:42:46 PM
I don't see Meredith back on Millionaire either, although she might last out half a year or so.

I think the commitment is just too much.  The View airs an hour each week, and she has three or four cohosts to share the load.  Today is now three hours long (longer than the Downs era), and travels frequently, sometimes with little notice.  I just see Vieira getting up at 2 AM one morning and going, "Oh my God, why am I trying to carry this load?"
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: wheelloon on April 09, 2006, 02:39:55 PM
[quote name=\'calliaume\' post=\'115756\' date=\'Apr 9 2006, 01:42 PM\']
I don't see Meredith back on Millionaire either, although she might last out half a year or so.

I think the commitment is just too much.  The View airs an hour each week, and she has three or four cohosts to share the load.  Today is now three hours long (longer than the Downs era), and travels frequently, sometimes with little notice.  I just see Vieira getting up at 2 AM one morning and going, "Oh my God, why am I trying to carry this load?"
[/quote]
Well, according to the perfesser (I believe that is what he is so honorably called here), she'll be back this fall, even though his article doesn't say really anything to back it up...

I trust ya'll know the website by now... LOL
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 09, 2006, 02:44:18 PM
[quote name=\'wheelloon\' post=\'115762\' date=\'Apr 9 2006, 11:39 AM\']
Well, according to the perfesser (I believe that is what he is so honorably called here), she'll be back this fall, even though his article doesn't say really anything to back it up...

I trust ya'll know the website by now... LOL
[/quote]
I trust you know that just because the Perfesser says it, it's not necessarily the least bit accurate, either. The Perfesser has no more information on this than we do, with the possible exception of an "exclusive" that he got by sitting in on a conference call with 500 other people, and I would hazard a guess and say that Alex Davis over at Buzzer was probably on that call too. Suggesting something is so just because The Perfesser reported is a sure way to get mocked around here.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: wheelloon on April 09, 2006, 02:50:02 PM
[quote name=\'clemon79\' post=\'115763\' date=\'Apr 9 2006, 02:44 PM\']
[quote name=\'wheelloon\' post=\'115762\' date=\'Apr 9 2006, 11:39 AM\']
Well, according to the perfesser (I believe that is what he is so honorably called here), she'll be back this fall, even though his article doesn't say really anything to back it up...
[/quote]
I trust you know that just because the Perfesser says it, it's not necessarily the least bit accurate, either. The Perfesser has no more information on this than we do, with the possible exception of an "exclusive" that he got by sitting in on a conference call with 500 other people, and I would hazard a guess and say that Alex Davis over at Buzzer was probably on that call too. Suggesting something is so just because The Perfesser reported is a sure way to get mocked around here.
[/quote]

YES CHRIS, I know. That's why I included at the end of my first sentence "his article doesn't say really anything to back it up." I know what the general opinion of him is around these parts. It's made VERY obvious by board members...
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: thgames65 on April 09, 2006, 05:11:05 PM
Quote
Well, according to the perfesser (I believe that is what he is so honorably called here), she'll be back this fall, even though his article doesn't say really anything to back it up...

I trust ya'll know the website by now... LOL

Beverly cites the April 7 Newsday (http://\"http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/ny-flleft4692977apr07,0,768162.story\") article, which indicates that Meredith plans on remaining on WWTBAM.   Of course, this could be some misinterpretation of the press conference statements by Newsday's reporter.


Tim H.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: goongas on April 11, 2006, 12:54:24 PM
According to this article (http://\"http://tinyurl.com/k2y23\"), Meredith will return to hosting WWTBAM.  Also, she will only anchor the first two hours of Today, so she will not be as tired as we originally thought, but her schedule will be demanding nonetheless.  This story quotes Ms. Vieira directly, so I hope it is accurate.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Matt Ottinger on April 11, 2006, 01:46:22 PM
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115889\' date=\'Apr 11 2006, 12:54 PM\']
According to this article (http://\"http://tinyurl.com/k2y23\"), Meredith will return to hosting WWTBAM.  Also, she will only anchor the first two hours of Today, so she will not be as tired as we originally thought, but her schedule will be demanding nonetheless.  This story quotes Ms. Vieira directly, so I hope it is accurate.
[/quote]
Good find.  A very informative article with lots of direct quotes specifically about Millionaire.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: FOXSportsFan on April 11, 2006, 01:55:26 PM
Well Katie and Matt typically only anchor hours 1 and 2 of Today anyway, so that should be no surprise.  It's usually the Al Roker Hour of Power from 9-10a ET.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Terry K on April 12, 2006, 03:29:38 AM
Meredith isn't due over to Today until what, September?  That gives her time to tape plenty of WWTBAM, and remembering the season is usually taped out by January, she might be able to push it forward a bit and get them done before she takes over at Today.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: zachhoran on April 12, 2006, 07:49:17 AM
[quote name=\'Terry K\' post=\'115947\' date=\'Apr 12 2006, 03:29 AM\']
Meredith isn't due over to Today until what, September?  That gives her time to tape plenty of WWTBAM, and remembering the season is usually taped out by January, she might be able to push it forward a bit and get them done before she takes over at Today.
[/quote]

They'd have to start taping Millionaire for next season earlier than they did for this season, as the first episodes of this season were taped the week Katrina hit New Orleans, and the episodes began airing just two weeks later.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: uncamark on April 12, 2006, 04:01:46 PM
[quote name=\'Matt Ottinger\' post=\'115892\' date=\'Apr 11 2006, 12:46 PM\']
[quote name=\'goongas\' post=\'115889\' date=\'Apr 11 2006, 12:54 PM\']
According to this article (http://\"http://tinyurl.com/k2y23\"), Meredith will return to hosting WWTBAM.  Also, she will only anchor the first two hours of Today, so she will not be as tired as we originally thought, but her schedule will be demanding nonetheless.  This story quotes Ms. Vieira directly, so I hope it is accurate.
[/quote]
Good find.  A very informative article with lots of direct quotes specifically about Millionaire.
[/quote]

And with all of those references to "boobs," it's a shame she wasn't well-known when "MG" was on.  :)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jeremy Nelson on April 28, 2006, 07:29:43 PM
Well, not that it makes much difference here, but Meredith's spot on The View has been given to Rosie O Donnell.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on April 28, 2006, 07:39:06 PM
[quote name=\'rollercoaster87\' post=\'117271\' date=\'Apr 28 2006, 04:29 PM\']
Well, not that it makes much difference here, but Meredith's spot on The View has been given to Rosie O Donnell.
[/quote]
'Cuz apparently Joy Behar wasn't "obnoxious Nu Yawker" enough; she needed backup. :)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: zachhoran on April 28, 2006, 08:04:38 PM
[quote name=\'rollercoaster87\' post=\'117271\' date=\'Apr 28 2006, 07:29 PM\']
Well, not that it makes much difference here, but Meredith's spot on The View has been given to Rosie O Donnell.
[/quote]

It would have made a big difference in the tone of this newsgroup if it was Meredith's spot on Millionaire Rosie got.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jeremy Nelson on April 29, 2006, 12:09:35 AM
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' post=\'117274\' date=\'Apr 28 2006, 07:04 PM\']
It would have made a big difference in the tone of this newsgroup if it was Meredith's spot on Millionaire Rosie got.
[/quote]

Thankfully, that didn't happen. God forbid what would happen to that show if she hosted.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: tvwxman on April 29, 2006, 06:25:02 AM
[quote name=\'rollercoaster87\' post=\'117285\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 12:09 AM\']
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' post=\'117274\' date=\'Apr 28 2006, 07:04 PM\']
It would have made a big difference in the tone of this newsgroup if it was Meredith's spot on Millionaire Rosie got.
[/quote]

Thankfully, that didn't happen. God forbid what would happen to that show if she hosted.
[/quote]

Sorry, I disagree. I think that once you strip away the current events opinions and rants, she can be a down to earth person that A LOT of the audience identifies with. Theres a reason her show did VERY well in middle america for 6 seasons.

I think she'd be fine as host of Millionaire.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: narzo on April 29, 2006, 06:43:15 AM
[quote name=\'tvwxman\' post=\'117292\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 05:25 AM\']
[quote name=\'rollercoaster87\' post=\'117285\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 12:09 AM\']
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' post=\'117274\' date=\'Apr 28 2006, 07:04 PM\']
It would have made a big difference in the tone of this newsgroup if it was Meredith's spot on Millionaire Rosie got.
[/quote]

Thankfully, that didn't happen. God forbid what would happen to that show if she hosted.
[/quote]

Sorry, I disagree. I think that once you strip away the current events opinions and rants, she can be a down to earth person that A LOT of the audience identifies with. Theres a reason her show did VERY well in middle america for 6 seasons.

I think she'd be fine as host of Millionaire.
[/quote]

It's the same middle America that eats up these stupid reunion moments on DOND.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: NickS on April 29, 2006, 08:34:32 AM
[quote name=\'tvwxman\' post=\'117292\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 05:25 AM\']
[quote name=\'rollercoaster87\' post=\'117285\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 12:09 AM\']
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' post=\'117274\' date=\'Apr 28 2006, 07:04 PM\']
It would have made a big difference in the tone of this newsgroup if it was Meredith's spot on Millionaire Rosie got.
[/quote]

Thankfully, that didn't happen. God forbid what would happen to that show if she hosted.
[/quote]

Sorry, I disagree. I think that once you strip away the current events opinions and rants, she can be a down to earth person that A LOT of the audience identifies with. Theres a reason her show did VERY well in middle america for 6 seasons.

I think she'd be fine as host of Millionaire.
[/quote]

I disagree; something I have learned lately -- and this can be put to all of us -- is that "perception is reality."  The last perception I have of Rosie is advocacy talk show host.  If I were a PD at a station that just bought the show, I'd be up in arms if she was chosen to host Millionaire.   I'm not saying that she would be a bad host -- but I think this "View" hosting renaming is SO Martha-bad-perception-makeover that it's not funny.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Jimmy Owen on April 29, 2006, 09:06:22 AM
Judging from her work on H2 and her talk show, Rosie would be so supportive of the contestants that she'd give them the million even if they missed the question.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: tvwxman on April 29, 2006, 09:20:13 AM
[quote name=\'TeppanYaki\' post=\'117298\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 08:34 AM\']
I disagree; something I have learned lately -- and this can be put to all of us -- is that "perception is reality."  The last perception I have of Rosie is advocacy talk show host.  If I were a PD at a station that just bought the show, I'd be up in arms if she was chosen to host Millionaire.   I'm not saying that she would be a bad host -- but I think this "View" hosting renaming is SO Martha-bad-perception-makeover that it's not funny.
[/quote]

Fair enough, but we're not talking about her as an "advocacy talk show host" - we're talking about a no-slant game show host. Were we concerned over Meredith's 'views' as the host of the View when she took over Millionaire? No. Whatever way Meredith leans in her political advocacies is not public displayed on Millionaire...and i'm guessing ,because we haven't seen her in the Hot Seat Host chair, but Rosie would be instructed by Davies and company to do the same.

And , if I were a PD looking at programming for the fall, I'd certainly take into consideration that Rosie is MUCH more recognized as a name than roughtly 2/3rds of the new talk shows premeireing this fall. Greg Behrendt? Not many people are just that into him. Dr. Keith Albow? Anyone know who Lynn Toler is? Up in arms? Hardly. Rosie is, whether you like it or not, proven in daytime.

Its an entirely seperate issue to discuss whether Rosie is a viable replacement for Mer on the View. As a guy who works on daytime programming for an ABC affiliate , including a news program that uses the View as a lead in, I don't think she's right for that chair. Joys? Yes. Star's ? Absolutely. But not the anchor chair.

But enough about my opinions, I'd like to hear what Larry Lemonjello thinks.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: aaron sica on April 29, 2006, 10:29:25 AM
[quote name=\'tvwxman\' post=\'117300\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 09:20 AM\']
But enough about my opinions, I'd like to hear what Larry Lemonjello thinks.
[/quote]

Sorry, Matt, you'll have to wait a week, as right now it's been declared that around these boards, there's no room for Lemon j-e-l-l-o. :)
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: dzinkin on April 29, 2006, 10:54:14 AM
[quote name=\'aaron sica\' post=\'117303\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 10:29 AM\']
[quote name=\'tvwxman\' post=\'117300\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 09:20 AM\']
But enough about my opinions, I'd like to hear what Larry Lemonjello thinks.
[/quote]
Sorry, Matt, you'll have to wait a week, as right now it's been declared that around these boards, there's no room for Lemon j-e-l-l-o. :)
[/quote]
Actually, Isolation Booth stays no longer have a fixed, one-size-fits-all length.  We found that more often than not, people who were placed in the Isobooth for a week would simply wait out their stays and then go right back to what got them in trouble in the first place.

As a result, Isobooth stays now vary according to the severity of the offense and the "offender"'s response to our inquiry regarding his/her behavior.  If the "offender" either cannot or will not admit what he/she has done wrong, or will not make it clear that the offense will not recur, the stay in fact can go on indefinitely.  We have several individuals who are currently on their second or third month in the booth because they have declined to respond to our inquiries.

What happens to Mr. Lemonjello at this point depends on him, but without going into details, I would not count on being blessed with his immense knowledge of accounting any time soon.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: GiraffeBoy on April 30, 2006, 12:15:51 AM
[quote name=\'DrBear\' post=\'115290\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 01:33 PM\'] So, any nominees for the hot seat across from the Hot Seat?[/quote]Connie Chung. She didn't want Meredith's "View" slot. Maybe down the road she could come in after Meredith's contract is done. I figure, anyone who can get Newt Gingrich's mom to dish dirt about Hillary Clinton should be pretty good at the interview portion of this job. Plus, I have a thing for Asian women. I still remember her at KNXT in 1978. HEY MAURY, I'M STILL JEALOUS!

Come to think of it, Maury can join her for those "Play for Your Wedding" weeks.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: NickS on April 30, 2006, 10:06:11 AM
[quote name=\'GiraffeBoy\' post=\'117332\' date=\'Apr 29 2006, 11:15 PM\']
[quote name=\'DrBear\' post=\'115290\' date=\'Apr 4 2006, 01:33 PM\'] So, any nominees for the hot seat across from the Hot Seat?[/quote]Connie Chung. She didn't want Meredith's "View" slot. Maybe down the road she could come in after Meredith's contract is done. I figure, anyone who can get Newt Gingrich's mom to dish dirt about Hillary Clinton should be pretty good at the interview portion of this job. Plus, I have a thing for Asian women. I still remember her at KNXT in 1978. HEY MAURY, I'M STILL JEALOUS!

Come to think of it, Maury can join her for those "Play for Your Wedding" weeks.
[/quote]

Um -- did you look here? (http://\"http://gameshow.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=10335&st=98#\")

It's moot now, and I think both Maury and Connie have bigger fish to fry at the moment.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: Matt Ottinger on April 30, 2006, 05:03:10 PM
[quote name=\'TeppanYaki\' post=\'117353\' date=\'Apr 30 2006, 10:06 AM\']It's moot now, and I think both Maury and Connie have bigger fish to fry at the moment.[/quote]
Perhaps if you're talking about their personal lives.  I hope you don't think of their dinky little Saturday morning half-hour on MSNBC as a "bigger fish".
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: BobbyLankford_83 on April 30, 2006, 06:18:29 PM
[quote name=\'Matt Ottinger\' post=\'117376\' date=\'Apr 30 2006, 04:03 PM\']
[quote name=\'TeppanYaki\' post=\'117353\' date=\'Apr 30 2006, 10:06 AM\']It's moot now, and I think both Maury and Connie have bigger fish to fry at the moment.[/quote]
Perhaps if you're talking about their personal lives.  I hope you don't think of their dinky little Saturday morning half-hour on MSNBC as a "bigger fish".
[/quote]

I have seen Maury and Connie on MSNBC. It is not a bigger fish. And why didn't NBC give Connie Chung  Katie Couric's chair?. Matt, Connie worked at NBC News from 1983-89 as anchor fo NBC News at Sunrise, anchor on NBC Nightly News on Saturdays where she replaced Jessica Savitch, filled in for Bryant and Jane on Today, reported at the conventions of 1984 and anchored a flop newsmagazine called American Almanac with her old pal from CBS days, Roger Mudd in 1986. Connie would have been perfect to co-anchor with Matt Lauer if they could not get Campbell Brown, Natalie Morales or Meredith Viera. She knows Today cold from having done the show with Bryant and with Jane.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: MikeK on April 30, 2006, 07:24:20 PM
[quote name=\'BobbyLankford_83\' post=\'117387\' date=\'Apr 30 2006, 06:18 PM\']I have seen Maury and Connie on MSNBC. It is not a bigger fish. And why didn't NBC give Connie Chung  Katie Couric's chair?. Matt, Connie worked at NBC News from 1983-89 as anchor fo NBC News at Sunrise, anchor on NBC Nightly News on Saturdays where she replaced Jessica Savitch, filled in for Bryant and Jane on Today, reported at the conventions of 1984 and anchored a flop newsmagazine called American Almanac with her old pal from CBS days, Roger Mudd in 1986. Connie would have been perfect to co-anchor with Matt Lauer if they could not get Campbell Brown, Natalie Morales or Meredith Viera. She knows Today cold from having done the show with Bryant and with Jane.[/quote]
Is that you, Iris?
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: NickS on May 01, 2006, 12:19:43 AM
[quote name=\'Matt Ottinger\' post=\'117376\' date=\'Apr 30 2006, 04:03 PM\']
I hope you don't think of their dinky little Saturday morning half-hour on MSNBC as a "bigger fish".
[/quote]

Of course I do! [crickets chirping in the distance]
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: DrBear on May 01, 2006, 07:10:51 AM
[quote name=\'hmtriplecrown\' post=\'117389\' date=\'Apr 30 2006, 06:24 PM\']
[quote name=\'BobbyLankford_83\' post=\'117387\' date=\'Apr 30 2006, 06:18 PM\']I have seen Maury and Connie on MSNBC. It is not a bigger fish. And why didn't NBC give Connie Chung  Katie Couric's chair?. Matt, Connie worked at NBC News from 1983-89 as anchor fo NBC News at Sunrise, anchor on NBC Nightly News on Saturdays where she replaced Jessica Savitch, filled in for Bryant and Jane on Today, reported at the conventions of 1984 and anchored a flop newsmagazine called American Almanac with her old pal from CBS days, Roger Mudd in 1986. Connie would have been perfect to co-anchor with Matt Lauer if they could not get Campbell Brown, Natalie Morales or Meredith Viera. She knows Today cold from having done the show with Bryant and with Jane.[/quote]
Is that you, Iris?
[/quote]
No because there were too many periods and Connie Chung comments were written in some form of understandable English but despite the facts that were presented and there were a lot of them something that wasn't mentioned that was completely irrelevant was that Jane Curtin once ripped open her blouse and yelled match these Connie Chung! on Saturday Night Live which has a lot of game show jokes and I like it.
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: uncamark on May 01, 2006, 12:31:26 PM
And as for Rosie giving a contestant the million no matter what (or any other upper tier amount, for that matter), if she did someone would be crying "STOP TAPE!" and she would be on the receiving end of a lecture from a producer or S&P.  What she could do on her own show she can't do on "WWTBAM."
Title: Whither Meredith Vieira?
Post by: clemon79 on May 01, 2006, 12:36:44 PM
[quote name=\'uncamark\' post=\'117440\' date=\'May 1 2006, 09:31 AM\']
What she could do on her own show she can't do on "WWTBAM."
[/quote]
And, seeing as she's not a stupid woman, she very likely knows that. She was EP of her own show, right? So effectively she was her own boss. That's not the case anymore, and wouldn't be in the hypothetical case of WWTBAM either.