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    It's official! Katie Couric announced that she is stepping down as co-host of NBC's "Today" show and will join CBS News in September as Anchor of the "CBS Evening News". Will this help KGMB 9 News improve their ratings at 6 p.m.? Will the other three local affiliates take Couric's move seriously?

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    I think it will, even if it's just the novelty of seeing Katie Couric do actual news reading and not just sitting on a sofa with a producer's interview in her lap or doing a standup with Jessica Simpson. I think Katie has the skills and the talent to fill the national news anchor seat, and I think it's refreshing that a woman gets the job. Remember Connie Chung? (sp?) Wasn't she supposedly destined for greatness at one time, too?

    What I really find remarkable and encouraging is that women who are in their 40s and 50s and maybe even older working on air--Elizabeth Vargas is in her 40s; Anne Curry is, too. I mean if men can be seen as distinguished and aging gracefully as they maintain high-profile on-air jobs, women can also wear their experience and "seasoned" good looks just as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal

    ...women can also wear their experience and "seasoned" good looks just as well.
    "Preserved" might be a better word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkah
    "Preserved" might be a better word.

    You are so sassy, Lurkah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkah
    "Preserved" might be a better word. [...]
    Move over, Katie...here comes TUTU! <scratch><fut><belch>

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue

    Move over, Katie...here comes TUTU! <scratch><fut><belch>
    Me? Sassy? What do you call that? Feral is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkah
    Me? Sassy? What do you call that? Feral is right.

    Man, you two need to have a pitcher of beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal
    Man, you two need to have a pitcher of beer!
    I think we did that once but Lurkah was at another table!

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    So...Meredith Vieira got the nod. I thought (assumed) the Today Show trained and hired from within. IOW...either Ann Curry, Campbell Brown or Natalie Morales would fill Katie's shoes...with my first choice going to Curry. The only reason I watched that show was 'cuz of Katie. Looks like I'll get my mornings back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue
    So...Meredith Vieira got the nod. I thought (assumed) the Today Show trained and hired from within. IOW...either Ann Curry, Campbell Brown or Natalie Morales would fill Katie's shoes...with my first choice going to Curry. The only reason I watched that show was 'cuz of Katie. Looks like I'll get my mornings back!

    I liked Ann Curry for it, too, Sue. Maybe they see vibrance in Meredith. I don't know. But like I said before, it's interesting how more senior women are holding their ground in this field. Ann Botticelli could have gone a lot further if she had wanted to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal
    I liked Ann Curry for it, too, Sue. Maybe they see vibrance in Meredith. I don't know. But like I said before, it's interesting how more senior women are holding their ground in this field. Ann Botticelli could have gone a lot further if she had wanted to.
    I think Katie will be a tough act to follow regardless of who does the following. Vieira has personality and, with eyes squinted, looks a bit like Couric...at least closer than the others. And the fact that she (Vieira) is 52 bodes well for the powers that be at the Today Show. The chemistry between Katie and Matt will be difficult to replace.

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    tutuesue that avatar is shocking (pink!) and global! How did you get my picture? hahahahaha.

    Here's something I got off the net this morning:

    Zucker Approached Vieira About Today Job in October (WaPo)
    Her reaction? "I really thought you were going to skew a little younger, since I'm pretty old," said Vieira, 52. Later, Vieira had dinner at the apartment of her future co-host, Matt Lauer. LAT: Just hours after NBC announced her appointment, conservative media groups assailed her as biased, pointing to remarks she made on The View in 2004 about the Iraq war being "built on lies." TVNewser: Vieira says she will put biases aside.

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    Vieira To 'Today:' Press Conf. Live-blogging [TVNewser]
    1:58pm: What about the "internal candidates?" Zucker said: "The fact is that nobody's been passed over or anything like that. When you have the opportunity to add a hall of famer to your team, you take that opportunity."

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    Meredith Vieira has been getting big press here in RI since the announcement was made that she's headed for the Today spot, as she is a local girl who was born in Providence. One can view segments on various local TV stations, such as interviews with old-time residents of the neighborhood she grew up remembering her when she was a little girl, clips of her when she had her first gig as a newsreporter for WJAR in Providence, etc. etc. If Matt Lauer is still on Today ( I'm clueless as to who is on it as I never watch it ), that would make two biggies on the show with an RI connection, as Lauer also worked at WJAR in his early TV days as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal
    tutuesue that avatar is shocking (pink!) and global! How did you get my picture? hahahahaha.
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    Well, I didn't want to bring anymore shocking attention to you so I've returned to my mug shot.

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    I'll definately watch (or atleast channel surf past by) CBS when it happens, but I doubt I'll stick around unless its something different.

    And I like Brian William's quote the best: "we'll support you [katie]... to a point"
    How'd I get so white and nerdy?

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    I think Couric is fine if its in a setting that made her famous like the
    TODAY SHOW. Most of the morning news shows are soft and features related which suits her style. I think she also works better with people on the set with her and wonder if the rumors are true about her reuniting with Matt Lauer to do a syndicated talk show? I think that would do well as they work well together.

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    My noob opinion is Katie failed because she didn't connect with her audience.

    I liked her when she did the morning show...warm, easygoing and always smiling.

    That smile vanished when she did the nightly news.

    To me, she came across as cold and serious.

    Had she managed to keep her warmth and had she smiled from time to time, I think she might have lasted.

    Compare her with Diane Sawyer. I'd rather watch Diane over Katie.


    Katie was almost robotic in her delivery. No spark. No life.


    Hence, no viewers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinboy View Post
    My noob opinion is Katie failed because she didn't connect with her audience. I liked her when she did the morning show...warm, easygoing and always smiling. That smile vanished when she did the nightly news. To me, she came across as cold and serious.

    Had she managed to keep her warmth and had she smiled from time to time, I think she might have lasted. Compare her with Diane Sawyer. I'd rather watch Diane over Katie. Katie was almost robotic in her delivery. No spark. No life.

    Hence, no viewers.
    I have to agree with this wholeheartedly! I was actually a little shocked that CBS News producers allowed this to continue day in and day out. Where were the behind-the-scenes “consultants” (gasp! ) when you needed them? Katie became a different person when she did the CBS News. It is ofcourse, more serious then the fluff stuff she was used to doing. But that doesn’t mean you change the general personality that got you high ratings in the first place. She seemed really uncomfortable.

    I respect Rick Kaplan (executive producer) who has a bang-up résumé. But seriously, I hope Couric comes out with a tell-all book. Because if it was Katie’s handlers shaping her on-camera persona (as is most likely the case), they did a lousy job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TuNnL View Post
    I have to agree with this wholeheartedly! I was actually a little shocked that CBS News producers allowed this to continue day in and day out. Where were the behind-the-scenes “consultants” (gasp! ) when you needed them? Katie became a different person when she did the CBS News. It is ofcourse, more serious then the fluff stuff she was used to doing. But that doesn’t mean you change the general personality that got you high ratings in the first place. She seemed really uncomfortable.

    I respect Rick Kaplan (executive producer) who has a bang-up résumé. But seriously, I hope Couric comes out with a tell-all book. Because if it was Katie’s handlers shaping her on-camera persona (as is most likely the case), they did a lousy job.
    Agreed about Katie looking uncomfortable.

    As a result, I was also uncomfortable watching her news delivery.

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