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Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are each getting their own Today digital series
Savannah’s Dressing Room Diaries will feature Guthrie interviewing celebrities and other newsmakers from her dressing room, while Quoted by Hoda will have Kotb discussing favorite quotes and words of wisdom with celebrities. NBC News says it wants to offer eight to 12 digital series per season, consisting of eight to 10 episodes.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Al Roker's colleagues showed their support for his Broadway debut
The Today weatherman made his debut in the musical Waitress on Friday night.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Al Roker's carpel tunnel surgery couldn't keep him away from Today
Source: Page Six
The Today weatherman showed up with a cast on Today Tuesday morning after scheduling the surgical procedure at the last minute for Monday. Roker says his carpal tunnel resulted in him losing use of his thumb while rehearsing for Broadway's Waitress. He'll make his Broadway debut on Friday night, playing the diner owner.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Megyn Kelly has one regret from her first year on Today: "I certainly wish I hadn’t put on Jane Fonda"
Source: Us Weekly
“That didn’t go well!," Kelly, whose Megyn Kelly Today celebrated its first anniversary last week, says with a laugh. Kelly thinks Fonda didn't take kindly to her question about plastic surgery because of her Fox News past. “I let her beat up on me repeatedly," says Kelly of Fonda's denunciation of her interview in other outlets. "She went out there and ripped on me. It’s fine. You have to take your licks as a reporter, as an anchor. And she did it again, and she did it again, and she did it again and I didn’t say anything.”
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Sean Penn criticizes the #MeToo movement again
The First star first questioned the #MeToo movement, defending Charlie Rose and Louis CK, via a poem in his book released six months ago. Penn again went after the #MeToo movement while promoting his new Hulu show on NBC's Today this morning while joined by co-star Natascha McElhone. “I’d like to think that none of it was influenced by what they call the movement of #MeToo,” he said. “I think it’s influenced by the things that are developing in terms of the empowerment of women who’ve been acknowledging each other and being acknowledged by men. This is a movement that was largely shouldered by a kind of receptacle of the salacious.” When asked to explain, Penn responded: “Well, we don’t know what’s a fact in many of the cases. Salacious is as soon as you call something a movement that is really a series of many individual accusers, victims, accusations, some of which are unfounded. The spirit of much of what has been the #MeToo movement is to divide men and women.”
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Why did NBC's Craig Melvin's Today promotion announcement seem fraught with sensitivity?
Melvin will officially become Today's "news anchor," a position that was quietly dropped in 2016. But his promotion Tuesday seemed like a formality. As Brian Stelter points out, Melvin is on the weekday version of Today practically every day. So why wasn't a bigger fuss made over his promotion? "In part, it's about the hangover from the (Matt) Lauer scandal. And it's about the art of morning TV war, in which shows are constantly seeking an advantage over competitors," says Stelter, whose 2013 book on the network morning show wars is being turned into an Apple TV series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Stelter points out that Today received a lot of buzz when it replaced Matt Lauer with Hoda Kotb, forming morning network TV's first all-female anchor team, which has been embraced by the audience. So NBC News didn't want to make it seem like Melvin's promotion meant that it was moving away from an all-female anchor team.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 11:03AM EDT
Al Roker to make his Broadway debut in Waitress
The Today weatherman will join the Broadway cast for a limited engagement, from Oct. 5 to Nov. 11. "I'm nervous and excited to be making my Broadway debut in such a Pie-conic show," says Roker. "My character's name is Old Joe, so I've got half of it down already. And there's pie every night!" Roker will participate in six performances weekly, but there's no word on how he'll be able to juggle Waitress with his Today job.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Craig Melvin may bring a "welcome bite" to Today
Source: The Daily Beast
Melvin, who joins the Today show full-time as news anchor, made headlines with his tough interview of Bill Clinton in June. He also got in a gotcha question to Megyn Kelly on her 9 a.m. show. "Melvin has—at least for the show he finds himself on—a distinctive spirit of gentle dissension, a spirited pointedness," says Tim Teeman.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Craig Melvin joins Today's weekday lineup as news anchor
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Melvin, a rising star at NBC News who was previously considered a contender to replace Matt Lauer, recently stepped down as co-host of the Saturday version of Today. "I didn't have sisters growing up, so I'm looking forward to picking up two sisters every Monday through Friday," Melvin said this morning in formally joining Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on weekday Today. "The sisters you never wanted," added Guthrie.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 3:09PM EDT
NBC News chairman Andy Lack is reportedly facing the boot
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports that "Comcast chiefs have been seeking a replacement for Lack." The 71-year-old Lack, who previously served as NBC News president, returned to NBC News in 2015 following the Brian Williams debacle. But all hasn't been well under Lack's watch over the past year and a half. There have been sexual harassment scandals involving Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw. There was also his decision to lure Megyn Kelly with a $20 million-a-year deal. Meanwhile, Today is No. 2 among morning shows.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Omarosa tells Savannah Guthrie to "calm down" in a heated Today interview
Guthrie grilled the former Trump White House official after she revealed she secretly recorded her firing in the Situation Room. Omarosa, promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged, reacted by telling Guthrie to "slow down" and "calm down." ALSO: President Trump refers to Omarosa as "Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time."
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Tamron Hall signs an ABC daytime talk show deal
The former Today and MSNBC anchor will create and develop a syndicated daytime talk show that should be ready for 2019. Promising an "unconventional" show, Hall said in a statement: “My new partners appreciate and respect the relationship I’ve built with my audience and know that if we create television worth watching, they’ll join us for the ride. I’m so grateful and excited for this next chapter. The landing makes the leap of faith so worth it!”
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Kate McKinnon's current favorite SNL impression is Jeff Sessions
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Right now I like to do the attorney general, Jeff Sessions," she said on NBC's Today show. "There's this thing that I can do with my mouth that actually Mila thinks is the grossest thing," she told Hoda Kotb of her The Spy Who Dumped Me co-star, before showing off her Sessions facial expression.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Matt Lauer, in his first interview since his sexual misconduct scandal, says he feels taken advantage of over his "difficult times" in dispute over his New Zealand ranch
The disgraced former Today host spoke with Radio New Zealand about a dispute over whether to have his New Zealand ranch opened to allow access to a state park. "I believe the groups that are behind this are in some ways unfortunately taking advantage of some difficult times I've been through over the past six months and I think they see me as an easy mark," Lauer said. "And what they're going to try to do is put this through, which would set a precedent because this has not been done ever before with a pastoral lease holder or property owner without that person's consent."
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 9:27AM EDT
Matt Lauer is now fighting with hikers in New Zealand
Source: The Guardian
The disgraced former Today host's massive farm contains the only straight route to a conservation park frequented by hunters, hikers and fisherman. Lauer's lawyers want “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in compensation to open up his land.