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Are you ready for another national morning show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 18th 2006 2:29PM
FOXIf The Today Show and Good Morning, America aren't enough for you. If CBS This Morning doesn't float your boat, and you don't really want to watch CNN's American Morning or your local morning show, then FOX has another option coming next year.

The network will launch a national morning program from New York, to be hosted by FOX News personalities Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy. It will feature news and celebs and music and all that. In other words, another morning show.

This flashes me back to the days when FOX actually did have a morning show. When they took Breakfast Time from FX, changed it to FOX After Breakfast, destroyed it, and then changed it into the Vicki Lawrence Show. Ugh. What a sad end to one of the great morning shows in history.

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I actually worked on Breakfast Time and many of the other NYC-produced shows at fX. It was my first job in TV, and what a wonderful and wacky experience it was. The studio, aka the "Apartment" was huge...reportedly 6500 square feet, with many different rooms to air segments from, and all functional rooms (kitchen, game room, living room, bathroom, etc.)

Breakfast Time was the craziest show out of there, but boy was it entertaining. I remember one year they were trying to get a permit from NYC to do their own version of a Thanksgiving parade. When that failed, they decided to do parade allright...a parade that spanned the crosswalk across 5th avenue to Madison Square Park.

Speaking of MS Park, one time they had Cyndi Lauper on as a guest, and put her in a bubble and rolled her around the park for fun.

They were also one of the first shows to try and incorporate the internet into their presentation. Unfortunately, just a bit before their time by today's standards.

With Bob the Puppet, the unseen announcer chiming in from the control room, and the road warriors (reporters), it was a lot of fun.

Some other fX names not mentioned so far:

Jeff Probst! He hosted a viewer feedback show called "Back Chat". Of course, we all know him now as the host of Survivor.

Suzanne Whang worked for Candid Camera.

Phil Keohgan (mentioned) had one of the most embarrassing and pre-FCC fine-ing moments in cable history live on the show. He was doing a remote from an aquarium somewhere, and was coming up the ladder out of the pool when his bathing suit pulled down in front to reveal much more of him than most people would have wanted to see. That made the "Christmas Reel" at fX, and was replayed over and over during the holiday party gathering.

Sadly, one road warrior committed suicide some time after his gig on the show - Spencer Garbett.

Fond memories, and I wholeheartedly agree with the comments that Breakfast Time was, by far, the most original and entertaining morning show EVER. Fox commercial's implementation of the show was nothing like the original.

July 19 2006 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Wyant

Good Day NY and LA will still air from 7-9:00am, followed by the quasi-national nameless show.

By the way, CBS has a national morning show too: the Early Show. There has to be a third place.

July 19 2006 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mathieu Plante

I assume by CBS This Morning you mean The Early Show?

July 19 2006 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i LOVED Breakfast Time ... it was back when all FX showed were cheesey shows about collectibles and stuff from the one set they had. What other show could ever have pre-GMA, AFHV, or Hollywood Squares' Tom Bergeron, a nasty puppet as a newsreader, the future wife of Regis & Kelly's Gellman, Phil from The Amazing Race, and the woman who now hosts House Hunters on HGTV? LOL

July 19 2006 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Totally agreed,

The original Breakfast Time on FX was one of the brightest, funniest, and refreshing morning shows, then they completely and utterly destroyed it by making it more "mainstream"

I LOVED that it was quirky, stupid, and had a giant puppet!

July 18 2006 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And from TVweek.com:

"The Fox stations and Twentieth Television announced Tuesday that they will launch a live one-hour show originating at 9 a.m. (ET) weekdays from New York in January on the 25 Fox-owned and -affiliated stations, which reach nearly 44 percent of the TV homes in the country."

July 18 2006 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think either one of is right yet - even they don't know. My apologies.

"Fox has great ambitions for the show. "It could be syndication; it could be network," said Fox rep Les Eisner. "It really hasn't been decided yet."

July 18 2006 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"The unnamed show will air from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in most markets, the News Corp.-owned companies said."

July 18 2006 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

According to TVNewsday, this is NOT a network program. It's only being rolled out on the TV stations owned and operated by FOX. That's 26 markets across the U.S.

(free subscription required)

July 18 2006 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it'll be funny if the Fox affiliate in Philadelphia pick's it up. Jerrick used to host their local morning show before he moved to national Fox.

July 18 2006 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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