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Meredith Vieira Could Leave 'Today' in June, 'Love Bites' Gets Premiere Date and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 29th 2011 5:00PM
Meredith VieiraMeredith Vieira could leave 'Today' earlier than expected.

Although the co-anchor was expected to exit when her contract expires in September, a new story from The Hollywood Reporter says Vieira will likely leave in June.

According to THR, Ann Curry will take Vieira's place as co-anchor, and Natalie Morales will fill Curry's spot as the news reader. The magazine's inside source said there will be an official announcement shortly, probably sometime next week.

In other TV news ...

NBC's long-in-the-can series 'Love Bites' finally has a premiere date. The show will debut Thu., June 2 at 10PM ET. [Vulture]

Ed Asner will guest star on 'Royal Pains,' and Megan Good will stop by Showtime's 'Californication.' Asner will play Hank and Evan's grandfather on the USA series, while Good will guest as an up-and-coming hip-hop artist. [Deadline]

Disney XD canceled its series 'I'm in the Band.' The kiddie show produced two seasons before its axing. [THR]

USA is developing a half-hour comedy with Kelsey Grammer. 'The Dicocco Brothers' is about an Internet mogul who moves to Silicon Valley from Jersey. [Deadline]

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peg&bill

where is viera going we really like her

May 03 2011 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katy

Go away Viera...when she took over on Millionaire that was it for me. On the View she stunk and on the news she stinks! Please leave TV!!!!!!! Please do not write a BOOK!!!!!

May 03 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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cherylelko

AGREE !! Stopped watching MILLIONAIRE when she took over !! YUCK !! Hope she's off TV for good !!

May 03 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ABBY

I agree with every word you wrote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 03 2011 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charliebam

A professional news person should be unbiased and Meredith can't fake it. She sneers at anyone who isn't liberal.Her 1st big interview was Laura Bush and she was terrible. NBC should have been embarrassed.She was good on the View,don't know if it was her or NBC who made her so hard to take or her true leanings came out.Matt doesn't seem to have that problem. Good riddance and happy retirement.

May 02 2011 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dbglobal

I also agree with Ragtopdeb "Watching Ann do an interview is painful at best and uncomfortable for the viewers. She is wonderful on the news desk, but not as an interviewer." I have never liked Ann as an interviewer either, she always seems to be combative in interviews.

Would be more personable if they replace Meredith with Natalie. Also seems that Matt may make a move next year when his contract expires. Have heard that he may team up with Katie Curic for a syndicated show?

May 02 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
virginia

Glad Meredith will be leaving. I dont think she ever fit into the show anyway>

May 02 2011 at 7:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jane

Ann Curry use to be brilliant. Use to be. Her interviews when it comes to heartbreaks are nothing short of sappy...and just not easy to watch anymore. Plus...she leans over ..hovering over the person she is interviewing. I sometimes turn the station when she is doing an interview. Natalie Moreles would be the better choice. Keep Ann at the news desk.

May 02 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
alacranxxx

Ann Curry is miles above being on that awful show.

May 02 2011 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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berryfast

Please...what are you watching...she is so LAME!!!

May 02 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
BarbJBAlbany

Ann will be great; Meredith is YUCK!! What's with all the booze every morning by the two ditzes??

May 02 2011 at 7:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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berryfast

Everyone on that show is TERRIBLE!!!!!

May 02 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Nana is the Best

I agree....Meredith giggles through out the show....Natalie interrupts everyone she interviews even the anchors when she is sitting on the couch....Ann is so touchy feely...it's almost embarassing with some of the men who come on there..

May 02 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Paula

I've always liked Ann Curry's professiionalism and it's been interesting to see her experience grow. I am happy to see her move up the ladder to co-anchor. Good luck to her, it's a rough world out there!!

May 02 2011 at 7:29 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

Agree totally with ragtopdeb! Love Natalie though - they should put her on the anchor desk.

May 02 2011 at 7:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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