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Charlie Rose and Gayle King to Host 'The Early Show'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2011 7:40AM
Gayle KingLast December there was a veritable bloodbath over at CBS when 'The Early Show' axed anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez, plus meteorologist Dave Price, in a major reshuffle of CBS News on-air talent. Now it's been reported that early 2012 will see the show receive another makeover including a new set, maybe a new name, and two new hosts: PBS veteran Charlie Rose and Oprah's BFF Gayle King.

According to 'The New York Times' CBS will announce the planned revamp in New York on Tuesday. The network is expected to reveal a shift in direction away from the coffee klatch feel of most morning talk shows and towards a focus on hard news with the panel format of shows like MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' and ABC's 'The View.'

Current co-host Chris Wragge will reportedly lose his job in the reshuffle, but Erica Hill and Jeff Glor will keep theirs. Hill -- who was promoted when Smith et al. were fired -- will anchor the 7-8AM hour with '60 Minutes' contributor Rose. Meanwhile King will take on the 8--9AM slot with the aid of featured correspondents and contributors.

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Rob Mariano Talks About Winning 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 16th 2011 12:55PM
Rob and Amber on 'Survivor'Rob Mariano finally won something last night when his was the last torch left lit on 'Survivor.' Until then, Rob's wife Amber was the only 'Survivor' winner in the household. (They also lost as a couple on 'Amazing Race 7.') Today on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Mariano talked about how it wasn't really the $1 million purse that motivated him to win, it was more a matter of being able to stand tall in his own house.

"For the past seven years, I've had to hear it in my own house," said Mariano. "It wasn't so much about the money -- she's getting the check anyway. But now I'm at least on [a] level playing field with my wife when it comes to winners in the 'Survivor' household."

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Harry Smith Demonstrates 'Drinking Glasses' on the 'Early' Show (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 9th 2010 2:00PM
Harry Smith demonstrates eyeglasses on 'Early'For some reason, whenever there's something ridiculous to demonstrate to the audience on the 'Early' show (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS), the task always seems to fall to Harry Smith. This morning, it was a group of potential holiday gifts that cost under ten dollars, one of which was a set of drinking glasses -- eyewear you can use to sip your drink.

Smith affected his most suave demeanor, and then donned the "Sip-N-Swirl Eyeglasses" to drink from a bottle of chocolate milk. "Everybody wants these," he said. "No question about that."

It's the perfect gift, one that says, "I know nothing personal about you at all, but think you might be the kind of imbecile who would like his eyeballs surrounded by libation." Thank you, 'Early' show!

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The Maccabeats Perform Their Viral Hanukah Sensation 'Candlelight' on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 6th 2010 1:40PM
The Maccabeats sing There are precious few Hanukkah songs in the popular vernacular, at least compared to Christmas carols. Adam Sandler made a dent in the gap with his 'Hanukkah Song' several years ago, and now The Maccabeats, an acapella group from New York's Yeshiva University, are following suit.

Their song "Candlelight," sung to the melody of "Dynamite" by Taio, has become an Internet hit, and they stopped by the CBS 'Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS) to talk about it and give the audience a taste of the song.

"If people are telling us this is making them proud to be Jewish," said one of the singers, "and this is making their holiday, making their season, making them happy, that makes all of us really fulfilled and happy."

The Maccabeats' own video (see it here) includes a reenactment of the defense of the Jewish people by the Maccabees from the Greeks, complete with tin foil weapons and shields. A slightly different toga party than you might expect from college kids.

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CBS Early Show host is having a baby

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 4th 2010 9:30PM
maggie_rodriguez_cbsWhat's a sure-fire TV winner? Having a baby. Remember when Lucy had Little Ricky on I Love Lucy? Even the reruns that have been running for 50 years are still favorites. So, with that in mind, don't you think America will be overjoyed that Maggie Rodriguez on The Early Show is having a baby?

I do. I expect there to be a spike in the Nielsens as people tune in each morning to watch Maggie's tummy grow and check out her maternity fashions. On today's broadcast of CBS's morning show, Maggie broke the news to co-host Harry Smith, weather forecaster Dave Price and newsman Russ Mitchell. She told them they would all soon be uncles!

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'Early Show' Anchor Maggie Rodriguez Reveals She's Pregnant

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 4th 2010 1:00PM
Maggie RodriguezNews anchor Maggie Rodriguez is kicking off the new year in a big way.

On this morning's edition of the 'Early Show,' Rodriguez told colleagues and viewers that she is pregnant with her second child, with a due date set for July 1.

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Paul Shaffer on David Letterman's extortion scandal: "(silence)"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 7th 2009 7:02PM
Paul Shaffer on the Late ShowOne notably close figurehead in David Letterman-gate seems to have gone overlooked, a shiny bald one.

Letterman's longtime sidekick and band leader Paul Shaffer has just released a new memoir called We'll Be Here the Rest of Our Lives about his rise to late night music infamy. He talked more than a few ears off about his own life in music, but he's kept very hush-hush on the whole Letterman brewhaha.

"You know, I just can't talk about it," Shaffer told a Time reporter in a recent interview. "There is a legal proceeding going on. I've been advised that I can't comment on that stuff."

He couldn't even tell Harry Smith on CBS' Early Show on his own network just what the mood is like around Late Show central. However, the rest of both interviews offer a very interesting peak into a life in music that has spanned just about every end of the TV dial and a very funny diversion from Smith's persistent reporter powers to get something out of him about the whole scandal. Something tells me Shaffer would have made one hell of a good press secretary.

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Hey news, we get it! There's a recession. Thanks.

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2009 5:01PM
The Early ShowThis morning, for some reason, I had the CBS Early Show on. I wasn't watching it per se, until I started noticing a somewhat disturbing trend. I'd picked up on it during my local news broadcasts as well, but this was the first national news program I'd seen it on (no I don't watch Katie Couric or Brian Williams, that's what the internets are for). Every single story or topic they covered involved some mention of the bad economy and the recession.

It started with a segment about singles finding love. Harmless enough. "In these tough economic times, is it possible to find love without spending a lot of money?" "Oh yes" blah blah blah. That went on for way too long talking about budget dating and how you can't judge a person for being unemployed and it's about their heart not their wallet. Okay, fair enough. But then we lead to the next segment. Cooking with Chef Boy-R-Dee or whatever and it's how to make meatballs on a budget. Because in these tough economic times who can possibly afford meat and pasta sauce?

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What's On New Year's Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2008 7:18PM
Leave it to BeaverHere's what's on TV tomorrow. Lots of marathons, movies, and bowl games.

  • Sci-Fi's Twilight Zone marathon continues from last night.
  • AMC is showing classic westerns all day.
  • Cartoon Network has Looney Tunes all day.
  • Hallmark has Christmas movies all day.
  • At 6am, USA has a Monk marathon.
  • At 7, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning, America, and CBS' The Early Show will all have New Year's tips, predictions, advice, and recipes.
  • At 8, TNT has a Bones marathon.
  • History Channel has Ice Road Truckers episodes all day starting at 8.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 7th 2008 9:10AM

Michael Ian BlackWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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Big Brother 9 winners talk to Julie Chen

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 28th 2008 8:02PM
Adam, winner of BB9, picks at his teethLast night Adam won $500,000 on Big Brother 9. Now, I know I heard Julie Chen tell them she'd be giving Adam his check and Ryan his winnings of $50,000 on The Early Show as is the standard practice. So, I turned on TV as I was heading out the door to my day job only to hear them say that Julie Chen has the day off today. Huh? I didn't bother recording as they didn't mention BB9 at all.

But there they were -- taped after the finale last night. I found the video of the interview on the CBS website. It's not embeddable, but if you follow me after the jump, I'll bring up some of the main points ... or, at least the ones I found interesting!

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Bryant Gumbel out as NFL Network announcer

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 12th 2008 8:15AM
bryant gumbelGame over. The NFL Network has made a change in the broadcast booth and Bryant Gumbel will not be back calling games. The veteran broadcaster, one-time host of NBC's Today show and CBS's Early Show and currently the host of HBO's Real Sports, has been doing play by play on the NFL Network's eight-game schedule alongside color commentator Cris Collinsworth for the past two seasons. He's now the ex-play by play man.

The NFL Network didn't say who would be replacing Bryant, and the way it was presented it appears that the decision to separate at this time was a mutual decision. Still, it was Gumbel who tendered his resignation, perhaps avoiding the embarrassment of being dumped.

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Rodriguez promoted to co-anchor of The Early Show

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2007 3:21PM

Maggie RodriguezAfter Hannah Storm said she was leaving last week, and after I pulled myself out of the bathroom where I'd been weeping and wailing "Why, God? Why?" over and over again, speculation began as to who would replace her. Rosie O'Donnell came immediately to mind so I went to see if she'd blogged about it.

On The Early Show
They have to get up early
That's f****** b*******

Guess, she's not doing it. The Hollywood Reporter put my mind to rest today, reporting that Maggie Rodriguez, current host on The Saturday Early Show is moving up to the daily edition to co-host alongside Harry Smith and Julie Chen. CBS said they were thrilled to have her because she's good looking (okay, not in so many words but I'm reading between the lines).

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Big Brother 8: Media blocked from interviewing evictees

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Aug 31st 2007 9:08PM
Big Brother's Amber is poutingNow, this is an interesting turn of events. Did you happen to notice that Amber Siyavus (also listed as Amber Tomcavage elsewhere), evicted from Big Brother 8 last night, was nowhere to be seen on The Early Show?

After all, it's as traditional as blocked feeds each season that the evicted houseguest gets an interview and some personal camera time with Julie Chen.

So, what's happening? Starting with Amber, there will be no more exit interviews of those going into the jury house this season.

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Robin Roberts returns on Monday

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 9th 2007 4:01PM

Robin RobertsGood Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will return to the ABC show on Monday.

Roberts underwent surgery last week after discovering she had breast cancer. The surgery went well and Roberts is now awaiting test results to figure out what her next step should be. ABC spokesperson Bridgett Maney says that Roberts is feeling great and is looking forward to getting back to work.

Roberts will be returning at an interesting time, as the newest Nielsen numbers indicate that the ratings for the 18-49 demographic are down 10% for all morning shows (GMA, Today, and The Early Show) compared to the same time last year. Meanwhile, the cable news morning shows have seen increased ratings.

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