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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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Tyra Banks Teaches Chris Wragge to 'Smeyes' on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 15th 2011 11:15AM
Tyra Banks Teaches Chris Wragge to 'Smeyes' on 'The Early Show'Tyra Banks gives anchor Chris Wragge a crash course in "smeysing," or smiling with one's eyes, on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), with the promise that ratings will go up if he learns to do so.

"A 'smeyes' is smiling with your eyes," explained Banks. "I do believe, Chris, that if you can master smeysing, your viewership, your ratings, your Nielsens will go up."

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Jason Biggs Meets The Situation, Offers Workout Tips (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 10th 2011 11:00AM
Jason Biggs Meets the Situation, Offers Workout TipsOn 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), actor and New Jersey native Jason Biggs describes a photo of him taken with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of 'Jersey Shore.' Biggs said he's in the process of offering workout tips to the buff reality star in the pic.

"Here I am giving him tips on what kind of crunches to do, just my training regimen and just sort of what goes into it, how to get that rock solid, distended tummy," Biggs said of the photo, which shows him displaying a potbelly while Sorrentino flashes his famously-sculpted abs.

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'Sexiest Woman Alive' Minka Kelly Gets Flustered on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 4th 2011 12:45PM
On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) Minka Kelly reacts to being named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire, then gets flustered by Chris Wragge's suggestion that risque photos are becoming somewhat the norm for the actress.

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Chris Wragge Shoots Portraits of His Co-Anchors on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 2nd 2011 12:30PM
Chris Wragge takes photographic portraits of his co-anchors on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) after receiving guidance from photographer Mark Seliger.

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Jeff Glor Fails Spectacularly at Pizza Making on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 14th 2011 12:00PM
The entire 'Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) crew tries making pizza with chef Spike Mendelsohn with varied success. Jeff Glor makes a valiant attempt to toss his dough, but his creation ends up looking more like a baguette instead.

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'Early Show' Food Expert Struggles With With Blender Top (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 12th 2011 3:40PM
Gail Simmons and a blender problem on 'The Early Show'This week on 'The Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS), the hosts are participating in the "Comfort Food Cook-Off." Today, they focused on ice cream, and the show's regular food expert, Gail Simmons, started off making her favorite flavor of ice cream, banana chocolate chip.

"I'm going to make a really simple, quick version," she said. But it proved to be easier said than done. As Jeff Glor explained why he didn't have an apron (punishment for yesterday's poor showing in a grilled cheese competition), Simmons had a problem putting the top on her blender.

"Why won't this close?" she asked, trying to press down the top from every angle. Co-host Chris Wragge finally Chris Wragge eventually gave her an assist and snapped the pesky top into place. So if you're making this at home, you'll need your three bananas, milk, sugar, salt, cream, vanilla extract, a blender, an ice cream maker, and Chris Wragge. And always be sure that your blender top is securely fastened before blending.

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'The Early Show' Exec Producer: Why Smith, Rodriguez and Price Had to Go

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 1st 2010 8:00AM
'The Early Show'Yesterday we heard that anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez, plus meteorologist Dave Price, had been axed from 'The Early Show' in a major reshuffle of CBS News on-air talent.

Now, executive producer David Friedman has been explaining the reasons behind the sweeping -- and, to many, unexpected -- changes. He told The Hollywood Reporter that although the shakeup came after a lot of careful consideration, "it feels sudden because there are multiple people and it feels like a big deal."

The change of hosts has allegedly been a topic of discussion at CBS News for some time, according to sources, and it reinforces the critical importance of chemistry in morning television. Announcing the new anchors -- Erica Hill and Chris Wragge -- CBS News President Sean McManus said "This new team brings vibrancy, intelligence and warmth that I think America will grow to love."

Echoing that sentiment, Friedman said: "These shows are about the team ... It's about finding the right team."

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Christina Applegate's Tweet Earns Flowers From Harry Smith (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Aug 26th 2010 12:30PM
After Christina Applegate compliments Harry Smith on Twitter by writing, "I dunno, but Harry Smith from cbs early show just seems cool," Smith sends her flowers on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS).

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