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Meredith Vieira Gets Lip-Dub 'Don't Stop Believing' Send-Off on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2011 12:45PM
Meredith Vieira's farewell flash mob on 'Today'Matt Lauer sitting at a piano lip-synching Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' would be an odd sight on your average edition of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). Even stranger? Abe Vigoda waiting in the green room to hug Meredith Vieira, also dancing, kind of, to Journey. That was just for starters Wednesday as a mix of 'Today' staff members and celebrities got together to give Vieira a farewell lip-dub send-off on her last day.

Everyone wore a T-shirt with their first name, then a symbol, and then "Meredith" emblazoned on the front. Vieira was led through the studio and eventually out into the street by Ann Curry, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at different points. Jimmy Fallon showed up to mime the guitar solo on a Fender Stratocaster while leading the parade.

It all ended with a large group of people in the street singing to Vieira as Vigoda embraced her. It was obviously a surprise for Vieira, who cried and laughed the whole way through. And Vigoda looked pretty nimble, too.

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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: What Kind of Day Has it Been (series finale)

by Jay Black, posted Jun 29th 2007 6:51AM
My last time writing alternative text for Studio 60. Bye bye Miss American Pie...(S01E22) I've been wondering all week how Aaron Sorkin would send his final F-U to the NBC brass. I mean when this episode was made, the writing was very clearly on the wall: Studio 60 was dead in the water. So, the question is, if you're a writer/producer with nearly unlimited power regarding the production of a newly canceled show, what do you do in the last episode to turn a big fat middle finger up at the network who canceled you? Do you end on an unresolvable cliff-hanger? Do you turn in a sub-par episode? Do you break down all pretense of the fourth-wall and cancel the show within the show?

What do you do? How do you really stick it to NBC?

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