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Harry Smith Moves from CBS to NBC, USA Fans Can Vote for 'White Collar' Credits and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 8th 2011 1:00PM
Harry SmithAfter 24 years at CBS News, Harry Smith is saying goodbye to the network.

According to TV Guide, Smith is heading to rival broadcaster NBC to launch a new primetime newsmagazine with 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams.

Smith began working at CBS in 1987, and most recently co-anchored 'The Early Show' and 'CBS This Morning.' He has also contributed to 'CBS Evening News' as a senior correspondent and substitute anchor.

In December, after CBS announced the changes to 'The Early Show' lineup, executive producer David Friedman said 'Early Show' newsreader Smith would "shift his focus to hard news with an expanded role as primary substitute anchor on 'The Evening News with Katie Couric,' 'Face the Nation' and 'Sunday Morning' while continuing to report major stories for all CBS News broadcasts."

Friedman said he decided to make such sweeping changes to the morning program after he "looked at many different aspects of the show and tried to figure out what needed to be changed," adding that "obviously if things were, quote unquote, working, we wouldn't make changes."

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Who Will Replace Katie Couric on the 'CBS Evening News'?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 4th 2011 1:30PM
Katie CouricIn what could be the least-surprising news we've heard this year, the A.P. found out from their sources over the weekend that Katie Couric is going to be leaving the 'CBS Evening News' this year to start her own daytime talk show in 2012.

It wasn't just the consistent third-place finish that prompted Couric to leave; it seemed like she wasn't 100 percent comfortable in the role of network evening news anchor. She likes talking to people, and in the daytime arena she'll be able to excel in the way she did when she was on the 'Today' show for 15 years.

So, it now comes down to who is going to replace Couric at the anchor desk. It doesn't seem like CBS will make the same move it made five years ago when it courted Couric; who knows if they even have $15 million per year to throw around anymore. But there seem to be plenty of internal and external candidates for CBS to consider for the job. After the jump, a quick list possibilities and a chance to take a poll so you can tell us who you'd like to see win the job.

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Katie Couric Quits 'CBS Evening News' to Host Daytime Talk Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 4th 2011 7:45AM
Katie CouricRumors have been swirling for weeks about what Katie Couric will do when her CBS contract expires this summer. Now, The Associated Press reports that she is heading to fill the Oprah-sized hole in the daytime talk show lineup.

According to The AP, Couric will step down from her role as anchor of the 'CBS Evening News' after almost five years in the job. The AP says a network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Couric has not officially announced her plans, reported the move Sunday night.

No departure date has been set, but Couric's contract expires June 4th. She is now expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012, and several companies -- including CBS -- are reportedly vying for her services.

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TVR Awards -- The Best Examples of Why Dave Price is No Longer Employed (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 21st 2010 1:50PM

While we've been fans of weatherman Dave Price for years, we can't help but suspect his goofy antics contributed to his recent ouster from 'The Early Show.' Sure, the network says he, Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez were fired as part of a retooling to boost ratings. But we're not so sure. Review the evidence as Price licks, flubs and fumbles his way out of a job in The Best Examples of Why Dave Price is No Longer Employed. And yet, despite all this, we'd welcome Price back in a second. We salute any weatherman who can consistently make us this uncomfortable.

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Mark Wahlberg Bids Harry Smith Farewell by Kissing His Feet on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 15th 2010 12:06PM
Mark Wahlberg, 'The Early Show'With sweeping changes imminent on 'The Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Mark Wahlberg today took full advantage of what might be his last opportunity to sit opposite host Harry Smith. CBS recently announced an overhaul of the on-air 'Early' team beginning in January 2011; Smith, who's been with the program since 2002, along with co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez and weather man Dave Price, will no longer be on the show.

Wahlberg was on hand to talk about his latest film, 'The Fighter,' which just picked up six Golden Globe nominations, including one for Best Actor Drama.

Smith ribbed Wahlberg lightly about his wild youth, but gave him credit for being so level-headed and responsible as his career has developed. "I really have been so blessed and so fortunate. I don't think that I'm entitled to any of this," Wahlberg said of his success. But then Wahlbeg turned the tables on Smith, sending the lovefest right back at the anchor.

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Craig Ferguson Introduces the New 'Early Show' Team, Complete With Awkward Pauses (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 14th 2010 9:01AM
Craig Ferguson Introduces the New 'Early Show' Team, Complete With Awkward Pauses Well, tomorrow is another day. Unless you're the hosts of 'The Early Show,' that is. Two weeks ago, CBS fired every single member of the perennially-last-place morning talk show. 'Early Show' hosts Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez are out. CBS even fired weatherman Dave Price. (Which seems a little unfair to us. What did the weatherman do wrong? Did he miss predicting a tsunami or something?)

In place of the former team, CBS brought in an entirely new crew. Shockingly, they are a bunch of good-looking young people -- the guys wear suits, the women wear short skirts. (Unexpected!) But who are these young kids? On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Craig Ferguson tried to figure it all out.

They are: Erica Hill, co-anchor; Marysol Castro, weather anchor; Jeff Glor, news-reader; and Chris Ragge, co-anchor. Nifty! Next, Craig tries to puzzle out how this actually changes anything for the show. "So what new stuff is gonna be happening?" he asks. "Are you gonna have new weather?"

Yes
, says Marysol. "Somewhere, it's be gonna sunny; and somewhere, it's gonna be ... not sunny." Fantastic. Please, say no more.

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'Amazing Race' Winners Receive $1 Million Check on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 13th 2010 12:00PM
Doctors Nat Strand and Kat Chang are the winners of 'The Amazing Race' season 17, making them the first all-woman team in the show's history to finish first. On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), the winners accepted a $1 million check from Harry Smith.

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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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CBS 'Early Show' Becomes 'Mas Guapo' With Fake 'Staches (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 7th 2010 12:15PM
Harry Smith rocks a mustache on the CBS 'Early Show'The CBS 'Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS) gave a holiday gift suggestion this morning to help men become more handsome and macho. It's the age-old secret: just add a mustache, and perhaps a steely stare, as anchor Harry Smith adopted, and viola, you are 'Mas Guapo.' Even if your 'stache is a tad crooked.

What makes this particular mustache even more macho is that it comes free with a bottle of Mas Guapo seasoning, which would be used to spice up meat on the grill. Apparently, grilling meat with a mustache is an irresistible confluence of manliness. As one of the 'stache models said, "It makes you more of a man."

Really, it's a bargain for just ten bucks. Unless you're already macho, already have a mustache, and are comfortable cooking. Then you can save about eight bucks and just buy some Mrs. Dash.

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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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Changes at CBS's 'The Early Show': Smith, Rodriguez, Price Out

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 30th 2010 12:00PM
Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave PriceCBS's morning program, 'The Early Show,' is getting a major facelift in the new year.

According to an AP report that has since been confirmed by a CBS press release, anchor Harry Smith, anchor Maggie Rodriguez have gotten the boot in favor of new co-anchors Chris Wragge and Erica Hill. Weather forecaster Dave Price is also out, with former 'Good Morning America' weekend weather forecaster Marysol Castro taking his place.

Since Hill used to be the news reader on the show, 'Early Show' reporter and Saturday 'CBS Evening News' anchor Jeff Glor will take over the job. Hill and Wragge have previously worked together anchoring the show on Saturday mornings.

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Jake Gyllenhaal is a Sensitive Guy, Loves the Care Bears (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 24th 2010 12:45PM
On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), Jake Gyllenhaal jokes about the amount of confidence and sensitivity he needs as an actor to star in a movie like 'Love and Other Drugs,' which has gained notoriety for its copious nude scenes.

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Caitlin Burke Talks About Her Epic One Letter 'Wheel of Fortune' Win (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 9th 2010 10:58AM
On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), Caitlin Burke talked her amazing 'Wheel of Fortune' win where she solved a puzzle with only one letter on the show's Nov. 5 episode.

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Will Ferrell and Harry Smith Clown Around With 'Megamind' Props (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 4th 2010 12:30PM
Harry Smith and 'Megamind' star Will Ferrell clown around with props from the animated movie on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS). Smith actually starts the interview wearing a bulbous blue cap meant to simulate Megamind's gigantic head.

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Sharon Osbourne and Harry Smith Lock Lips on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 15th 2010 12:00PM
By all outward appearances, Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur appeared on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) to promote 'The Talk,' which is set to premiere next week. But, Osbourne may have had an ulterior motive.

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