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The "Today" show started its weeklong JFK retrospective Monday with an interview of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jackie Kennedy and who was seen scrambling on the trunk of the presidential limo after the third shot fatally wounded President John F. Kennedy.
Hill, 81, has been a constant TV presence these past few weeks -- on special after special, relaying his...Read more »
The "Today" show is staring into the future -- and Carson Daly is staring back. In a surprise on-air announcement Thursday that makes the overhaul of the program's longtime home, Studio 1A at Rockefeller Center, even more intriguing, Daly was named the latest member of the show's "family," He'll anchor a new social media component dubbed "The Orange Room."
Daly will remain host and producer of "The Voice," but "transition" out of his longtime anchor role at "Last Call." The move sparked speculation about the future of Matt Lauer, whose current contract ends over a year from now. In fact social media commenters Thursday saw Daly's arrival as the start of an on-air bake-off with Willie Geist, Lauer's presumptive heir apparent.
But it's also clear that Daly has been pressed into a more important role for the moment -- as conductor of a new social media push at "Today" meant to position it for the future, and a run at first-place "Good Morning America."
NBC said that the Orange Room, where Daly will work, will be the "nexus" between the show and its audience, where viewers "will seek out and share news."
What will all this look like? Viewers will find out Monday when the new studio is unveiled.
Daly, 40, was one of MTV's best-known VJs (mostly at "Total Request Live,") joining "Last Call" in 2002. "The Voice" is NBC's single biggest hit outside of sports.
Interesting and possibly remarkable news for Valerie Harper — her inoperable cancer may be in remission, which may be one reason why she'll appear (per TMZ, I think) on "Dancing with the Stars" this fall.
As you may remember, NBC signed an unusual deal with her some months ago to do a Meredith Vieira doc on her. Harper is, as you know, a TV classic, Rhoda Morgenstern. "Today" had a look at her prognosis this morning. Worth looking at: ...