The future arrived at "Today" and "Fox & Friends" Monday and not just in the form of big new curvy couches. Both unveiled new sets and welcomed new cast members -- or "family members" in the cozy lingo of morning TV -- who could play roles for years to come.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, erstwhile member of "The View," arrived at "F & F" bearing coffee mugs -- both empty -- for incumbents Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy. Their new set embraces a broader view of midtown Manhattan from the Sixth Avenue street-level studio.
Hasselbeck was later welcomed with a massive blue cake (presumably gluten-free, per her dietary preferences), courtesy of TLC's "Cake Boss." Her "View" pal, Sherri Shepherd, showed up, bearing gifts and observations about the show's new couch -- judged to be more comfortable than that on "The View."
Meanwhile, "Today" introduced its new orange-themed set at Studio 1A at Rockefeller Center. It incorporates a 360-degree rotating center floor, new anchor desk, couch (also orange), video screens, "weather wall" and -- perhaps the most distinctive new element of all -- the "Orange Room." That's where Carson Daly -- who also joined the show Monday, works as its "digital anchor." He essentially is an anchor/traffic cop, juggling tweets, posts and Skypes culled from various social media sites. But as many speculated last week, the Orange Room may be just a temporary stop en route to a much bigger role on the show.