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  • S 63 : Ep 20140429

    April 29, 2014

    Airs 4/29/14

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    April 28, 2014

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Lauer

    Co-Anchor

  • Savannah Guthrie

    Co-Anchor

  • Al Roker

    Co-Anchor, Weather and Feature Reporter

  • Natalie Morales

    News Anchor

  • Hoda Kotb

    Fourth Hour Co-Anchor

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  • On January 14 1952, The Today Show, a long running morning news program on NBC, went on the air. It aired at 7:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) as a 2-hour news and information show. For many years it was a 2-hour program from 7:00 to 9:00 ET, until NBC expanded it to 3 hours (7-10 A.M. Eastern Time) on October 2, 2000. On September 10, 2007 a fourth hour was added to the show. Today was the first of its genre when it first signed on with host Dave Garroway. The show successfully blends national news headlines, in-depth interviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, other light news and gimmicks (including the presence of the chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs as the show's mascot during the early years), and local news updates. It has spawned several other shows of a similar type, including ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's The Early Show, and the Canadian series, Canada AM. The show is filmed and produced at studio 1A in Rockefeller Center, New York, just across the street from NBC headquarters at the GE Building. The studio is located right next to the street and many times the hosts do the weather or other events from outside. Today was the brainchild of Pat Weaver, who was then vice-president of NBC. Later, he became president of the company from 1953 to 1955, and then served as chairman of the board for another year. The show is currently hosted by Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer. Al Roker does weather updates and Ann Curry reads news headlines. Gene Shalit is the entertainment critic. Previous hosts have included Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, and Flyod Kalber. Popular former weathercaster Willard Scott still appears on the show daily doing the 100th birthday announcements he first became famous for in the 1980s.moreless

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    • Garroway: Well here we are, and good morning to you. The very first good morning of what I hope and suspect will be a great many good mornings between you and me. Here it is, January 14, 1952, when NBC begins a new program called Today and, if it doesn't sound too revolutionary, I really believe this begins a new kind of television.

    • Jane: And hello everyone. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Bryant has the day off. He's probably shopping.

    • Katie Couric: You're blushing, I'm sweating, this interview is officially over. Nathan Lane: Do you want to go to Brokeback Mountain? I hear that's where all the action is.

    • Nathan Lane: (leading into commercial) But first, this is Today on NBC. I wish I could quit you.

    • Nathan Lane: (to Katie Couric) You don't want to spend another five years making chit-chat with Al Roker. You don't. You don't want to get up early anymore. I know I don't.

    • Nathan Lane: (spoofing 'Brokeback Mountain') I wish I could quit you.

    • Meredith (indicating the studio set): How do you like the new digs? Laura Bush: I like it a lot, very pretty. I like the way you matched the colours to my suit.

    • Matt: Also, probably not a question I should ask you four days into your stint here, but are you getting enough sleep these days? Meredith: I thought I was but I'm a little nervous about this segment we have coming up.

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    Notes (476)

    • The dancers from Tina Turner's tour appearing in this episode are: Ivona Brnelic Solange Guenier Clare Louise Turton

    • Also appearing in today's show: Cooper Lawrence

    • Also appearing in today's episode: Laura Mercier - Top Make-up artist.

    • Today's musical performance was by Enrique Iglesias, singing Insomniac.

    • Lauren Graham was due to appear on today's show, but due to sheduling problems did not appear until June 22nd.

    • Today's musical performance is Bon Jovi singing Lost Highway.

    • Today's musical performances were by Chicago and America, who sang You're the Inspiration and Horse With No Name respectively.

    • The musical performance today was Kelly Rowland singing Like This.

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    Trivia (67)

    • In this episode, the lady with the photo(meter) device accidentally went on camera when she wasn't suppose to. NBC or the Today Show's executives decided to fix it by making fun of the lady and her priceless face when she realized she made a horrible mistake.

    • On the headlines before the opening intro, they were talking about the JFK airport bomb plot, but the video footage was about Paris Hilton getting in a car and going to jail.

    • Meredith brought a platter of fried scorpions for Matt and Ann to try, which they attempted, but stopped and made faces when Meredith tried to eat one and then spat it out.

    • Meredith warned parents to turn the TV volume down in the next segment as they discussed the new dieting book titled Skinny Bitch. The caption during the segment read "Skinny B*tch" although the book cover title when shown, and the verbal mentioning of the book title was uncensored.

    • Meredith allowed her feelings to show on the subject of infidelity when speaking to Leroy Greer - who is suing 1800-Flowers for allowing his wife to see the receipt for flowers bought for his girlfriend. She asked him, incredulously, "But Mr Greer, you cheated on your wife sir, didn't you sort of bring this on yourself?".

    • Goof: On screen during Bobbie Thomas' Style segment, the viewer email read "and then once again in a vertical direction" but Natalie Morales read out "and then again in a diagonal direction".

    • During the husbands' eating habits food segment, the correspondents were talking about "refried beans", but the captions posted were "refried penis". The captioner later added a different sentence with "refried beans" instead of backspacing to correct that.

    • When Meredith reads Donald Trump’s latest book title, Think Big and Kick Ass, she is careful to keep it clean, slowly saying arse instead of ass. Nevermind that the book title on screen is not censored.

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    Allusions (4)

    • (The gang talk about laser eye surgery after a brief report on ones that haven't worked.) Matt: Do you expect me to die? Al: No, I expect you to see! Matt and Al reference the 1964 movie Goldfinger, where James Bond is placed on a table to be slowly cut in two by a laser. James Bond: Do you expect me to talk? Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.

    • The foursome try to sing and act out the theme to the Monkees TV series but get stuck on "hey hey, we're the ___" ?

    • Al refers to the series of pop culture oil paintings called Dogs Playing Poker by C.M. Coolidge, and the kitsch art styIe of painting on velvet at the time called Velvet Elvis. There is also a Weird Al Yankovic song called Velvet Elvis that references the Dogs Playing Poker.

    • Meredith pokes fun of Matt's tan-colored shoes, using a photo of Matt's face on a movie poster that reads Matt's Big Adventure, referencing the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

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