Hollywood "top gun" Tom Cruise became agitated when being interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today show. Cruise, who has hit out at modern psychiatry as "evil," was asked by Lauer about his recent criticism of Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants to combat post-partum depression. "Evil" doctors often prescribe medication to moderate the hormonal imbalance in women who have just given birth.
Cruise, who adopted all of his children, told Lauer that he didn't know what he was talking about. "You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do," Cruise said.
The mood of the interview degenerated further when Lauer pressed Cruise about the actor's dislike for the attention-deficit disorder drug Ritalin. Lauer asserted that he had known several people who had been helped by Ritalin, to which Cruise responded: "Matt, Matt, you don't even -- you're glib. You don't even know what Ritalin is ...Read more
After a near-death experience in spring 2005 when ABC's Good Morning America mounted a strong challenge, NBC's Today is now marking its 11th straight year atop the morning news shows despite losing star anchor Katie Couric in May.
Friday marked 573 straight weeks on top of the time period, the longest of any show ever on television no matter when it aired. Today averaged 6.1 million viewers to Good Morning America's 5.1 million and 3 million for CBS's The Early Show.
It's all the more remarkable considering Today has seen some of its most tumultuous times in its nearly 55-year history over the past two years. In spring 2005, Good Morning America was closing in on Today with a 40,000-viewer gap one week. It wasn't long before new Today producers Phil Griffin and Jim Bell--along with Couric and co-anchor Matt Lauer--stemmed ...Read more
A day after News Corp. scuttled an O.J. Simpson book and TV interview about the murder of his ex-wife, her sister accused the company Tuesday of offering her family "hush money" to keep quiet about the controversial project.
News Corp. acknowledged offering proceeds from the aborted book and television special to relatives of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, who were stabbed and slashed to death on June 12, 1994.
But contrary to assertions by Simpson's former sister-in-law, Denise Brown, company spokesman Andrew Butcher insisted there were "no strings attached to our offer."
"And there was certainly no suggestion by us that either of the families would be barred from talking about the issue," Butcher told Reuters. "We know that they would never agree to something like that."
Appearing on NBC's Today program, Brown took a more cynical view of News Corp.'s proposition.
"They ...Read more
NBC announced that gay and lesbian couples will be eligible for inclusion in a wedding contest being put on by the Today show. Previously, the contest rules for "Today Throws a Hometown Wedding" had included the caveat that couples must consist of "a male and a female." Now, the rules on the NBC Web site have been changed to read that contestants must be "currently engaged couples."
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation media director Glennda Testone said in a statement, "Fairness, inclusion, and equal opportunity are core American values, and NBC's decision to open Today's wedding series to gay and lesbian couples is an important affirmation of those values. By accepting eligible same-sex couples into one of its flagship programs, NBC--like the more than 500 newspapers across America that now accept gay and lesbian wedding announcements--is reflecting the reality ...Read more
Meredith Vieira, the freewheeling veteran newswoman on ABC's daytime TV chat show The View, will replace Katie Couric as cohost of the nation's top morning show, NBC's Today, the network said Thursday.
Official word of the move came a day after Couric announced she would leave Today after 15 years on that show to assume the anchor chair in September on the third-ranked but growing CBS Evening News.
"I'm very honored that NBC has asked me to cohost the Today show," Vieira said on Thursday's broadcast of The View, prompting applause from her colleagues and from the studio audience. "I could not possibly have been in this position today had it not been for all of you."
At a news conference later, Vieira, 52, said she would likely leave The View, which she has cohosted since ...Read more
Rosie O'Donnell is expected to be named cohost of ABC's daytime talk show The View, replacing Today-bound Meredith Vieira, sources said.
ABC is expected to make the announcement Friday. A representative for the show couldn't be reached late Thursday.
Vieira is set to take over from Katie Couric as cohost of NBC's Today in September. Couric is leaving Today next month to join CBS Evening News as anchor/managing editor.
O'Donnell will join other View regulars Star Jones Reynolds, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
O'Donnell is no stranger to daytime talk. She won six Daytime Emmys for best talk show host for The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which aired in syndication from 1997-2002.
The news that O'Donnell will be joining The View was first reported on syndicated newsmagazine Extra's Web site.
Welcome to The Today Show guide, on January 14 1952 "Today" began it's journey as TV's longest 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 Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Al Roker does weather updates and Natalie Morales reads news headlines. 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