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NBC Eyes Changes to ‘Today’ Show

Mar 16, 2016  •  Post A Comment

NBC has been righting the ship on its morning franchise “Today,” and the performance of the show’s first two hours has “stabilized,” Variety reports. Now the network is turning its attention to the third hour.

“NBC is mulling changes to the 9 a.m. hour of ‘Today,’ according to four people familiar with the situation, though no plans have been finalized.” Variety reports. “One idea being considered would tweak the format of that hour to make it lighter in tone and compete more directly with its rivals, which include ABC’s syndicated powerhouse ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael.’ Discussions among producers and talent are said to be ‘collaborative,’ according to one person familiar with the program.”

The hour currently features Natalie Morales, Al Roker, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall, some of whom “might not feel the new environment plays to individual strengths, and could consider moving off that part of ‘Today,’ two of these people said,” Variety reports, noting that Billy Bush is under consideration to join the show.

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16 Comments

  1. “make it lighter in tone?”

    It’s already a feather resting on a bed of marshmellows floating on a river of steamed milk. I don’t think it can get any lighter in tone

  2. Willie Geist is unwatchable. Not as smug as Carson Daly, but close.

  3. Show sucks. Switched to cbs a long time ago.

  4. Not a fan of Willie or Cameron. Natalie is great and I like Al but on the 3rd hour he seems grumpy a lot of the time, like he is annoyed being there.

    If I had my choose I would swap Natalie with Savanah and make Natalie the lead with Matt.

  5. They are all desperately boring and bland. The show is unwatchable.

  6. I find Matt Lauer very dull, need an exciting male, not Billy Bush or Willie Geist for sure. Get red of all the women and get some new ones who can keep your interest, Al Roker is great!!

  7. Love the Today shows and their hosts.

  8. Omg… Stop the madness.. I just turned the channel to Live! What is going on at the Today Show …. it is like watching a reality show inside the studio… all we see is your hosts laughing and carrying on over what THEY think is funny. You are not connecting with your audience anymore … nor offering us any value. Why on earth or who is in charge over there… I have been watching since 1985 and used to feel informed and somewhat entertained but today the Today Show is like being in a moshpit of nonsense. Come on get back to a basic journalism and interview style format.

  9. WE WANT NATALIE, NOT TAMERON!!! SHE IS SO SILLY AND MESSES WITH HER FACE ALL THE TIME DURING THE SHOW! WILL NOT LONGER WATCH THE SHOW AND IT WAS MY FAVOITE. NATALIE IS BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED AND HAS A GREAT PERSONALITY!!!! SHE IS 10 TIMES THE WOMAN TAMRON IS. YOUR SHOW WILL SUFFER FROM THIS, AS I HAVE TALKED TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO CANNOT STAND TAMRON. ALL ABOUT HERSELF!!!!!

  10. I agree totally with the above statement. Well said, could not have expressed my opinions any better myself. I am a faithful follower of Natale Morales.

  11. The Today Show is becoming the entertainment morning show. When will it get back to more newsy? It was a strong team when it had Matt, Savannah, Al and Natalie. Loved Willie Giest as he was solid and direct. He had a sly sense of humor. Tamron is way too giggly, talks non stop about Texas, talks over other anchors, and elbows herself into conversations. I’ve really had enough of her. The only thing she ads is fashion, but we had that with Natalie. It appears the show will lose a lots of viewers before the people in the know realize their errors of change. I’m looking around for a new morning network.

  12. Get rid of Tameron. She is simply dreadful. Bully Bush joins the 3rd hour and for 9 shows she stresses on his “man spread”. Is she a child?! She loves to act shocked and yet focuses on man spread… She is crude and rude. Bring back elegant Natalie.

  13. I have been watching the Today Show since Dave Garroway!!!! I have always been an ardent supporter until this latest change for the third hour. It is absolutely horrible, inane, boring, silly, etc. Please stop!!!

  14. Dump Hall and Bush…both just dang annoying !!!

    Bring back Willie and Natalie

    I change the channel at 9:00am…or I puke myself…lol

  15. The today show has become terrible .ever week someone new pops up billy bush omgoodness is nbc desperate.hes as boring as a board.tamyrn hall shevhas nothing to do with it shes probably just as confused with what nbc is doung on today show miss natalie morales. Willie geist is cool dont like carson daily. Reminds me of mtv.i like al roker.please whos in charge and savanah is to i dint know what to make of her i just dont get why they let go of the best. Its sad terrible i love third hour hoda kathy lee .i dont know im confused its a blast of confusion for me wow i wil watch third hour matt lauer hes just dull and boring and nasal

  16. I like everyone on the Today, show but sometimes they talk at the same time and we lose what they are talking about. The background music us TOOOO LOUD!!!! You can’t heard what anyone is saying. Will miss Natalie.

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