May 12, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Pauley’s departure
Say, “Good night, Jane.” Last week, Dateline NBC co-anchor Jane Pauley got a warm and fuzzy sendoff from Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Stone Phillips and others at the Rainbow Room atop the NBC headquarters building she has called her professional home for 27 years. Tomorrow night Ms. Pauley is taking her public leave from NBC News on a 10 p.m. special, Jane Pauley: Signing Off. In the lineup: interviews about her (with Today predecessor Barbara Walters and funnyman David Letterman, among others) and by her (Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan). There also will be words of advice from the ubiquitous Dr. Phil McGraw.
Trading places
Say, “Good morning, viewers.” This is a week chock full of segments about morning show crew members. NBC’s Today show ensemble will trade work spaces for a day, with Katie Couric and Tonight’s Jay Leno sitting in for each other today, Matt Lauer switching off with a New York City cab driver Tuesday, Ann Curry taking soccer star Mia Hamm’s place in a scrimmage (and vice versa) Wednesday and Al Roker swapping places Friday with chef Daniel Boulud. Viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America will get a video glimpse of the early early-morning wakeup routines of Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson, et al., starting today.
Daytime Emmys
Say, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.” The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented Friday starting at 8 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall in New York. ABC will carry a live telecast of the three-hour event, which will be hosted by Wayne Brady. Others scheduled to appear include Kelly Ripa, John Ritter and Barbara Walters.