Sony Pictures TV is casting a wide net in its search for a successor to Alex Trebek as host of one of the studio’s top properties, veteran game showJeopardy!. I have learned that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Sports personality Dan Patrick are among those approached by the studio, along with embattled Today show co-host Matt Lauer and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. I hear all four have had exploratory conversations with Sony TV, though the studio is not actively pursuing anyone at the moment.
Sony TV’s succession plan for Jeopardy! became a hot topic today after the NY Postreported on Lauer and Cooper being in the mix for the job. With the exception of Patrick, who has presented at the Super Bowl and during the Summer Olympics, Jeopardy! would mark a step up in the ratings department for any of the candidates. Yesterday, Jeopardy! was the No. 1 program on any network among households in the nation’s top market, New York, where Williams, Lauer and Cooper are based. Jeopardy! averaged a 10.0 household rating, edging CBS’ primetime blockbuster The Big Bang Theory (9.1). Lauer’s Today drew less that a third of that, a 2.9 rating. Of course, hosting a syndicated game show, which often films a whole season worth of episodes in a stretch of a couple of months, could be a second job for a top anchor as proven by Meredith Vieira, who juggled hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with her duties on The View and then Today.READ MORE »
You have to give Brian Williams credit for his the-show-must-go-on effort when his opening on last night’s NBC Nightly News was interrupted by a fire alarm inside the newscast’s new studio. Luckily for East Coast viewers, the story on the American Airlines bankruptcy called for a toss to reporter Tom … Read More »
NBC’s primetime newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams, which is set to premiere on Halloween, is getting the word out via some short promos. This one introduces the show’s contributors — and one who didn’t quite make the cut. Williams has always been good at letting his sense of humor … Read More »
October 13, 2011 – New York, NY – NBC News today announced that Ted Koppel, the legendary and highly respected broadcast journalist, has joined “Rock Center with Brian Williams” as a special correspondent. Koppel will bring his award-winning reporting to the new broadcast, led by Brian Williams, and premiering on Monday, October 31 at 10pm. The announcement was made today by Steve Capus, President of NBC News.
“We’re truly honored to have Ted join ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’ as a special correspondent,” said Capus. “A pioneer of broadcast journalism, Ted has touched every major news event spanning nearly 5 decades, and not only does he bring a tremendous amount of experience to the broadcast, he is a tireless advocate for quality journalism, and is one of our profession’s premier storytellers.”
Meredith Vieira, who announced in May that she was retiring from her job as Today co-host and signed off in June, isn’t settled into her rocking chair just yet. NBC News said today that Vieira has been named … Read More »
NBC didn’t spill any secrets about the unnamed hourlong prime time news program that Brian Williams is developing when it announced today that former CBS News anchor Harry Smith will join the team as “one of the correspondents.” The … Read More »
NBC is developing a prime-time newsmagazine series with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams as host, according to a published report, and it could be announced as early as Monday during the network’s upfront presentation in New York. The Wall … Read More »
Katie Couric, Alec Baldwin, Brian Williams, Mark Feuerstein and Lorne Michaels took turns roasting outgoing CEO of NBC Universal Jeff Zucker at the Center for Communication’s annual Frank Stanton award luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York today. According to news reports, … Read More »