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Should Ann Curry be removed from Today?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by wilbur_the_goose, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. wilbur_the_goose

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    Wow - I watched Today today - Ann Curry is worse than ever. Poor lady just can't communicate (a pretty important skill for on-air talent).

    I understand that Today's ratings are dropping like a rock, and I'm convinced that Curry is the reason.

    For me, it's back to Morning Joe and the CBS Morning Show.
     
  2. SayWhat?

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    http://www.tvguide.com/News/NBC-Today-Ann-Curry-1049045.aspx


    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/20/report-ann-curry-out-at-today/138882/
     
  3. phrelin

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    The New York Times piece those articles refer to says among other things:
    Ouch!
     
  4. TBlazer07

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    What I don't like about her is her "serious voice" when she does a "sad" story or interview. Her voice goes to a whisper and has a very "unnatural" emotion to it.

    As a news reader she was good, but as the major "sidekick" (IMO) she leaves much to be desired. They could do much better. Maybe, from recent appearances, Meridith is itching for a return.
     
  5. Drew2k

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    As with most news now, I heard this first on twitter today, in a joke that NBC was looking for new flavor for the Today show and would be replacing Ann Curry with Ann Cumin.

    (I never said it was a good joke.)
     
  6. Stewart Vernon

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    Another bad joke/headline...

    "Ann Curry asked to take a powder"

    :)
     
  7. wilbur_the_goose

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    You know what else I hate about her? The way she touches her guests. Arm pats, hand squeezes. Very unprofessional - she's not a counselor, she's supposed to be a reporter.
     
  8. zimm7778

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    Aren't those shows supposed to in many ways be less formal and more friendly? I haven't watched one since I was a kid and my grandparents watched Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley. But I seem to remember it not being much hard news or anything. More of a mid morning talk show type setting that does news updates every so often.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    Pretty much. Personally, I'd take Ann over Katie Couric any day.
     
  10. Stewart Vernon

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    I generally don't care for the fake "we're your friends in your house" atmosphere of any of the morning programs... so honestly, it would be difficult for me to rank any of them higher than another.
     
  11. Nick

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    Ann Curry is a lovely, warm and welcoming person. She works very hard and performs her job well. I would much rather have her as "Today" co-host, and as a friend or neighbor than (not then) some of you hyper-critical biddies.
     
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    Actually, thinking about it, what I can't stand is the Hota Kotb/Kathie Lee Gifford hour. I don't see any of it much since I've left the house by then, but every once in a while I'm reminded. I know, different target audience but yikes. I'd rather watch The View.

    Another article on TMZ, they offered Meredith Viera more money to come back, but she turned it down. New co-anchor front runner, Savannah Guthrie.
     
  14. Casey21

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    Used to have the Today show on before the CBS This Morning show was revamped. Ann Curry is awful. She is a horrible interviewer and definitely has trouble effectively communicating with guests. She was fine when she was behind the news desk but being a co-host is clearly not the job for her. Plus I can't stand Al Roker - such an idiot and don't get me started on the Smuckers 100+ birthdays. Those just plain bum me out.
    Love the CBS This Morning show now. Big fan of Charlie Rose and I think they do a decent job presenting the news in this current atmosphere of news needing to be entertainment. Guess that's what happens when you roll your news division into the entertainment division. Just my .02.
     
  15. dpeters11

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    The Smuckers Happy Birthday thing has been a Today Show staple since 1983. It's a tradition at this point.
     
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    I know. I'm not trying to be mean just giving my opinion. I'm sure there are many who still enjoy the segment. I just find it a bit sad. Willard Scott labors thru it and it's getting very difficult to even understand what he is saying. I don't think anyone should get put out to pasture because they've turned the calendar quite a bit but I would like to be able to understand what they're saying. However, with that said I should be so lucky to make it to 100 with good health. My own Mother died before she was 50 from a brain tumor so I'm sure it's a blessing for the families of the senior birthdays that they still have them around to love. :) I'll just continue watching the CBS Morning Show.
     
  17. Drew2k

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    I give a lot of credit to ABC for what they've done with GMA. Pairing George Stephanopolous as Robin Robert's partner was perfect, as these two have great chemistry. They have the entertainment reporter covering that fluff (leaving the anchors for the meatier topics), Sam is relatable, Josh is fun ... honestly the whole crew has great chemistry. It's not hard to see why GMA has been beating Today.
     
  18. TBlazer07

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    I wouldn't mind her as a neighbor or even a good buddy as I am sure she is a very nice person but as a "co-anchor" she leaves a lot to be desired.

    Love,
    Critical Biddie
    ;)
     
  19. dpeters11

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    I do understand where you're coming from. Willard is older than his age I think. He's 78, but seems older. Of course we don't know his health. When Dick Clark had his stroke, he had a lot of guts to come back even in a limited role. Many would have left on top.
     
  20. trainman

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    Seems like it was longer ago than 1983 that Willard started doing the birthday announcements. I remember back when he would sometimes be in the studio in New York to do the weather, and sometimes would seen on a remote feed from Washington -- and when he was in New York, he'd have a toupee, but in Washington, he'd be bald. :confused:

    I haven't watched "Today" much since I was involved with its closed-captioning, in late 1997 through about mid-1998.
     

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