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'Top of the Morning': Who should play Matt Lauer and Ann Curry in Lifetime movie?

Top of the Morning, former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter’s gossip-y, inside view documentation about the ratings wars between Good Morning America and the Today show, is in early development to become a Lifetime movie, EW has confirmed. Which means it’s time to dream cast it.

The book — read EW’s original review  — centers around the time when Ann Curry was let go from Today, so expect plenty of backstage explosions, as well as on-air passive aggressive comments,  from whomever is chosen to portray Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and all the rest. The story also get into booking wars, Robin Roberts’ cancer battle, and more.

Below, check out some of our dream casting pics for the television movie, and then tell us who you would like to see in those anchor chairs. READ FULL STORY

Very funny Joan Rivers makes not-at-all funny comments about Adele, Ann Curry

This is not a hoax: Joan Rivers called Adele “fat,” for the second time, and also said that Ann Curry was, like, really boring as a Today anchor. While saying both of these things to the Huffington Post, she laughed and laughed — which was weird, because what she said wasn’t that funny.

I like Joan Rivers. Joan Rivers has license to say whatever she wants, and we have a cultural and economic ability to pick her up or toss her away with each new comment. But if Rivers keeps wrapping herself in headlines about speaking snark to power — wrong or right, but without a single wink — does she give us all a reason to forget she’s hellaciously funny, too?

For context, here are both comments:


Matt Lauer talks Ann Curry's messy 'Today' departure

In June of 2012, a tearful Ann Curry revealed that she was leaving the Today show. The decision to exit clearly hadn’t been Curry’s own to make: “For all of you that saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line — but man I did try,” she told viewers as colleagues Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales lent moral support.

To some, that support didn’t seem quite supportive enough — especially in Lauer’s case. Many viewers placed responsibility for Curry’s awkward ousting and the show’s dwindling ratings squarely on Lauer’s shoulders. Even Al Roker apparently played the blame game; in August, he made a quip about NBC anchors throwing each other “under the bus” that seemed aimed in Lauer’s direction. (NBC maintained that the joke had nothing to do with Curry.)

According to an interview with Lauer on The Daily Beast, things got so bad at one point that he told NBC Universal chief executive Steve Burke that he’d “get out of the way” if Burke thought Today would be better off without him. Burke brushed off Lauer’s offer, calling him “the best person who’s ever done this” — but even so, Lauer evidently still has some residual guilt over the Curry fiasco. READ FULL STORY

Ann Curry starts viral movement for 26 Acts of Kindness

As a response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, Ann Curry had an idea. In an article she wrote for NBC News, Curry talked about her struggles reporting from Darfur in 2007, and how, as a response to dealing with that horror, she did something small and positive, in that case, giving photographs to people. This past weekend, Curry tweeted, “Imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness for every one of those children killed in Newtown.” She originally tagged her remark #20Acts, but that’s now been bumped up to #26Acts, with some people doing 27 or 28.

Since Curry’s original tweet, the movement of kindness has taken off, with #26Acts quickly becoming a top trending topic on Twitter. Curry herself has been championing the kindness, retweeting many of the original kind ideas people all over the world are coming up with and performing.

Below are 15 random acts that inspired us: READ FULL STORY

Did Al Roker just slam Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

Today’s most awkward live TV moment of the day is brought to you by Al Roker on Today. The jokester of the bunch made a slight jab at host Matt Lauer about throwing teammates “under the bus” as Ann Curry’s replacement Savannah Guthrie chuckled awkwardly. Oh, no he didn’t!

It all went down as the gang was interviewing the U.S. women’s rowing team about celebrating their Olympic victory. (TMZ has the clip.) Lauer told rower Mary Whipple that the tradition in New York is to throw winners in the Hudson River. Roker then jumped in (as the interview was wrapping up) with, ”Which is different in our tradition, which is to throw one of us under the bus. That’s another story.”

The remark seemed innocent enough, but it received a semi-stern ”Mr. Roker!” from Lauer and Guthrie. This came on the heels of a slightly more awkward Today segment on Thursday during Curry’s first show appearance since her demotion earlier this summer. Curry stonewalled Lauer’s attempts at small talk and was all business during the reunion.

Read more:
‘The Today Show,’ ‘GMA,’ and ‘CBS This Morning': Are these the most complex dramas on network television?
Official: Savannah Guthrie replaces Ann Curry on ‘Today’
Teary Ann Curry says farewell to ‘Today’

Katie Couric on Ann Curry departure: 'It really broke my heart to see'

From one former Today co-host to another: You’re going to be fine.

Katie Couric was taking questions during her web show yesterday, and naturally, the topic of Ann Curry’s departure came up. “It really broke my heart this morning to see Ann, because I know she’s suffering and feeling a lot of pain with this transition,” she said. “It’s really hard for everyone on the show.… This kind of tumult is really hard for everyone.”

Couric said she didn’t have any insider knowledge of the negotiations, but stressed that she thought Curry was a great reporter, and echoed what Curry herself said about her passion for covering important international stories — which will be Curry’s job in her new role. READ FULL STORY

NBC's handling of Ann Curry situation: How'd they do?

After the awkward announcement by Ann Curry herself this morning that she would be leaving the Today show as a co-anchor, it seems everyone has an opinion on the announcement video. In addition to Curry choking up while thanking viewers, it also had Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Matt Lauer sharing memories and goodbyes. It was a bit uncomfortable all around, to say the least.

Curry’s critics said her personality never really meshed with the more upbeat morning-news format, while her supporters say Curry was a scapegoat for NBC’s ratings woes. Many EW readers were quick to point out that this was similar to how Conan O’Brien was unceremoniously dumped less than a year into his own new contract with NBC.

In an interview with USA Today last night, Curry talked about the week-long open speculation about her job, and admitted, “I don’t know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they’ve hurt deeply.” She also shot down the criticism that part of the problem was her apparent lack of on-screen chemistry with Lauer. “You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years.” READ FULL STORY

Teary Ann Curry says farewell to 'Today'

It’s official: Ann Curry is leaving the Today show.

After a week of speculation, Curry herself confirmed the news to viewers this morning on the Today show. Surrounded by Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales, Curry’s voice broke when she shared the news. “This is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of Today,” Curry shared. “I will still be a part of the Today show family.”

Thanking the viewers, she said, “You are the real Today show family. You are why I’ve ventured into dangerous places, interviewed dictators and jumped off of planes… I’ve loved you and wanted to give you the world. And I still do.”

Curry announced she’ll be staying with NBC in a new role that will have her heading up a team of journalists covering stories all over the world.

Tearing up again, she said, “For all of you that saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line, but man I did try.”

Watch her announcement below: READ FULL STORY

'Today' show's awkward Ann Curry gaffe -- PHOTO

Oof. That’s unfortunate.

After the news that Ann Curry was on her way out on the Today show broke last night, some suspected Curry might not show up this morning. She did, and her impending exit wasn’t mentioned at all. Well, besides the completely insensitive scroll that read, “HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW.” The phrase was referencing Steve Carell’s new movie, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but it still has to sting. Whoops.

MediaBistro first noticed the goof.

Read more:
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