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Matt Lauer as Pamela Anderson?! The best costumes from 'Today' & 'GMA'

Is anything quite as heartwarming as the forced merriment of a morning show Halloween?

Take Today, for example, which really went all out with a set of costumes themed around classic TV shows. (Did most of those originally air on NBC? You bet your wax lips they did!) Al Roker was B.A. Baracus from The A-Team; Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie were Laverne and Shirley; Carson Daly was Officer Baker from CHiPs, alongside Erik Estrada as “Erik Estrada’s younger self;” Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford went as Flintstones ladies Wilma and Betty. (Hoda: “Hey Wilma, you know what? It’s ‘Thirsty Thursday!’ You know what that means?” Kathie Lee, perhaps already hammered: “Brontosaurus burger and a pterodactyl tequila.”)

The best outfit, however, belonged to Matt Lauer, who got gussied up in full Pamela Anderson drag to become C.J. from Baywatch. (As you see above, Willie Geist was David Hasselhoff; Carmen Electra was the ghost of sex symbols past.) See all the gang’s in-character shenanigans below…

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Miley Cyrus on 'Today': Everything's going according to plan -- VIDEO

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Newsflash, guys: All along, Miley’s been acting this way because she wants attention. I’ll pause while you pick your fallen monocles off the floor.

The 20-year-old revealed her dastardly strategy this morning on Today, telling Matt Lauer that her notorious VMAs performance “went exactly as planned” — after all, “it’s a month later and we’re still talking about it.” And when Lauer asked Cyrus if she’s surprised by the attention she’s been getting lately, Cyrus answered, “Not really. I mean, it’s kind of what I want. I’m an artist so I’m hoping I get a little attention. Otherwise, my record sales might be a little sketch.”

Quelle surprise! What’s next, the notion that men find Scarlett Johansson attractive?

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Katy Perry reveals 'Prism' album cover, 'big surprise' on 'Good Morning America' -- VIDEO

Katy Perry roared her way onto Good Morning America earlier today, flanked by cheerleaders and clad in a sunny, surprisingly demure daisy-covered dress. Though the singer exclaimed that she hardly ever gets up this early, she seemed pretty wide awake — get it?! — as she greeted the show’s team and unveiled the cover of her upcoming album, Prism.

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Is this history's most disturbing GIF?

The short answer: Yes.

The long answer: Yeeeeeeees.

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Al Roker oversleeps, misses 'Wake Up With Al Roker' -- VIDEO

BREAKING NEWS: A man woke up late on August 6.

Okay, so the man in question was Al Roker — and oversleeping for the first time in 39 years meant that he wasn’t there to film Wake Up With Al, his early-early morning show. (Today, which airs an hour after Wake Up begins, is just early.) At 5:41 a.m. ET, he realized his mistake and quickly took to Twitter: READ FULL STORY

Trayvon Martin's parents speak out on multiple morning shows -- VIDEO

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin made the morning-show rounds today, speaking out for the first time after George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict was announced July 13. Trayvon Martin’s parents were somber and resigned in each appearance, repeatedly expressing their shock at the verdict — and indicating that they may be moving forward with a civil suit.

Martin spoke movingly about his son on CBS this morning, opening the interview by saying, “I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just to have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start to recovery from.”

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Both 'Today' and 'Good Morning America' give tips for surviving a plane crash -- VIDEO

Aerophobes and high-fliers alike are feeling uneasy about air travel in light of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport. Images of the plane’s burned-out corpse could chill even the most seasoned traveler, despite the fact that nearly every one of the flight’s 300+ passengers made it out alive. (Two Chinese teenagers, Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linja, were found dead on the tarmac.)

So, what should you do in the extremely unlikely event that you’re on a crashing plane? Today and Good Morning America each aired a few key tips on their shows this morning — and though these programs are arch rivals, their plane crash survival tips are actually remarkably similar. Both recommend knowing how close your seat is to the plane’s exit, as well as staying low in the event of smoke. Both are also careful to point out how anomalous Asiana 214’s crash was; statistically, you’ve actually got a better chance of perishing in a shark attack than a plane crash. (Odds of being killed by a shark are about one in 3.7 million, according to National Geographic; odds of being killed in a plane crash are one in 11 million, according to Discovery.)

Additionally Today suggests not trying to grab your bags as you exit the plane, while GMA tells passengers to be extra aware during the first three minutes and last eight minutes of the flight — 80 percent of air accidents happen during these windows.

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It's a 'New Day' for CNN: Did you catch the net's revamped morning show?

Don’t expect CNN’s New Day to revolutionize its genre. “We are not reinventing the wheel,” the show’s executive producer Jim Murphy told USA Today this weekend. “It’s a morning news program.”

That said, the program — which premiered this morning, airing from 6-9 a.m. ET and replacing Soledad O’Brien’s Starting Point — does represent a sort of fresh start for CNN. Its hard-news, centrist focus exemplifies new CNN president Jeff Zucker‘s approach to broadcasting; as Murphy explained, “You won’t see cooking and dancing and things like that.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that New Day is or will be totally immune to fluff. For proof, check out this introductory video, which paints anchors Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan and news anchor Michaela Pereira as fun-loving quirkmeisters (Kate is “kooky and loud!” Chris has a daughter named Cha-Cha!) who always put their families first.

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Michael Jackson's doctor does 'Today Show' interview from prison -- VIDEO

Disgraced cardiologist Conrad Murray, who’s currently serving a four-year prison sentence for his involvement in the death of Michael Jackson, recently filed an appeal on his case, claiming that his trial was unfair, that its jury should have been sequestered, and that ultimately he “didn’t do anything wrong.” Murray hopes to get his conviction overturned, allowing him to regain the ability to practice medicine when he’s released — and to live as a regular person rather than as a convicted felon.

Murray called in to the Today show this morning to discuss his appeal with host Savannah Guthrie, as well as his attorney, Valerie Wass. He reiterated that he does not take “any responsibility as it relates to [Jackson’s] death,” saying that while he was sorry to lose the singer “as a friend and as a patient,” he will not take the blame for “something I didn’t do.” At that, Guthrie pushed back, reminding Murray that he was the one who both prescribed and administered the powerful anesthetic Propofol — the drug on which Jackson overdosed. In response, Murray said that while he did leave the room Jackson was in when he died, he did not leave behind any Propofol for the musician’s use.

NBC News reports that Murray will most likely be released from Los Angeles’s Central Jail in the fall of 2013.

Do his arguments seem sound, or did Murray deserve his conviction? Watch the interview and judge for yourself.

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'Saved by the Bell' mini-reunion: Mr. Belding quizzes Kelly on TV trivia -- VIDEO

The stars of the ’80s and ’90s are usually happy to play along when talk show hosts insist on referencing their beloved, long-dead projects. But sometimes, those stars just don’t feel like dwelling on the past.

Take, for example, Saved by the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen, who was unpleasantly surprised this morning when her Today show appearance was interrupted by a surprise guest: Dennis Haskins, a.k.a. goofy Mr. Belding. Please note Thiessen’s face, which looks just how you’d look if your high school principal showed up at your birthday party:

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