The Future of Today: Possible Replacements for Matt Lauer
Today Will Never Be the Same
I don't know about y'all but watching Today has been a part of my everyday life since I was younger. I did watch Good Morning America when Joan Lunden and Charlie Gibson hosted but soon after the show of choice became Today for my family.
Pretty much since I've been watching, Matt Lauer's been hosting. Now, I will be honest and say that Matt wasn't and isn't my favorite part of the show. It's not that he's not a great interviewer or that he should be given a Medal of Honor for not going ape on Tom Cruise back in 2005 but he's kind of like your nice relative who doesn't do too well with getting the party started.
But nonetheless, he's like the anchor of the Today crew and it'll be hard to imagine him leaving soon but as they say life goes on.
And with that we have to consider who could replace him as a potential host. There are rumors about one Ryan Seacrest replacing him but there are other candidates we could consider. So this hub'll serve as pre-tournament bracketology for handicapping the favorites.
Sausages with Seacrest?
Date of Birth: December 24, 1974
Title: Host (Television: E! News, American Idol, Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve and Radio: On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40) Producer (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, etc.)
Pros: Highly recognizable and marketable to a youth audience, Accomplished producer, Strong ties to the entertainment industry, Adjusted to traveling for assignments/work.
Cons: No journalistic experience (by that I mean serious news, not the latest Kardashian marriage), Not well known beyond a certain demographic, Has way too many other jobs.
My 2 Cents: I sincerely hope NBC isn't talking to Seacrest because it's going to end up hurting them. Yes he's popular and currently in the NBC Universal family but he needs hard news experience in order to be a serious candidate. Now if he does an entertainment segment exclusive to the program, fine but keep Seacrest away from my morning television!
Coffee with Carl?
Date of Birth: Unknown
Title: Co-Host of CNBC's Squawk on the Street and Occasional substitute anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News.
Pros: Very insightful, Hands on experience with financial issues, Familiar with Today audience, journalist.
Cons: Seen as convenient choice, No significant experience with other Issues beyond finance, Not known for asking hard-hitting questions.
My 2 Cents: I enjoy when Carl replaces Matt on Today but I think he needs a few more years experience reporting on other subjects before I can say he's the one. But if they did go with him, I'm sure he'd grow into the position quite well.
Crepes with Carson?
Date of Birth: June 15, 1973
Title: Host (Radio: AMP Radio in Southern California, Television: The Voice and Last Call with Carson Daly)
Pros: Experienced interviewer, Diverse job experience, familiar to a Large Audience, Pop culture savvy
Cons: Lacks journalism skills, Hard to take seriously, Monotone
My 2 Cents: As much as I loved TRL back in the day, Carson Daly works best with hipsters, teeny boppers, and music lovers. He's nice and approachable but hard to see beyond his pop culture background. I would put him in the same boat as Seacrest.
Waffles with Willie?
Date of Birth: May 3,1975
Title: Host (MSNBC's Way Too Early with Willie Geist) Co-Host (Today fill-in host, MSNBC's Morning Joe) Author/Co-Author (American Freak Show, Loaded!)
Pros: Extensive news experience, Great sense of humor, Already accustomed to the Today Show schedule, Pop culture expert
Cons: More of a commentator than a journalist, a little too sarcastic at times, seen as an easy choice
My 2 Cents: I personally love Willie Geist. If you've ever seen him in the morning he's the right amount of funny and honest, but I don't know if his persona will gel with some Today viewers but I happen to think he's the ideal choice :).
Final Four Analysis
Even though this is just a wild guess of what may happen, it still doesn't hide the possibility of Matt Lauer leaving the program. This will change the dynamic of morning television but I don't think Today will suffer in the ratings too heavily.
The real question for the potential replacements is how will they fit in with the rest of the crew? No, not the technical production staff but Ann, Natalie, and Al. One reason Today is so popular is because of the genuine interactions between the main anchors.
Even though we don't have any way of knowing who will fit in with the Today family, it'll be interesting to keep tabs on what happens.
As always, thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments.