It’s the end of 2010, and apparently the Today Show has already called it a year. The news is done, the substitute anchors are out in full force, and mediocrity, as well as the LED Christmas tree is casting a glow over the Rockefeller Center Plaza.
Oh, look, it’s a cooking segment in which noonewhatsoever ontheTodayShowStaffeven hasaclue as to how to interact with a famous chef! That always warms my heart when someone busts their ass to craft a really nice dish, and Meredith Viera doesn’t even have a quarter to buy a clue.
Here’s a segment where I’m sure the anchors had a fistfight over who was going to do the interview:
OK, so this woman stays at home full time to watch over her ventriloquist puppets. Guest April Bucker said “I have actually used my strange addiction to my benefit; actually make a living out of being a professional ventriloquist,” she insisted Wednesday during an appearance on TODAY. “So it’s served me well. Right, May?”
“Absolutely,” the puppet that accompanied her on the show agreed.
Oh no way! Please tell me this is not real! You know that segment where they make over women each week? Maybe they could pick a hoarder from the crowd and Ann Curry can stage an intervention? Why report news at all?
A couple of times over the past few weeks I’ve clicked on the web site, remembering a interesting gift or techie thing I hoped I could locate quickly. Oh good luck people, the whole web site is made up of videos with Target commercials embedded into each clip. I almost wanted to toss my laptop, but why blame it for NBC’s egregious penchant for advertising dollars?
Large segments of the past weeks program have featured montages, where I couldn’t tell you what happened in real world events, but I could tell you this:
Matt Lauer and Al Roker were on the Plaza yukking it up with Jessica Alba, and then Al was making funny faces! Cut to Matt and Meredith who were fighting and elbowing each other like frat house brothers, and then Al calls them the Bickersons! Then Ann Curry was calling everyone “you guys” and saying good morning to each and every person in America before her broadcast minute of news, and then they had the entire 23 members of the Scotto restaurant family flinging food all over the set, and then it goes back to Matt and Meredith swatting each other with their scripts and more good natured barbs and zings, and then to Today’s own Jenna Bush who barely graduated from college but gets to be a journalist on a big morning show, and THE END.
I’m sweating and spent just reporting that hard news. Off for some wine and chocolate chip cookies and to read blogs, where I can get much better news.