Friday, April 03, 2015

The Meredith Vieira Show and NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt.

Oh hi. I put 1,000 topics in a magic hat and this is what I decided to talk about.

The Meredith Vieira Show- According to my street team, this show might be in Big Trouble. Reportedly this program is 12th among all syndicated programs. That's not good because syndicated TV is pretty much crap all over. Anyway, this program is in the midst of retooling, restructuring, all of the "re" words.

The Problem: I have no problems with Meredith Vieira, she's smart, she's funny and is interesting. The issue? People just want to watch. In response to that, The Meredith Vieira Show has been changing before your very eyes. In the last few weeks, it's gotten a bit more serious in tone and the show has been sneaking on a panel of ladies to chit-chat about stuff as Meredith is the "moderator." Gulp!? That's familiar.

Update: Oh lordy. I just watched the show and it's become sad. All of the joie de vivre has left Meredith's countenance and if I'm not mistaken, she's looking a little irate/tired. I don't ask for much, I like to watch a happy Meredith Vieira and to hear her talking about her behind!

Update Part 2: They stopped playing The Meredith Vierira show at 2AM in my area and now it's Access Hollywood Live. Kill me now!

Grade ***

NBC Nightly News- Do you believe I've tried to post this part at least 5 times....I'm not stopping, I'm going to talk about my running buddy Lester Holt! As we've seen Holt has replaced Brian Williams in the big chair at NBC Nightly News. Matter of fact, the show is now entitled The NBC Nightly News with Garrick Utley Lester Holt. I enjoy the show. I don't think there's been a black anchor (Holt is biracial) since Max Robinson's tour of duty at ABC News back in the late '70s, early '80s--and that was a mess. Don't look for Holt to have a Max Robinson like meltdown, Holt is a natural head, he gets high talking about pop culture minutiae and playing his bass "goodtar." He's a great man and hasn't killed anyone in a long, long time.

Grade **** Given an extra star for not having Brian Williams's penchant for essaying about the most boring parts of Americana.

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