Who is Daytime’s Most Liked Morning Show Host? (POLL)

* Al Roker - Today * Carson Daly - Today * Charlie Rose - CBS This Morning * Gayle King - CBS This Morning * George Stephanopoulos - GMA * Hoda Kotb - Today * Josh Elliot - GMA * Lara Spencer - GMA * Kathie Lee Gifford - Today * Matt Lauer - Today * Natalie Morales - Today * Norah O'Donnell - CBS This Morning * Robin Roberts - GMA * Sam Champion - f. GMA * Savannah Guthrie - Today * Willie Geist - Today

Today Notches Weekly Demo Win Against Good Morning America


Good Morning America may have topped Today in the ratings for much of 2013, but NBC's morning show wasn't going to let the year end without sticking it to the new No. 1 morning show. Today earned its first weekly win since July 8 among adults 25-54, the week of December 16, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Meanwhile, Deadline is speculating whether GMA's loss to Today can be attributed to GMA's visit to the Vatican. If that was the case, maybe GMA didn't say enough Hail Marys?  ABC's morning show still beat Today in total viewers.

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Today vs. Good Morning America War Getting Lifetime Movie


Teary on-air exits. Behind-the-scenes power plays. An iconic brand being dethroned by a glossy rival. No, this isn't a list of plots from one of the soap operas we cover; it's a summation of the war between NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America — a war set to get its own Lifetime movie!

Is Ann Curry Exploring Post NBC Options?



What will former Today host Ann Curry do when her contract with NBC News ends? That is the topic of a report by The Hollywood Reporter, which lays out Curry's options. Reportedly, her representation has let CBS News and other NBC competitors she is interested in talking. Curry's NBC contract window opens up on 2014.

Yhe article mentions there has been no contact with her former Today producer Jeff Zucker, who now helms CNN, or discussions with Al Jazeera America. The story suggests Curry may want to follow Soledad O'Brien's lead.
"The model for her is the Soledad O'Brien one," says Tyndall, referring to the erstwhile CNN anchor who has output deals with HBO and AJAM. "She sets up her own production company, does one-off documentaries and then sells them to Al Jazeera or HBO or Netflix or whomever.


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Who Will Ascend to Matt Lauer’s Throne at Today?



Matt Lauer's Today contract is up in 2015. Whether NBC will extend his tenure or replace him with one of the men the network has waiting in the wings is a growing topic of discussion — especially with Good Morning America beating Today in the ratings. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Gregory and Willie Geist are the leading in-house contenders, along with CNBC's Carl Quintanilla. Reportedly, Carson Daly is also a dark horse possibility.

Data provided to THR by Q Scores, which measures audience sentiment toward stars, reveals that Geist and Gregory have higher positive ratings than Lauer; among adult women -- the key demographic against which morning TV ads are sold -- Gregory's positive Q Score stands at 18, compared with Geist's 14. Lauer this year dropped to a positive Q Score of 7, compared with 15 in 2012.

Matt Lauer is Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson For Halloween (PHOTOS)



The hosts of the Today Show dressed up as classic TV characters for Halloween. Al Roker pitied viewers by dressing up as Mr. T.

Everyone's favorite morning lushes, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed up as The Flinstone's Wilma and Betty. Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales rolled around the set as Laverne and Shirley; while Carson Daly had a bit of help from Erik Estrada for his CHiPs costume.

However, it was Matt Lauer's choice of Pamela Anderson circa Baywatch that may have been the most surprising to viewers. He wasn't the only fan of Baywatch. Willie Geist dressed up as David Hasselhoff's character. See more photos and a video from Today's Halloween show after the jump!