The slow death of the morning shows
When this magazine recently offered readers a chance to express their opinions on the state of NBC’s Today show, the response was overwhelming. In just three weeks, Entertainment Weekly received more than 3,100 postcards on the subject. Many readers wanted Jane Pauley to return to Today, and most of those readers, not surprisingly, wanted NBC to fire Deborah Norville, Pauley’s successor. A lot of voters wanted Bryant Gumbel gone and Willard Scott installed as host.