Here is something that Today Show viewers are continuing to see in Al Roker’s weather forecast…
Partly cloudy with a 100-percent turnover guarantee!
Ever since the Today Show started losing steam years ago, the show has been in constant turnover.
From Meredith Vieira’s farewell and Ann Curry’s humiliating firing to Matt Lauer’s public fall from grace, the show’s on-air talent has dealt with a lot of newcomers and behind-the-scenes drama in the past two years.
This time’s victim of the shake-up is longtime director Joe Michaels. Deadline reported 18-year Today Show veteran was promoted out of his job and was given the title of Senior Director.
A source from NBC stated that Michaels’s responsibilities would include managing multiple projects on the technical and directorial side including the show’s coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reported that Michaels was “caught off guard” by the decision and the Peacock network has not named his replacement.
Meanwhile, the Today Show’s Executive Producer, Don Nash, praised Michaels and stated, “the most critical projects need oversight from a strong, knowledgeable and experienced leader.”
In addition, the show’s Studio 1A will be getting a makeover!
The last time, the show’s street-level set received a makeover was between the transition period between Katie Couric’s departure and Meredith Vieira’s arrival during the Summer of 2006.
As it did in 2006, the show will move outside in August in order for the set’s renovation in order for crewmembers to work on the project. According to Stelter’s article, the new set will premiere early on in the fall.
“We want to rethink everything at the morning show,” Nash said. “Even the use of the outdoor plaza where the show’s fans gather every morning for a glimpse of Matt Lauer and his co-hosts.”