The Early Show
|The Early Show|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||13|
|No. of episodes||3,578|
|Executive producer(s)||Batt Humphreys|
|Running time||120 minutes (two hours)|
|Production company(s)||CBS News Productions|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||November 1, 1999 – January 7, 2012|
|Preceded by||CBS This Morning (1987–1999)|
|Followed by||CBS This Morning (2012–present)|
The Early Show is an American morning television show which was broadcast by CBS from New York City from 1999 to 2012. The program aired live from 7 to 9 a.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday in the Eastern time zone; most affiliates in the Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones aired the show on tape-delay from 7 to 9 a.m. local time. The Saturday edition aired live from 7 to 9 a.m. Eastern Time as well, but a number of affiliates did not carry it or aired it later on tape-delay. It premiered on November 1, 1999, and was the newest of the major networks' morning shows, although CBS has made several attempts to program in the morning slot since 1954. The show aired as a division of CBS News.
The Early Show, like many of its predecessors, traditionally ran last in the ratings to its rivals, NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America. Much like NBC's The Today Show and The Tonight Show, the title The Early Show was analogous to that of CBS's late-night talk show, The Late Show.
On November 15, 2011, CBS announced that a new morning show would replace The Early Show on January 9, 2012. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and CBS News president David Rhodes stated that the new show would "redefine the morning television landscape." On December 1, it was announced that the new show would be titled CBS This Morning. The Early Show ended its twelve-year run on January 6, 2012, to make way for the program. Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Erica Hill were named anchors of the new program.
- 1 Before The Early Show
- 2 History
- 2.1 Gumbel, Clayson, McEwen and Chen (1999–2002)
- 2.2 Smith, Storm, Chen, Syler, and Price (October 2002 – December 2006)
- 2.3 Smith, Storm, Chen, Mitchell, and Price (December 2006 – December 2007)
- 2.4 Smith, Rodriguez, Chen, Mitchell, and Price (January 2008 – January 2010)
- 2.5 Smith, Rodriguez, Chen, Hill, and Price (January 2010 – December 2010)
- 2.6 Wragge, Hill, Chen, Glor, and Castro (January 2011 – September 2011)
- 2.7 Wragge, Hill, and Glor (September 2011 – January 2012)
- 3 On-air staff
- 4 Saturday edition
- 5 On-air staff
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Theme music
- 8 International broadcasts
- 9 Awards
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Before The Early Show
CBS has made several attempts at morning shows since 1954. First came The Morning Show (1954–1956), originally hosted by Walter Cronkite and very similar to The Today Show in fashion (it, too, ran for two hours from 7–9 a.m. ET until being reduced to one hour to accommodate the premiere of Captain Kangaroo in 1955). Additional hosts over the years included Jack Paar, John Henry Faulk, and Dick Van Dyke. Paar, the most successful of them in drawing an audience, made significant changes in the tone of the program while he was host, casting it into a talk program with some hard news elements but emphasis on humor and conversation, reminiscent of the kind of morning radio show he had done before the war. He was moved from the 7 AM "Morning Show" to his own late morning talk program following Captain Kangaroo in the network schedule.
Next came Good Morning! with Will Rogers, Jr., which lasted 14 months before being replaced from April–December 1957 by The Morning Show, a variety program hosted by Jimmy Dean. The program aired from 7–7:45 a.m. ET followed by a 15-minute news broadcast until 8 a.m. with Stuart Novins under the CBS Morning News title, preceding Captain Kangaroo.
CBS would not make any serious attempt to program against Today for eight years. On September 2, 1963, The CBS Morning News debuted, similar to its evening counterpart in the way that it was also a hard newscast featuring various hosts and correspondents from CBS News over the years. It started out as a half-hour broadcast anchored by Mike Wallace and airing Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. ET. Coincidentally, it replaced a CBS daytime magazine program called Calendar, which was hosted by Wallace's future 60 Minutes colleague Harry Reasoner. In August 1965, upon discovering that they could make more money airing reruns of I Love Lucy in the 10:00 a.m. slot, CBS moved the broadcast start time to 7:05 a.m. (although most affiliates carried it via tape delay at 7:30 a.m.). Wallace only lasted a year with the change in hours and eventually tired of the grind, leaving to cover Richard Nixon's comeback for CBS News. Wallace suggested Los Angeles newsman Joseph Benti as his replacement.
It was during Joseph Benti's run (through August 28, 1970) that the program became the first regularly scheduled one-hour newscast ever on network television on March 31, 1969. Until 1981, it would precede Captain Kangaroo on the CBS morning schedule from 7:00–8:00 a.m. ET. The new hour format now featured John Hart reading the news from Washington and CBS News Moscow correspondent Hughes Rudd as an occasional contributor. After Hart replaced Benti as the main anchor in New York, the Washington anchor desk was assumed by Bernard Kalb until 1972, and by Nelson Benton for a year afterwards.
On August 6, 1973, after Hart was replaced (he eventually went to NBC), in an effort to emulate The Today Show, Rudd was teamed up with former Washington Post reporter Sally Quinn. Unfortunately for CBS, within days the hugely publicized pairing of what was dubbed by the press "the beauty and the grouch" (referring to Quinn and Rudd respectively) turned out to be a disaster. Quinn was gone after six months, leaving after the February 1, 1974 telecast. A much more experienced correspondent, Bruce Morton, later took over the Washington desk, remaining there until 1977. During that period, the newscast had evolved into a well-crafted package delivered in a straightforward manner, much like Cronkite's evening newscast. Despite the anchor turnover through the years, the broadcast had set a consistent tone which emphasized news and ideas over celebrity gossip or self-help tips. The anchor desk was subsequently shared by the team of Lesley Stahl and Richard Threlkeld, while Morton and Rudd returned to both feature reporting and commentary respectively.
The Morning era
On Sunday, January 28, 1979, CBS revamped the program, premiering Morning, which was titled in accordance to the day of the week (Monday Morning, Tuesday Morning, etc.). The weekday Morning series competed with Good Morning America and The Today Show. Charles Kuralt hosted Sundays while Bob Schieffer hosted the rest of the week; Kuralt took over the daily show as well in the fall of 1980. The program featured long pieces from CBS News bureaus, and many viewed it as a highbrow, classy newscast in the best CBS tradition. Despite critical acclaim, the show remained dead last in the ratings, and CBS was under more pressure from affiliates to present a more viable morning competitor. So on September 28, 1981, Morning dropped the days of the week from its title (except for Sunday Morning), and was extended to 90 minutes and added Diane Sawyer (currently the anchor of ABC World News) as co-host; in the process, Captain Kangaroo was reduced to a half-hour daily and pushed to an earlier time period (7:00 a.m.).
The CBS Morning News
On January 18, 1982, again at the expense of Captain Kangaroo, Morning was lengthened to the same two-hour format that Today and GMA were utilizing. Along the way it reassumed the title of The CBS Morning News. Kuralt was replaced on the weekday broadcasts in March 1982. By this time management decided that morning news programming should be more competitive and hired Bill Kurtis, anchor of the highly-rated evening newscasts at WBBM-TV in Chicago, as Sawyer's co-host. The Sunday edition of Morning, with Kuralt as host, was kept; it remains on the air under its original title, CBS News Sunday Morning, now hosted by Charles Osgood.
By the fall of 1982, Captain Kangaroo had disappeared from the daily schedule and the new team of Kurtis and Sawyer were anchoring three hours of news in the morning, as they were also seen on the CBS Early Morning News an hour earlier.
Their teamwork helped boost the show's ratings, albeit briefly; George Merlis, a former GMA producer hired to revamp the broadcast, is also credited by most network insiders with nearly doubling viewership numbers by March 1983. The numbers continued to climb during the summer; during one week in August 1983 it passed The Today Show for the second place spot behind GMA, and was in closing distance behind the latter program for the #1 spot before it dropped back to third place again. After Merlis was relieved from his duties for his trouble, Sawyer, tired of the morning grind, left in the fall of 1984 to become the first female correspondent on 60 Minutes.
CBS News correspondents Jane Wallace and Meredith Vieira briefly alternated as interim co-host in an on-air try-out that lasted several months, but both were passed over for the permanent spot. Instead, CBS settled for former Miss America and NFL Today co-host Phyllis George, who was given a three-year contract following a mere two-week trial run. There was little chemistry between George and Kurtis onscreen and the show fared poorly.
The lowest point of her very brief tenure came on May 14, 1985 during George's interview with false rape accuser Cathleen Mae Webb and the man whom she had falsely accused, Gary Dotson. In an effort to get the two to make amends to each other, George made a simple suggestion: "How about a hug?" Both Webb and Dotson graciously refused. That infamous interview alienated audiences and was blasted by critics, helping to put an unpleasant close to George's television career at this initial mark. A very unhappy Bill Kurtis subsequently departed from the show and resigned from CBS News in July, returning to Chicago and his old anchor spot at WBBM-TV. Once again Bob Schieffer served as a brief replacement. Phyllis George eventually left CBS for good that fall.
Maria Shriver, who had joined CBS as a West Coast feature reporter in 1983, and Forrest Sawyer, new to the network, were named co-anchors of The CBS Morning News August 30, 1985. After a respectable year but still placed third in the ratings, Shriver and Sawyer made their last appearance on the show August 1, 1986, after CBS announced that the Morning News timeslot would leave control of the news division and be supervised by a newly created unit in the CBS Broadcast Group. Prodded by network affiliates, CBS decided that an entertainment format might work better against Good Morning America and Today, and planning began for a new show that would come to be called The Morning Program. Bruce Morton and Faith Daniels became the first in a string of substitutes to host Morning News until it left the air.
"The CBS Morning News was simply shot dead," wrote Jonathan Alter in Newsweek. "Underappreciated coanchors Forrest Sawyer and Maria Shriver left the air with a classy farewell after the network's announcement that the perennially lagging show would be canceled by the end of the year."
"Throughout the industry there is shock and derision for the way CBS has handled Morning News, so long its problem child," Tom Shales reported in The Washington Post. "Competitors are saying the Morning News fiasco is a symptom of a new disarray in CBS News, and some question whether current CBS News executives will all be able to ride out the storm."
The Morning Program
On January 12, 1987, The Morning Program made its debut hosted by actress Mariette Hartley and Rolland Smith, former longtime anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City. Radio personality Mark McEwen handled the weather, while Bob Saget did comedy bits. Produced by the network's entertainment division, the show ran for 90 minutes (7:30-9 A.M. local time) behind a briefly expanded 90-minute CBS Early Morning News (6–7:30 A.M. local; although most larger affiliates pre-empted all or part of the 6–7 A.M. hour to produce a local morning newscast), which had dropped "Early" from its title. However, The Morning Program, with its awkward mix of news, entertainment, and comedy, became the joke of the industry, receiving scathing reviews. At one point, it generated the lowest ratings CBS had seen in the morning slot in five years. The format was aborted and the time slot returned to the news division after a ten-and-a-half-month run. Hartley and Smith were dumped, while Saget left to star on the ABC sitcom, Full House. A longtime producer summed up this version of the program upon its demise by saying, "...everyone thought we had the lowest ratings you could have in the morning. The Morning Program proved us wrong".
CBS This Morning
On November 30, 1987; The Morning Program was replaced by CBS This Morning. It lasted for 12 years, staying in third place for its entire run. However, it was far more competitive than its predecessors had ever been. It ended on October 29, 1999 and was replaced by The Early Show.
Gumbel, Clayson, McEwen and Chen (1999–2002)
The Early Show began on November 1, 1999 (around the time Viacom purchased CBS) when CBS executives successfully lured former Today Show host Bryant Gumbel to head up the broadcast, teamed with newcomer Jane Clayson. Unlike with This Morning, CBS asked its affiliates to carry the whole two-hour show in its entirety. Julie Chen read the news, while Mark McEwen, the sole holdover from This Morning, did the weather. Initial ratings were not encouraging, and were actually lower than those of This Morning. Gumbel left in 2002, and shortly thereafter Clayson and McEwen were replaced.
Clayson may be best known for her awkward confrontation with Early Show food and style contributor Martha Stewart during this period; Stewart was involved in the ImClone stock trading case, but retained her Early Show contributor duties during the initial stages of the controversy. CBS required Stewart to address the issue as a condition of keeping those contributor duties. Stewart, upon consulting her legal team, agreed to take questions on air, but not in a separate interview. As a result, during one of Stewart's usual live cooking segments (in June of 2002), Clayson, who normally assisted Stewart with preparing the meal, asked her to comment on her involvement with ImClone and her selling of ImClone stock just one day before an application for a new ImClone cancer drug was rejected; a visibly uncomfortable Stewart, obsessively chopping vegetables for a salad, evaded Clayson's questions, citing her inability to comment on an ongoing investigation. (Stewart was indicted in 2003, tried and convicted in 2004, and served five months in Federal prison for her involvement in the case.) Stewart stopped contributing to the program after the appearance, which was immortalized in an NBC TV-movie of Stewart's life a few months later (with Cybill Shepherd playing the role of Stewart).
Smith, Storm, Chen, Syler, and Price (October 2002 – December 2006)
The new team consisted of Chen, former Biography and CBS This Morning host Harry Smith, former NBC Sports commentator Hannah Storm, Rene Syler (a news anchor from KTVT, the CBS station in Dallas), and weatherman Dave Price, who was pried away from New York Fox affiliate WNYW and also was at WCBS-TV for some time after joining The Early Show. To keep affiliates happy, CBS went back to the local/national hybrid format. The show also had a number of "correspondents" who did short segments on specific issues; Martha Stewart (until not long after the aforementioned segment with Jane Clayson), Martha Quinn, Bobby Flay, and Bob Vila, among others, have been featured in this role. Susan Koeppen (2004–) is the consumer correspondent.
On October 30, 2006, The Early Show received a revamp, featuring new graphics (with a new blue and orange color scheme instead of blue and yellow) and music similar to those used on the CBS Evening News (which were also used starting in early October on Up to the Minute and the CBS Morning News). On December 4, 2006, it was announced that Rene Syler would leave the show by the end of the month (her last show was December 22).
Smith, Storm, Chen, Mitchell, and Price (December 2006 – December 2007)
Smith, Rodriguez, Chen, Mitchell, and Price (January 2008 – January 2010)
On December 5, 2007, CBS announced that Maggie Rodriguez would succeed Storm as co-anchor. On January 7, 2008, The Early Show debuted a new set. During the month of December, The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric shared its studio/set with The Early Show. In addition, the show abandoned the aforementioned local/national hybrid format and replaced it with a national format, similar to its network competitors. The ratings for the series dropped with the institution of these changes. However, the gap between The Early Show and second-place GMA has remained virtually consistent as all three morning shows have seen similar ratings erosion.
On April 16, The Early Show scored a coup with the broadcast of Susan Boyle singing live. The Early Show enjoyed a relatively successful May sweeps, racking up a 5 percent increase in year-to-year total viewers and remaining flat in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic, at a time when both NBC's Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America were shedding viewers to the tune of 3 and 4 percent respectively.
Howard Kurtz's Washington Post profile of CBS Early Show co-host Maggie Rodriguez said her addition to the program accounts for "an uptick in the ratings, lifting spirits at the broadcast". Rodriguez landed some high-profile interviews with the Caylee Anthony grandparents, Levi Johnston, and disgraced former Roman Catholic priest Alberto Cutié, who later became an Episcopal minister. Rodriguez stated that "If [I] were to program a show for my viewing pleasure, I would make it all news ...[B]ut we're programming for all of America. We have to include Jon and Kate [Gosselin] — regardless of whether I personally care, they're on the cover of every magazine. You can't be so highbrow that you only cover hard news. I'm not a journalistic snob." In addition to her morning show duties, Rodriguez regularly filled in for Katie Couric on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
On January 13, 2010, CBS announced that news anchor Russ Mitchell would exit The Early Show at the end of the week, leaving a gap in the lineup for the perennially third-place CBS morning show. He became the national correspondent for CBS and would continue to be the anchor of the Sunday edition of the CBS Evening News.
Smith, Rodriguez, Chen, Hill, and Price (January 2010 – December 2010)
The Early Show began broadcasting in high definition on April 26, 2010, becoming the last morning network news/talk program to do so. The Evening News control room was to be used, as construction was under way for The Early Show 's new control room at the General Motors Building. New graphics were now overlaid to accommodate added screen space, and were also used throughout other CBS News programs.
Wragge, Hill, Chen, Glor, and Castro (January 2011 – September 2011)
Smith, Price and Rodriguez were fired from the show in January 2011. Erica Hill and Chris Wragge (who previously anchored the Saturday edition) anchored the weekday Early Show, beginning January 3, 2011. Marysol Castro became the show's new weather anchor, replacing Dave Price. Julie Chen remained a part of the team, presenting additional features with Jeff Glor as news anchor, replacing Erica. Chen was the only member to stay with the program since its inception before leaving the full-time anchor position to host The Talk in late 2010. She remained with the early news program as a Special Contributing Anchor. In March 2011, The Early Show debuted a redesigned set. The new set included a new anchor desk backdrop, a new reporter area, and a blue color scheme. On September 2, 2011, it was announced that Marysol Castro would be leaving her post as weather anchor effective immediately.
Wragge, Hill, and Glor (September 2011 – January 2012)
Since Marysol Castro's departure, the hosts had cut directly to local CBS affiliates for forecasts (with a voiceover national outlook for stations without newscasts), making CBS the only one of the three major broadcast morning shows without national forecasts.
Beginning in 2011, the program had focused on hard news in contrast to the other breakfast television shows that show a mix of hard news, lighter news, and infotainment. Coverage consisted of national and international news, including occasional town halls with political leaders and in-depth coverage of major events.
Cancellation and final broadcast
On November 15, 2011, CBS News announced The Early Show would be canceled and replaced by CBS This Morning, beginning Monday, January 9, 2012. Erica Hill was the only Early Show anchor retained for the new series, with Charlie Rose and Gayle King becoming her new co-hosts. Hill was replaced by then-CBS Washington Correspondent Norah O'Donnell in July 2012 and is now the anchor for Weekend Today's' Saturday broadcast.
Chris Wragge returned to WCBS-TV and resumed anchoring newscasts. He was originally brought back to anchor both WCBS' 6 pm newscast and WLNY-TV's 9 pm newscast, both with Dana Tyler. In 2013, Wragge became co-anchor of WCBS' morning and noon newscasts following the removal of Rob Morrison after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Jeff Glor remains on CBS This Morning as a special correspondent, and became the Sunday evening CBS Evening News anchor January 15, 2012 following Russ Mitchell's departure to become the lead anchor at NBC affiliated WKYC-TV.
The final edition of The Early Show aired on Saturday, January 7, 2012 (as The Saturday Early Show, hosted from the set of the CBS Evening News) at CBS Broadcast Center. The final Saturday Early Show was hosted by Rebecca Jarvis, John Miller, news anchor Betty Nguyen and weather anchor Lonnie Quinn. Quinn was the last weather anchor to serve for The Early Show.
- Bryant Gumbel, anchor (1999–2002)
- Jane Clayson, anchor (1999–2002)
- Julie Chen, anchor (2002–2010)
- Harry Smith, anchor (2002–2010)
- Hannah Storm, anchor (2002–2007)
- Rene Syler, anchor (2002–2006)
- Maggie Rodriguez, anchor (2008–2010)
- Chris Wragge, anchor (2011–2012)
- Erica Hill, anchor (2010–2012)
- Julie Chen, news anchor (1999–2007)
- Russ Mitchell, news anchor (2007–2010)
- Erica Hill, news anchor (2010–2011)
- Jeff Glor, news anchor (2011–2012)
- Mark McEwen, weather anchor (1999–2002)
- Dave Price, weather anchor (2002–2010)
- Marysol Castro, weather anchor (2011)
- Lonnie Quinn, weather anchor (2011–2012)
The Saturday edition of The Early Show premiered on September 13, 1997 as CBS News Saturday Morning. For the first year it was aired, the program was broadcast live an hour later than the Monday through Friday version, starting at 8:00 am ET/7:00 am CT. from the same studio at the CBS Broadcast Center that housed the weekday edition. The show moved to it's current 7:00am ET start time on its first anniversary in 1998. It aired at various times through the country on most CBS stations. However, depending on the time zone it did or did not air (some CBS affiliates skipped the Saturday morning edition for local newscasts, and some pushed up the timeslot of the Saturday morning children's program block after the newscast if it ended before 9:00 a.m. in order to make up for it). The Saturday edition of the show premiered with anchor Russ Mitchell, joined by former Congresswoman Susan Molinari (R-NY). The program followed the weekday program on its move to the General Motors Building in 1999.
The format allowed for news and weather cut-ins; not all affiliates provided local coverage. Viewers at stations that did not provide coverage saw informal conversation among the anchors during the news cut-ins and a series of graphics showing the weather in various cities during the weather cut-ins. Ira Joe Fisher and, initially, Lonnie Quinn, would read some of the forecast aloud while chatting with people in the audience outside the building. The graphics ran with bed music and no voice-over. As of 2008, The Saturday Early Show no longer carried a separate name from the weekday edition, and was introduced simply as The Early Show.
Until the weekday shake-up at the end of 2010, it was anchored by Chris Wragge of WCBS and Erica Hill. Beginning January 8, 2011 Russ Mitchell returned to co-anchor with Rebecca Jarvis while WCBS' chief weathercaster Lonnie Quinn continued as weather anchor and CBS Morning News anchor Betty Nguyen served as news anchor and coanchored one Saturday a month.
Anchors for the program have included Russ Mitchell (1997–2007, 2011), Susan Molinari (1997–1998), Dawn Stensland (1998–1999), Thalia Assuras (1999–2002), Gretchen Carlson (2002–2005), Tracy Smith (2005–2007), Maggie Rodriguez (2007–2008), Jeff Glor (2007), Chris Wragge, (2007–2010) Erica Hill (2008–2010) and weather anchor Ira Joe Fisher (1999–2006)
Unlike its competitors The Today Show and Good Morning America, The Early Show did not have a Sunday edition, due to the continued success of CBS News Sunday Morning, which has a distinctly different format with long form journalism reports and in-depth interview segments.
- Russ Mitchell, weekend anchor (1997–2007, 2011)
- Susan Molinari, weekend anchor (1997–1998)
- Dawn Stensland, weekend anchor (1998–1999)
- Thalia Assuras, weekend anchor (1999–2002)
- Gretchen Carlson, weekend anchor (2002–2005)
- Tracy Smith, weekend anchor (2005–2007)
- Maggie Rodriguez, weekend anchor (2007–2008)
- Jeff Glor, weekend anchor (2007)
- Chris Wragge, weekend anchor (2007, 2008–2010)
- Kelly Wallace, weekend anchor (2008)
- Erica Hill, weekend anchor (2008–2010)
- Rebecca Jarvis, weekend anchor (2010, 2011–2012)
- Betty Nguyen, weekend anchor (2010)
- Tracy Smith, weekend news anchor (2002–2005)
- various, weekend news anchors (2008–2009)
- Jeff Glor weekend news anchor (2009–2010)
- Rebecca Jarvis, weekend news anchor (2010)
- Betty Nguyen, weekend news anchor (2010, 2011–2012)
CBS has been the perennial third-place finisher in the morning race since 1976, placing second only a few times in the past 30 years. CBS beat Good Morning America for second place the weeks of January 17, 1977 and December 28, 1998. The Today Show was in first place both times. However, CBS outrated The Today Show for second spot over a few weeks in 1984 when Jane Pauley was on maternity leave. At that time, Good Morning America was ranked #1.
In September 2007, CBS sought to change the third-place position of The Early Show by hiring Shelley Ross, former executive producer of GMA from 1999–2004. Significant changes were made to the program as Ross asserted her influence. For instance, the network no longer allows the frequent local station breaks that were previously allowed during the former broadcast as of January 7, 2008. CBS reportedly viewed the removal of those breaks as vital to creating a national profile for the program.
However, some CBS affiliates continued to air the full program on another co-owned sister station and continue to air their local morning news; WWL-TV in New Orleans has never aired the Early Show or any of its previous versions, broadcasting all local newscasts instead, currently from 5 am to 9 am. The Early Show now airs in New Orleans on MyNetworkTV sister station WUPL, paired with The Daily Buzz. Cincinnati's WKRC-TV airs the full show on the CBS station with an hour of all-local news on their CW subchannel. Salt Lake City's KUTV (which was formerly owned by the network until 2007) continued to preempt the program's first hour despite the network's insistence. Tulsa's KOTV aired the full two hours starting at 8:00 AM and moved its last hour of their morning show to its CW sister station. WFMY in Greensboro, North Carolina also airs the broadcast from 8:00–10:00am to air an extra hour of local news from 7:00–8:00am.
Industry insiders considered Shelley Ross' influence to be a serious threat to bring the profile of the show up to make the program a true competitor to NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America. After six months, Ross was fired from the position, after frequent feuds with staff, particularly Smith and Chen, who reportedly informed management that either Ross would have to go or they would.
Despite the change in staff in 2011, the program remained mired in third place, averaging around 2–2.5 million average viewers per week. The program also faced pressure from management to take advantage of CBS News redefining itself more as a hard news organization after the end of the Katie Couric era, asking the program's staff to take advantage of stories presented on 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News and expand on those stories in the morning time slot rather than following the lead as defined by Today and GMA to the letter.
The debut theme for The Early Show was a typical opener for an American morning news program. When the show reformatted with new hosts and set they used an instrumental version of Sting's 1999 hit, "Brand New Day" until late October 2006, when it was replaced by the CBS Evening News theme from James Horner. On January 7, 2008, CBS made an attempt to relaunch the show with new hosts and set plus an updated theme music that of the James Horner's composition. The theme was modified for a number of times since the reformat took launch. On June 27, 2011, CBS began using a slower-tempoed version of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley theme for The Early Show. This theme was formerly used on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather between 1987 and 1991.
In Australia, The Early Show aired on Network Ten weekday mornings from 4.00am under the title "The CBS Early Show", with Fridays edition being held over to the following Monday. A national weather map of Australia was inserted during local affiliate cut-aways for weather. No local news was inserted, however. America's top 3 breakfast television programs air in Australia almost simultaneously, with NBC Today airing on the Seven Network at 4.00am and Good Morning America on the Nine Network airing from 3.30 am. Unlike the above, The Early Show was not condensed or edited. It was, however, pre-empted in most regional areas for paid and religious programming.
In 2010, The Early Show was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding TV Journalism Segment" for the segment "Reverend's Revelation: Minister Speaks Out About Being Transgender" during the 21st GLAAD Media Awards.
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- The Early Show at the Internet Movie Database (The CBS Morning News)
- The Early Show at the Internet Movie Database (Morning)
- The Early Show at the Internet Movie Database (The Morning Program)
- The Early Show at the Internet Movie Database (CBS This Morning)