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TONY POTTS: My Thoughts As I Watched Ann Curry Say Goodbye on 'Today'

As I watched Anny Curry's tearful goodbye on Today, I had a thought; This sudden dismissal could well backfire for NBC.

 

Here's why. It's a bit of a pr disaster. Ann's dismissal, cuz that's what it is, happened in warp-speed. Her wounds are incredibly raw. Salt was not only poured on them, it was rubbed in, too.

 

Take it from someone who has done thousands of hours of live tv, there's nothing more dangerous (and makes executives incredibly nervous) than putting a talent who's nerves/emotions are raw on live television. Not only that, a talent who didn't want to go. A talent who called it her "dream job.". Now, in front of millions, Ann Curry had to say goodbye. It is a recipe for disaster or good tv. 

 

Ann handled it as I knew she would. Emotional. Honest. She's too nice to take a shot across the bow at NBC, but she did have her moments. Subtle and well done.

 

But, back to why this may backfire for NBC. The network clearly removed Ann from Matt's side because, for all intents and purposes, Good Morning America beat Today on Ann's watch. She's the only difference in the past year. So, it had to be her, right? I'm not so sure. (Read yesterday's post) Net-Net, pure and simple, it's ratings. 

 

So, this move by NBC is to stabilize and bolster ratings. However, with this messy handling of Ann Curry, with many viewers feeling she was kicked to the curb in a way not befitting someone who gave so many years to the show, NBC could turn off a number of loyal viewers.  LOYAL viewers. Many felt Ann was incredibly loyal to NBC (arguably to a fault) and that loyalty was disrespected in the manner of her dismissal.

 

Ironically, those ratings NBC was trying to save, it may have just kicked to the curb.  

 

 

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TONY POTTS: My Thoughts On CNN As Anthony Bourdain Exits Travel Channel for CNN

TONY POTTS: My Thoughts On CNN As Anthony Bourdain Exits Travel Channel for CNN | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

 CNN is in big trouble. No ratings. Seriously, it's laughable. Ratings dip to all-time or near all-time lows consistently and now the network is falling to third, behind Fox News and MSNBC, repectively. Globe trotting 'No Reservations' star Anthony Bourdain is leaving Travel Channel for CNN. That won't happen until 2013. As long as CNN let's Anthony be Anthony (i.e the reason why CNN wooed him in the first place), it is a smart move. Networks are notorious for 'over-producing'. Over-producing rarely produces 'real moments', you know, the moments we are all talking about the next day? BTW--Boudain's move to CNN can't happen soon enough.

Among many problems at CNN, a few standout as obvious, but possibly tough for them to correct. Too many chiefs. It takes FOREVER to move on creative. The visual most have in the industry of CNN is that it is this lumbering, slow-to-react entity (not in breaking news, of course). To push anything thru from the outside (and internally as well) takes more than an act of God. Buddha may have even given up. But it's not merely reactionary, is 'actionary'. Taking risks and having a singular, clear-message from the top is key. Employees will rally around a clear message. If the message has to filter through too many managers, it gets lost and is less focused. I know a number of people who do not even attempt to pitch the network with new show ideas anymore. On the talent side, I think the ratings, mixed with programming, speak volumes. 

However, make no mistake, there many, many talented people at CNN. Give them a singular mantra and leadership that can be reached directly and their talents (and morale) will soar. Ratings will follow.

Now, start peeling away the layers CNN. Peel away.

 

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'$-FACTOR"--Rapper Astro, Who Clashed With 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell, Signs Record Deal

'$-FACTOR"--Rapper Astro, Who Clashed With 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell, Signs Record Deal | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Take that, Simon!
Former “X Factor” contestant Astro, who locked horns with show creator Simon Cowell, has inked a record deal with Epic, the Daily News has learned.
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Jerry Yang Resigns from Yahoo

Jerry Yang Resigns from Yahoo | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
UPDATED: The co-founder of the online firm says "the time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo."...
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TONY POTTS: I Would Have Thrown Those Ingrates Off The Bus While It Was Still Moving

TONY POTTS: I Would Have Thrown Those Ingrates Off The Bus While It Was Still Moving | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

Internet Gives Harassed Bus Monitor a $325,000 Vacation! This is one of the reasons why I love the internet and feel we are fortunate to be living in these times. Sure, the internet can be used negatively...

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TONY POTTS: Wow! Just Watched The Johnny Carson "Masters" Series on PBS- Reminds Me of My Own Carson Stories

TONY POTTS: Wow! Just Watched The Johnny Carson "Masters" Series on PBS- Reminds Me of My Own Carson Stories | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

I spent the better part of six years of my career in Johnny Carson's 'Tonight Show' studio on the NBC lot. Actually, that's not entirely true. It was actually the 'Access Hollywood' studio. Still is today. But to all of us, it was Johnny's studio. We even kept Johnny's 'star' on the original floor underneath our floor. In fact, some of our floor crew worked on the 'Tonight Show' back in the day.

During the thousands of shows I shot in the that studio, there was always plenty of down time. And as anyone in the entertainment biz knows, 'down time' means 'story time'! From the open bar behind the set to massive cases of Budweiser (Ed McMahon was a Bud spokesperson) and parties after the show, there are plenty of stories.

My dressing room was 'Tonight Show' Band leader Doc Severinsen's room. All I can say is if you've ever been in Willie Nelson's tour bus, then you know of the faint scent in my dressing room. Luckily, I was able to get new carpet n' paint n' furniture. I gotta say,  I did smile the first time I entered my dressing room and took in the 'ambiance' of Doc's old room. I love the history of television/film, so it was pretty cool to be able to touch a bit of it.

The reason we shot Access Hollywood in Johnny's old studio was because Jay Leno moved to the studio accross the hall. So, my dressing room was in the same hallway as guests of the Leno's Tonight Show. I can't tell you how many times I would be walking to my room when some strange creature would be walking down the hall. And I mean animal or human. Aardvark. Wild Pig. Donkey. Koala. Lead singer of The Cure, Robert Smith. Also, I could always 'smell' what kind of musical act was on the Tonight Show long before I arrived at my dressing room. You see, I had to pass by the Musician's Dressing Room. When Snoop was on the show, I could tell it was him when I got out of my car and arrived at work.

One of my best memories of the Tonight Show legacy comes in the form of Johnny's second wife, Joanne Copeland. Johnny died on my birthday, January 23, in 2005. I was at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah when I got the call Johnny had died. It was a Sunday. Access Hollywood sent a driver right away and booked me a new flight on the 45-minute drive to the airport to catch the plane back to Burbank.

We did a full week of shows in tribute to Johnny. Joanne graciously agreed to come to the NBC lot and chat about the man she loved. What she didn't know is that we planned to walk her across the midway (the small parking lot between the studio and the NBC Commissary --the very same commissary Johnny made famous in his monologues) inside the Artists' Entrance, down the hallway Johnny walked every night to do the show, thru two sets of doors and into the studio. She told me she had not been in that studio for nearly 30-years.  I asked her if she'd like to go inside. She said, "Yes". Now remember, Johnny had just passed away days ago. She always loved him. I could tell she wanted one last remeberance from the Tonight Show days. 

There was something else we didn't tell her. We had found the original Tonight Show curtains, those famous curtains, that 15-million people watched Johnny walk thru each night. Our incredible floor crew had perfectly hung the curtains. When I saw them, I actually got chills. They had been packed away since Johnny's last show, 13-years earlier. An incredible sight. I took Joanne thru the two sets of double doors to enter the studio.

As soon as she cleared the last set of doors, she saw them. Hanging in all their glory. She stopped, put one hand to her open mouth, tears collected around her eyes and moved slowly toward them. Closer and closer. Her watered eyes looking up to the top. And then she did what she just had to do. It was as if she didn't have any control of the moment.  She gently touched the curtains. She pulled them close to her, touching her face. As the curtains enveloped Johnny Carson's second wife, from head to toe, she slightly lifted her nose. Caressingly, Joanne closed her eyes and softly breathed-in  the curtains. 

Then she smiled what can only be described as a blissful, intimate faraway smile. There was a palpable energy present in the room. We all felt it.

 It is a moment I will never forget. 

 

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Nick Cannon To Howard Stern: "You’re Going  To Work You’re Butt Off On ‘America's Got Talent'"

Nick Cannon To Howard Stern: "You’re Going  To Work You’re Butt Off On ‘America's Got Talent'" | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Nick Cannon had a warning for Howard Stern Tuesday: You’re going to work way longer hours than you expect as an “America’s Got Talent” judge this summer.
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