Monday, September 19, 2005

Campbell Couric?

We know you're still queasy from the sight of Larry King so early in the morning -- with his 10th(?) wife who we're convinced is actually his daughter -- but in other TV-journalist news, our namesake's name is back in the ring to be our next leading lady:

A Different Path for Hurricane Campbell

It's probably the most important story about the media's coverage of Hurricane Katrina that you didn ' t read: Today, Weekend Edition coanchor Campbell Brown 's gutsy and heartfelt reports cemented her position as NBC's top choice to replace the Today show's Katie Couric. "Campbell's stock has really surged," says a key network insider. While network suits hope Couric will stay with NBC next year, she is considered a leading candidate for the nightly news anchor jobs at ABC and CBS.

How Brown vaulted to the front of the pack is an unusual industry story, fully on display during Katrina. Long urged to "girlie up" her image, as her competitors have, Brown has chosen instead to report from places like Baghdad and New Orleans. "It's very hard," she says, "to take comments like that seriously when you're standing in the aftermath of a hurricane and you haven't showered for three days." Brown's not just a news junkie but also a hurricane hound: Last year's Ivan leveled her parents' Florida home. Even before Katrina hit, she flew south, lived out of a car, and ate PowerBars and SpaghettiOs. Her big score was finding 9-year-old Charles Evans, who guided her around the ghastly convention center. "I was in tears," she says. Ironically, it was her undolled-up looks and go-get-'em attitude that jazzed NBC insiders. Groupies loved the T-shirts and wrinkled shorts, too. "What," she joshes, "you had a problem with that?"


Blogger Ted Brockman said...

NBC may be convinced that Campbell Brown is the next big thing, but her lispy, cloying presence is almost as annoying as that of Ms. Curry. If they can't do any better than that, then they might as well keep Katie. Putting Natalie Morales in that spot makes a lot more sense, as long as they can get her to start eating.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with Campbell but I think she does her best work in the field and not really as an anchor. She's seems much more comfortable reporting. I like Natalie Morales a lot and would like to see her there. I just think NBC needs to give Morales that opportunity, which I don't think they have done enough of. As for Natalie, she is just a small-framed woman. She has run several marathons.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree ted brockman. campbell is definitely the wrong move for that spot. theyd lose an ass-load of viewers. natalie rocks everyones world. cambell is stiff and the only reason she has that job is because of her family connections. she had to go through so much grooming before it, which obviously hasnt done a lot.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you are wrong. If you haven't been watching Campbell from the start, then you're missing the amazingly cool, genuine awesome personality she is. Her versatile range is astounding, too. All of this at what, 37 or something?
Her only flaw is marrying a dud like that analyst dude from Fox news.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Campbell Brown has a speech impediment (not that there's anything wrong with that, unless perhaps, you're a person reading the news and interviewing people!!!). She has zero charisma and that sharp chin of hers is hard to look at. I'm not sure why Natalie Morales is being overlooked, but I certainly like her a lot.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate natalie Morales. She's hot but so annoying. She always cuts people off and never yields to someone else who tries to speak. Shes just good looking,and thats it. Ann Curry is sweet even though she sometimes stumbles.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow cool!

2:05 PM  

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