It’s a done deal: Charlie Rose and Gayle King are joining the CBS morning show.
The news was reported here in the New York Times, and corroborated by sources.
The potential pairing of the two talk-show hosts — Rose of PBS, and King, Oprah Winfrey’s best friend and a host of shows on Oprah’s OWN and on Sirius XM radio — had been rumored for weeks.
The Times story reports:
Rose, 69, and King, 56, won’t be replacing current co-hosts Erica Hill and Jeff Glor on “The Early Show.” Instead, they’ll simply join the show in an effort to promote a “conversational” approach to the day’s news and hot topics. (The Times compared the approach to “Morning Joe” on MSNBC or “The View” on ABC and hinted there might even be more new hires.)
The newcomers will join the show early next year.
CBS will officially announce the new “Early Show” configuration this coming Tuesday.
Rose will likely continue to host his nightly interview show on PBS, though there does exist a kernel of doubt that he can handle both shows.
Our take: Give CBS credit for continuing to try and figure out what to do with a morning show that has been in third place basically since CBS began airing such a show head-to-head against “Today” on NBC and “Good Morning America” on ABC in 1982 (replacing the final version of “Captain Kangaroo”).
Roundtable discussion-style shows are in vogue these days too — “Morning Joe,” “The View,” “The Talk,” “The Chew” — maybe the new “Early Show” can generate some of the buzz that the best of these seem to generate.
There was no word on whether “The Early Show” would keep its name when the new format begins next year.