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'The Today Show,' 'GMA,' and 'CBS This Morning': Are these the most complex dramas on network television?

In certain ways, morning TV new shows – The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning — are among the most complicated, compromised, brave, and vexed programming in all of television. The demands made upon these shows and their hosts — to cover hard news and conduct celebrity interviews; to be cheerful, welcoming guests in our homes while also being required to morph into stone-faced reporters when hard-news breaks — make them cauldrons of contradictions. They are feel-good programming and ratings-panderers; they ask for our affection even when, behind the scenes, they are troubled and sometimes in disarray. They make a scripted drama like NCIS look like a school pageant when it comes to complex drama. READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears on 'Good Morning America': 'Britney has something special she wants to share'

Did anyone tune in to Good Morning America on the off chance that Britney Spears might let loose with a Chris Brown Moment? If so, you might have been dismayed: What we got on Tuesday morning was a wiggly-but-mannerly Britney in READ FULL STORY

Lou Dobbs showdown on 'Good Morning America,' MSNBC: 'A smear piece, a political assault'

Lou Dobbs is under siege, taking to news shows ranging from Good Morning America to MSNBC’s new The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to defend himself against a cover story in the current issue of The Nation that alleges he has hired illegal immigrants.

Briefly stated, the charges are summarized by The Nation’s headline: “American Hypocrite.” Reporter Isabel McDonald contends that READ FULL STORY

Tiger Woods' media (non-)event Friday: Smart, cynical, or dumb?

So by now, there’s a full-on frenzy over what Tiger Woods will or won’t say at his five-minute Friday apology and press conference. Or rather, his press statement: He’s reportedly not taking any questions.

Which is why this is kind of a non-event. But that, of course, becomes an event in itself: Pundits everywhere, from Fox News to MSNBC, have slammed Woods in advance for not answering reporters’ questions. On the network side, ABC’s Good Morning America featured segments from co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos that did a solid job of examining the pros and cons, with interviews with sports and media analysts who said, basically, if Woods is doing this just so he can get on with his golf career, it’ll be perceived as a cynical, insincere move. I’m not at all sure about that.

Nightline last night also had this thorough summary of the quandary Woods faces:

That report concludes with the phrase, “Admit, apologize, and advance.”

As some of you have already commented, to whom does Woods need to apologize, except to his wife and family? And wouldn’t it be good if Woods just did “advance” — that is, simply got on with his job of playing golf, and not play any further into the frenzy?

For more: Tiger Woods to apologize on Friday

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