TV Time

Yesterday was Kathie Lee Gifford's first day hosting the fourth hour of the Today show, and the reviews are in! In the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley writes: "For many women Ms. Gifford is the embodiment of female fortitude with a frivolous streak — and that is actually what the fourth hour of Today is all about." Ugh, really? Meanwhile, Tom Shales of the Washington Post says that the show was "bland, vapid and innocuous fluff, no substance whatever," like "The View for dummies" and a "windy, dithery mess with virtually no portents of improvements to come." He sums it up thusly: "The thought of dropping in on [Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb] again to see what they're up to — either today, tomorrow or as long as the Earth continues to twirl — is not a pleasant one." [NY Times, WaPo]