Here is a treat: A 1983 explanation by the BBC of that most curious American custom, the morning television show.
Good Morning America turned forty this month, celebrating with a marathon broadcast and a reunion of previous anchors. Its fierce rival Today is older, of course, dating back to 1952. However, GMA was launched in the mid 1970s, which presents a wonderful opportunity to gawk at wacky-ass throwback styles.
The newest ratings for Today, a show I have on most mornings because it is fine, are panicking the folks behind Good Morning America, a show I do not watch because it is bad.
Peak morning television has been achieved. I repeat: peak morning television has been achieved. Cancel all of the shows and send all of the perky people home to annoy the shit out of their friends and families.
On Monday and Tuesday, NBC's TODAY will air a two-part interview with Pippa Middleton. The interview will mark the first time the sister of the wife of the guy who will be King of England after two people die has spoken on camera anywhere, and (falls asleep, immediately snoring very loudly).
Have you watched a man dig a hole with his mouth and then jump in and try to dig himself out (also with his mouth) this morning? If not, I encourage you to check out Donny Deutsch on Morning Joe explaining to Mika Brzezinski, Kathleen Parker, and Alex Wagner why a woman can't be the President until every other country…
After writing about TV for years, Brian Stelter's book, Top of The Morning, has hit stores. And the New York Times reporter is here to answer your questions! In the comments below, ask about the Today show, GMA, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, GMA, Robin Roberts, Charlie Rose, or that lovable rascal Kathie Lee.
Earlier this morning the Today Show ran a segments where they brought in "experts" to weigh in on some of the "hottest headlines." Star Jones, Donny Deutsch, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman (you know, the one who called Mommyrexia an "obnoxious, Upper East Side, white girl problem") showed up, so we assume the real experts…