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The Early Show (2002)

The Early Show began on November 1, 1999 (around the time Viacom purchased CBS) when CBS executives successfully lured former Today Show host Bryant Gumbel to head up the broadcast, teamed with newcomer Jane Clayson. The show was completely revamped, and affiliates were asked to carry the two-hour broadcast in its entirety as the original This Morning format was abandoned. Mark McEwen once again did the weather, and Julie Chen read the news. Ratings were not encouraging, and were actually lower than the show it had replaced, CBS This Morning. Gumbel left in 2002, and shortly thereafter Clayson and McEwen were replaced.

The new team consisted of Chen, former Biography and CBS This Morning host Harry Smith, former NBC Sports commentator Hannah Storm, former Dallas, Texas news anchor Rene Syler, and weatherman Dave Price. To keep affiliates happy, CBS went back to the local/national hybrid format. The show also had a number of "correspondents" who do short segments on specific issues; Martha Stewart, Martha Quinn, Bobby Flay, and Bob Vila, among others, have been featured in this role. Susan Koeppen (2004- ) is the consumer correspondent.

Stewart's participation garnered headlines on June 25, 2002, due to her obsessively chopping vegetables for a salad while refusing to answer Clayson's questions regarding her stock fraud scandal -- Stewart stopped contributing to the program after the appearance, which was immortalized in an NBC TV-movie of Stewart's life a few months later.

Much like NBC's The Today Show and The Tonight Show, the title The Early Show is analogous to that of CBS' late-night talk show, Late Show.

The Early Show features celebrity interviews and light entertainment and news pieces. It usually places third in the ratings behind NBC's The Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America. In recent years, it has improved in the ratings, but not enough to win in the time period against the two other morning shows.

The Early Show's theme song was an instrumental version of Sting's 1999 hit, Brand New Day until late October 2006, when it was be replaced by the CBS Evening News theme from James Horner.

On October 30, 2006, The Early Show received a revamp, featuring new graphics (with a new blue and orange color scheme instead of blue and yellow) and music similar to those used on the CBS Evening News (which were also used starting in early October on Up to the Minute and the CBS Morning News).

On December 4, 2006, it was announced that Rene Syler would leave the show by the end of the month (her last show was December 22). On December 7, 2006, CBS News named Russ Mitchell the news anchor. On November 28, 2007, it was announced that Hannah Storm was leaving her co-anchor chair; her last day was December 7, 2007. On December 5, 2007, CBS announced that Maggie Rodriguez would succeed Hannah Storm as co-anchor.

On January 7, 2008, The Early Show debuted a new set. During the month of December, The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric shared its studio/set with The Early Show. In addition, the show abandoned the aforementioned local/national hybrid format and replaced it with a national format, similar to its network competitors.

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Running Time : 2 hours
Premiered : November 02, 1999
Number of Episodes : 2143
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Language : English
TV Station : CBS
Country : United States
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Genre : News, Talk Show, Documentary

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