Top singers in TV’s dead zone

bepSince it’s been years since we had the NBC Today Show at midnight (yes we still remember it), it’s easy to forget the show still airs on Seven in the wee hours of the morning.

It airs at 4am -5:30am in an edited version.

And with that awkward time comes lost opportunities to see some live musical performances in their famed Today Show concert series.

Recent guests have included Mariah Carey, Sean Kingston, Miley Cyrus, Natasha Bedingfield, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, All-American Rejects, Rob Thomas, Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, New Kids on the Block and No Doubt.

Here’s a list of who is coming up -add 24 hours for Oz.

MONDAY, OCT. 26
8:00 a.m. ET Rod Stewart (in studio)
TUESDAY, OCT. 27
8:00 a.m. ET Sting (in studio)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
10:00 a.m. ET Carly Simon (in studio)
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
8:00 a.m. ET Keith Urban (in studio)
FRIDAY, NOV. 13
10:00 a.m. ET Train (in studio)
MONDAY, NOV. 16
8:00 a.m. ET Leona Lewis
THURSDAY, NOV. 19
8:00 a.m. ET John Mayer (in studio)
MONDAY, NOV. 23
8:00 a.m. ET Susan Boyle (Plaza)
TUESDAY, NOV. 24
8:00 a.m. ET Alicia Keys (Plaza)
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25
8:00 a.m. ET Bon Jovi (Plaza)
TUESDAY, DEC. 1
8:00 a.m. ET Barry Manilow (in studio)
FRIDAY, DEC. 4
8:00 a.m. ET Chanticleer (in studio)

Some TV Tonight readers have suggested the show would be welcome back to its late night slot on 7TWO, in place of AFL matches. They would surely attract a bigger following in Sydney and Brisbane, not to mention their pull when big international news breaks.

You can bookmark the show’s future line up here.

24 Comments:

  1. I agree with the comments about showing Today in a late night timeslot on 7Two and I’ll add that Nine should do something similar with GMA. The US Morning shows are surprisingly good ‘before bed’ shows.

  2. If i’m not wrong i believe they show the whole nbc today show on saturday morning unedited from 4am to 6am which is their main show from 7am to 9am.

  3. NBC Today is on at 4am because the lucrative 1am-4am slot is taken up by endless years of paid infomercials for pimple cream and a shonky telemarketing company, repeated night after night, month after month, year after year until regular late night viewers want to kill all involved.

    I’m sure once 7TWO viewership figures are in, we’ll see more of the same over there as well. After all, us late-night viewers are all lonely, gullible fools who need to be conned out of our money, right? We don’t wanna see news!

  4. News time on 7TWO… doesn’t sound shabby at all. I mean, I only watch at that time during the holidays, and I wouldn’t tune into 7TWO sport. But I’m sure that 7TWO is a work in progress, I’ve seen the Nov/Dec guide and there are a few changes put forward.

  5. By the way off the topic a little whatever happened to Channel 7’s Morning Cartoons.
    Nobody especially Kids want to start their day with some boring Breakfast Show.

  6. Ah bryant,jane and willard those were the days. I remember being a little sad when bryant retired in 1997 though matt has been a great replacement.

    Still matt,meredith,al and anne are a great combo as well.

  7. Reviving “News Overnight” sounds like a good idea for 7TWO (possibly also for 7HD).

    What other news services, does Seven have access to?

    Obviously, a full NBC Today Show, would be mandatory, but they can try and fast track in that slot, Dateline, the US version of Meet The Press amongst other things.

    As for mornings, the chances of Agro coming back, are slim, due to Jamie Dunn’s ties to Brisbane talk station 4BC, preventing a live program.

    I can almost see the opener… “It’s Time… for News Overnight, on 7TWO”

  8. If 7TWO do take this on at a decent hour, Aussies would see how a real morning news show is supposed to be like. Not the drivel we have here Today and Sunrise.

    I can’t believe these shows pass as newsworthy. I find it a joke that they both look at front-page news stories on newspapers. Yes, we can read.

    News in Australia is rubbish anyway.

  9. 7TWO could do a lot worse than to bring back NBC Today to midnight (ish). At least then it might get some viewers unlike having it buried at 4.00am.

    But then the show still isn’t the same without Bryant, Jane and Willard 🙂

  10. @mr do- bee – yes,i have the same memories of the gang on the couch just talking about random stuff it was the highlight of the show but now it’s all but dissappeared 🙁

    I still tape the show but would rather watch it at midnight like the old days.

  11. It’s hardly news when Seven airs it six hours after it airs east coast USA. I stopped watching when Seven moved it and started to heavily edit the show because I got sick of waiting to see promoted segments that never screen because of editing.

    The co-op portion of the program (when NBC affiliates take local news at 7:25/8:25) was some of the most entertaining television I’ve ever seen- Bryant/Matt and Jane/Katie sitting on the couch and chatting and joking about whatever, Katie often breaking into song- better comedy than Murphy Brown. They used to show a highlight segment of the funniest bits at Christmas.

    Seven need to return it in full from midnight. As someone with zero interest in AFL, they may as well run test pattern and music.

  12. We record it sometimes. Agree with it being on 7TWO late night. I remember the days as well of “News Overnight” on Seven. Long before infomercials infiltrated laste night TV we had news on Seven, music and other shows on Ten and movies on Nine. At least now GO offers programming 1-5am or ONE if you want sport. ABC1 for really old movies.

  13. Good Morning America is good but NBC Today is king (insert Kanye West joke). If Seven have any sense then it must go back to it’s old slot and be unedited. I remember they recently went to Ireland but because of this butchering we missed out on hours of stuff. It’s when they do these specials or “where in the world is..” that this editing is most annoying.

  14. It would be a conflict but I wouldn’t mind SevenTWO’Ss schedule looking like this;

    6am – Agro’s Cartoon Connection
    8am – NBC Today Show (in full)
    12 noon – rpt of previous nights 7.30,8.30 & 9.30 Programs (like Go does)
    3 pm – Lifestyle and old sitcoms
    6pm – Jay Leno
    7pm – Primetime Programming

  15. Great to see many people supporting the idea that NBC Today be shown first and in full at midnight on 7Two (although I must say that the fourth hour is more like The View).

  16. billy balakalai

    I hope this gets back to it’s old timeslot of midnight and of course Unedited !!

    I hate the crap they show currently, 4am-5.30am – we miss so much !!

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