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R.I.P. “CBS Early Show”

This morning marked the very last episode of the “CBS Early Show.” Come Monday morning, you’ll be tuning into “CBS This Morning” instead.

As some of you may recall, back in late 2010, CBS execs made the shocking announcement that they’d be cleaning house at the “Early Show.” Longtime anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez were out.

CBS traded the two morning fixtures in for a crop of young, mostly unknown anchors: Chris Wragge, Erica Hill, Jeff Glor, and Marysol Castro.

Look at ‘em! I bet these poor anchors didn’t even see it coming.

Then, only a year after their previous anchor shake-up, CBS announced that they’d be cleaning house once again: the “CBS Early Show” was dead. Erica Hill would stay, the rest of the newbie-anchors would go, and they recruited Gayle King away from Oprah’s grasp (as well as her new show at OWN) as well as Charlie Rose.

A release from CBS describes the new morning show as such:

“The style, tone, and content of the new morning program will extend CBS News’ commitment to original reporting and journalistic integrity. The broadcast will present a mix of daily news, coverage of developing stories of national and global significance, and interviews with leading figures in politics, business and entertainment. It will offer morning viewers a more thoughtful, substantive and insightful source of news and information, delivered by a team of experienced journalists.”

Will CBS’ new morning show make you to tune in on Monday? (If anything, the dynamic between the energetic Gayle and “bore you to sleep” Charlie will be interesting to watch.) Or, like me, do you fancy yourself a “Today Show” or “GMA” viewer for life?

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