CBS’ perennially low-rated Early Show has replaced its entire anchor lineup with a new team, reports USA TODAY’s Gary Levin.
Harry Smith, 59, and Maggie Rodriguez, 40, along with weatherman Dave Price, will leave the program as of Jan. 3, though CBS says it expects all will remain with the network.
The revamped broadcast will team Erica Hill and Chris Wragge, who now helm the Saturday edition of the Early Show. (Wragge also is a co-anchor at WCBS, the network’s flagship station in New York.) Jeff Glor, who anchors Saturday’s CBS Evening News, will become the show’s news anchor, and Marysol Castro, formerly of Good Morning America’s weekend edition, will provide weather reports.
Smith, at the Early Show since 2002, will now become the primary substitute anchor for the evening news, Face the Nation and Sunday Morning while continuing as a reporter, while the network says it is in talks for “prominent and ongoing roles” for Rodriguez and Price.
For the week of Nov. 15, Early Show averaged 2.9 million viewers, little more than half the total for top-ranked Today. Julie Chen left the program earlier to work full time in Los Angeles on new daytime series The Talk and, in summer months, Big Brother.