New Faces Coming To CBS’ ‘The Early Show’

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News is completely overhauling “The Early Show” to give the broadcast team a fresh look.

Co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez are out, along with weather forecaster Dave Price, the network said on Tuesday.

The morning news show’s new anchor team will be Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, who have worked together anchoring CBS’ Saturday-morning show. Hill is also the current news reader for the weekday version.

Jeff Glor, anchor of Saturday’s “CBS Evening News” and a reporter on “The Early Show,” will take over the news reader job on the morning show, CBS said. Marysol Castro, formerly of ABC’s “Good Morning America” weekend edition, will do the weather.

“The Early Show” runs third in the network morning show competition. The week before last, NBC’s “Today” show averaged 5.6 million viewers each day, “GMA” had 4.6 million and “The Early Show” had 2.9 million, the Nielsen Co. said.

The new team will start on Jan. 3. It marks the second big change to a morning team in a year, after ABC installed George Stephanopoulos as a co-anchor with Robin Roberts and added news reader JuJu Chang.

Smith had the longest tenure on “The Early Show.” He was the sole survivor from 2002 when CBS installed a four-anchor team that included Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Rene Syler. He also hosted a previous CBS morning show from 1987 to 1996. He’ll stay at CBS as a news reporter and primary substitute on Katie Couric’s evening news show and on “Face the Nation.”

Wragge worked in sports, including a stint as a sideline reporter at events for NBC, until he made the jump to news in 2006. Beside his weekend job at CBS, he had been anchoring local news broadcasts at the network’s New York affiliate, a job he’ll give up to go national.

Hill, who came to CBS from CNN, briefly filled in for Rodriguez last year when Rodriguez was on maternity leave.

Price had strayed beyond the weather for other stories at “The Early Show.” Most recently, the show left him in Alaska with $50 and challenged him to earn money for a return trip to New York, filming his adventures along the way.

CBS said Rodriguez and Price will continue with the network, but their future roles are unclear.

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  • Dott

    This is terrible news! I watch the Early Show specifically because of Harry, Maggie, and Dave. I love watching them. I guess I’ll have to switch channels after they leave. (DON”T DO IT, CBS!)

  • Gail Phillips

    I hate this. Harry has always been my favorite and Dave Price is priceless. What’s going on.

  • Bostic

    You are not making this easy to comment. I have written this three times and it keeps kicking me off!
    I am very upset about losing Harry Smith. I have been watching him since 1987 and think he is the strength behind the show. Are you crazy? He is caring, trustworthy and real. I would rather hear my bad news from Harry than anyone else. You lost me the last time you took him off and will probably loose me again. Please rethink your decission. Please do not show my email address.

  • jgutierrez

    Now would be a good time to replace Katie Couric with Harry Smith who by the way should have been in that position to beginning instead of her.

    • Sharon Moore

      Agree! – see my comment below.

  • Joellen

    Sadly miss Harry, Dave and Maggie–what a great team…Can’t believe you have done this….

  • ktt

    Sadly will miss the old team, not looking forward to the new team…probably will no longer watch the early show…goodbye and best wishes.

  • Norman and Faye

    Sad to see our favorites no longer on The Early Show! Harry should replace Katie Couric. The three were such a great team!

  • Joyce

    Since you have let Harry, Dave and Maggie go I have switched dto the Today Show. They wete m favorites.

  • Joyce

    Since you have let Harry, Dave and Maggie go I have switched to the Today Show. They were my favorites.

  • Bernadette

    To the Early Show Producers
    I am so terribly upset that you have fired Dave, Harry and Maggie! I have been enjoying Dave Price for so many years. He was on 5 and I followed him to the Early show with Jim Ryan. They were a fabulous team. When Jim left I was heart broken yet continued to watch and enjoyed Harry and Dave Equally. Now you have fired them along with Maggie. What were you thinking? The new crew is awful. I don’t want to even learn their names yet the woman is a bit over the top and she acts moronic. I don’t think I will be watching the early show any more. Your ratings will never improve because you have made a terrible mistake.

  • Sharon Moore

    Amazing that CBS brass felt they needed to “clean house” – I say keep going and put Harry in Katie Couric’s seat! I would always watch The Early
    Show mornings but switch over to Brian Williams NBC for nightly news.
    Harry, Dave and Maggie had such cohesiveness as an anchor team – I had such trust in their reporting. To the BRASS – you might as well have changed the name too – it certainly isn’t The Early Show!

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