New Faces Of ‘The Early Show’ Visit CBS2

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — The new faces of CBS News’ “The Early Show” visited CBS2 Tuesday morning.

The show’s new morning anchor team will be Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, who have worked together anchoring CBS’ Saturday-morning show.

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 Maggie Rodriguez last year when she was on maternity leave.

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 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.

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  • Gramma Rocks

    I love Harry Smith, which is why I’ve continued to watch the show through all the changes over the years. I don’t care for Erica Hill or Jeff Glor at all, so I’m done, CBS.

    • Kaye Wieand

      I also agree, without Harry and Maggie I will no longer watch the Early show!

    • Connie Thomas

      I TOTALLY agree. NO Harry Smith……I am DONE. Sad……

    • Allan Goldstein

      This is So Viacom. They took the Rock out of NY when they pulled the Plug from 92.3 K Rock. Howard Went to Sirius. They Took CBS FM and gave us Jack (me off) radio. They finally brought back CBS FM and changed it forever. They took away WNEW 102.7FM. I mean this is typical CBS. They have been known to shoot themselves in the foot before. I don’t know why your surprised. Les Moonves maybe behind this.

      • Marc P

        Wow !! Allan I read your comment and never realized that they were behind WNEW and taking them off the air and also KROCK 92.3.It’s funny because in work people had on 92.3 on to listen to Stern and then listen to work.They never should have let Stern go.I bet the revenue they are bringing in now isn’t even close to what it was when Stern was on.So this move now doesn’t shock me as much, it pretty much proves a point that when Viacom makes a decision it doesn’t appear to be thought out.So with the new crew in I won’t be watching CBS I will be watching Matt and Meredith.I can’t watch ABC,too boring.GREAT MOVE VIACOM you now have let NBC run away with ratings.

    • Mike Jones

      I totallly agree with you Gramma.No Harry,No Maggie and No Dave no Me.Watching this new show is like watching local programming or college tv.

  • bill

    All from other channels and same old boring bull

  • Mr & Mrs Greg Leforestier

    What is CBS thinking? The current anchors on The Early Show, especially Harry Smith, has been what’s keeping us tuned to CBS. Why do the powers that be feel the need to fix something that isn’t broken?

    • Carol Henson

      I have watched The Early Show for years, loved Harry, Maggie, and Dave, I absoulutly cannot stand the new crew! They stink! I have tried to watch it, but after about 5 minutes of that guy that took Harry’s place I turn it off, I can’t stand him, he has the personallity of a rock, so bring Harry, Maggie and Dave back!, looks like you have lost alot more viewers than just me!

  • Vonda Roedel

    Unbelieveable…can’t believe you are doing this. The only reason I watch The Early Show was because of Harry, Dave and Maggie. This is a big mistake. The group made a very professional appearance and keep me upbeat. The new crew acts like they do not know what they are doing and are very boring. Comes across as “okay, here at work, then home”. No humor, etc. Sadly to say, I will not be watching the Early Show ater they take over. Please bring them back!

    • Lori

      I’m so with you!! I love the 3 of them. Wont be the same “Early Show”.

  • Ray Wargo

    Where is Harry going?

  • Jeanie Cole

    You are loosing the best news people around I will not be watching any more.good luck with team

  • leroybrown

    Harry going to Bangkok

  • Aggie McClelland

    We have watched the early show for many many years and love Harry Smith.
    Harry, Maggie and Dave Price are the only reason we have continued to watch this show. What happened to everyone? Where are they going now?
    Sorry, but we probably will be changing channels

  • sarah browder

    I have to say, I am amazed, you would change a winning team, especially Harry Smith, whose honest and when needed compassionate interviewing, have been a trust worthy and honest staple. I would stand Harry against George any day of the week. Yours was the only morning show, I have watched for years, but I guess, I will be giving Matt a shot.

  • lisachaloupka

    where is Harry and Dave going? Their about the only reason I watched the show!!! Good luck CBS your going to need it when you lose alot of your morning viewers!

    • Barbara

      I agree…I only watched CBS because of Harry and Dave, and Maggie. They were like setting down with friends each morning. I do not like this…Where are they now? Your have lost a loyal watcher. Good bye CBS

  • Neneth

    I love the new team, they have charisma especially Chris and Erica, they are the winning team. If the previous team were great how come they are the lowest of all the morning show? The new team will beat them all, they will be the #1 morning show mark my word

  • Sandy Eszes

    Shocked is all I can say. Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price are the best there is, & to remove them is one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made. They are the main reason I get up early in the more. Jeff Glor would have been a great addition permanently with them. Hill & Wragge speak too fast & it is very difficult to follow & keep up with what they are saying;. Diid it every occur to you that it’s not the people, but the way the news is presented? Get creative and come up with something new that the competitors don’t do. Stop making the same mistakes over and over again.

  • carolyn edmisten

    it is a mistakes to take harry smith of early show I don’t like erica hill I do like chris harry and maggie made a good team I will have to go to another news .

  • yashewa

    Their not getting the ratings they want, If the people who enjoyed maggie and Harry would have told their friends and got more involved with keeping them significant in the eyes of the public they probably wouldn’t be on their way out! Look how one fan keeps their favorite local anchor significant!

  • Rita Falzarano

    I stopped watching both the Today Show and Good Morning America about
    a year ago and now only watch The Early Show, it has been a breath of fresh
    air. I have enjoyed watching Harry, Maggie, Dave and the rest of the team. Now
    I am not sure if it will be worth my time.

    I hope you know what you are doing. I probably won’t be watching too much
    early morning TV from now on,it seems like a waist of my valuable time.

  • Marv and Jean Nashville viewers

    We watch the CBS Early Show just because of Dave, Maggie and Harry. We will be watching Matt Lauer after Jan. 1. What a big mistake to take these 3 off the show. Why haven’t we heard anything about Maggie? This morning was Dave’s last time on the show. We are very sad. We do not enjoy listening to Erica. BRING THESE 3 BACK. Dave’s humor makes even the weather portion interesting.
    Marv and Jean

  • Carlos N

    The CBS Early Show is all about Harry, Maggie and Dave, With out them There is no CBS Early Show, Just another show. I will be watching something else. and good luck to Harry,maggie and dave.

  • Bob

    The early show without Harry and Dave is like a BLT without bacon and tomato,you lost my and many others interest.I will now switch my morning lineup.

  • karen

    ok i didnt see the show thursday or friday of last week, what is going on. where is david price, maggie, and harry. the show is not the same, and i dont like these NEW FACES, as you put it. why dont you leave the show alone. i look forward to watching david, and the rest of the cast, but not now. so i guess i will jus thave to pick between abc and nbc, which ever one doesnt have katy on it.

  • John


    This will be a Christmas that Harry, Maggie, and Dave will always remember. If you plan to release someone, why not wait a couple of weeks before doing what you feel needs to be done. The dismissal of the ones who came up with this should be the first dismissed.

  • Amie Lingenfelter

    I will miss Harry Dave and Maggie on the morning show,I like how Dave did the weather .You guys good luck on new Jobs .

  • fern in okla

    i watched early show because of HARRY and DAVE now i will be watching the reruns of OLD tv shows in the morning, thanks to the idiots of cbs……………

  • Patricia Cox

    CBS is thinking like all big corporations. They’re looking at the WRONG numbers. The ONLY reason that the Early Show worked at all is because of Harry Smith, and Dave Price. They hit gold with Harry and silver with Dave. I don’t miss Maggie because she was always so mean in her shots, especially to Dave Price. So if there was a real problem, it could have been that. However, having said that, they were still the best morning team on TV. You guys were totally stupid and made the biggest mistake that you could have made. The show now is a snore and I won’t watch it anymore. Now watch your numbers!!!

  • Darlene in New England

    Total Shock. Why won’t CBS release some sort of a statement? I am hoping that they will turn up on another broadcast. I am switching back to NBC, CBS news will not be the same.

  • Dave Hunt

    I’m late to find out about the change in crew and I have to say I’m stunned that you are getting rid of Harry and Maggie. The only positive is the addition of Marysol Castro! I thought her leaving ABC was the beginning of the end for their weekend show…and it was. Starting Jan 3rd, I see me switching back and forth between NBC for the news and CBS for the weather each morning!

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