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CBS' 'Early Show' shakeup

Rodriguez The early bird doesn't always get the worm.

CBS' "Early Show" is playing musical chairs yet again by replacing its on-air team. Making their exit are Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Dave Price.

Moving in are Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, co-anchors of the Saturday edition of the "Early Show" since 2008, who are scheduled to take over as co-anchors of the weekday show starting Jan. 3. 

Also joining the team will be Jeff Glor, who has been anchoring the network's Saturday newscast, and Marysol Castro of ABC's "Good Morning America" weekend edition, who will serve as a weather anchor.

Smith will become the primary substitute anchor for Katie Couric's evening newscast, "Face the Nation" and "Sunday Morning."

New roles for Rodriguez and Price are to be determined.

What do you think of the new team, Show Trackers? Will it be enough to break the show out of third place?

-- Yvonne Villarreal
twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo: Maggie Rodriguez. Credit: Getty Images

 
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I really liked Harry Smith and the rest of the team. Sure Matt Lauer and the NBC team are great but some of there story lines are not interesting, but your new crew, even though just started, are cold, detached and just reading their lines. I will give them more time but....... screw the ratings. All of us here at my company liked Harry......... More then the ABC morning team and your new team.We don't mind change ever but.....

WOW! What a disappointment...when I heard MY "morning friends" were being booted off the show. The team of Harry, Dave, Maggie (and previously,Julie) will be sadly missed. They have helped me face many difficult mornings with a positive attitude and a smile for the day. I feel like I am losing great role models and suffering a loss similar to death. I have never felt this passionate about a TV show. Guess I am going to have to go through a mourning (morning) period trying to find something else that I can stand to watch as I wake up.

Blunder of blunders! Harry was good, Dave was excellent, Maggie, I could do without, but hey, created a nice balance. I don't mind the new girl... but the guy?!?! PLZZZZZ uggg, don't watch on the weekends because of him and won't watch now thru the week. Sorry for your loss CBS ** this is where you remove foot from rear***

I am not happy with the changes at all. I do like Erica but as a part of the team with Harry , Maggie ,and Dave . I was so happy when Maggie got back off maternity leave though I would have liked to see more pictures of our new member to the family. I can only hope someday things will go back to normal,Harry came back to the early show I remember him on with Mark ,these were good days to remember so things could change I hope before we lose to many viewers and then its to late.

I tried watching the new group but I just don't like the chemistry. I don't understand letting Maggie, Dave and Harry leave the show. What a horrible mistake you folks have made. I can't even watch it anymore. You need to reconsider your decision.

IF THE BIG SHOTS DONT GET IT BY NOW, MAYBE THEY SHOULD BE REPLACED. THE NEW GIRL THAT TOOK MAGGIE PLACE HAS A LONG WAY TO GO TO CATCH UP WITH MAGGIE. BY THE WAY HER EYES ARE TOO CLOSE TOGETHER.
YOU MESSED UP THE SUNDAY SCHEDULE TOO, BETWEEN THE FOOTBALL GAME AND THE OTHER SHOWS THAT FOLLOW. YOU START TO THINK CSI MIAMI WILL NEVER COME ON. CANT YOU MOVE THAT SHOW TO AN EARLIER TIME SLOT.

What a bunch of idots at CBS, what were they thinking? I watched CBS for Harry, Dave and Maggie. Now they are all gone. The new morning anchors are boring as hell.
They have lost me and my entire family as viewers. What a huge disappointment.

I have stopped watching the CBS show since the three of them are gone. I loved the humor and sense of family they had on the show. CBS has made a huge mistake and I'm sure lost many viewers instead of gained more. It's never to late to go back when you figure out you've made a mistake.

I WILL BE CHANGING MY EARLY MORNING SHOW VIEWING BECAUSE I DO NOT LOKE THE NEW TEAM. I WATCHED CBS EARLY SHOW BECAUSE OF HARRY, MAGGIE AND DAVE. DO NOT LIKE THE NEW TEAM I COULD NOT WAIT FOR MAGGIE TO COME BAC OFF MATERNITY LEAVE BECAUSE I DO NOT LIKE ERICA

PATSY FROM ALABAMA

I have look at the CBS morning show for the last 4 years and I really enjoyed the chemistry of the morning crew. I really enjoyed Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Dave Price.I am now tuning out from CBS morning show because I do not find this younger crew interesting because there is no chemistry. I know you are trying to bring in the younger crowd but try again CBS....

It's a terrible decision. I loyally watched CBS I always liked Harry and Dave and when Maggie came in I thought she was wonderful. They were so funny. It is hard to laugh sometimes that early in the morning but I did it often because of them. I have been watching the early show for years if the new people do not add up to Harry, Dave and Maggie I will have to find something else to watch.

BIG MISTAKE CBS. I've moved to NBC. The new team just doesn't do it for me. Can't stand Erica. She lacks class and poise; check out the way she sits with her legs crossed--spread from east to west. Her dress style is frumpy, not professional. A "make over" would help. The others are too young and lack life experience. Harry, Dave and Maggie had class and a "natural--relaxed" manner about them that helped me get my day going. I will miss them greatly. BRING THEM BACK, then I'll be back.

Younger does not equal better. Will not be watching any longer. You just totally interrupted my daily routine. Why the disregard for those of us who actually watched every morning in order to get the attention of those who do not...and probably will not?

I have tried watching the new early show people and it is not for me. I miss Harry and Dave so much. Jeff is fine
and Erica is OK, but Chris and Marysol are boring. I am now
a GMA watcher after over 30 years of being a Early Show fan.
I think you have made a big mistake. I will look for Harry
subbing for Katie etc. and hope to find Dave somewhere else
on tv in the future as he is so entertaining and sincere. I
wish them the best and am so disappointed that they are not
there for me in the mornings. Maybe CBS could bring them back??!! Seems I'm not the only one who is upset.

I am sorry you played musical chairs...I loved your show with Harry, Dave and Maggie. I didn't appreciate the new team making a comment on the first show that they all loved each other, like the others didn't? At least if they didn't it didn't show on air. You have lost me as a morning viewer, it's just not the same, Harry was such a great newsman and knew just how to handle people in their darkest hours or greatest news! Such a shame, I really thought I wouldn't have to find a new morning show after leaving NBC.

Big mistake CBS. The new "team" on the Early Show
doesn't come close to Maggie and Harry. I'm switching
to Good Morning America or Today.
Joan Cammack
Soperton, Georgia 30457

OK - I gave your new Early MOrning crew a try. I felt you made a big mistake replacing Dave, Harry and especially Maggie then but now I'm sure of it. My TV is on every morning but it will no longer be tuned to The Early Show
Lorraine

i have nothing against the new people on the show, but as far as i am concerned there is no CBS EARLY SHOW without Harry, Maggie and Dave. i have watched the show since harry started and without him on the show i will not watch it at all. you will see, this is a big mistake. your ratings will slip down and down.

I am very upset with the changes as the 3 people made the show and taking the lose of julie chen was enough..I wont be watching anymore..I luv maggs/harry/dave...

I miss the old crew. I was a fan of Harry & Cathleen back-in-the-day. Now Harry is gone again. I even miss Russ Mitchell who left earlier. I LOVED the old team & dressed with them every morning. Recently retired, now they (Harry, Maggie, Dave, & let's not forget Julie) are too. It's going to take some getting use to; if I can. I have to admit with the first change I quit watching early morning altogether. I'm giving the new team a shot but they are not growing on me yet. Sorry CBS, this may not work.

 
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