Showing posts with label MEREDITH VIEIRA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MEREDITH VIEIRA. Show all posts

Thursday, January 08, 2015



Meredith Vieira

One of the hardest working women in television needs time for herself too! Talk show host and TV legend, Meredith Vieira, was recently spotted indulging in a little pampering at one of New York’s most acclaimed serenity zones, Oasis Day Spa.

Vieira opted for one of Oasis’ signature treatments, a 90 minute Deep Tissue Massage, ideal for targeting specific areas of tension, relieving chronic pain and increasing range of motion. After her service, she recalled that the treatment was “the best massage of her life!”

To continue spreading the love, Meredith purchased TEN gift certificates for her staff members at her self-titled talk show, the “Meredith Vieira Show,” on her way out the door! There’s a reason why Oasis has been celebrated in New York for the last 14 years – and stars like Vieira know why! 

Friday, February 21, 2014



Story By: G. H. Harding
Meredith Viera

SOCHI SOCIAL --- So, what’s been the #1 story of this year’s Winter Olympics? Bob Costas’ crippling pinkeye. As the 11 days of events begin to wind down, the biggest stories besides the anchor’s optical mishaps, were Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera’s double-duty; as both pinched in for the ailing sportscaster, and, alpine skier Bode Miller crying after being prodded about his dead brother by the network’s Christin Cooper.

Also, NBC’s solid viewership has also shown signs of fatigue, lagging 13% behind the Vancouver games in 2010. An inside source at the network admitted, “It’s been very underwhelming.” The source continued, "The lack of really dramatic American performances is a big part of it." Two blows to NBC's coverage has been the scarcity of Winter Games stalwarts Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White. "Sometimes it's just the dynamic of the sport. Gabby Douglas broke out in London, but the difference there is that gymnasts stay front and center (with events) for the majority of the games."

Also, continuing stories about Russia’s lack of preparation; the unfortunate design of the hotel bathrooms; the glitch in the opening ceremonies, and, Putin’s ongoing steely presence; it just was not a very welcomed environment on any level.

Even Matt and Al Roker's Luge performances fell short; feeling cocky they opted for a second run which ended in a spiraling-out-of-control run.

NBC is expected to turn a profit, however in the final days, it was reported that there was still ad inventory still available … meaning, if you wanted to secure an ad at this late date, you could.

CAN'T STOP --- Varèse Sarabande Records will release the Non-Stop Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, digitally and on CD February 25, 2014. The film features an original score by John Ottman (Jack the Giant Slayer, The Usual Suspects) and arrives in theaters on February 28.

Global action star Liam Neeson stars in Non-Stop, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into a numbered account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Non-Stop reunites Neeson with Unknown-director Jaume Collet-Serra and co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore.

Ottman described scoring Non-Stop: "The obvious instruction was to keep the energy going throughout the film. This would be a challenge, being that the music always had to go somewhere further, constantly pushing or creating the tension in a simple and confined environment. The other feeling was that the score should reflect Bill Marks, played by Liam Neeson, as an imperfect character with a checkered and painful past…but who also is a ‘tightly wound spool.”

The right-hand man—as both composer and editor—of Bryan Singer, Ottman has scored such iconic modern films as The Usual Suspects, X2, Superman Returns and Valkyrie.

He has proven himself equal to the challenge of horror (Gothika, Orphan), comedy (The Cable Guy, Bubble Boy) action (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), thrillers (Unknown, The Resident), superhero films (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) and animation (Astro Boy). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to the ABC series Fantasy Island. Ottman edited and scored Singer’s large-scale fantasy film, Jack the Giant Slayer. Currently, Ottman is working on Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“The biggest hurdle was the opening scene that introduces Bill sitting in his car and then walking to the terminal. We decided that establishing a bass propulsive sound underneath would provide another signature of the score and could therefore be part of the opening from the onset.” explained Ottman.

CLOSING NOTES --- I like Jimmy Fallon, I really do, but I think his joke the other night about Ryan Seacrest starting a line of clothes: but, it’s hard getting them out of the closet, was a little ill-chosen. I mean, has it come to this ... one host knocking another? C’mon, not cool at all …

CBS’ Criminal Minds beat American Idol in the ratings the other night. First time ever too. As we've said, interest in these competition shows are dwindling. My outlook: It was fun while it lasted, but let’s move on gentlemen …

The Oscars are a week from this Sunday; have you seen all the nominated movies? Me, I saw Gravity, loved it … but, the commercials currently running on the movie, highlighting the most dramatic moments are terrifically well-done. George Clooney’s emotive voice over, about living your life … are just starkly emotional. Don't count this movie out; director Alfonso Cuaron is scoring awards left and right …

How about former-SNL-er Fred Armisen signing on to be the new band leader for the new Seth Meyers’ Late Night show? I know the Valley Stream-born Fred and he’s the real deal. His IFC show Portlandia is utterly brilliant. According to Fred, a sudden phone call from executive producer Lorne Michaels started the ball rolling. Fred realized,“This has been a dream of mine.” Turns out Meyers created the role of down-on-his luck Brit-music-legend Ian Rubbish for Armisen; in fact, Rubbish even released his own record. Questlove redefined what a band could be on the Fallon-show, and Paul Shaffer on Letterman never fails to dazzle, but I predict that Armisen’s tenure will be most innovative …

Last night in L. A. at The Beverly Hilton: The Ella Awards celebrating Beach Boy Mike Love took place. Attending were: Rita Wilson; Christopher Cross; Micky Dolenz; America; John Stamos; Carnie Wilson; Peter Noone; Bill Medley; Diane Warren; producer-Nigel Lythgoe; and, Wayne Brady.

The Society of Singers, Founded in 1984 by Ginny (Mrs. Henry) Mancini and Gilda Maiken Anderson, SOS was the first of its kind to focus on the needs of singers who were unable to access benefits and services when faced with emergencies or simply life’s daily challenges. SOS provides a safety net for artists that are facing personal and medical crises which may include chronic illness and disability.

Thursday, May 02, 2013



The rumors are true! After months of speculation about former TODAY show co-anchor Meredith Vieira being considered for her own talk show, the veteran journalist has moved on to shooting the proposed series, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.

Insiders tell Us that Vieira, 59, is currently filming the pilot for her NBC show, which is in the vein of Katie Couric's ABC daytime talk show. The series has not yet been picked up, but if and when it is, it would air sometime in 2014.

New York Times journalist Brian Stelter -- author of the controversial morning show tell-all Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV -- first reported in his Media Decoder blog in January that the Dateline NBC contributor was "in talks" with NBCUniversal for a syndicated talk show to premiere no sooner than September 2014. NBC declined to comment on the rumors at the time, but Vieira hinted earlier that month that she was working with the network on a new project.

Announcing the end of her run on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which she has hosted since 2002, the View alum said she wanted to focus on other aspects of her career. "It's been a great 11 years," she said in a statement on Jan. 11. "I am about to embark on a new adventure with NBC, and I have a digital venture which will be announced shortly. This just seemed like the right time to make the move."

If Vieira's series is picked up, it could compete with her former show The View, or with Couric's show Katie, Stelter reported in January. Vieira replaced Couric on TODAY in 2006, after nine years as a cohost on Barbara Walters' daytime series. She later left her co-anchor post in 2011 but has remained with NBC as a contributor to Dateline NBC and Rock Center With Brian Williams.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Meredith Vieira & husband Richard M. Cohen are the December/January cover of the upcoming AARP The Magazine discussing how their family deals with Richard’s MS, their extraordinary marriage, family and more.

Meredith Vieira

Matt Lauer on Meredith’s sense of teamwork

“Meredith likes to be part of an ensemble. She rises to her best in that setting. I can’t tell you the number of times I’d go out to an interview, come back to my BlackBerry and the first message would be a text from Meredith saying, ‘Fabulous job today.’”

Priscilla Warner, Meredith’s childhood friend, on the couple’s romantic relationship

“How many people our age say I’m going to leave and spend a lot of time with my spouse? You don’t give up a very glamorous, stimulating job to spend time with a spouse unless you have a glamorous, stimulating, exciting spouse. They both look at each other that way.”

** Quotes from Meredith Vieira **

On pondering whether to leave TV completely

“I thought I’d have a eureka moment. I really did. I thought I’d suddenly go, ‘Oh, I know what I want to be!’ And I didn’t. I didn’t come close.”

On living with Richard’s MS

“He has very bad days. He’s so funny; he’ll say ‘I’m in control. I hate my life but I’m in control. It’s good that he vents. He’s having a [very bad] day, and what is he going to do, pretend that he’s not? But then he’ll soldier on.”

“He said to me a million times, ‘I thought I would beat this. I thought I would be the one. He’s feeling like he’s not the one.”

“They (the caregivers) are embarrassed. They don’t want to put people out.”

“People want to help, so when we’ve needed friends in times of any crisis, we ask. And I think it’s really important for caregivers not to feel that it’s all on you at any given time, because it’s not.”

On why Richard and the family have not employed an aide to assist Richard

“Having somebody there would drive him crazy, I think. He hates hovering.”

On leaving 60 Minutes and igniting a firestorm about mothers in the workplace

“It was about our particular family and our needs. The rest kind of happened around me.”

** Quotes from Richard M. Cohen**

On living with long-term conditions

“If there is anything I’ve learned it’s that progressive diseases progress….you just know on every level that it’s a one-way trip. You’ve never going to cross back over.”

“People feel oddly responsible for their illnesses. It makes no sense, but I sometimes blame myself because I’m sick. “

“There are so many different diseases, and they do different things to your body. But the coping issues that go with these illnesses are remarkably similar.”

“I deny the certainty of possible outcomes. It really frees you up.”

On trying medicines for a condition with no known treatments

“I don’t believe in any of that stuff. But I do it because I don’t want to ever look back and regret that I didn’t try something. Or try everything.”

Photo By: Derek Storm/Retna

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The Jonas Brothers

Carson Kressley

Beth Ostrosky Stern

Chris Harrison

Demi Lovato

Ali Fedotowsky

Meredith Vieira

Ashley Benson

Lucy Hale

Jason Dolley

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Bridgit Mendler

Eric Allan Kramer

Bradley Steven Perry

Brandon Barash

Julie Berman

Adrianna Leon

Brian Van Holt With Ian Gomez

Chrishell Stause With Ricky Paul Goldin

Cameron Mathison

Christina Lind

Rebecca Budig

Rebecca Budig along with Christina Lind, Chris Harrison, The Jonas Brothers, Cameron Mathison, Demi Lovato, Chrishell Stause, Ricky Paull Goldin, Adrianna Leon and many more stars attended the Disney / ABC Television Group Summer Press Junket at ABC Studios in Burbank, California.

Photos By: RD / Kirkland / Retna Digital

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Matt Lauer

Hoda Kotb And Kathie Lee Gifford

Ann Curry And Al Roker

Natalie Morales

Matt Lauer And Meredith Vieira

Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira along with Natalie Morales, Ann Curry,Al Roker got into the Halloween sprit at NBC's "Today Show" in New York City.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Friday, October 31, 2008


Meredith Viera

Matt Lauer

Al Roker

Ann Curry

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoba Kotb

Al Roker With Meredith Viera And Hoba Kotb

The cast of The Today Show unveil a storybook theme "Once Upon A Halloween" with Al Roker as The Gingerbread Man, Matt Lauer as Humpty Dumpty, Anne Curry as Cinderella, Meredith Viera as Pinnochio, Hoba Kotb as Little Red Riding Hood, Amy Robach as Rupunzel, and Kathie Lee Gifford as The Big Bad Wolf, in conjunction with the up-coming movie "The Tale of Despereaux" in Rockerfeller Plaza in New York City today.
Photos By: RD / Leon / Retna Digital

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Mario Lopez

Matt Lauer With Anne Curry, Meredith Vieira And Al Roker

Today Show Host Matt Lauer was roasted by Ann Curry, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker by the Friars Club. He was joined by Lauer's Closest friends and colleagues at the New York Hilton last night in New York City. Mario Lopez also joined in the fun with many other celebrities.