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CBS Re-Boots Morning Program With New Hosts, Studio

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FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is a romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives – married, divorced, newly engaged and single – who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better.  Andi (Majandra Delfino) and Bobby (Kevin Connolly) are happily married with two kids but at times long for the days they had less responsibility and more fun; Will (James Van Der Beek) is newly single and preaching the bachelor lifestyle, but still pining for his ex-wife; Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Lowell (Rick Donald) are high on their passionate new relationship; and Kate (Zoe Lister Jones) has a successful career but may take a swan dive into the L.A. River when she finds out her last remaining single friend, Jules, just got engaged.  When it comes to relationships, these six friends are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering… who really has the better life?  Dana Klein and Aaron Kaplan are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television.  Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.

FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is a romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives – married, divorced, newly engaged and single – who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Andi (Majandra Delfino) and Bobby (Kevin Connolly) are happily married with two kids but at times long for the days they had less responsibility and more fun; Will (James Van Der Beek) is newly single and preaching the bachelor lifestyle, but still pining for his ex-wife; Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Lowell (Rick Donald) are high on their passionate new relationship; and Kate (Zoe Lister Jones) has a successful career but may take a swan dive into the L.A. River when she finds out her last remaining single friend, Jules, just got engaged. When it comes to relationships, these six friends are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering… who really has the better life? Dana Klein and Aaron Kaplan are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.

I-Team

NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – CBS said Tuesday it plans to “redefine the morning landscape” with it’s announcement of a new team for it’s morning program, the second in a year, and a new direction for the program, which will replace “The Early Show”.

The broadcast, which will launch on Monday, Jan. 9, will air from 7:00-9:00 AM and will be hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill. It will be broadcast from a new studio in the CBS Broadcast Center, which will get a major facelift, its first ever.

Chris Licht has been named Executive Producer of the new broadcast. He will continue as Vice President, Programming, overseeing CBS News broadcasts and the development of new opportunities across all platforms.

John Miller will join the broadcast as Senior Correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis will serve as Business and Economics Correspondent and Jeff Glor will serve as Special Correspondent.

“This program represents a new direction for morning television at CBS,” said CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager. “We will produce a broadcast that is interesting and compelling and on top of the big stories of the day. It will be lively and engaging and worth your while.”

“Charlie, Gayle, and Erica will co-host a bold new broadcast that will bring our original reporting to mornings on CBS,” said David Rhodes, President, CBS News. “We’re assembling a tremendous staff off-camera that will make this the best-produced broadcast in television news.”

CBS said the broadcast will present a mix of daily news, coverage of developing stories of national and global significance, and interviews with leading figures in politics, business and entertainment.

Charlie Rose has hosted his nightly interview program, “Charlie Rose,” on PBS since 1991. His guests have included an exceptionally wide range of renowned figures, including politicians, business leaders, scientists, artists and performers. He has also served as a correspondent for “60 Minutes II” and as an occasional correspondent for 60 MINUTES.

Gayle King has hosted “The Gayle King Show,” a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network since January 10, 2011, promoting discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, and news events. She has hosted “The Gayle King Show” on XM Satellite Radio since its premiere in 2006. In addition, she has served as Editor-At-Large of the award-winning O, The Oprah Magazine since 1999, shaping the magazine’s content and message and coordinating the efforts of staff and contributors with the vision of the magazine’s Founder and Editorial Director, Oprah Winfrey.

Erica Hill has served as co-anchor of CBS News’ “The Early Show” since January 2011, prior to which she was News Anchor of the broadcast, and co-anchor of “The Early Show on Saturday”.

The new morning program will leave the studios in the General Motors building on 5th Avenue that were created for the Early Show, and return to the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City, which has served as the headquarters of CBS News broadcasts for nearly half a century.

CBS said the new program’s state-of-the-art, high-definition studio will feature cutting-edge digital technologies, and will be located on the ground floor of the CBS Broadcast Center.

As part of the studio construction, CBS said the iconic CBS Broadcast Center will get a major facelift, with floor-to-ceiling windows facing West 57th street allowing the public to watch behind the scenes.

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