CBS sets date for new Early Show

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CBS confirmed Monday that it would relaunch The Early Show with four new anchors and a new format starting Monday, Oct. 28.

The new anchors are Harry Smith, who anchored a previous incarnation of the
program from 1987 through 1996; Hannah Storm, who just wrapped up a 10-year stint with
NBC Sports; Julie Chen, previously the news reader on The Early Show; and
Rene Syler, who had been a news anchor on KTVT(TV), the CBS-owned station in
Dallas.

The show will continue to be a mix of the top news of the day, interviews and
features, with inserts for local news and weather.

"First and foremost, the new Early Show is a news program," CBS
News president Andrew Heyward said.

"But our anchors will also give viewers a more spontaneous broadcast with
four distinct personalities adding their own interests to the mix. The result
will be a lively, unconventional and engaging program."

Time will tell if the viewers agree.

Smith will continue his work for A&E
Network hosting its signiture series, Biography. The cable channel said
Monday that it has signed Smith to a new two-year deal. He's been the host since
1999. Smith's Biography duties shouldn't conflict with his Early Show
gig; he typically shoots several episodes of Biography at a time.

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