NBC's Today producers couldn't find room for Gene Shalit's
less-than-groovy review of Austin Powers Goldmember until one week after
its opening (which set a comedy box-office record, pulling in $76 million its
The week leading up to the movie's release included an extended segment on
Katie Couric's cameo in the film and three separate interviews with the film's
stars on a special Austin Powers Today Show set.
The logical capper would seem to be a review of the movie on opening day.
According to NBC, it was not discomfort with the tone of the piece, but simply
a lack of room: "The show was full."