The Today’s Show‘s, Matt Lauer has signed a new deal with NBC that also could give the favorite morning show a fifth hour designed specifically for Laurer, or he could end up with his own daytime show that ultimately could spell some concern for NBC’s only soap left on the air, Days of our Lives!
According to TV Guide, “Lauer’s new agreement keeps him in the co-anchor chair of the morning show for four years and includes a program development deal, which could give him an ownership stake in a syndicated show outside of Today, The contract could earn him in the neighborhood of $100 million, according to people familiar with the deal.
One idea already being kicked around is spinning off Lauer’s regular segment “Today‘s Professionals,” in which he spars over hot-button issues with a panel that includes Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Silverman! The segment could also be developed into a fifth hour of Today. With Lauer signed, Today will try to strengthen its hand in other ways, Ryan Seacrest, who had discussions with NBC about taking over Today had Lauer left, will have a role on the program as part of his new deal with NBC Universal; he’ll also cover the Olympics for NBC in prime time. “
So how many hours of one show can anyone sit through? What if Lauer got his own timeslot and the network canceled DAYS? Let us know your thoughts!