Sources tell THR that Robin Roberts, Josh Elliott, and Lara Spencer are in the middle of talks that – according to a source at a competing news division – are sure to be dreadful for Ben Sherwood, who oversees ABC’s news programming.
The report comes less than a month after the show’s yearlong run as the top-rated morning show.
THR also learned that representatives for Elliott and Spencer have recently talked to NBC execs, presumably about a possible move.
Spencer and Elliott joined “Good Morning America” in 2011 as anchors when the network switched from a dual-anchor to ensemble cast.
Both anchors are reportedly looking to grow their brands through larger roles with ABC or another network.
The likelihood of Roberts leaving ABC-Disney is small, reported a THR source, as she has several options within the company, including her own talk show.
This morning TV viewer has tried to like “Good Morning America,” but repeated attempts have been in vain.
The on-air talent on “GMA” is subpar in comparison to NBC’s “Today” show. While Savannah Guthrie is no Ann Curry, the formula and atmosphere for that show works better and seems more natural than what’s going on with “GMA.”
Try as he may to shed his sports casting past, Elliott will forever be an ESPN personality trying to fit in with the real news world.
Same with George Stephanopoulos, who will always be a political advisor masquerading as a news personality.
The onscreen banter on “GMA” is not funny and, for the most part, is uncomfortable to watch. None of the ensemble seems entirely comfortable in their roles.
As this viewer has long held, Curry – even with her recently expanded duties with NBC – is sorely underused and deserves a larger role with NBC or elsewhere.
The timing on this mess is interesting, as the “Good Morning America” talent is working on new deals and Curry’s contract with NBC will end in 2014. Could this be fate intervening to give Curry her just due as co-anchor on “GMA”?
The only thing better than this scenario is for Curry to return to “Today” and to help return that show – and its superior quality – to its rightful spot atop the morning show heap.
“Good Morning America” airs on ABC4 in Provo at 7 a.m., while “Today” airs on KSL5 at the same time.