FTVLive follows up on its New Day “trouble in paradise” story with a relatively newsless piece trying to draw parallels between Kate Bolduan and Alexis Glick’s trajectories…
Back in 2006, Zucker was hell bent on trying to make financial reporter Alexis Glick a star. Like Bolduan, Glick was young and had showed she was a solid reporter. Zucker fast tracked Glick to the Today Show.
It became quickly clear that Glick was swimming in deep waters and was starting to drown. The Glick experiment on Today ended almost as quickly as it started.
It was one of many of Zucker’s failures at NBC.
Now, in 2013 it appears that Zucker may have made the same mistake with Bolduan. He rushed her to the line before she was ready.
Rubbish. I remember the Glick experiment. I watched in horror as she stumbled all over the teleprompter when she first popped up on Early Today. It was I who anonymously fed Brian Stelter this gem of a shot well before I had ICN because I was appalled that Zucker would put someone on the air who clearly couldn’t read a teleprompter without her eyes glazing over. I watched Zucker force her on to MSNBC after that where she didn’t improve much. And then it was off to Today where the Glick experiment ultimately blew up.
So I saw the whole thing unfold from start to finish and I can tell you right now that Kate Bolduan is not another Glick. Not even close.
Whatever problems New Day has…and it has plenty, Kate Bolduan not being up to the task isn’t one of them. Yes there is a chemistry problem between Bolduan and Cuomo and, regardless of who is or isn’t to blame for that, Bolduan will catch all the heat because she wasn’t the high priced talent Zucker poached from another network and those people never catch the blame right away whether deserved or not. It’s not fair for Bolduan but it is the way the rules are played. It’s called a pecking order for a reason you know.
I could go on about New Day’s ills. Michaela Periera…in the modern social media new age is a news headline reader really needed…especially on cable news? The format of the show is too rigid with regularly dedicated segments at regularly dedicated times with regularly dedicated talent occupying too much of New Day’s regularly dedicated schedule. In a lot of ways New Day isn’t a new day at all but a repackaged old day…namely American Morning with new hosts and a new paint job but little new in terms of changing CNN’s morning program sameness for the past decade.
Then there is the set. That set is the single worst feature of New Day. It’s easily the worst set in morning TV…broadcast or cable. It is so busy. There is literally no camera angle that I’ve seen on this show that doesn’t a have a bunch of distracting stuff in the background. It’s almost like the set designer went around the set and ensured that there would be never be even the slightest empty space. It is so painful to look at I speed scan through my DVR recording of the show…only stopping to watch when I absolutely feel I must endure that set to see the show content. Unfortunately for New Day, but fortunately for my eyes, I don’t have to do that all too often. New Day has yet to cross the divide from “just another CNN morning show” to appointment TV.
But back to Bolduan. She is not the reason for the rigidly predictably dull wheel format or the awful set. She is a capable enough anchor. As for chemistry…remember it takes two to tango. She is not the main reason New Day fails nor is she another Alexis Glick. But she is the convenient easy target for people who by rights should get plenty of blame for what’s happened on New Day. But they won’t so she will…even though it’s not deserved.