Thursday, December 10, 2009
GMA Shakeups Not Boding Well For GN Lovers
George Stephanopoulos has officially accepted the GMA job to replace Diane Sawyer. No surprise there. What was surprising is that apparently Chris Cuomo is leaving/being removed/promoted whatever the "Ann Curry" position and Juju Chang is getting the job. Jujube Fricking Chang??!?! She was a part-timer, doing occasional fill-ins on the weekends and maybe a throwaway feature or two. Now she's a heartbeat away from one of the main host chairs? That means she's the number one sub if one of them is out. That's got to be a slap in the face to both Kate Snow and Biana Golodryga, both of whom are much more deserving of the job at least from a GN perspective. Jujube is frumpy looking at best and is vanilla all the way around. I think GMA was looking for some racial balance. Look at all the morning shows and you'll see some kind of mix there. But I think this points out ABC's utter lack of a bench and for future planning. Their idea of moving Diane into the news anchor chair is just the most recent example of no planning. How long can they expect Diane to stay there? She's going to have to retire soon and then they're going to have to go through the same thing again. Who's waiting in the wings? Who's the next Charlie Gibson or Diane Sawyer at ABC? I don't see them.