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'Today' Show 'Legend' Returning, Sarah Palin Co-Hosting As Morning Wars Heat Up (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/ 1/2012 9:59 am Updated: 04/ 1/2012 3:03 pm

Today Show

"Today" isn't taking Katie Couric's return to morning television lying down.

Couric helped "Good Morning America" throw a lit match onto the simmering morning show wars when she revealed on Thursday that she would co-host the ABC show for a week starting this Monday. It's widely seen as the biggest attempt yet by "GMA" to break the fabled 16-year ratings winning streak that "Today" has held.

Beyond all of the ratings prestige, the morning shows are the financial linchpins of their news networks, meaning that there is a great deal on the line for everyone involved.

With "GMA" giving "Today" a run for its money in the ratings, the NBC show quickly struck back on Saturday, releasing a juicy promo of its own announcing that a "legend" will be returning to "Today" sometime on Monday.

"IT. WILL. HAPPEN," a bombastic announcer booms, suggesting an event of epic proportions. Of course, the ad does not say exactly when on Monday the "legend" will be revealed -- just in case anyone was thinking of switching to watch Couric for even a second.

Even more surprising, "Today" also announced that Sarah Palin will co-host the show on Tuesday, promising that she would "reveal a different side of her."

Monday also features an appearance by Oprah on "CBS This Morning." With all three shows pulling out the big guns, it is sure to be one of the most closely watched mornings in some time.

Morning show hosts.
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  • Matt Lauer

    Lauer co-hosts NBC's "Today" from 7-9 a.m.

  • Guthrie co-hosts NBC's "Today" from 7-9 a.m.

  • Robin Roberts

    Roberts co-hosts ABC's "Good Morning America" from 7-9 a.m.

  • George Stephanopoulos

    Stephanopoulos co-hosts ABC's "Good Morning America" from 7-9 a.m.

  • Charlie Rose

    Rose co-hosts "CBS This Morning" from 7-8 a.m. CBS announced the addition of Rose and Gayle King and a decidedly focused hard news program earlier this year.

  • Gayle King

    King co-hosts "CBS This Morning" from 8-9 a.m.

  • Steve Doocy

    Doocy co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m. "Fox and Friends" dominates cable news morning shows.

  • Gretchen Carlson

    Carlson co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m.

  • Brian Kilmeade

    Kilmeade co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m.

  • Joe Scarborough

    Scarborough co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" from 6-9 a.m. "Morning Joe" focuses solely on hard news and political commentary.

  • Mika Brzezinski

    Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" from 6-9 a.m.

  • Soledad O'Brien

    O'Brien co-hosts CNN's 7-9 a.m. morning news program. CNN's "American Morning" fell behind MSNBC and even its own HLN. The network recently announced the return of O'Brien and the replacement of "Amerian Morning" with two new morning programs.

  • Zoraida Sambolin

    Sambolin co-hosts CNN's 5-7 a.m. morning news program.


Filed by Jack Mirkinson  |