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Everyone is asking if Katie Couric is doing a good job in her new position. Well she just had her worst week ever according to the ratings. The gap between CBS and NBC is 1.5 million viewers (the gap between ABC & NBC is .5 million). She is also doing worse than Schieffer. What I consider somewhat related, last Tuesday and Friday Today and GMA tied in the target demo (25-54). Click here for the latest on Couric.

So what do Charlie Gibson and Larry Bird, Brian Williams and Ben Affleck, and Katie Couric and Britney Spears have in common? Nothing If you ask most people. But if you ask MyHeritage.com about 70%. Well, at least when it comes to looks. MyHeritage Face Recognition allows you to upload your photo to see who you look like. Well after it telling me that I looked like Prince Harry, Matt LeBlanc and Andy Rodick I decided that maybe I’d try it with some “celebrities”. I put photos of Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams and Katie Couric into the Face Recognition program. Here is what I got back. (Note: Katie was the only celebrity in the database.)

ABC's Charlie Gibson
Charlie Gibson
Hal Sparks – 78%
High Grant – 74%
Larry Bird – 73%
Rutger Hauer – 70%
Roy Keane – 68%
Tome Cruise – 68%
Leslie Nielsen – 67%
Gary Lineker – 66%
Thomas Edison – 62%
Jens Stoltenberg – 62%

NBC's Brian Willaims
Brian Williams
Benny Goodman – 71%
Ben Affleck – 68%
Richard Harris – 67%
Gene Simmons – 66%
Charles Prince of Wales – 66%
Kevin Costner – 64%
James Garner – 62%
Robert Duvall – 61%
Michael Caine – 60%

CBS's Katie Couric
Katie Couric
Katie Couric – 100%
Heidi Klum – 83%
Andie MacDowell – 80%
Selma Blair – 78%
Alessandra Ambrosio – 78%
Shania Twain – 78%
Britney Spears – 78%
Bebe Neuwirth – 78%
Angie Harmon – 78%
Lisa Snowdon – 78%

Try it yourself at MyHeritage.com. (Free Reg. Required)

I should probably start off by conceding that I did not actually watch the entire Emmy’s show. That’s right I’m going to criticize something I know nothing about. (I know you’d think I was a talk radio host.) Be that as it may, I can’t imagine the folks at NBC slept well that night. I’m sure they had nightmares about being in a plane crash.

Every year at every awards show the goal is to create an opening skit that is better than the year before. The skit typically parodies some of the more popular shows. This year was no exception. The skit began with Emmy Host Conan O’Brien getting ready for the show. He is shown boarding a plane. As the flight attendant asks if he is nervous about the show, he responds with “Nervous? What could possibly go wrong?” The plane then begins to shake as if it is going down. The next shot is O’Brien emerging on a deserted
Island similar to the one from the TV show Lost. The skit was funny, yes, but lacked taste. The problem was that skit took place on the same day that 49 people died in a plane crash in
Kentucky.

Now, I understand that months of planning (I would assume) go into the opening sketch. I will even grant them the fact that they probably took out the part where you actually see the plane go down, although the skit may have always lacked the actual crash. (Emmy producer Ken Ehrlich wouldn’t comment about the skit). But at the very least they could have informed the local
Kentucky affiliates about the skit so they could have made a decision about whether they wanted to air it (we’ll get to that in a second). Instead WLEX staff was caught off guard and were left “completely helpless” GM Tim Gilbert told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “By the time we began to react, it was over. At the station, we were as horrified as they were at home,” he said. (Click here for the full story.)

But I wonder just what would WLEX have done had they known about the skit. Had they made the decision not to air it, what would they put in its place? If you go to a promo or commercials how do you transition back?

And one last note about the Emmy’s that was pointed out in Lost Remote. Apparently they could rack up $1.95 million in fines. Click here to find out why.

Longtime WESH reporter/anchor/photog/sports director and most importantly MU grad Bill Shafer will be leaving WESH sometime in mid-August, according to rogersimmons.com. Shafer was someone who helped to firm up my decision to go to MU and I thank him for that. So where is Shafer going? You guessed it, Middleton Courdiet. Now I am really excited to see what comes of the group.

And he has a point…click here to watch.