Daly on daily, but maybe not nightly

  • By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times
  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:47pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

The “Today” couch just got a little more crowded: Carson Daly will be joining the NBC morning show as host of the “Orange Room,” a brand new digital studio that will be unveiled Monday.

“I think a lot of people associate me with nighttime,” Daly said. “But truth be told I’m more of a morning person.”

The “Orange Room” will be a place “where ‘The Today Show’ viewer will feel like they have a home,” Daly said. The space, a “casual, lounge-like setting,” will provide a “nexus point between the ‘Today’ audience and the show,” NBC said.

Daly, who rose to fame as host of MTV’s “Total Request Live” during the late ’90s teen-pop heyday and has been a frequent guest host on “Today,” described the show as “‘TRL’ for grown-ups” and characterizes his new role on the show as a “digital doorman.”

Squeezed in to the couch next to his new co-workers, Daly said he will continue to host the network’s top-rated competition series, “The Voice,” as well as his radio program, but did not address whether he’ll continue with his late, late night show, “Last Call,” which was renewed in April but whose fate appears uncertain.

The “Orange Room” is but one part of a studio redesign, the first for “Today” in seven years. The new set will feature an open floor plan and an interactive weather monitor designed by Al Roker and his team.

More in Life

Beer of the Week: Scuttlebutt’s Night Circus

The Everett brewery’s head brewer had nightmares trying to dial in its new coffee and coconut ale.

Viognier: French white grape gaining foothold in Washington

Viognier, the noble white grape of the northern Rhône Valley of France,… Continue reading

Curries continues home-cooked Indian cuisine at new location

The restaurant, now located on Evergreen Way, also puts an Indian spin on Northwest cooking.

New documentary chronicles Obama’s last year in White House

“The Final Year” doesn’t paint the administration in rosy colors, but it isn’t too critical either.

‘Forever My Girl’ takes a page from the Nicholas Sparks genre

The film based on a novel by Heidi McLaughlin is a well-worn tale of lost love and redemption.

Christian Bale seems to channel Clint Eastwood in ‘Hostiles’

Bale plays a U.S. cavalry captain who escorts a dying Cheyenne chief to his tribal homeland.

International guitar tour led by Lulo Reinhardt stops in Edmonds

International Guitar Night, now in its 18th year, is Jan. 24 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The latest on Snohomish County’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.

recreated one of those old recipes, brewing Tennant’s 1954 Gold Label Barleywine

New Cascadia Art Museum exhibit showcases mid-century designs

The exhibition includes ceramics, furniture, clothing, sculpture and jewelry from 1948 to 1966.

Most Read