Shades of yes­ter­day in Nine’s ‘new-look’ To­day

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

SAME-same, but dif­fer­ent – there seemed some­thing a lit­tle bit fa­mil­iar yes­ter­day about To­day when the “newlook” show launched on Mon­day morn­ing.

Deb Knight and Ge­orgie Gard­ner (pic­tured) helmed, flanked by new news­reader Tom Ste­in­fort, en­ter­tain­ment re­porter Brooke Boney and sports re­porter Tony Jones.

Gard­ner took the lead at 5.30am, in­tro­duc­ing view­ers to the new panel, with sev­eral of them pref­ac­ing any stuff-ups with “first day of school” nerves. And de­spite be­ing dumped for for­mer Triple J news­reader Boney, Richard Wilkins made a bizarre ap­pear­ance just after 8am in an awk­ward in­ter­view with ac­tor Luke Bracey.

Mean­while, ra­dio-trained Boney was still find­ing her TV feet, look­ing around aim­lessly as if no one had told her which cam­era to look at. And while Nine has been spruik­ing its new-look break­fast show for weeks, it was only the on­screen graph­ics that looked as if they’d been up­dated.

It seems view­ers aren’t fans of the new line-up ei­ther.

One per­son wrote on the show’s Face­book page: “Sorry to say but the ‘ New To­day’ pro­gram with its new blend of hosts hon­estly is as bor­ing as watch­ing the paint dry.”

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