Noooooo! The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet has been axed!

Mike Juliet

I don’t know how this news escaped me until now, but I’m crushed! The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet is no more! Read it for yourself:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/08/morning-show-with-mike-an_n_156377.html

Where will I get my daily dose (or at least the days when I get up before noon) of drunken bitterness? Oh right, Kathie Lee and Hoda are just a channel change away. Just a side note: today Kathie Lee and Hoda found excuses to drink in three separate segments. Tequila, wine, and more wine. They’re fast becoming my heroes.

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I take back everything I said about Kathie Lee

Kathie Lee and Hoda

I’m watching Hoda and Kathie Lee right now, and I realized something. I don’t hate Kathie Lee! I know I may have suggested in the past that the Hoda and Kathie Lee hour was something of a trainwreck, and that Kathie Lee was a lush, and not in a good way. But after having become more familiar with the show, I finally get it.

Kathie Lee is just like me! She likes drinking, she doesn’t take her job too seriously, and she likes to give Hoda shit about everything. Just replace “Hoda” with “Liz” and you have the legendary chemistry that has made L&L such a mild success! Plus, even though Hoda is obviously the better TV journalist, Kathie Lee is the one who keeps things interesting by talking about inappropriate topics, flashing her cleavage, hitting on guests, and talking about her love of booze.

I think I even prefer Kathie Lee and Hoda’s inappropriate banter to Mike and Juliet’s these days….I know, shocking, right?

Mike and Juliet: The most surreal hour of the morning

Mike Juliet

I know I’m going to get some shit for this, but I like The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. For one thing, the hosts are so obviously disinterested, and probably drunk — and not in an annoying way like Kathie Lee. Speaking of which, has anyone seen the dragged-out trainwreck that has been the fourth (or is it fifth?) hour of The Today Show since Kathie Lee joined the cast? Dear god! It’s like she takes a handful of quaaludes every morning before she goes on! I’m very confused by her continued employment.

Anyway, the point is that the only competition for my attention during the Mike and Juliet hour is the aforementioned disaster of a Today Show hour and, of course, Regis and Kelly. I don’t think I have to explain how I feel about Regis and Kelly. Shudder.

So that leaves me with the underdogs, and I always like the underdog, especially when they’re as desperate and sad as Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy. They kind of seem like castoffs from a satirical screenplay by Terry Gilliam or David Lynch, strangely consumed by their own artificiality. Despite this thick facade, you can tell that at least some intelligence lurks behind those dead eyes, screaming to get out, and that’s something I don’t usually see from those Today Show hos (except Hoda, she’s cool).

There’s a cool review of the show from when it first came out in the New York Times (link here). The best line: “This is a kind of marvelous city duo — and a nice breakthrough for morning shows. No giggly hot mom like Kelly Ripa; no model of rectitude and self-sacrifice like Ms. Vieira. And no good old Reege. Or good young Matt. Instead they’re a little sleazy, Mike and Juliet. And a little lonely.

Ah, sleazy and lonely. Just the way I like people.