A New 'TV Marriage'

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
ABC announced Monday that Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff would be the new co-anchors of "World News Tonight," replacing the late Peter Jennings.

It might be a genius paring — there may be real chemistry there — but two for the network anchor desk hasn't really worked since Chet Huntley and David Brinkley dominated the suppertime newscast time slot — oh, what a thousand years ago.

Since then we've seen Barbara Walters and Harry Reasoner — that was good, right. And of course Dan Rather and Connie Chung, maybe the most perfect of TV marriages, doomed as they walked down the aisle.

I speak of TV marriage with some expertise. I've had a series of TV spouses through the years. There's no way of knowing what will work and what won't. Come to think of it, at least at the dinner hour, the ones that work best are usually same sex marriages like McNeil and Lehrer. Good luck kids.

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By Harry Smith