Picks and Pans Review: Meredith Vieira, the New Face at Today

updated 10/02/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Her first few days as Matt Lauer's coanchor were relaxed and fun, although I'd have spared her that segment where she had to tell a deluded Miss Piggy she didn't get the job. The idea, I guess, was to underline Vieira's unfussy charm by juxtaposing her against a bullying egomaniacal pig. Odd way to make a point. But Vieira was the right choice for Today. She's Champagne brunch served at sunup.

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