Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fox `Breakfast' Show Returns for Second Look

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fox `Breakfast' Show Returns for Second Look

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ONCE wasn't enough for "Fox After Breakfast," which is back in St. Louis this week after a visit in October. The live morning show (8 a.m. weekdays on Channel 2) has St. Louis segments scheduled every day this week.

Today: Landon Bartell, a New York boy undergoing a double lung transplant (his second) at Children's Hospital.

Tuesday: artist Mary Engelbreit. Wednesday: newborn Mary Elizabeth Arndt of Belleville, Ill., the first girl in the family after 10 boys. Thursday: Connie and Mike Braun, who live with 61 monkeys and chimps. Pam and Mike Vaters, monster-truck racers. Joe Ricci, Fox's publicist for "After Breakfast," said, "We loved our first trip to St. Louis but just didn't get to see everything we wanted to, so we're very excited to be coming back." "Road warrior" Suzanne Whang was scheduled as the correspondent for the week in St. Louis, but was replaced at the last minute by Jeff MacGregor, who also made the previous trip. Whang stayed in New York to co-host the show with Tom Bergeron, and buzz was that she might get the job permanently. Since Laurie Hibberd, who had been with the show since it began as "Breakfast Time" on fX cable, was dumped last fall, Bergeron has worked with a series of one-week co-hosts, mostly celebrities. Whang's previous week in the slot was considered quite a success. Whang is an actress who appeared in movies including "Housesitter," "Wind" and "Side by Side." She has also done stage and television work, including the Fox series "Against the Law," and was a correspondent on fX's "Pet Department and "Personal fX." Although "Fox After Breakfast" does pretty well in the ratings in St. Louis, Fox would like to see better numbers nationwide. In addition to replacing Hibberd, the network last month dumped Bob the Puppet, also a regular from cable days. Bob, portrayed by Al Rosenberg, was popular with many long-time followers of the show, who campaigned unsuccessfully to save his job. (On air, guests wore furry orange badges to show their support of Bob.) The change was an apparent effort to make "Fox After Breakfast" more mainstream. NBC's Al Roker does double duty for PBS beginning this week, launching an eight-part travel series called "Getting There" (7 tonight on Channel 9). …

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