What exactly is the point of the fourth hour?
There's not a point to it. It was just laziness on NBC's part as a quick replacement for Passions
. It's been said numerous times that they were actually going to replace Passions
with a new hour-long revival of Concentration
, taped at 30 Rock and hosted by Matt Lauer (who is actually my first choice to host a revival if there ever is one).
Why they went with Kathie Lee and Hoda is a mystery, but the "official" reasoning is because NBC was afraid that there wouldn't be enough station clearences. So I guess they just went with something cheaper.
I have also heard elsewhere that it was the third hour of Today
that was originally supposed to be Concentration
back in 2000, but I'm not sure that is true or not.
What, no room for a Password revival?
I only listed NBC game shows. But it would be nice for CBS to cut The Talk
in half and have a Password
revival at 2:00pm.