Lifetime Turning Today Show Exposé Into Movie -- Who Should Play Matt, Al and Ann?

Top of the Morning movieAnn Curry‘s national nightmare is heading to Lifetime.

The cabler is developing a made-for-TV movie about the behind-the-scenes drama that led to Curry’s very public firing from the Today show, TVLine has confirmed.

The pic, based on Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, will also depict Good Morning America‘s rise to AM supremacy.

According to TVNewser, Liz Gateley and Tony DiSantos — the team behind Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life and My Life Is a Lifetime Movie — will exec-produce.

The project is in the very early stages, which means Gately and DiSantos have plenty of time to comb the comments section below for casting tips. So, what do you think? Who should play the Matt, Ann and Al? 

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Alan says:

    “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie” that actually happened? i know lifetime scrape the bottom of the barrel for ideas but thats just a little ridiculous.

  2. b says:

    Matt should be played by Matt from White Collar

    • Curly Girly says:

      Are you kidding me????

    • Stormy says:

      Matt L should be played by Jerry Seinfeld. One arrogant a$$ portraying another.

      • Jerry Seinfeld still has too many ties to NBC to play this role in an unbiased manner. His sitcom, Seinfeld, has had every episode remastered in 16:9 high definition and is still being aired in syndication under NBC Universal’s syndication arm. Some people have suggested Rob Lowe to play Lauer. Rob Lowe is still under contract with NBC Universal and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video label to play Chris Traeger on Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation. So, Rob is still too close to NBC to play Matt Lauer in an unbiased manner. Plus, since NBC Universal was acquired by Roberts family owned Philadelphia, PA based Comcast Cable, they are known to be really strict when one of their own tries to put them in a bad light.

  3. DB says:

    Christina Chang as Ann Curry.

  4. Otto says:

    Does Naya Rivera have an older sister?

  5. John Ruggeri says:

    They should just have everyone played by themselves.

  6. Ray says:

    Yesss! I hope Matt’s character is grilled, skewered and served on a plate.

  7. Diz says:

    Hah I’ll tune into this comedy gold.

  8. Sara says:

    I know he’s only doing movies now, but I think Tom Cruise would gladly play Lauer :)

  9. Jon says:

    Naya Rivera – Ann Curry
    Matthew Fox – Matt Lauer
    Craig Robinson – Al Roker

  10. TL says:


    No need. Nobody cares!

  11. Ed says:

    Kenan Thompson as Al Roker
    Maggie Q as Ann Curry
    Tom Hanks as Matt Lauer

  12. IMHO says:

    When NBC fired Ann Curry it was cring worthy TV.She really deserved better.
    I doubt any famous actors will want to touch the lead rolls in this movie , NBC / Universal’s reach could damage a career.I can’t imagine NBC / Universal is happy about the movie.
    The parts will probably go to lesser known actors.

  13. Irene says:

    Tom Hanks or Michael Douglas as Lauer
    Sandra Oh as Curry
    Need someone who can act funny but be serious for Roker.

  14. TVPeong says:

    Matt Lauer – Ben Affleck
    Ann Curry – Sandrina Holt
    Al Roker – Mykelti Williamson

  15. Shaun Daily says:

    Keenan Thompson as Al Roker ?

  16. Truefan says:

    I haven’t watched the Today show since that fiasco played out. The meanness and coldness was too much. Watch Good Morning America or the CBS Morning show now.

  17. Saabgirlatx says:

    Matt – Josh Charles
    Al – Anthony Anderson
    Ann – Ann Curry!

  18. crazy tv watcher says:

    Ann – Ming-Na Wen, Kelly Hu, or Tamlyn Tomita

    Matt – Matthew Fox, David Duchovny, or Patrick Dempsey

    Al – Wendell Pierce, Charles S Dutton, or Chi McBride

  19. Tone LG says:

    Peter Jacobson and no one else for Matt Lauer.
    With Margaret Cho as Ann Curry.

  20. mel0329 says:

    Doesn’t matter to me who plays whom, but I will certainly be watching and loving to hate on Matt Lauer.

  21. Aprilcot says:

    I agree with a lot of these suggestions. I’m thinking:
    Ann – Ming-Na Wen
    Al – Kenan Thompson or Anthony Anderson
    Matt – Josh Charles (even though I love him and can’t stand Lauer anymore)

  22. Fernando says:

    Ming-Na Wen, Sandra oh, or Maggie Q to play Ann

  23. Soopah Soopah Soopah says:

    How long until Matt Lauer sues the network for slander? Or has he been public about what went on?

  24. J says:

    Jennifer Tilly should play Ann Curry