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What is the history of the CBS Saturday early morning show?

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The history of CBS's Saturday morning news shows originates with the September 13, 1997 debut of the "CBS News Saturday Morning" program. This show was packaged into the rebranding of a CBS morning show in 1999, becoming "The Saturday Early Show," which ran until 2012. It was replaced by a new incarnation of "CBS This Morning Saturday," which continues to broadcast as of 2015.

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The "CBS News Saturday Morning"show, later rebranded as the "Saturday Early Show," was originally anchored by Russ Mitchell. He co-hosted the program from its inception until 2007 alongside a series of female co-hosts, ending with Tracy Smith. In all, 13 anchors, four news anchors and two weather anchors shared hosting duties, culminating in the show's cancellation and final show on January 7, 2012.

It was replaced one week later by "CBS This Morning Saturday," the weekend news version of the re-incarnated "CBS This Morning" news program. The premiere was hosted by Jeff Glor and Rebecca Jarvis, while Betty Nguyen served as the news anchor and Lonnie Quinn as the weather anchor. All of the anchors were alumni of the preceding "Saturday Early Show." Glor left the show to anchor the Sunday edition of "CBS Evening News." Anthony Mason stepped in as the primary show host of "This Morning Saturday," alongside Vinita Nair, who replaced Jarvis in 2013. Ben Tracy joined this team in 2015.

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