By Scott Brown
September 05, 2006 at 08:10 PM EDT

As Phil Collins once wisely said: “Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! Whooooooooaaa!” We didn’t know what he was talking about. Now we know that he was talking about tonight, when Katie Couric will finally, at long last, make the news pretty. The buzz is good. The trailers are tantalizing. James “Titanic” Horner was chosen to write the music (though I understand it came down to the wire). There are sure to be plenty of explosions in the first act. All bodes well! I just hope the script doesn’t get too talky in the middle: Action, action, action! Plus a little heart. And a lot of leg. That’s what we’re looking for in the nipped, tucked, sexed up and face-lifted CBS Newscast, right folks?

But hang on, let’s not get pre-appalled. This will probably be the most TiVo’d newscast in history. We’ll be debating it for weeks, maybe years. I shall reserve judgment. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for that Walker Cronkite intro. It’s been too long since I’ve laid eyes on those famous Cronkite gams.

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