Katie Couric on 'Glee' and the Strange Trend of News Anchors Trying Comedy

First NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams started making regular guest appearances on 30 Rock. Then CNN's Anderson Cooper had a bit part in a digital short for Saturday Night Live. Now CBS Evening News' Katie Couric is about to do a guest role on Glee. It seems we're in the midst of a highly specific micro-trend within the broader boom of star cameos on television series: serious newscasters appearing on comedy shows.

Here, an exploration of this new sub-genre:

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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