What to Expect From the Scott Pelley 'Evening News'

The CBS veteran debuts as Katie Couric's replacement tonight

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Former 60 Minutes reporter Scott Pelley's will make his debut as anchor of the CBS Evening News tonight., replacing Katie Couric, who was also in the news today. Here's what viewers expect from the new, Pelley-infused broadcast:

Harder news

Pelley's reporting chops are the main selling point as CBS prepares to relaunch the telecast. "What if you can have the world-class original reporting of 60 Minutes every weeknight?" tease the network's Pelley promos "Well, now you can."

More segments shot by producers

TV Newswer's Alex Weprin says new executive producer Pat Shevlin told the staff in May that she wants "more pieces for the weekday newscast shot by producers." While Pelley's used to working with full-sized crews on 60 Minutes, he's apparently OK with the plan to use leaner crew. Two CBS sources tells Weprin that the new anchor "agrees with Shevlin's vision for the program, including expanding the use of producer-shooters."

The same amount of medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook

One part of Couric telecast that won't be discarded: the segments from medical correspondent Jonathan LaPook. LaPook, who arrived with Couric five years ago, tells the New York Daily News "he's gotten assurance from Pelley and news division leaders that his spots will remain an important part of the show, and the network's news division."

That old CBS magic!

Unlike Couric, Pelley has marinated for more than two decades in the CBS News news room. That's all the experience one could hope for, argued Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation yesterday. Said Schieffer:

I've sort of watched him grow up here - actually I've watched most of the people here grow up! No one who was in the Washington Bureau when I came here in 1969 is still here. So they're ALL newcomers to me.

But here's the part I like: Scott was telling somebody the other day that, since coming here in 1989, he has never had an anchor job, so he was a little nervous about taking this one.

Well, I think that makes him MORE qualified. Too many people in TV these days get their suntans from the studio lights.

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