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The Word: Morning shows heat up this week with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin, Oprah

Get ready to see Katie, Sarah and Oprah bright and early this week.

The "Today" show is responding to the missile that ABC hurled last week -- the announcement that anchorwoman Katie Couric is guest-hosting "Good Morning America" -- with a nuclear warhead of its own: The NBC morning show announced over the weekend that Tuesday's guest-host will be none other than Sarah Palin (yes, that Sarah Palin. We thought it was an April Fools joke, too).

To make things even more interesting, Oprah is stopping by "CBS Morning News" today to see her BFF, host Gayle King. According to a CBS press release, Oprah's coming to "discuss everything from the latest developments at OWN, her Leadership Academy and life after her daytime talk show."

Katie Couric, Sarah Palin, Oprah: It's as though this week's morning news ratings war was created just to give the rival networks' late-night talk-show hosts something to joke about.

Charlie Sheen: Oh, what a year




It's hard to believe, but it's been a full year since Charlie Sheen's very public meltdown and the words "tiger blood" were launched into the public lexicon. Now Sheen is embarking on something of an apology tour. "I didn't recognize parts of who that guy was. I just wish it was somebody else's body. You say it's been a year -- it's either been a day, or a hundred years," Sheen told Matt Lauer during an interview on the "Today" show last week. "I guess the plan was to reintroduce myself to America and to the media and say, 'Sorry about that, but here's what's happening now.'" Clearly, that didn't go as planned. Now Sheen is busying promoting a new TV show, FX's "Anger Management." "I couldn't have the 'Two and a Half Men' thing be my television legacy," Sheen says. "I couldn't have that end on that note."

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