The strategy at CBS has been to offer a newsy alternative to the more traditional morning shows on ABC and NBC, which include a regular menu of soft features, cooking segments and weather reports.
Charlie Gordon - The protagonist and author of the progress reports that form the text of Flowers for Algernon.
Charlie is a thirty-two-year-old mentally retarded man who lives in New York City.
At the start of the novel, he works at Donner’s Bakery as a janitor and delivery boy.
Charlie’s friendliness and eagerness to please, along with his childhood feelings of inadequacy, make him the hardest-working student in Alice Kinnian’s literacy class for retarded adults.
When Charlie undergoes an experimental surgery to increase his intelligence, his IQ skyrockets to the level of a genius.
"We were the only morning show that didn't mention it," coanchor Gayle King says proudly.
Charlie Rose is a famous name in the television arena. Norah O’Donnell, 41, joined the show in July 2012 from CBS’ Washington bureau and still has another year left on her deal.Rose and King were seen as something of an odd couple when they were picked to anchor the re-imagined program at CBS News, which had struggled for years to find the right tone in the mornings.Alice is the one woman with whom Charlie briefly finds loving fulfillment. Professor Harold Nemur - The scientist in charge of the experiment that heightens Charlie’s intelligence.“CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose will undergo heart surgery on Thursday, forcing him to take a break from the show for at least a few weeks to recuperate.His obsession with untangling his own emotional life and his longing to reach an emotional maturity and inner peace to match his intellectual authority inform many of the novel’s primary concerns. Alice Kinnian - Charlie’s teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults.