Michael Morrison To Be Named Executive Producer Of ‘Katie’

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 11:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that Disney-ABC Domestic Television is finalizing a deal with Michael Morrison to join Katie Couric‘s freshman talk show Katie as executive producer. I hear the hire will be announced to the staff of the show on Thursday. Morrison will take over showrunner responsibilities from departing executive producer Jeff Zucker, who co-owns the show with Couric. Morrison’s appointment allows continuity as Zucker is slated to leave for his new job as president of CNN Worldwide at the beginning of next month.

In anticipation of Zucker’s exit, Disney-ABC began quietly meeting with potential candidates to succeed Zucker at the helm of the show in October. When Zucker’s appointment at CNN was announced at the end of last month, the search accelerated and was quickly narrowed to several candidates with the goal to have someone in place by the end of the year. On Katie, Morrison joins Zucker’s lieutenants on the show: co-executive producers Michael Bass and Kathy Samuels. Read More »

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TV Teaser: Katie Couric’s ‘Katie’

By | Tuesday July 3, 2012 @ 12:34pm PDT

Katie Couric‘s new syndicated talk show Katie premieres September 10. Couric and Jeff Zucker are executive producers of the Disney-ABC daytime hour. Here’s a look at the latest promo:

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Katie Couric’s Show Cleared In 93% Of U.S.

By | Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 11:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The clearances for Katie Couric’s upcoming live hourlong daily syndicated talk show Katie have reached 93% of the country, including 95 of the top 100 markets. In addition to the show’s core launch group of the ABC O&O stations, clearances include … Read More »

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Katie Couric’s Upcoming Syndicated Talk Show Cleared In More Than 80% Of U.S.

By | Monday November 14, 2011 @ 5:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Disney-ABC’s new syndicated daily talk show Katie, hosted by former Today and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, has added station clearances to reach coverage of more than 80% of the country, including 55 of the top 60 markets. … Read More »

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Kelly Ripa Signs New 5-Year Deal For ‘Live!’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With Regis Philbin leaving Live! With Regis And Kelly next week, the company that distributes the popular daily syndicated talk show has moved to lock in co-host Kelly Ripa through at least 2017. I’ve learned that Ripa has … Read More »

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Katie Couric’s Syndicated Talk Show Cleared In 60% Of The Country

By | Monday October 24, 2011 @ 7:12am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Katie Couric’s upcoming nationally syndicated talk show, Katie, has been cleared in over 60% of the country, according to distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Katie, slated to launch in fall 2012, has been sold in 14 of the top 15 markets. Of course, the backbone of that are the eight ABC owned-and-operated stations, which picked up the show as part of Couric’s deal with Disney/ABC. The eight stations (in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno) cover 22.5% of the country, including the top five markets. Additional clearances include stations from broadcast groups Allbritton Communications, Belo Corporation, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, LIN Broadcasting, McGraw-Hill, Scripps Howard Broadcasting and Young Broadcasting. Read More »

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