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. In addition to the show’s core launch group of the ABC owned stations, clearances include stations from the Granite, Griffin, Media General, Meredith, Raycom and Sinclair broadcast groups. Katie is one of four new daily syndicated talk shows hosted by a well-known TV personality to launch next fall, along with NBCU’s Steve Harvey and CBS TV Distribution’s Jeff Probst, which have been announced, and Twentieth’s Ricki Lake, which is expected to join them.
Talk Show Roundup: Regis Philbin’s Last Day On ‘Live’ Is Nov. 18; First Gigs For Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper
Regis Philbin said today during the season premiere of his syndicated morning talk show Live With Regis and Kelly that his last day on the Disney-ABC program will be Nov. 18. The 80-year-old had announced back in January that his was retiring from Live after 28 years. As for his replacement, producer Michael Gelman said during the show this morning that there is no short list of candidates, and a guest-host rotation will continue until a permanent host is found.
– ABC today revealed that Katie Couric’s first news assignment at her new home will air tonight on Nightline, when the former CBS News anchor interviews Sarah Jessica Parker ahead of the actress’ upcoming feature I Don’t Know How She Does It. Sure, these are the types of guests Couric will nab for her upcoming ABC talk show, but it’s a curious debut for her owing to her much-publicized negotiations with potential suitors that centered on her insisting she stay close to hard news, like covering the 2012 presidential elections.
That was quick. A day after her deal with ABC was announced, Katie Couric was on Jimmy Kimmel’s primetime special tonight promoting the paperback release of her latest book, The Best Advice I Ever Got. For the past 5 years, while she anchored the CBS Evening News, Couric was a …
The Couric-Conan Parallel: Why ‘General Hospital’ Fans Could Hate Katie If Soap Cancelled; Plus Details Of Her ABC Deal
When Conan O’Brien began conversations with TBS in the spring of 2010, he had one condition that was non-negotiable: he would consider doing a show for the cable network only if the man whose …
As expected, ABC today announced its deal with Katie Couric, who will now have had major gigs on all of the Big 3 networks. The pact includes a New York-based daytime talk show, executive produced by Jeff Zucker, which will launch in September 2012, and duties at ABC News where the network says she will contribute to “all programs.” Couric’s syndicated show will air at 3 PM, the time slot where ABC currently airs its soon-to-be only soap General Hospital and which will be returned to the ABC affiliates in September 2012. The yet-untitled Couric show has already been cleared in almost a quarter of the U.S. as it has been picked up by the 8 ABC Owned stations. Despite taking away an hour of its 3-hour daytime block, ABC said that it “continues to support General Hospital, and the plans to launch The Chew in September of this year and The Revolution in January 2012.” If one of the new reality series, which will replace canceled daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live, doesn’t make it beyond its first season, ABC could presumably shift General Hospital to an early slot for fall 2012 if it wants to keep the soap. The deal marks Couric’s return to ABC where she started her career as an assistant in 1979. Here is ABC’s release and an email sent out by ABC News president Ben Sherwood:
Below is video of Katie Couric’s final minutes as anchor of CBS Evening News. Her last broadcast was today. There is speculation that Couric has reached a deal with ABC for a syndicated talk show, which CBS has the right to match. (UPDATE: I hear she is in advanced negotiations.) …
CBS News announced today that Katie Couric’s last day as anchor of the CBS Evening News will be May 19, before her contract expires. She is being replaced by Scott Pelley, who will take over June 6. Of course, Couric likely …
At a press conference today discussing the pending anchor switchover on NBC’s Today triggered by the upcoming departure of Meredith Vieira, co-host Matt Lauer addressed speculation that he might join former Today cohort Katie Couric on her potential syndicated talk show. “We certainly spoke about the possibility, but we’ve talked about a lot of possibilities over the years,” Lauer said, according to press reports. “It turned into just talk. And that’s where we left it. It’s not going to happen.” Word is those overtures to Lauer infuriated NBC brass and led to the network pulling out of contention for the Couric talker. As for the rumors that one way or another Lauer may be leaving Today when his contract is up in December 2012 or even sooner, “I have a long-term deal with NBC News,” he said. “I’m going to be here for a while. You’re going to get sick of me.”
In what could be her final days at CBS since the company recently pulled its daytime talk show offer, Katie Couric last night appeared alongside her CBS colleague David Letterman in an elaborate skit by Stephen Colbert, which involved The Colbert Report star walking onto the stage of The …
After almost five years as anchor of CBS Evening News, Katie Couric will be stepping down in June. As expected, she made the announcement this afternoon. And as expected, she made it in a low-key fashion, just briefly acknowledging her pending departure in a statement to People. “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric said. “I’m really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we’ve been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I’ve done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning. In making the decision to move on, I know the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future.” She didn’t want to discuss her future plans beyond saying that she is looking for “a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling,” but the decision to make her announcement to People vs. a news-oriented outlet is a clear indication of her pending switch from hard news to daytime TV. As for Couric’s future destination, expected to be announced in the next week or two, early frontrunner NBC is “fading out,” a source close to the situation said. With Telepictures/CNN also recently leaving the picture, it is down to CBS and ABC, whose late offer is said to be very lucrative, especially on the news side, which has been important to Couric, including participation in the coverage of the 2012 presidential elections. While CBS has the pull of a very strong syndication division and a spot on the most revered newsmagazine, 60 Minutes, the company’s executives have started managing expectations, telling TV Guide magazine that they expect Couric to go to ABC.
In one of the most anti-climactic announcements, Katie Couric this week will officially confirm her long-rumored departure as anchor of CBS Evening News. I hear the announcement may come tomorrow afternoon, just before Couric leaves for London, where she will lead CBS’ coverage of the Royal Wedding. “It won’t be anything major, just a brief acknowledgment,” an insider said. Couric’s exit news will be kept as low-key and basic as possible to focus the attention on CBS’ announcement of Couric’s successor in the CBS Evening News anchor chair, which will be made next week. No surprises there either, as NYT reports that early frontrunner Scott Pelley is getting the job. After that, Couric is expected to unveil her next move within the following week or two.
FRONS SPEAKS: ABC Daytime Chief Explains Why ‘AMC’ & ‘OLTL’ Were Axed; Says ‘GH’ Is “Safe For Time Being”
EXCLUSIVE: ABC’s daytime president Brian Frons is the most hated man among soap fans today after the announcement that the network is canceling both All My Children and One Life To Live. He even quipped that he “pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.” The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making, Frons tells me. “A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go,” he said. When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them. Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew, The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama, Frons said. But “the way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”
The call to go ahead with canceling a daytime soap was made a couple of weeks ago, while the final decision to axe both AMC and OLTL was made within the past week, Frons said. He confirmed that there was a brief discussion about a year ago to combine the two soaps into one, bringing together some of the best characters from each series. “It was one of my craziest ideas,” Frons said. Other crazy ideas he had for the soaps’ slots? “I looked at (Bravo executive/talk show host) Andy Cohen and thought maybe I should have talk show.”
While ABC also developed more traditional daytime fare like talk and game shows, genres CBS recently used to replace its soaps The Guiding Light and As the World Turns, the network ultimately opted for more non-traditional fare with The Chew and The Revolution, both hybrid unscripted/talk shows. That was by design, said Frons, noting that he was following advice by his former boss at NBC Brandon Tartikoff not to go for shows others already have on.
“I wanted to do shows that were unusual for daytime,” Frons said. “What’s happening now is people are looking for information to make their lives better, they’re obsessed about what they eat and they’re obsessed with weight,” Frons said about going with The Chew and The Revolution, whose titles were chosen to complement ABC’s daytime talk show The View, with which they are designed to run in a “block of talk and information that you can build your day around,” Frons said. It probably doesn’t hurt that the new shows are also much cheaper to produce than the two soaps they are replacing, even after AMC was moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2009 to cut costs. Frons declined to discuss the size of the orders to The Chew and The Revolution but noted that “daytime shows take awhile” to take hold, indicating that ABC will give both series time to establish themselves.
As for the only remaining ABC daytime drama, General Hospital, it is safe “for the time being,” Frons said, adding, “We feel very positive about its place on the schedule.”
Nothing newsworthy came out of the interview, but it’s nice to see Katie Couric and Matt Lauer back together; their chemistry is still there. Like the exchange when Lauer brought up the subject of Couric’s future: “Have you heard any good rumors recently?” Responded Couric, “No, have you?” She talked …