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Sarah Palin Launches Online Channel

By | Sunday July 27, 2014 @ 9:35pm PDT
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Sarah Palin Launches Online ChannelWe have the Oprah Winfrey Network. Now it is being joined by the Sarah Palin Channel, though with a very different sort of audience reach. The conservative — and often polarizing — pundit, former GOP Vice Presidential candidate and Alaska governor today launched her own subscription-based online channel, which is part of Tapp, the online-video venture formed by former NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin and former CNN U.S. president Jon Klein. Membership will cost $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a year.

In a video message announcing the Sarah Palin Channel (watch below), the Fox News contributor described her new venture as a news channel where she will “talk about the issues the main stream media won’t talk about,” adding, “I want to talk directly to you on my channel on my terms, and no need to please the powers that be.”

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Comic-Con: ‘True Blood’ Actress Slams Sarah Palin Over Non-Appearance On HBO Show (Video)

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 6:05pm PDT

Comic-Con: ‘True Blood’ Actress Slams Sarah Palin Over Non-Appearance On HBO Show (Video)UPDATES WITH VIDEO: True Blood may be into its final season, but the HBO show wasn’t treating its likely last Comic-Con appearance with anything but a ravenous appetite and a bit of bite. Specifically it was former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin who got chomped. “She’ll weigh in on anything,” castmember Kristin Bauer van Straten said disdainfully of Palin revealing that she turned down the attempt HBO made to get the ex-Alaska governor on the show for its most recent broadcast. Besides a bloodbath at a fictional fundraiser for real-life Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the July 20 episode had several digs at the GOP including one character referring to herself as “a Republic**t.”

Needless to say, Palin wasn’t impressed.

Image (1) Sarah-Palin__120403125106__130212232410.jpeg for post 428911“The brilliant minds of True Blood were brazen enough to ask me to do a cameo on their show, apparently so they could insult a conservative woman in person instead of just all conservative women in general,” Palin revealed to Breitbart earlier this week. “Their offer wasn’t presented in any negative way, perhaps to benefit from a surprise factor after the guest appearance. I turned them down anyway.” HBO confirmed that the offer in a statement that “casting directors for the show reached out to Ms. Palin’s representative but did not receive a response.”

“It’s sweet many, many years later Warner Bros. At Comic-Con International 2014that I’ve made her angry, I had fun … Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Transformers 4′ Wins July 4th Holiday Box Office; Duo Exit ‘View’ Divinely; Sarah Palin’s Reality Show Renewed (Video)

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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' leads the lowest-grossing Independence Day frame in more than 10 years as rookie 'Tammy' finishes second, the Good Book gets some credit during the first taping of 'The View' since two co-hosts' exits were announced, and Sportsman Channel is giving viewers another season of Sarah Palin's 'Amazing America'. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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Sarah Palin Elected To Second Term By Sportsman Channel

Sarah Palin Elected To Second Term By Sportsman ChannelTo the surprise of no one, Sportsman Channel has renewed Amazing America With Sarah Palin, aka The Show That Caused Many Reporters Who Cover Television To Write About Sportsman Channel For The First Time. The channel, who has elected the former GOP VPOTUS candidate to the new title of “First Lady of the Outdoors,” said the show will return in first-quarter 2015. The first season featured 12 episodes; the second season order is same. Read More »

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Sarah Palin Talks Abortion With Mario Lopez To Plug ‘Amazing America’: Video

Sarah Palin has a new reality series, Amazing America, on Sportsman “Red, Wild & Blue” Channel that this week features the world championship duck calling contest in Arkansas.  So, naturally she and Mario Lopez discussed abortion and Hillary Clinton‘s pregnant daughter on Extra. Watch here:

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UPDATE: Jimmy Fallon And Sarah Palin Outstrip Jimmy Kimmel And Bill Clinton (Video)

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT

UPDATE: 10:45 AM:  Jimmy Fallon led comfortably in the ratings last night, despite Jimmy Kimmel’s big “get”  –  first-ever JKL appearance by former President Bill Clinton. Fallon got a last-minute assist from former VPOTUS-candidate-turned-reality-TV-regular Sarah Palin. In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon scored a household  3.0/7; CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman a 2.5/6, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live a 2.4/6. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: Tonight at 1.1/5; Late Show’s 0.5/2; and JKL’s 0.8/4. Watch Clinton and Kimmel here: Read More »

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TCA: Sarah Palin Vows To Defend First And Second Amendments On ‘Amazing America With Sarah Palin’

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154Sarah Palin insists her new reality series on Sportsman ChannelAmazing America With Sarah Palin, will not be political. More accurately, she told TV critics at the TCA Winter TV Press Tour this morning, “Thank God this isn’t political.” 2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 2It will, however, touch on “protecting our Constitution,”  she said during her breakfast Q&A here in Pasadena. What about the Constitution? The Second Amendment. And the First Amendment. Specifically, she said, about being able to say what you want without fear of losing your job, she explained, adding, “We’ve seen that with other networks recently.” She was, of course, referencing Duck Dynasty. Fan Sarah Palin took to social media to voice her support for Phil Robertson when A&E put him on hiatus for an indefinite period over comments he made in a GQ interview, saying that his suspension is an attack on free speech. “Free speech is an endangered species,” she wrote on Facebook. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

Related: Sarah Palin To Star In Series For Sportsman Channel

2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 2This morning, Palin — rail-thin and dressed in a bedazzled top, black jeans and American flag platform pumps she says were ordered for her by her niece McKinley “(Named after the mountain in Alaska, Palin said, which in turn, was named after the country’s 25th President William McKinley) — revealed she eats organic. She acknowledged a lot of people don’t associate the Palins “with the granola type of thing.” And their organic food isn’t wrapped in celophane, “it’s wrapped in fur.”

Amazing America, Palin said, will give viewers the opportunity to “see how it is we live out that Americana dream of productivity and loving the great outdoors.”  The show will be about living “unguarded, unchained, and living that Red Wild and Blue lifestyle in Alaska — what America used to be.” She hopes to “showcase people places and things in order to inspire… and restore fundamentally what made America so great ” she said, adding “independent,” “clean” and “free.” Read More »

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TCA: John Oliver Touts Sarah Palin’s New Sportsman Channel Show

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 6:28pm PST

John Oliver“Are you staying at the hotel tonight?” a TV critic asked John Oliver at the start of a Q&A for his new HBO comedy show.

“This is already a very creepy way to start the question,” Oliver interrupted during the session of the TCA Winter Press Tour 2014, being held at the Langham hotel in Pasadena.

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“Sarah Palin is hosting breakfast,” the critic explained.

“WHAT?! Are you kidding? Well, now — I’m checking in!” Oliver enthused. “What breakfast?”

Sportsman Channel, he was informed. Palin’s come to promote her new reality series for the network.

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154“Good for her!” Oliver beamed. “She’s going to do to sports what she did to politics. … Believe me, there is a significant voice in my head now saying, ‘Check in, go to breakfast’!” he said giddily. “I think I’m on a flight tomorrow morning, but again, half of me has already canceled that flight,” he continued as one TV critic offered him his credentials so he could attend the Palin breakfast. “I’m also glad the TCA security is so high that passes are utterly transferable — especially since we are different races,” he said of the critic.

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UPDATE: A&E Grapples With Death Threats And Clan Ultimatum On ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Suspension

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Some Washingtonians were disappointed this afternoon when no one stepped up to ask President Obama a Duck Dynasty question during his last news conference of the calendar year. The disappointed ones had a pool going, in re which reporter would ask POTUS a question about the PhilRobertson__131219004947-275x393__131219165131recently suspended Duck Dynasty star. “Moral dilemma for White House reporters: Duck Dynasty question guarantees pickup and/but..practical dilemma for @pfeiffer44:  how much prep?” tweeted Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine,, and MSNBC. (instead, Obama got asked whether 2013 had been the “worst year of your presidency,” a couple NSA surveillance questions and what he thought was his biggest mistake of the year. Answer: ACA rollout.)

A&E has no plans to edit down, or out, show patriarch Phil Robertson’s appearances in the nine episodes that have already been completed of the show’s upcoming 10-episode fifth season, scheduled to debut on January 15. And it is hoping he will be back for Season 6. That said, the network is giving some thought to pushing back start of production on the next batch of episodes currently slated for spring, according to informed sources, as it attempts to see what it can salvage from the wreck left by this week’s GQ article and newly unearthed Phil video. In that 2010 video, Robertson is seen making an impassioned speech against the “gross sexual immorality” of “women with women” and “men with men.” The video, first uploaded by various attendees of a Wild Game Supper of the Berean Bible Church, somewhere in Pennsylvania,  shows Robertson alternately demonstrating bird calls, defining his pursuit of happiness as  “to blow a duck’s head smooth off,” and discussing the “shameful lust” going on in this country.

“Women with women. Men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another. And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion,” Robertson said in the video. “They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless, they invent ways of doing evil.”

PREVIOUS, 8:47 AM: A&E Network has had to beef up security at its New York headquarters after receiving death threats and suspicious packages from people enraged about the network’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. No formal meetings are schedule today between A&E and the Robertson clan, who yesterday issued a statement saying they “cannot imagine” doing the show without Phil — which, loosely translated, means “No Phil – no show.” That said, the network, which has had a good working relationship with the family (as the clan noted in its statement), is “always talking to them,” as one source with knowledge of the family said. The decision to suspend A&E_logoPhil Robertson triggered a firestorm and has created some strange bedfellows; last night Jon Stewart defended Phil’s “right to say ignorant shit” — joining Phil defenders Sarah Palin, who’d tweeted “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,” and Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who’d  pronounced it “It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
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Sarah Palin Slams “Irrelevant” Copyright Lawsuit Over 9/11 Photo

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 10:52am PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEThe Fox News contributor and former Alaska Governor says a copyright infringement lawsuit against her for use of an iconic photo of the U.S. flag being raised at Ground Zero on September 11 should be tossed out. “A New Jersey Sarah Palin Signs Copies Of Her New Book "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas"newspaper has chosen New York as the forum to sue defendants located in distant states, based on conduct with no particular connection to this District besides the subject matter of the photograph — a consideration that is irrelevant for purposes of venue,” lawyers for Sarah Palin wrote yesterday (read it here) in a filing in NYC District Court. “Defendants therefore seek dismissal…on the ground of improper venue or, in the alternative, for transfer of this action to an appropriate forum,” the motion memo adds.

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North Jersey Media Group sued the former GOP VP nominee and her political action committee SarahPAC more than three months ago 9 11 paln lawsuit picfor putting up an edited version of the photograph with the words “We will never forget” on her Facebook page and the PAC’s website without permission. Thursday’s 24-page memo also bluntly notes that “plaintiff’s copyright claim is groundless because the alleged use of plaintiff’s photograph in reduced, cropped form to provide visual and historical context to a Facebook post memorializing the September 11th attacks is not copyright infringement.” Palin’s lawyers say that because the well-known photo was used in such a manner as well as cropped and altered, it is  “fair use.” They also note that it was not  intended to solicit donations for the PAC in any way. Read More »

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Sarah Palin To Star In Series For Sportsman Channel

“The Grizzly is unpredictable — and we’ve got the mother of them all,” The Sportsman Channel said this morning in announcing Sarah Palin will attempt to make her reality TV comeback with a show focused on the outdoors. Amazing America With Sarah Palin will premiere in April sarahpalinfoxnewson the channel that also features an NRA talk show, Antler InsanityPersonal Defense TV, and a series with rocker Ted Nugent.

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The Palin family were Barrymores of reality TV for a period. Palin previously starred in Sarah Palin’s Alaska  — it aired for eight episodes starting in 2010 on TLC but was not renewed for a second season though the network called the ratings “solid.” She also showed up regularly in the audience, and was interviewed on camera, when daughter Bristol became an improbable finalist on the 11th edition of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. Husband Todd, meanwhile, starred on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes. Bristol went on to star in Lifetime’s Bristol Palin: Life’s A Trip and, more recently, returned for the all-star edition of Dancing. Sarah and Todd also pitched a reality series about Todd’s career as a championship snowmobile racer but apparently got no takers, because the show never surfaced.

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UPDATE: Martin Bashir Resignation Produces Surprising Reaction From Sarah Palin & Alec Baldwin

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 11:30am PST

UPDATED, 11:30 AM: Martin Bashir‘s resignation from MSNBC after making graphic statements about Sarah Palin on his program led to some interesting, and sarahpalinfoxnews__130125224522unexpected, results. This morning, for instance, Palin praised the media for keeping on the story alive after Bashir apologized for comments he made about her on his show.  “It was refreshing to see though, that many in the media did come out and say, ‘Look our standards have got to be higher than this’,” Palin said this morning on Fox News Channel‘s Fox & Friends. “Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken.” Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin, who’d added his voice to the chorus wondering why MSNBC had not punished Bashir for his incendiary, pre-planned on-air comment about Palin — Baldwin had been suspended, then canceled for his homophobic rant against a photographer — weighed in with support of Bashir after word of the latter’s resignation got out. “I’m sorry to learn that @MartinBashir is out at MSNBC,” Baldwin tweeted yesterday, followed a minute later by, “Bashir created great television.” On his November 15 MSNBC program, Bashir called Palin a “world class idiot” for comparing the country’s debt to China to slavery. After describing one slave-owner’s practice of forcing a slave to defecate in another slave’s mouth, Bashir said Palin would be a good candidate for such treatment. Read More »

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MSNBC’s Next Headache: What To Do About Martin Bashir

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 2:14pm PST

MSNBC‘s joint announcement today with Alec Baldwin’s camp that they had mutually decided to end Baldwin’s Up Late interview show leaves the cable news network with just one on-air talent headache: Martin Bashir, whose apology for graphic comments he made about Sarah Palin hasn’t ended chatter as to whether he should be punished.

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This past weekend, Palin, a Fox News analyst, said in an interview with Fox News Sunday that MSNBC was guilty of “executive hypocrisy” in not disciplining Bashir for his “vile, evil comments.” Following Bashir’s on-air apology, the network — which fired Don Imus in 2007 for referring to members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos” and suspended David Shuster for two weeks in 2008 for suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had “pimped out” daughter Chelsea by having her make phone calls to celebrities and convention delegates — told the Associated Press it was “handling this [Bashir] matter internally,” and wouldn’t comment further.

Bashir had used his weekday afternoon program on November 15 to criticize Palin for having compared U.S. indebtedness to China to slavery. Bashir cited the diaries of a former plantation overseer who punished slaves by having someone defecate in their mouth or urinate on their face. Bashir suggested the former Alaska governor was a candidate for the same treatment. After Bashir made that suggestion, the same day MSNBC suspended Baldwin’s show after the host’s off-screen behavior, much debate ensued as to why Baldwin’s reprehensible rant during a heated off-air confrontation merited suspension, while Bashir’s thought-out, and deliberately gag-inducing, suggestion, made on air, did not. Bashir apologized during his next telecast, on November 18. Read More »

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Meghan McCain To Put Millennial Questions To Dad For First Time, On Pivot Talk Show

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 1:13pm PDT

Pivot — the millennial-targeting network launched in August to “entertain and inspire activism” among 18- to 34-year-olds with its “completely different approach to television,” including a “very f—ed up, weird reality talk show” (said Pivot president Evan Shapiro) — today announced that the host of that very f—ed up, weird reality talk show, Meghan McCain, will interview her dad, Sen. John McCain, for the first time.

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The interview, premiering Saturday, will feature Meghan asking Dad, among other things, how he turned “a crushing defeat into an inspiring comeback” during the ’08 presidential bid. In clips sent to the press today, Meghan also asked Dad how millennials “can overcome all the obstacles we are facing and still live a fulfilling life.” He said they need to be involved, but “it doesn’t have to be in the military,” ticking off a couple other ideas. More newsworthy, perhaps, Meghan asked Dad about his failed 2008 presidential race against now-President Obama and how he turned that concession speech — or, as Pivot at one point in its news release called it, his “confession speech” — from a “difficult moment into something that has turned out to be so beautiful.” Read More »

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Sarah Palin Returns To Fox News

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 11:37am PDT

Sarah PalinLess than six months after the former GOP VP candidate departed from Fox News Channel, Sarah Palin is coming back to the News Corp-owned network next week. “The power of Fox News is unparalleled. The role of Fox News in the important debates in our world is indispensable. I am pleased and proud to be rejoining Roger Ailes and the great people at Fox,” said Palin today in a statement. “I’ve had several conversations with Governor Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining FOX News as a contributor. I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind,” added FNC boss Roger Ailes Thursday. FNC says that the former Alaska Governor will be a paid contributor to the news network’s daytime and primetime shows as well as appearing on Fox Business Network.

Palin’s first return appearance on FNC will be on the morning show Fox & Friends on June 17. That date is no accident. It is also the same day that Jeff Zucker’s CNN launches its new morning show New Day. Among the cable news networks’ morning shows Fox & Friends commonly has more viewers than Read More »

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Sarah Palin Skewers Washington Post For Falling For Fake Al Jazeera TV Story

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 3:39pm PST

Despite leaving Fox News last month, Sarah Palin is not joining Al Jazeera America as a talking head. She is, however ,certainly mocking a Washington Post report today incorrectly claiming she was. “Hey @washingtonpost, I’m having coffee with Elvis this week. He works at the Mocha Moose in Wasilla. #suziparkerscoops #idiotmedia,” the former GOP VP candidate wrote on Twitter today. Earlier in the day, the Post ran a seemingly unbelievable story by blogger Suzy Parker on its website saying Palin was heading to the new U.S. version of the Qatar-based network. Parker’s story cited a February 4 report on the Daily Currant as its source for Palin’s new gig. The story quoted the conservative former Alaska Governor as saying Al Jazeera “told me they reach millions of devoutly religious people who don’t watch CBS or CNN. That tells me they don’t have a liberal bias.” However, what the Post didn’t realize was the Currant is a news parody website and the original story was meant to be funny and not at all factual. Read More »

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Sarah Palin Leaves Fox News

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 2:49pm PST

The former Republican Vice Presidential candidate will no longer be on Fox News Channel, the network confirmed today. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors,” FNC Programming EVP Bill Shine said in a statement. Sarah Palin has been a frequent contributor to Fox News since 2009.

Not only did the News Corp-owned network reportedly pay Palin more than $1 million a year, but FNC even built a studio in her Wasilla home so the former Alaska governor could work from there. However, the relationship was not always ruffle-free. On August 29 last year, Palin took to her Facebook page to complain about FNC removing her as a talking head for the network’s GOP convention coverage. Fox News said later it was a scheduling issue and not a slight. Palin showed up on Sean Hannity’s show the next night. Read More »

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UPDATE: Is Sarah Palin’s Public Stance A Negotiating Tactic With Fox? – Report

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 5:17pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:17 PM Thursday:  Sarah Palin’s comments on Facebook about her Republican Convention speech being canceled may be part of an elaborate negotiating tactic, according to New York magazine. Palin’s contract is supposedly up in January, and Fox News is considering what kind of new deal they will sign, if they decide to keep Palin at all. At roughly $1 million a year, Palin is Fox’s highest-paid contributor, the magazine said. Additionally Fox execs have been underwhelmed by Palin’s ratings. And Palin hasn’t been happy when Fox hasn’t given her top billing. Sources cited by New York say things have been so touchy that all communications have been through her husband Todd Palin, currently one of the contestants on NBC’s reality series Stars Earn Stripes. Additionally, Palin’s Facebook commentary likely did not endear her to Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who values discipline and loyalty. For now though they appear to have made peace. Despite being suddenly removed from FNC’s rundown on Wednesday, Palin is now scheduled to  be on with Sean Hannity tonight.

PREVIOUSLY, 4:44PM Wednesday: Sarah Palin took to Facebook today to complain about Fox News removing her as a talking head for the network’s GOP convention coverage. Fox News tells Deadline there’s no conspiracy theory. ”Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three. We look forward to having Governor … Read More »

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Katie Couric Invited Sarah Palin To New Talk Show ‘Katie’: TCA

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 11:20am PDT

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Katie Couric Talk ShowKatie Couric breezed through ABC’s morning presentation at TCA to hype her forthcoming syndicated daily daytime talk show Katie, disclosing that she already has invited famed former interview subject Sarah Palin to come on but has yet to hear back. Couric also has invited President Obama and Michelle Obama as well as Mitt and Ann Romney to the show, which premieres September 10.

Couric also detailed what she expects the show to be (she disclosed that Sheryl Crow wrote and performs the theme song) and that producer Jeff Zucker — long her boss during her years at the Today show — will be constantly in her ear during production. ”I’m really excited to be able to work with Jeff,” Couric said. “We had some great years on the Today show and have very similar sensibilities. We can finish each other’s sentences. And I know he’s got my back. I trust him implicitly. It givers me a great sense of security to have him here, to have someone in your ear whom you really trust.”

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