Disney's pricey two-year experiment with Katie Couric's talk show and its subsequent cancellation has left other syndicated shows fighting for the time slot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Meredith Vieira's talk show, Meredith, could benefit most from Katie's demise.
"Most stations already believed [Katie] was not going to return and have made decisions and acquired new product or rescheduled product they already have," says Bill Carroll, vp/director of programing at Katz TV Group. But Carroll notes that it's still unclear what ABC stations, including the network-owned outlets, will put in Katie's place, presenting an opportunity for Vieira and others.
Disney has finally dropped the hammer on Katie Couric’s self-titled talk show. In a released joint statement Disney-ABC and Couric said:
We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season. READ MORE
Does The Perky One believe the web is where it's at? In a new interview with Glamour, Katie Couric reveals why she's leaving ABC News for Yahoo. Here's an excerpt:
"Morning-show segments are often so short and they've gotten increasingly light over the years," Couric told Glamour. "The [online] real estate is so valuable. The reach is extraordinary. I learned that when I did my interview with Sarah Palin for CBS and more people saw it online than on a TV platform...I'm excited to take advantage of that in the best possible way." READ MORE
Some TV marriages aren't made to last and it looks like ABC News and Katie Couric's love affair is on the rocks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric is negotiating with ABC News to exit her three-year contract early, as she is being courted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
Meanwhile, the fate of Couric's ABC syndicated talk show Katie remains up in the air. Reportedly, executives are waiting for November sweeps ratings to come in and will likely decide Katie's fate in December.
Steve Harvey's next New York Times best seller could be entitled Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Hit Talk Show host. The comedian's self-titled daytime chatfest tied Katie in the Nielsen ratings the week ending Oct. 20. Both sophomore vehicles netted a 1.7 in households for the week. Steve Harvey was up 6 percent over the previous week in households; 10 percent among women 25.54. READ MORE