Brrr, it's cold in here. There must be some TV execs trying to pimp their new vehicles in the atmosphere! In a new Broadcasting and Cable article previewing how CBS Television Distribution (CTD) hopes new blood will help the division stay on top of the syndication game—in daytime (Jeff Probst) and in primetime (Arsenio)—CTD President John Nogawski threw major shade at rival Disney-ABC's upcoming chatfest Katie. READ MORE
Katie Couric has debuted the latest promo for her upcoming syndicated talk show, Katie. The Jeff Zucker-produced chatfest debuts Sept. 10 at 3 pm EST. Watch "You're Invited" after the jump! READ MORE
Katie Couric continues to try and make peace with soap opera fans, disgruntled that her new syndicated talker, Katie, is taking General Hospital's current timeslot on ABC-owned and operated stations (GH is moving into the slot currently held by Good Afternoon America in September). At the TCA panel for her upcoming show, Couric had this to say about the suds (as reported by the LA Times):
"Soap operas have a huge following," she said. "I think that they fill a need for a lot of people," adding that she thinks that can "peacefully coexist" with other daytime shows.
Katie Couric wants to fill the void left by Oprah, but will topics like “Is sexting cheating?” or “What are the five rules for dating over 40?” be enough to pull in viewers to her new talk show? In her latest promo for Katie, Couric previews more of what fans can expect.
Katie premieres on September 10. Watch the latest promo for Katie after the jump! READ MORE
According to Page Six maven Cindy Adams, Katie Couric's new syndicated talk show, Katie, is being given only three days to prove a hit or a miss when it debuts this fall. Said Adams:
We’ve seen television favorites yanked off shows despite contractual obligations. Katie Couric’s ABC daytimer debuts September. So when will TV hotshots determine her new effort’s hot or not? Two years? Three seasons? Six episodes? Care to hear precisely exactly how long their eyes take to decide? You won’t believe it. But believe it.
Day 1, everybody tunes in. Day 2, it’s those watching a second time plus whoever missed the first program. By Day 3, the tinkering begins, but to suits in those offices if the ratings aren’t solid gold, it’s already all over.
Three days to tell if Katie’s A-OK. And please don’t insult me by saying I don’t know what I’m talking about. I know what I’m talking about because I know what they are talking about. READ MORE