‘Katie’ Premiere Date Set, Last Episode of ‘GH’ Too?

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the released a press release (see below) informing stations across the country of its plans to launch the long anticipated talk show “Katie,” hosted by news personality , on Monday, September 10. What wasn’t stated was “,” which currently occupies the planned 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PT/CT timeslot for Couric’s talk show, is likely to air its final episode in that timeslot on Friday, September 7. As we all know ABC is scheduled to turn over the timeslot to its affiliates, which will allow them to air various programming across their stations, including the option of airing “Katie.”

via Press Release



Executive Producer Announces Key Updates,
Hires for Katie Couric’s Upcoming Syndicated Daytime Show

Executive Producer Jeff Zucker today announced key production updates for Katie Couric’s highly anticipated nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie.” The live, weekday show has already been cleared in 94% of the country, and will premiere on Monday, September 10, 2012. The show is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

In an internal webcast to television stations that will air “Katie,” Zucker unveiled the show’s logo, and announced additions to the senior production staff including Director Joe Terry, who has spent the last 14 years as Director for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and Co-Executive Producer Kathy Samuels. Samuels is a producer with nearly 20 years of television experience, including live television and daytime talk show programming at NBC, Paramount Domestic, and CBS, and has been a part of several successful launch teams, including “Rachael Ray” and “Access Hollywood.” Zucker will serve as the day-to-day showrunner.

The webcast was conducted from TV One at ABC’s Manhattan headquarters, which will serve as home to the “Katie” set. The studio itself has a rich history, having served as the backdrop to the Kennedy/Nixon Presidential debates, and has housed broadcast programming including “Good Morning America” and election night coverage. “Katie” will broadcast live, weekdays in front of a studio audience.

“Katie and I are thrilled to share these updates with our partners and Katie’s fans,” said Zucker. “We now have our studio, a great-looking logo that exudes all of the qualities that we want the show to convey, and a terrific team with a diverse background of experience. We couldn’t be more excited about September 10. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality. In addition to hosting the new nationally syndicated program “Katie,” Couric is also a member of the ABC News team. “Katie” will be executive produced by Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

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  • it is going to be interesting to see what Katie Courics ratings are going to be with all of the Soap fans boycotting ABC. If her ratings are low it will show  that the soap fans are still boycotting ABC.I am not going watch Katie Couric because I am sick of all the talk shows.

  • If ABC cancels General Hospital, then I will be watching NOTHING on ABC and millions of doap fans are joining me.  No soaps on ABC = NO ABC in my house and in many others. I am so tired of all the wall-to-wall talk shows. Shows us some variety, ABC, and keep General Hospital on the air.

    • Please speak only for yourself and NOT for other fans

      • kellwoohoo

        He is talking for many fans!  Get over it!  There are many soap fans ABC has lost completely from their network.  I have many friends who refuse to watch anything on ABC out of protest even if they would really like to watch some ABC shows.  Soap fans are the most loyal fans out there and ABC never gave them enough credit!

  • i wont be watching

  • It will be sad if it happens but I do not blame ABC and these shows had a incredible run over many years. But to blame the other great programs on ABC is purely immature

  • Jmoranpc51

    I too am sick and tired of all the talk shows, reality shows,game shows, enough is enough.  What happened to tv with imagination, interesting plots, suspense. GH has been in my family since I was a little girl. My late mother watched and my grandmother watched. I thoroughly enjoy watching this show. There is not much left to watch anymore. Everytime you turn on the tv, you are bombarded with talk shows, realityand game shows. Dr Oz, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The View, Kelly Rippa, Hoda and Kathy Lee, Ellen, Early Edition, The Price is Right, The Revolution, The Talk, Let’s Make a Deal, The Bachelor, The Bachelerotte, Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen ,Extreme Makeover, Wt Loss, Extreme Makeover Home,  American Idol, America’s Got Talent, So you Think you can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, The Late Late Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Then there are the news broadcasts, local news, NBC nightly news, ABC World News, CBS Evening News,  60 minutes, 20/20, Dateline, Niteline, 48 hours. Really