In an interview with John Nogawski, president, CBS Television Distribution, Broadcasting & Cable revealed that Disney/ABC Domestic Television is spending roughly $80 million just to get its Katie Couric hosted talker, aptly named "Katie," off the ground in the next couple of weeks.
On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the Disney/ABC Television Stations Group 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 Katie Couric, on Monday, September 10. What wasn't stated was "General Hospital," 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."
On June 6, 2011, ABC finally announced (after months of rumors) that it had signed a deal with former "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show, and that said show would replace veteran soap opera "General Hospital" in the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT/CT timeslot. While initially the decision brought fear to soap opera fans, who only two months prior learned that ABC Daytime's two other veteran soaps ("All My Children" and "One Life to Live") would be replaced by two new food and lifestyle centered talk shows ("The Chew" and "The Revolution"). Now nearly a year since the announcement, it looks like Katie Couric may just be the lifesaver "General Hospital" desperately needs.
"All My Children's" replacement show "The Chew" debuts today, just three days after "AMC" aired its final episode on ABC, and I can't help myself in wishing it would just go away. No, it isn't the show or what it is all about. In a perfect world I'd care to watch it from time to time, after all we all have to cook good and healthy meals don't we? But it is the way the network went about handling "The Chew" which included non-stop advertising during "AMC's" final weeks on television along with non-stop advertising on soap opera centered websites including Soap Opera Network that I find myself saying "what a way to spit on your audience."
As reported back in June, the Disney/ABC Television Group has hired Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show that is expected to air on virtually all ABC affiliated stations, including the eight owned and operated stations that have already signed off on the deal. The show currently titled "Katie" will debut in September 2012 during the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT time slot currently occupied by ABC's "General Hospital," which will be forced to relocate to an as yet to be determined timeslot on the network.