Just Call Her ‘Katie’: Talk Show That Will Likely Cost Fans Final ABC Daytime Soap Gets a Name


 




Media and entertainment sites are all abuzz following Monday's reveal by TV Newser of the first art work promoting Katie Couric's upcoming, syndicated talk show. The chatfest, which will be simply called Katie, will air largely on ABC stations and resulted in the network having to cede an hour back to affiliates, meaning come fall of 2012 there won't be enough room at the ABC Daytime inn for The Chew, The Revolution, Katie and General Hospital. Here's what executive producer Jeff Zucker had to say about the vehicle:

“I think Katie is a unique brand in television,” Zucker said at the time. “The mere fact that you can just say Katie and know who we are talking about is evidence of that.”

He also thought The Jay Leno Show was a good idea.

While I was a big fan of Couric during her many years on Today and in no way hold her responsible for Disney's decision to ditch their soaps, I have never wanted to see a project fail more. Will you guys be watching Katie? Sound off in the comments!

42 Responses

  1. Avatar of onnie
    onnie

    i will not be watching any of the new abc talk shows.

    None of these shows are going to work its going to be an epic failure i will be laughing my ass at Fron’s and Disney’s dunbasses

  2. Avatar of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    [quote]“The mere fact that you can just say Katie and know who we are talking about is evidence of that.”[/quote]What is Zuck smoking? When I see the name “Katie”, I think of Katie Holmes (Mrs. Tom Cruise), and when I hear the name “Katie”, I think of Katy Perry. At not time do I ever think of Katie Couric…in fact, that is a name, and a woman that I would want to forget.

  3. Avatar of isiola
    isiola

    Katie…show should be called Ka-Ching!!…as if she needs it…will not watch show..don’t care for her never did…while I love food shows the CHEW doesn’t appeal either will stick to Food Network..Zucker didn’t know much at NBC what will a change in call letters improve..he is right about one thing when you hear Katie,,you know right away you don’t want to view it!!

  4. Avatar of isiola
    isiola

    Katie…show should be called Ka-Ching!!…as if she needs it…will not watch show..don’t care for her never did…while I love food shows the CHEW doesn’t appeal either will stick to Food Network..Zucker didn’t know much at NBC what will a change in call letters improve..he is right about one thing when you hear Katie,,you know right away you don’t want to view it!!

  5. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    Yeppers, I will be watching because I love Katie and personally don’t have the connection to GH as some viewers. As far as The Chew & The Revolution they are won’t last. After reading some of the interviews for The Chew cast they are feeling the pressure and seems worried by the backlash of viewers. Regardless, as how people feel, Katie by far does have the credentials of journalist compare to Julie Chen. Katie could turn circles around Les’s old lady in that department. Personally, I love Katie Couric and will support her show.

  6. Avatar of josser
    josser

    Katie Couric is a fine journalist and human being. I won’t watch her show because I’m sick of talk shows. Why would I watch a talk show when I could a drama? As it is, I don’t watch any talk shows on a regular basis.

    What are the costs of this show? Isn’t ABC paying almost as much for “Katie” as it does for a soap?

    My eyes will follow AMC, OLTL, and GH to Prospect Park and whatever cable channel airs them.

  7. Avatar of soapfan616
    soapfan616

    If the media is abuzz about a freaking poster, then there must not be much going on in the media world. This ranks up there in importance with a trashy porn star turned reality “star” marrying a second rate basketball player and getting paid by sponsors to do so.

    Although I hope GH can find a life outside of the sexist programming executives at ABC, I think there’s a HUGE chance that viewers are going to throw up the Chew and say f**k you to a weight loss show that follows a cooking show. If ABC wants out of the soap business, they may get rid of GH but I don’t think it’s going to be because either of the replacements are going to be a success.

    GH would be better off with new executives giving it much needed CPR online but I’m afraid it might be somewhere on ABC’s schedule past Ms. Couric’s (And NOBODY thinks of her when someone says Katie) debut.

    When will America end its addiction to reality and talk shows?

  8. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    Absolutely not, no way, zip, zero, nada, nein, nyet, non…how many ways can one say “No” to watching this drivel? I could say more but my respect for the website and the people who post here stops me from using with language my mother would not approve of… 0:)

  9. Avatar of keanna
    keanna

    Listen my mother and I have said we’re not watching any of these talk shows, not a chance, no way, no how.

    I will follow the soaps on PP and whatever cable network lucky to pick them up.

    When these shows fail and they will, we will laugh our butts off!!! :bigsmile: :bigsmile:

  10. Avatar of cokeyloveshersoaps
    cokeyloveshersoaps

    It is not her fault that the soaps are canceled but im not giving Frons,Sweeney,or ABC daytime what THEY WANT plus i will not be watching because i have never watched her before and i cant stand talk shows they bore me to death.

  11. Avatar of wasabi
    wasabi

    “I think Katie is a unique brand in television,” Zucker said at the time. “The mere fact that you can just say Katie and know who we are talking about is evidence of that.”

    Knowing her name and having any desire whatsoever to tune in are two different things. But by the time her show airs, The Chew and The Revolution will be long gone, so the schedule shouldn’t be all that crowded.

  12. Avatar of jphelps
    jphelps

    I like Katie Couric and really I don’t get all the viscious remarks about her. BUt are folks naive enough to think her show failing will bring soaps back to ABC especially when none of the soaps are doing squat in the demo category. And I think creatively these shows could actually evolve and improve with PP provided they don’t have all the same crapass showrunners and writers involved.

    That said, I will not be watching her because I am not interested in watching another talk show. I don’t like Ellen, Dr. Phil, Dr, Oz and I even got tired of Oprah nor do I find nighttime Letterman, Leno, Conan, etc. entertaining either.

  13. Avatar of Desertrose
    Desertrose

    “Katie”?? Seriously? Are they trying to pretend her name has the same impact as say…Oprah? She is the last Katie I think of when I hear someone say “Katie”.

    Won’t be watching her show or anything else ABC offers up on their daytime lineup. No soaps…no me tuning into their boring insipid crap.

    I’ll be following my “PP” shows online or cable.

  14. Avatar of kittyskisses
    kittyskisses

    There is no way in the world that I will watch any of this “new and exciting lineup”(blech) Disney and Brian Frons deserve all the grief the fans of our soaps are going to give them for this outrage and to even think of cancelling my “General Hospital” even if the writers have been trashing the characters and “mobbing” us to death…. well, it just makes me sick to my stomach! Katie(blech);Brian Frons(blech to infinity); Disney(you need your collective heads examined)(blech)!!!!!!

  15. Avatar of kittyskisses
    kittyskisses

    There is no way in the world that I will watch any of this “new and exciting lineup”(blech) Disney and Brian Frons deserve all the grief the fans of our soaps are going to give them for this outrage and to even think of cancelling my “General Hospital” even if the writers have been trashing the characters and “mobbing” us to death…. well, it just makes me sick to my stomach! Katie(blech);Brian Frons(blech to infinity); Disney(you need your collective heads examined)(blech)!!!!!!

  16. Avatar of kittyskisses
    kittyskisses

    There is no way in the world that I will watch any of this “new and exciting lineup”(blech) Disney and Brian Frons deserve all the grief the fans of our soaps are going to give them for this outrage and to even think of cancelling my “General Hospital” even if the writers have been trashing the characters and “mobbing” us to death…. well, it just makes me sick to my stomach! Katie(blech);Brian Frons(blech to infinity); Disney(you need your collective heads examined)(blech)!!!!!!

  17. Avatar of soapfan616
    soapfan616

    America needs another talk show like Saudi Arabia needs more sand. My disinterest or negative remarks have nothing to do with Ms. Couric (although the air of grandiosity about her being a one name brand was a jagged pill to swallow) or being naive about soap’s future depending on her failure. ABC is back peddling out of daytime. They returned the time slot to the affiliates, with a huge incentive for them to fill it with Ms. Couric’s talkfest. So be it.

    I, for one, get reader’s negative responses. I am proud to see that people are sick of the same recycled talk show appearing every other year as someone appoints her/himself as the next Oprah. It shows me that soap viewers are a much more intellectual breed than we are given credit for.

  18. Avatar of SoapArmageddon
    SoapArmageddon

    What a godawful poster! They’ve photo-shopped the poor woman so much she looks like an alien.

    I do like Katie; she’s smart, pleasant, and made Sarah Palin look like the fool she is. However, I have no plans to watch her talk show, especially if it’s up against my boy, Anderson Cooper’s.

  19. Avatar of samanthadelayed
    samanthadelayed

    I don’t hate Katie, but how exactly is she “unique”? puleez…

    Plus..what is that tag line all about.. “The Opportunity begins September 8th” The Opportunity to bore me senseless with another effing talk show???

  20. Avatar of jphelps
    jphelps

    [quote=soapfan616]America needs another talk show like Saudi Arabia needs more sand. My disinterest or negative remarks have nothing to do with Ms. Couric (although the air of grandiosity about her being a one name brand was a jagged pill to swallow) or being naive about soap’s future depending on her failure. ABC is back peddling out of daytime. They returned the time slot to the affiliates, with a huge incentive for them to fill it with Ms. Couric’s talkfest. So be it. I, for one, get reader’s negative responses. I am proud to see that people are sick of the same recycled talk show appearing every other year as someone appoints her/himself as the next Oprah. It shows me that soap viewers are a much more intellectual breed than we are given credit for.[/quote]

    I just tend to wonder how people would feel if AMC and OLTL were replaced with Gossip Girl and Nikita? I bet people would still be as irate.

  21. Avatar of BlancheD
    BlancheD

    I’m not understanding this double negative: “none of the soaps are doing squat in the demo category” – I take it you mean soaps are not doing well in the demographics ABC wants, which is totally untrue. General Hospital is #2 behind the View in ABC daytime, and Katie, who bombed on CBS, is not going to attract enough 18-49s to make her #2. Neither is The Chew or that other thing. And OLTL has been soaring in the ratings lately.

  22. Avatar of taximomg
    taximomg

    I won’t be watching either!! They can put her show at 4, or earlier, just leave GH alone!! I love reality shows…AT NIGHT!!! Even if GH is left alone, I still won’t be watching her show…enough of the talk and cooking shows!

  23. Avatar of soapfan616
    soapfan616

    I’ve never heard of Gossip Girl or Nikita (sorry no cable at my house) so I have no idea how people would feel if their soaps were replaced by them.

    If either of those is an entertaining drama with heart and soul, I’d at least give ABC the credit for trying something more original than a talk/cooking show.

  24. Avatar of GHfan-4now
    GHfan-4now

    nothing against Katie, but I’m just tired of talk shows. at this point, there is nothing one can tell me that another one hasn’t already said, and probably better… and the same celebrites can only sit on a couch so many times to talk about themselves before you just finally stop caring, lol

  25. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Katie Couric is overrated and I refuse to watch ANY show that spotlights her. Seriously, I will never understand why she’s remained so highly paid and “in demand” over the years………(eye roll!)

  26. Avatar of jphelps
    jphelps

    [quote=BlancheD]I’m not understanding this double negative: “none of the soaps are doing squat in the demo category” – I take it you mean soaps are not doing well in the demographics ABC wants, which is totally untrue. General Hospital is #2 behind the View in ABC daytime, and Katie, who bombed on CBS, is not going to attract enough 18-49s to make her #2. Neither is The Chew or that other thing. And OLTL has been soaring in the ratings lately.[/quote]
    Rankings dont matter. Because Y&R is number 1 does that mean the fact they continue to lose viewers 18-49 every year mean they are in great shape? THat means if Y&R gets a .1 in the 19-49 demo and are still first they are in good shape. Placement is for bragging rights it means squat to advertisers. That doesn’t mean a lame talk show will do better but the soaps have been dropping younger female viewers for years.

  27. Avatar of RockiDreams
    RockiDreams

    Oh please, Couric has been a ratings disaster wherever she goes. I can’t stand her – she screams big fat phoney who earns far too much money as it is. I think some of the overpaid morons should start getting a regular job and a lot less pay.

  28. Avatar of sunnydays25
    sunnydays25

    I don’t hate katie, but am not a fan either. When I think talk show, I think “Ellen”…interviewing celebs, hearing great music, laughing…and she’s the only one I watch (I never even watched Oprah!)

    Just because her name is “recognizable” does not mean she’ll be popular or entertaining. I know who the Kardashians are, as well as the Jersey Shore gang and I would never watch either of their shows…not my thing.

    Praying the PP deal is extremely successful for 2 reason…so we can keep our soaps in some way, shape or form, and so ABC Daytime looks like the huge friggin’ fools we all know them to be!!

  29. Avatar of Miry
    Miry

    Um, bitch you ain’t Oprah! You don’t get to try to go by just your first name on a show & think that ppl are going to know who the hell you are.
    I predict it now: Epic Failure.

  30. Avatar of shirls429
    shirls429

    What a disappointment it is for us loyal fans of General Hospital to have this “loser Katie Couric” move into our most loved soap GH time slot. What a shame the networks have such little respect for us Loyal Fans!

  31. Avatar of Mickey_Italy
    Mickey_Italy

    Ehm… Mr. Zucker…

    Nice to meet you! ;-)

    I’m italian. In my country, EVERYONE knows what AMC, OLTL and GH are (even if they’re not aired here anymore – they used to be years ago).

    I watch them, as many other soaps-addicted do, everyday on YouTube. We all know that American soaps are the best written, directed and acted daytime shows in the world.

    Sorry, in Europe NO ONE knows who Katie Couric is :-)

  32. Avatar of doodleynoodle
    doodleynoodle

    I have always been a diehard ABC fan. From 1st thing in the morning till the end of the day, if I was watching television, a good majority of it was ABC. I am truly sad to say, that is no longer the case. Their programming is getting more and more embarrasing to watch it is so pathetic. Is this the same network who showcased the works of Herman Wouk and Alex Haley? Unforgivable.

    I have worked in a “grown-up” job for many years and I used to be really embarrassed by the fact that I preferred daytime television to any other type of television programming…who has time for TV much less soap operas?!? I finally just thought to heck with it…it is what it is and people can take it or leave it.

    After I “came out” I would have people, in all sincerity, ask me what appealed to me about soaps. I had to think about it and here’s what I concluded, bottom line…they never leave you. You can turn them on, even if you’ve taken a leave of absence from them, and they are still there. It’s the warmest feeling in the world to know that at the end of a long day, I can curl up with an afghan, a warm vanilla latte and the remote and just relax and catch up with old friends.

    I will never forgive ABC for taking that away from me. Since I was 8 years old, soaps have been my escape, my comfort and a constant presence in my life. I will stick this out for GH’s sake, but if they cancel this show, I will block ABC from every television in my house. This is not an idle threat, it is a promise.

    I will admit, however, that it wouldn’t matter what time-slot, what network or what name they call it, it is no hardship for me to tune out Katie Couric. I have never liked her, she’s a pretentious hypocrite on a good day and just plain boring the other 364 days of the year. I hope they lose so much money on “The Replacements” that ABC/Disney finally does the right thing and fires Sweeney, Frons and whoever else is paving this network’s Highway to Hell.

  33. Avatar of goodandplenty
    goodandplenty

    I will be saying NO to Katie AND to ABC Daytime. The only way I might possibly watch it is if GH remained on at ABC and Katie’s show followed it. Otherwise, I would have no reason to turn ABC on at all during the day.

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