As Katie Couric’s Talk Show Gets a Sept. 10 Debut, The Clock Is Ticking For General Hospital and The Revolution

Decision time is fast-approaching for ABC Daytime, concerning which series to cancel, General Hospital or The Revolution. Katie Couric's self-titled daytime talker is set to debut on Sept. 10. Katie has been cleared throughout 94 percent of the country's markets and has snagged General Hospital's timeslot on ABC-owned and operated stations.

Since ABC Daytime had to give an hour of its daypart back to affiliates to convince them to take Katie, that means they will have to cut one hour of programming. Here's hoping the Mouse House bets on the right horse for a change and sticks with General Hospital! See the full press release below. 


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.


21 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Danny Ricci
    Danny Ricci

    Not that I want this to happen, but I’ve never understood why they don’t take back the 12:30 PM slot from their affliates and place The Revolution in that slot, followed by The Chew at 1:00 PM, GH at 2:00, and Katie at 3:00. Can someone please explain to me why ABC dosen’t consider that? I mean, ABC is giving a slot to their affliates. The logical thing to do would be to take a different slot away, correct?

  2. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Katie won’t be on ALL ABC affiliates. It will be on all owned-and-operated ABC stations, but some ABC affiliates will be carrying other shows in the timeslot presently occupied by GH.

  3. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Danny Ricci, ABC never had any success with that timeslot, so I don’t think they’d want it back (and I think they’re happy to be rid of another network hour in daytime, while the affiliates can probably make more money programming it themselves).

    So many affiliates fulfil part of their news requirements by having a noontime newscast (often paired with a half-hour syndicated show), so they wouldn’t want to give that up, either.

    That’s my take on the situation, anyway.

  4. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I know, Jillian, but judging from every other time this discussion came up, posters made comments that assumed Katie Couric was pushing GH out, when that’s not true at all. I’m just trying to stem the tide of incorrect posts ranting at Katie Couric as being the cause of all of this, because (to me) they are annoying as hell. ;-)

  5. Profile photo of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    @TV Gord, I made the edit about affiliates, not Jillian, but you are right it’s only ABC’s 8-owned and operated affiliates that are obligated to keep the show, but the majority have also taken it. She had it right originally in her post, and editor man with fast hands changed it, and got it wrong. My bad. ;-)

  6. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I’m sorry, I didn’t mean my post to be a slam of the original story in any way. I just found that when I was commenting on the other stories, at some point, I always had to point that aspect of the story out, and this time I thought I’d do it at the start, so everyone would start out “on the same page”. I didn’t mean to upset anyone, and I apologize for that. :-)

  7. Profile photo of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    @TVGord, it’s all good. Y’all can carry on, I just wanted to point out, it was my mistake, not Jillian’s. After reading blog posts all day, my eyes can glaze around the 5 pm hour! LOL

  8. Profile photo of GHFan76

    Well even if ABC is committed to “non-scripted” drama it would be smart to give Katie GH as a lead-in while they develop something that’s actually watchable!!!!! Not that I would ever want to see GH canceled. Keeping The Revolution on increases Katie’s chances of tanking.

    Why are they keeping the news on at 4pm? That never happened until Oprah left the airwaves. Still don’t understand why they have news at 4 5 and 6, its the same stories 3 hours in a row.

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    @The_Moustache, yes the revolution is cheaper to produce, but the ads sell higher for shows with better ratings, so it’s give and take. The ratings the advertisers target is 18-49, and some 25-54 and the Revolution’s demos have been half of GH’s I believe.

  10. Profile photo of angrierblackerman

    As much as I want to remain optimistic, I think GH is unfortunately done. Katie’s little show of support or “wanting GH as her lead-in” is all a crock if you ask me. More wizardry from the House of Mouse so that Katie’s show won’t get burnt at the stake.

    I say call in the priests, say your goodbyes. If there is a miracle, then yay, but if not, just prepare yourself.

  11. Profile photo of goyankees

    angrierblackerman said everything I was going too…

    Get ready GH Fans. It’s going to happen…ABC has shown you NOTHING to prove otherwise. Hell, even their “Daytime Dancing with the Stars” Contestant for this season is from CBS! (sure, he was Frisco, but not anymore.)

    GH will be gone, but 2 things you can “look forward too”.

    1) All the ‘Robin Died’ stuff will be forgotten. I’m not even watching, but seeing the recaps, ROBERT IS WITH HER. The Robert WE ALL KNOW wouldn’t be MIA right now. Roberts pulling a David Hayward.

    2) GH’s Finale and the weeks/days leading up to it, I expect will be HUGE.

    For the record, I won’t watch Katie. Again, I give no support to shows that replace Daytime. Katie is NO Exception. Her teeth alone give me adgeda.

  12. Profile photo of Jon

    It’s agita, goyankees, but I totally agree. I’ve always hated that gummy grin! I want GH to stay, but I have a gut feeling ABC’s gonna stick with the Revile-lution.

  13. Profile photo of rlshel1015

    WOW. i will never cease to be amazed with the negativity on here. with the cancellations of AMC and OLTL, ABC is probably realizing that soap fans have a bigger voice than they thought. especially with the cancellation of OLTL and the tanking of The Revolution, ABC is probably re-evaluating their decisions at this point and asking “Do we cancel GH and suffer a backlash from fans who will not watch Katie’s show or do we cancel a show that is clearly DOA and keep the show with a built in fanbase as a lead in?” I am pretty sure that Brian Frons based his cancelling of AMC and OLTL on cancelled shows like Guiding Light, Passions and ATWT – shows that were all creatively on the downturn (maybe not ATWT) and thought that people were over scripted daytime shows. he has now seen that he was wrong and so has ABC. with posts saying that GH is already dead instead of showing our support we are pretty much telling ABC that they are right and we have already given up. i, for one will not count GH out until i hear an official call and you shouldn’t either…

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    TV Gord

    I wish I were as optimistic as you are, rlshel1015, but I think the hardcore soap audience has dwindled to a small enough number that the networks don’t even care what any of us think. One of the fatal mistakes many soap fans make is they think, ‘oh, soap fans won’t watch The Chew or The Revolution or Katie’, but my belief is that they don’t even care if the hardcore soap fans will watch or not. The casual daytime fans may miss their soaps, but they will watch whatever is on (the ratings for The Chew show that).

    In the 70s, daytime was FILLED with network game shows. Today? There are two. Game shows will never be what they once were, and now, neither will the soaps. ABC may not have long-term success with The Chew or The Revolution, but I don’t think they care. If those fail, there are probably plenty of other cheap concepts to take their place. And the more new shows they throw at the daytime schedule, the further they will be from the soap era. People who say they would never watch The Chew or The Revolution may watch a show two or three shows removed from their soap.

    Hardcore soap fans have long memories, but the casual fans don’t. That’s why only about 30-40 people showed up for that big protest last May at the ABC upfronts. THAT is what the ABC execs will always remember.

  15. Profile photo of hothunk

    I repeat this again
    GH is not cancelled….
    the writing is on the wall,
    they will keep GH, just as NBC keeps DAYS
    so there you have it …
    ONE LIFE is coming back too…. prob not AMC though

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