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.
Um, this all sounds more than a little bit kooky. Then again, Adams didn't become the gossip queen extraordinaire by not knowing what she's talking about!
That being said, I can't imagine ABC's syndication arm would yank Couric off the air after just three airings! What would all the stations who've cleared the talker air in its place, Celebrity Boob Jobs Gone Wrong (Thank you, Tony Geary!)? Taking this bit of news with enough salt to kill a herd of wildebeest.