Cindy Adams Says Katie Couric’s Talk Show Has Just Three Days to Prove Itself!





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.

Three days.

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. 

Photo of Cindy Adams by PR Photos

26 Responses

  1. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    If they only air three episodes of Katie … what are they airing instead then? Giving the time-slot to the locals? What’s the plan there?

    I wish ABC would find a way to make their Daytime work again but then again they canceled two soaps at one time. How is this network supposed to come back from that?

  2. Avatar of No Daisy
    No Daisy

    Katie is not the draw that ABC wants her to be. While she is a known name, she’d disappointed more than once. I don’t think it would be over in 3 days but I do think if it doesn’t work out they would pull it and air GAA in its place. GAA may also suck but it’s way cheaper than Katie C!

    Its OLTL’s revenge, and I for one hope ABCD pays for that mistake for a long time to come.

    Long Live GH!

  3. Avatar of josser
    josser

    This is ridiculous. ABC has invested too much money into “Katie” and Katie Couric to cancel it after 3 airings. Couric is a household name. Look at how long ABC gave the Revolution.

    That said, ABC was foolish to cancel OLTL. Every show it’s put in its place has failed. The ratings for Good Afternoon America are abysmal.

    Let’s all toast the brilliance and venal nature of Brian Frons! May he fade away in obscurity.

  4. Avatar of doodleynoodle
    doodleynoodle

    I guess I can endure 3 days of Gumby…

    Oh! Who am I trying to kid? I wouldn’t watch 3 minutes of it. Good luck KC…you’re gonna need it.

    If the fish-eyed fools had a brain they would’ve offered that gig to Robin Roberts…people actually like her! But you didn’t hear that from me…

  5. Avatar of pumpkin
    pumpkin

    This piece of news has everyone talking and wondering. So it is effective. I still don’t think abc is going to stick with soaps. Katie is put there right in time for the next presidential election.

    I still think they were crazy to cancel oltl. It was the best on daytime. I watched the last four years when the team did their thing. It was great. I am not so sure GH is going to make it. It is too hard getting people to watch some of the gh regulars and on the other side gh viewers feel oltl is changing show. I know a regular GH viewer and she likes Jason/Sonny and Carly. I rather the show without them. I think on a larger scale that is what this current team is dealing with. An impossible task.

    I think oltl would have had a better chance even if they brought over some favs from GH. Too late at this point. In reverse I think there would be a better chance.

    Katie is not going anywhere. I am not sure about GAA. We will see.

  6. Avatar of RoseVioletDaisy
    RoseVioletDaisy

    [quote=soapjunkie88]If they only air three episodes of Katie … what are they airing instead then? Giving the time-slot to the locals? What’s the plan there? [/quote]

    Adams isn’t saying that ABC will only air 3 episodes or cancel the show after 3 episodes if the ratings aren’t good, she’s simply saying that ABC will know after 3 episodes whether the show will be a hit or not. If it isn’t, they’ll tinker with it anyway but will start developing replacements. If it’s a failure, it will almost certainly air until May 2013 anyway.

  7. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    This is me sounding like a broken record again, but Katie is not an ABC show. As of September 10th the current GH timeslot will no longer be a network timeslot. The network is turning it over to the local affiliates, and most of them (but not all of them) are carrying the syndicated Katie Couric show (which is produced by ABC’s syndication division). Depending on the market/city, affiliates from other networks are airing Katie.

    As for Cindy Adams, that old bag is talking out of her ass, as usual. If syndicated talk shows had only three days to prove themselves, Anderson Cooper’s show would be long gone. His ratings started out horribly and haven’t improved much, but he’s back for a second (and probably final) season. Ditto the now-cancelled Nate Berkus. His ratings have always sucked, yet he limped along for two seasons. There are several similar examples (The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Tony Danza Show, The Caroline Rhea Show). When syndicated shows are offered to affiliates, they make a commitment to supply a full season. They don’t cancel syndicated shows mid-season (that’s why you see so many of them exiled to the middle of the night). If you start seeing Katie move to 2am, then you’ll know she’s in trouble, but she won’t be cancelled mid-season.

  8. Avatar of MsNixon
    MsNixon

    What is Cindy smoking? Three days is absurd. Will the suits and bean counters be holding their breath and watching their investment like a hawk? Absolutely. Will they tinker at the drop of a hat? This is ABC. Of course, they will. But as others have said, Katie is a name. She will be given time to prove herself. A year or two at the very least. It took The View some time to catch on. I’m sure Katie will get the same consideration.

  9. Avatar of clcborah
    clcborah

    I hope this show fails miserably and everything else that they put on..They should never of taken off our soaps and I feel the same about CBS too. I will never watch anything that took away my Guiding Light.

  10. Avatar of hey mon
    hey mon

    What a stupid thing for Adams to say. ABC has given Kate millions of dollars to ‘make the switch’ to ABC from CBS. CBS gave her millions to switch from NBC to the Eye Network. When that kind of money is invested in a person, they WILL be given more than 3 days to pass or fail.

  11. Avatar of sallyv
    sallyv

    [quote=TV Gord]>>This is me sounding like a broken record again, but Katie is not an ABC show. As of September 10th the current GH timeslot will no longer be a network timeslot. The network is turning it over to the local affiliates, and most of them (but not all of them) are carrying the syndicated Katie Couric show (which is produced by ABC’s syndication division). Depending on the market/city, affiliates from other networks are airing Katie.
    >>As for Cindy Adams, that old bag is talking out of her ass, as usual…etc.[/quote]

    Thanks for clearing that up…about the syndication. There are a few markets where it will be on another network, but wherever it airs, they are being “encouraged” to air it in the 3ET/2CT time period.

    I agree with what you said about Cindy, too. After all the hype and millions of dollars spent to get Katie on ABC, they absolutly will not cancel her after 3 shows if the ratings aren’t up to par. I don’t know where Cindy gets her information, but someone out there must be sipping the kool-ade!

  12. Avatar of BigFan
    BigFan

    Nothing against KC but I do hope that she sinks like she was tossed overboard with cement shoes from Carlo Hesser or Sonny Corinthos. I really don’t expect soap fans to embrace Katie. Maybe a few more than the *Revoltin* but nonetheless we want OLTL & AMC back. Nothing else will do.

  13. Avatar of mannym716
    mannym716

    Survival guest list for Katie… Day 1: Obama, Romney or Clinton. Day 2: Brangelina, Tom Cruise, or Kate Holmes Day 3: Madonna or Oprah. Day 4: Britney, Gaga, or Bieber. Good luck Katie… You’re gonna need it.

  14. Avatar of
    Equarter

    In all honesty, they’ll keep Katie even if it’s not performing well. The show has 2 years to fully grow. They cant afford the embarrassment of another The Revolution. So they will tinker with it until they can’t do anything anymore and then it will fade off like The Nate Burkus Show. I worry about GH though moving. Moving a soap after so many years in the same timeslot is going to kill it ratings wise. The O&O’s show move Katie to 2pm and leave the schedule as is. But what do I know?

  15. Avatar of Edna Barefoot
    Edna Barefoot

    ABC has screwed the viewers & they will screw Katie. With ABC daytime as it is Katie hasn’t got a chance. The revolution took the place of OLTL & see what happened. Soap fans will not watch just cause it follows GH. We watch only GH on ABC & will continue to boycott ABC til we see OLTL back. Cindy I hope you are right cause Katie doesn’t need to be treated by ABC the way they did the millions of soap fans.

  16. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    [quote=Edna Barefoot]With ABC daytime as it is Katie hasn’t got a chance.[/quote]

    Um, again, Katie is not on ABC Daytime. It’s a SYNDICATED show that is produced by ABC’s syndication division, but it’s also airing in some markets on NBC, CBS and Fox stations. NOT ABC DAYTIME!

    :-)

  17. Avatar of J Bernard Jones
    J Bernard Jones

    Um, again, Katie is not on ABC Daytime. It’s a SYNDICATED show that is produced by ABC’s syndication division, but it’s also airing in some markets on NBC, CBS and Fox stations. NOT ABC DAYTIME!

    Do you need aspirin after beating your head against that brick wall?

  18. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Hee hee hee. No, I’m a masochist, god hate me. This is all just part of who I am. (Besides, we’re in Canada…we can get CODEINE over the counter!!!) ;-)

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