Does Katie Couric Want to Split From ABC News Early?


Some TV marriages aren't made to last and it looks like ABC News and Katie Couric's love affair is on the rocks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric is negotiating with ABC News to exit her three-year contract early, as she is being courted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Meanwhile, the fate of Couric's ABC syndicated talk show Katie remains up in the air. Reportedly, executives are waiting for November sweeps ratings to come in and will likely decide Katie's fate in December.

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  1. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    The announcement is now out and while it’s true that she’s leaving ABC News, she is continuing her talk show, which is a bit surprising. I guess they aren’t planning to end it after all.

  2. Avatar of LizzieVee
    LizzieVee

    And Brian Fronz said people wanted informational shows, not drama. What an idiot. He and the others were proven wrong. Out of the 3 informational shows ABC put out — 1 is dead, 1 is on life support and 1 is doing fairly well. ABC doesn’t know their audiences at all. We lost 2 great, long running soaps and almost a 3rd all for their ignorance of what the public really wants and that is DRAMA. They just saw numbers and money. Well, I’m sure they lost lots of that since no one is watching this garbage.

  3. Avatar of kbirdusa
    kbirdusa

    Come back to reality. The View does very well. The Chew gets ratings equivalent to the show it replaced (AMC), and is more profitable because it is cheaper to produce. It is also stable in the ratings, while AMC was trending down every year. Katie also gets ratings higher than OLTL did, but is not terribly profitable because it is expensive to produce. And many people would consider poorly-written, poorly-acted, cheap soap operas to be “garbage” as well.

  4. Avatar of lfad
    lfad

    [quote]Katie also gets ratings higher than OLTL did, but is not terribly profitable because it is expensive to produce. And many people would consider poorly-written, poorly-acted, cheap soap operas to be “garbage” as well.[/quote]

    I never said anything, but I always thought it was a little strange that soap fans deride talk and reality shows as garbage when soaps have been a laughing stock for years.

    I wonder if ABC is going to try to sell a new talk show to their affiliates and how many would decide to go with it.

  5. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    [quote=lfad]I wonder if ABC is going to try to sell a new talk show to their affiliates and how many would decide to go with it.[/quote]

    ABC has nothing to do with that hour anymore. They gave it back to the affiliates in 2011, and so the affiliates will do with it what they will. As I’ve said before, Katie is on other network affiliates (I watch it on NBC Seattle), so people have to get over the notion that Katie had anything to do with the fate of the soaps on ABC.

  6. Avatar of lfad
    lfad

    [quote=TV Gord]ABC has nothing to do with that hour anymore. They gave it back to the affiliates in 2011, and so the affiliates will do with it what they will. As I’ve said before, Katie is on other network affiliates (I watch it on NBC Seattle), so people have to get over the notion that Katie had anything to do with the fate of the soaps on ABC.[/quote]

    Yes, I am aware that ABC gave that hour to affiliates. I was just wondering if ABC was going to try to convince the affiliates who aired Katie to air another talk show or produced program of ABC’s or if they’ll fill the hour with news or locally produced junk or some other production house’s syndicated show.

  7. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Thanks for clarifying, Ifad. I didn’t get that from the way you wrote it. When syndicators cancel one of its shows, they usually have another show to take its place. If Katie does get cancelled, they’ll likely offer another talk show to affiliates, but–outside of ABC’s eight Owned and Operated stations–the network has no more influence than any other syndicator.

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