It looks like The Mouse House could be making a play for the potential Katie Couric talk show pilot. According to Variety, sources claim ABC may pull one of their daytime slots to entice Couric from going syndie.
It's no secret that ABC intends to pare down its three-hour slate of daytime sudsers ("All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live") in the coming years. A Couric show could be a high-profile transition for the Alphabet in one of the time slots now occupied by its decades-old serials.
Well, I guess since all the projects Brian Frons has been developing reportedly aren't worth two poots, ABC is getting desperate. Don't get me wrong, I love Couric—she's one of my favorite talking heads—but I don't want to lose a soap to her.
Also, I can't figure out why she'd want to do a network talk show, when Oprah Winfrey proved decades ago that the big bucks are to be made by owning a chunk of your own syndicated program. I know there have been certain restrictions put on the kind of game-changing deal The Mighty O made all those years ago, but syndication is still more lucrative. I guess ABC will do anything to gut their soaps. Thanks brwnsugar33 for the tip via Twitter!
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