Could Robin Roberts be the next celeb-friendly journalist to attempt a daytime talk show? The Good Morning America anchor tells Broadcasting & Cable no, but that isn't stopping the industry rumor mill from buzzing over talk of another planned GMA spinoff.
From the report:
ABC News has made no secret of its desire to elevate its GMA franchise further. But in a statement to B&C, Roberts said a new show for her is not on the table: "No one is developing any show for me nor are discussions being had to that effect. I am 100% focused on my health and anchoring GMA, now and in the future."
Haven't I been telling y'all ABC News is still sitting up just THIRSTY for more of the Mouse House daypart? This was one of the reasons Vicki Dummer had The Chew and General Hospital team up recently, according to my moles. Birds of a Time Square Studios feather had to flock together!
Good Afternoon America's huge, catastrophic flop last summer hasn't deterred ABC News President Ben Sherwood at all. Soap fans, however, can reportedly breathe a sigh of relief, as it isn't General Hospital that should be sweating this time — it's Disney's $80 million dollar, syndicated talk show Katie!
The buzz about Roberts comes amid ratings woes for Couric's daytime show, which debuted in fall 2012 under a two-year deal. If the show doesn't come back after its current deal expires, that slot could open up at 3 p.m. in fall 2014. "No one is talking about renewals," said one station general manager who asked not to be named.
Oh snap! Local stations aren't planning to renew The Perky One, according to B&C's source? The Disney board of directors needs to tell Mickey Mouse he sure did shell out a whole lotta cheese for just two years worth of programming.