Somebody better call up Sheryl Crow. She needs to get to work on a new tune for pal Katie Couric. Only this time, nothing upbeat and peppy. I supsect The Perky One is singing the blues after this report from Fox News.
According to FOX411’s Pop Tarts blog, Disney-ABC is doing everything they can to find a replacement for Katie, the mega-expensive, syndicated talk show they launched for Couric last fall. From the report:
“While all television is going through a difficult time and programming is having a hard time finding its niche, Katie’s new talk show does not live up its expectations,” a source closely connected to the ABC show told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Whatever constraints Katie experienced anchoring ‘Evening News’ [it is] certainly taking its toll, and her return to daytime has backfired.”
Others in the industry are even less kind.
“It’s an unmitigated disaster,” one seasoned studio executive said. “One of the biggest failures ever in syndication. Terrible ratings, no growth, shouldn’t be on the air. Where did it miss the mark? Let’s start with her, she is dreadfully boring. The show offers nothing new to the audience, nothing to say.”
I bet poor Vicki Dummer stays chewing Antacids running Time Square Studios.
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