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Katie Couric Close to Signing ABC Talk Show Deal

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 20th 2011 9:30AM
Katie CouricEver since Katie Couric announced she was stepping down from 'The CBS Evening News' there's been constant speculation as to what she'll do next.

The most persistent rumor has linked her with ABC and that network's plans to fill the Oprah-sized hole in their daytime lineup. Now, it seems as though Couric will indeed be getting her own daytime talk show.

Even though she signed off from 'Evening News' last night, Couric's still under contract with CBS until June 6, so no official announcement about her future is expected for another few days. However, 'The Los Angeles Times' says she's close to signing a deal to launch a new ABC syndicated talk show in the fall of 2012. And, that it may reunite Couric with her former 'Today' colleague, Matt Lauer.

The 'Times' says that while much of the deal has been has been hammered out, there are still outstanding "issues" surrounding compensation. Couric landed a record-breaking $15-million payday when she signed with CBS.

The new talk show is expected to cost around $40 million to produce, which would largely be financed by syndication deals. Couric and her business partner Jeff Zucker would both probably be entitled to a share in the profits.

Although Matt Lauer recently told reporters that, unlike Meredith Vieira, he has no plans to leave NBC -- "I have a long-term deal with NBC. ... I'm gonna be here for a while" -- Couric's team is said to have harbored longterm plans to reunite the two 'Today' alums. It's possible that any Couric talk show could be delayed until after Lauer's CBS contract expires at the end of 2012.

Meanwhile, CBS News has announced that it has hired Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, hero pilot behind the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson" as an aviation and safety expert.

'The Hollywood Reporter' quotes CBS News chairman Jeff Fager describing Sullenberger as a "genuine hero." Fager added that ex-pilot -- Sullenberger retired in 2010 -- will help viewers "better understand the stories involving safety and air travel that seem to pop up all the time. He is a remarkable person who has great ability to turn his significant experience into useful insights."

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jenda

no way do i want anything to do with this and if abc does axe GH for her, i will not watch ABC again. Katie Couric makes me to break the tv and my last living soap, GH is my only chance to relax inbetween two kids and dirty laundry.

January 06 2012 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
la220s

no, I do not plan on watchingher show.

June 06 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bev Sweet

Thrilled to have Katie in the afternoons. I know she will be a great success. I've been a fan of hers forever!

June 06 2011 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
plus45

OY! THIS IS THE WORST NEWS!!! SHE WAS IN THE RIGHT SLOT, DELIVERING THE NEWS. WHY CHANGE? SHE HAS A PERSONALITY, EVEN AS A GUEST ON SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOW, LIKE A WET FISH. THANK GOD SHE IS ONLY ON A SHORT TIME.
WHAT ARE YOU DESPERATE???

June 06 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dickeypd

No I will not watch Katie Couric. She is tooooooo cute and veryopiinionated with a very narow mind.

June 06 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather

Syndicated meaning ABC produced but could technicaly air on other networks a'la Regis and Kelly right? (it comes on Fox here but ABC where my grandma lives) cause then it could fill in Oprah's time slot rather then kill General Hospital which is expected to have a massive turn for the better now that guza finaly got the ax......

May 20 2011 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ernieshirleyp

NO I WILL NOT WATCH KATIE,WE HAVE TO MANY TALK SHOWS,GENERAL HOSPITAL HAS BEEN GOING ON A LONG TIME,PEOPLE LIKE TO WATCH IT ,SHE IS JUST ANOTHER FACE ON TV AND VERY MUCH OVER PAYED ,COME ON ABC LETS GET REAL,DONT TAKE SOMETHING OFF THE AIR THAT LOTS OF PEOPLE LIKE TO WATCH.

May 20 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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