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Couric Appears Close to Deal With ABC for $20 Million for Talk Show–and Another Soap Opera May Get the Ax to Make Room

May 5, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Katie Couric is reported to be in the final stages of working out a $20 million deal with ABC that would give the outgoing “CBS Evening News” anchor her own talk show along wtih work doing specials for ABC News and “20/20,” TMZ.com reports.

Couric would also do some fill-in anchoring, according to the report, which is based on information from sources connected with ABC.

Couric’s one-hour daytime talk show would air Monday-Friday starting in September 2012. ABC is reportedly considering giving back to affiliates the hour in which the long-running soap opera “General Hospital” currently airs to make room for the new Couric show–in other words, eliminating the network’s last remaining soap.

The most likely slot for Couric’s show, after the network rearranges its daytime schedule, would be 3 p.m., according to the report.

The $20 million is reportedly a guarantee for Couric and partner Jeff Zucker for the first year of the show.

Matt Lauer, who was rumored to be part of the project, is apparently not going to be involved after all, the story says.

6 Comments

  1. Suck on it, Sarah Palin. Did you see her dis Couric when Katie dropped the anchor slot? Dissed her like a petty, snide jr. high punk bitch. Now Couric bitch slaps her with an even greater accomplishment. When will these imbeciles masquerading as “conservatives” get a clue? The adults are back, and you just need to go to your room.

  2. Suck on it, Sarah Palin. Did you see her dis Couric when Katie dropped the anchor slot? Dissed her like a petty, snide jr. high punk bitch. Now Couric bitch slaps her with an even greater accomplishment. When will these imbeciles masquerading as “conservatives” get a clue? The adults are back, and you just need to go to your room.

  3. I don’t think Couric will make a good daytime talk show host. I also think ABC is making a mistake replacing all the soaps with talk shows. I watch the soaps becasue I hate talk shows. I don’t watch the View, so there is no way I will watch the Chew. (Name alone has turned me off.) Guess I’ll catch up on all my reading instead of watching my DVRed soaps at night. Thanks ABC!

  4. A classic case of failing upwards.

  5. So, ABC is going to ax ALL their soaps, and give Katie $20 million for a talk show. What a huge disaster this is going to turn out to be.
    Honey, get the popcorn! This is gonna be flipping GREAT!

  6. I have one question for ABC regarding hiring Katie Couric to do a talk show: Are you stupid?

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