With plans for Katie Couric’s new ABC Daytime talk show becoming official this week, programmers are examining how to shuffle things around in the afternoon to make room for Couric. Something will have to give, and one obvious target is the soap opera "General Hospital," reports the New York Post.
A key issue for the soap opera, which has been on television since 1963, is that ABC is scheduling Couric’s new afternoon show at 3 p.m., the time slot now held by "General Hospital."
ABC said in a press release that it "continues to support ‘General Hospital,’" but it didn’t explain what it meant by that.
With ABC planning to air two new daytime programs, "The Chew" and "The Revolution," it’s possible that "General Hospital" could replace either of those programs if they fail to attract viewers when they air this fall and in January, respectively, the story points out.
Couric’s show is set to debut in the fall of 2012.