News out of Variety, has that CBS News anchor, Katie Couric maybe headed to ABC Daytime with her own network talk show, which then potentially could replace one of the soaps in the line-up! As many are aware there are continuous rumors that either One Life to Live or All My Children is on the chopping block, as the network looks to “freshen-up” their day-part programming.
Variety said, “The speculation about Katie Couric’s future yak show plans has centered on her cutting a syndication deal. But sources indicate there’s a strong chance that ABC will put a network daytime slot on the table when the bidding for Couric begins in earnest as she sets her segue from The CBS Evening News. It’s no secret that ABC intends to pare down its three-hour slate of daytime sudsers (All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live) in the coming years. A Couric show could be a high-profile transition for the Alphabet in one of the time slots now occupied by its decades-old serials.
ABC’s selling point might be the stability of a uniform network timeslot and the fact that its O&O and affiliate stations tend to be stronger in daytime than its rivals — particularly the NBC O&Os. On the other hand, a network show could not offer the same kind of potential windfall of a first-run syndie strip, which in success can be a license to print money (just ask Oprah).”