Looks like Katie Couric’s new talk show, Katie is finally sharing some major production updates … one of which is the new afternoon series has it’s official launch date, September 10th, 2012. The soon-to-be live weekday show has already been cleared in 94% of the country. And so a programming decision will have to be made by the network concerning what series to cancel, The Revolution or General Hospital, since Katie has nabbed GH’s time slot on ABC-owned and operated stations around the U.S.
Katie, executive producer Jeff Zucker, in an internal webcast to television stations that will air the talker, unveiled the show’s logo, and announced additions to the senior production staff including Director Joe Terry, who has spent the last 14 years as Director for The Oprah Winfrey Show and Co-Executive Producer Kathy Samuels. Samuels is a producer with nearly 20 years of television experience, including live television and daytime talk show programming at NBC, Paramount Domestic, and CBS, and has been a part of several successful launch teams, including Rachael Ray and Access Hollywood.
The webcast was conducted from TV One at ABC’s Manhattan headquarters, which will serve as home to the Katie set. The studio itself has a rich history, having served as the backdrop to the Kennedy/Nixon Presidential debates. Katie will broadcast live, weekdays in front of a studio audience.
“Katie and I are thrilled to share these updates with our partners and Katie’s fans,” said Zucker. “We now have our studio, a great-looking logo that exudes all of the qualities that we want the show to convey, and a terrific team with a diverse background of experience. We couldn’t be more excited about September 10. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
So as Katie makes her way into the daytime landscape arming herself with a powerful behind the scene teams, it would seem like a no-brainer for ABC to keep the surging General Hospital and cut their losses with low rated, The Revolution. But again, as we have all unfortunately learned, it does not matter how many loyal fans in the millions a soap has or the quality of the show. We hope the network may have learned from their mistakes.
However, remember Katie has come out and said she wants GH as her lead-in, not The Revolution! And clearly, there is a big built-in audience for her with the soap, which is surely lacking with The Revolution. Let us know your thoughts!