The ax has finally fallen on Katie Couric’s afternoon talker, Katie! Soap fans can now have some retribution that 2/3 of all the replacements that ABC, or the Disney/ABC Syndication wing came up with to rebrand their daytime lineup, that saw iconic soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live cancelled, and General Hospital moved to a new time slot to acommadate Katie going into their original timeslot in television markets around the country, has all but failed. The only show to survive this is The Chew! The Revolution and now Katie have tanked!
According to an official press release today from Disney/ABC and Katie Couric, “While production will continue on Katie through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show. We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.”
Couric was expected to give the news to the show’s staff after today’s taping, the last before the scheduled holiday break until January! Seems like a lot of major changes happens in the final week before Christmas in the daytime biz! For months, we have been reporting that the cancellation was imminent and now Disney/ABC pulled the trigger!
At present time there is no replacement for Katie. Disney/ABC is working on finding something to put in the talker’s place, having recently hired syndication executive Lisa Hackner! The big hurdle there is if the syndication arm can mount a new production that fast! ABC found it continually hard to make Couric’s show economically feasible because of its cost, even with a budget reduction. ABC stations have already been reportedly exploring local newscasts to replace the talk show next fall, with other programming acquisitions as an option to newscasts! Starting in January, Couric will do Katie along with her duties under her new deal with Yahoo. After Katie ends in May, she will focus on Yahoo while looking for opportunities in TV!
So, what do you say soap fans? Are you happy Katie is going to be a-goner? Or, will you miss her talk show? Let us know!